Christmas time means bringing in a little bit of the outdoors inside! We love to chop down our Christmas tree in our beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains and love to support small family run businesses like Jim & Vicky's Trees.
As you probably figured out the outdoors is a large part of our lives, so when milestones come around like celebrating our little ones birthday's we like to indulge our children in the outdoors. This last year we tried something new, we asked our little ones where they wanted to go for their birthdays. I already knew the answers before they even said where they wanted to go: the beach and the snow!
Sandy Venice Beach ~ My Daughter's Wonderland
During the last days of summer, my little girl turned two years old and even though we celebrated my little "Tinkerbell" with pizza and family we wanted to give my daughter want she loves the most, the beach. We headed over to a special beach (the one my husband proposed to me), Venice Beach one of four beaches at Half Moon State Beach. I was happy to celebrate my special girl at a place that I have fond memories of.
My daughter loves the outdoors and in particular the sand at the beach, so why not let her enjoy her favorite place on the day she entered into this world. We packed a little picnic, played in the sand, ran away from the waves but it didn't last too long because it was one of those cold summer Northern California beach day.
Snowy Yosemite Valley ~ My Son's Birthday Wish
Ever since our road trip to Rocky Mountain National Park over the summer, my son had been dying to go play in the snow. When he saw white glaciers on the tops of the Colorado mountains, he yelled with glee "Mommy!! That is SNOW!! Let's go get our snowboards and go down the mountain!". Almost every day since he had been asking to go to the snow, so a few days before his birthday California had one of the very few storms that turned Yosemite Valley into a white winter park. After a few days after his bowling birthday party, my son's birthday wish came true!
The excitement was almost unbearable for him, we sang Happy Birthday all day long and he kept on saying that it was "Christmas time now". He had a lot of firsts on his 4th birthday like building a snowman, snowshoeing, sledding, and snowball fight. Yosemite National Park was a magical snowy birthday for our little mountain man.
An Outdoor Tradition We Will Continue
I love loud birthday parties with all my extended family but at the same time I love the quietness of celebrating my kids birthdays outdoors, just the four of us. Watching my kids enjoy and explore the outdoors with wonder is one of the great aspects of parenthood. Thank you God for entrusting me with my beautiful babies!
Love you my children.
Do you have any outdoor family traditions? For birthdays, anniversaries, etc?
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