Oh, those mountains of ours! Our little family had had several weeks of high-stress on all fronts, all with looming deadlines in quick succession. Our schedules didn't really have any room, but we were all starting to burn out and get grumpy with one another. So, that usually means that we need to put on the brakes in a major way and take a freaking breather. So, we did:
We took an impromptu picnic up the canyon and ended up staying there for hours and hours, exploring, chasing and catching insects, picking flowers, reading, relaxing, breathing in the fresh air, and spending time together. It was the best thing we could have done, and all of us came away happy, rejuvenated, and with more patience. I'm so glad we live close enough to put our feet on mountain soil within a matter of minutes, if we want.