I had a really wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday. I didn’t get expensive gifts, or breakfast in bed, but I did get to spend it with my four beautiful blessings and that was enough for me. We started the day with making a batch of tasty whole wheat pancakes topped with blueberry syrup.
It was going to be a beautiful day here so I asked the kids if they would like to go on a bike ride. I have been really working hard at getting back into a somewhat regular exercise routine, since my youngest was born. It really takes discipline to make it happen and to put aside all of those excuses like….laundry….cooking…..cleaning and on and on. However, when I make the time to exercise, I really do feel so much better. I am less stressed out, more relaxed in general and just feel like I am doing something good for myself, which honestly I don’t get to do very often.
The kids love to be outdoors doing anything so they were thrilled when I suggested we go for a ride. We checked the all of our bike tires, and packed up our bikes and the bike trailer into our older, yet bigger minivan. We brought along plenty of water and some toys for my youngest to play with on the ride.
We arrived at our favorite bike trail and set up our bikes. I was secretly hoping that somehow, we would be able to make it to the very end of the trail, 4 miles away. I knew that if we succeeded, we would be riding a total of 8 miles since the ride back to our van is another 4 miles. I wasn’t sure that my 6 year old would be able to make it, since he wasn’t used to riding that far and that my youngest wouldn’t tolerate hanging out in the bike trailer that long, even though we planned to take several breaks along the way.
The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and our favorite trail was hopping with others who had the same idea as us.
We have learned the hard way from living here in Florida for almost 6 years, that plenty of water is a must on a humid day such as this. We stopped several times on our ride just to refresh ourselves.
When we take the time to get out in nature and ride our bikes, we see so many fun and interesting things along the way. The kids pointed out a giant mushroom, assorted snails, various butterflies and other critters.
At the end of the bike trail is a long wooden bridge where we often see an alligator hanging out at this time of year. He or she wasn’t around yesterday though. It always feels awesome when we make it all the way to this bridge. The view isn’t too shabby either!
Of course, seeing this sign came as no surprise to us! There really are silly people who try to feed the alligators here.
After taking a much needed break on the bridge, it was time to turn around and ride the 4 miles back to our van. I knew my legs were tired since they really did feel like Jell-O, and that we were going to have to pace ourselves to make it to the end, but I did not think about the wind blowing so hard against us. No wonder the ride down to the bridge seemed so easy! The wind was at our backs, pushing us along. Now, going in the opposite direction, the wind was pushing against us making it much harder to peddle.
At one point I looked over at my 6 year old’s little face, and saw the determination in his eyes. I was proud of all of them for making it to the end and loving it, but I was especially proud of my little guy because I knew that to him this bike trail probably seemed to never end. We were all tired and happy. I felt really great, on the natural high that only a good workout can give you.
We packed up our bikes, piled into the van and headed down the road toward home. That’s when I heard the kids all ask me if we could come again tomorrow. That made me smile!
I hope your Mother’s Day was wonderful! How did your spend your day? Did you get to do anything fun just for you?