Monday, October 13, 2014

Autumn Beauty











We have a tradition in our little family that dates back 22 years. Every Thanksgiving Monday since Justin and I met, we have hiked. For the longest time we visited the same trail, taking pictures of each other at the same places every year. When Reece came along we continued the tradition, and then a few years ago we switched it up by hiking at different spots each year. With the weather man forecasting rain for today, we decided to move our family hike to Saturday. We hit a spot not far from our home, and enjoyed a few hours on the trail.

Hiking together as a family is one of those things that makes me so very happy. To watch Reece in nature running free makes my heart sing. And as he runs ahead, Justin and I have time to think about years past, time to talk about the little things, and time to linger in the present. I stop to take pictures, Justin stops to look at trees, and Reece stops to pick up leaves, acorns, and rocks, all treasures that will bring back memories of this day, and this hike.

We have our fingers crossed that the weather reports will be wrong, it has been known to happen, and today will bring clear skies, and the chance for more time in nature, together.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!!!

32 comments:

  1. happy thanksgiving!! Lovely tradition and one that I would not surrender easily. May you have blue skies and no rain today :)

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    1. Thanks Karen. We didn't have blue skies, but no rain, so we hit the trails earlier and had a lovely hike :)

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  2. What a gorgeous route to walk - definitely a great family tradition to have made!

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    1. It is a beautiful trail, and we are blessed to have it just up the road.

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  3. I love fall...my favorite season! Beautiful photos!

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving!! What beautiful pictures. I hope you are able to spend time outside today. That is a wonderful tradition!

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    1. Thanks Jen. It has been a pretty slow and easy day around here. We did manage to hit the trails earlier today. No blue skies, but the rain held off :)

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  5. I love your tradition Kim and I hope you have blue skies today..
    Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thank you Tracey. No blue skies, but no rain either.

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  6. All of that sounds (and looks) so lovely Kim! Happy Thanksgiving! :)

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    1. Thanks Tiffany, hope you and your lovely family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. xo

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  7. Happy Thanks giving Kim- what a wonderful tradition.
    Beautiful fall images!

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  8. Happy Thanksgiving! Hope the weather cooperates and you can get outside a little today!

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    1. Thanks Meryl. Mother Nature was on our side, we got our for a hike and had a great time!

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  9. How wonderful a tradition! You look like you are all having fun! The colors are amazing this time of year and it is nice to spend the day with your lovely family!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog dear mama!

    Xo,
    All the best!
    Samantha (The Handmade Farm)

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    1. It is something we really enjoy, and I am so happy it is a tradition for us. The colours are amazing, although I think the best is still yet to come. I am thinking we might hit peak colour in the next week. Can't wait!

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  10. Happy Thanksgiving to you too... How blessed have we been this week-end???? I'm glad to took full advantage of it. I can't believe it's warm enough for you guys to be in shirt sleeves. Not here. LOL!

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    1. Thanks Yanic! It has been lovely this weekend, although a little damp today, but we are not complaining, it didn't rain, so we managed to hit the trails and had a great time.

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  11. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend. Your photos are even more gorgeous than usual I think. What a beautiful time for a hike.

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    1. We did, thank you Sally. It is gorgeous out there these days, so happy I can capture some of it with the camera.

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  12. Happy Thanksgiving! We spent the weekend up the mountain. We camped out in the very cold autumn weather. It was 45 degrees last night. The girls loved it despite the cold. I think we were well prepared.

    We also go on a hike for Thanksgiving. I find it really an enjoyable way to be thankful.

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    1. Thanks KC! How lovely. There is something pretty awesome about camping in the cold, very refreshing. I once camped in Lake Placid in late October, we woke every morning to snow. Always fun :)

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  13. Sounds like a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend. We also had a nice walk together this afternoon. A beautiful way to enjoy the sights and smells of autumn.

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    1. It was, thanks! How lovely, does that mean you are feeling better? I sure hope so :)

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  14. Ok, that's it, we need to move to Canada so Thanksgiving can be in October rather than the end of November when the trees are bare and there's no lovely colors to bask in! The pictures are gorgeous, dear friend, and I love your hiking tradition! Hope Mother Nature surprised you with glorious weather today and that you had the most lovely of Thanksgivings! xo

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    1. It certainly is the perfect time of year for Thanksgiving. Thank you Shel, it was a lovely hike, and we were able to enjoy one yesterday too, the sun didn't shine, but the rain did hold off, so away we went. It was wonderful! xo

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  15. Fantastic pictures Kim, and what a great tradition.
    Happy Thanksgiving to the three of you.

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  16. What a perfect day. Seems fitting for a celebrating of giving thanks and gratitude.
    Belated Happy Thanksgiving to the Corrigan-Oliver's.

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