Getting used to things

A friend and colleague visited us recently and, knowing how much of time in my previous life was spent working (in a professional sense, rather than mommy-style work), asked “What do you do with all your time?” Its all about perspective, isn’t it?  Although it may seem like I have all this time, it doesn’t seem that way to me.  I somehow manage to keep myself busy and still wonder, “where does my time go?” Here is where some of it (time) went this past week…

Mia is, of course, growing and learning all the time.  Not much in the way of physical growth (on track and all is well on that front) but the most rapid areas of growth right now are in the mental development: using the hands and feet, sitting, moving, talking, observing, etc.  So fun to watch!

Hand ball, foot ball, stretching to get the ball (these photos are actually from May 6, but you get the idea)

Watching Tico and with Tico on the West Fork of the Dolores River

We did another hike last weekend: the Stoner Mesa Trail, starting at the West Fork of the Dolores and going up through lovely forested slopes for just over an hour.  The aspen were just starting to pop in that spot.  The trail head was nice place for Mia’s post-hike meal.  Tico was partying down in the river, and Mia was, as usual, endlessly entertained with his antics.  His water-loving genes do allow for the occasional exit from the ice-cold river, as captured in this photo.

Mia and I joined Aaron for a day of work in Telluride…well, Papa worked and Mia and I walked along the river trail and strolled through town, which was quiet for the short off season.  (A ‘normal’ spring means mud season in these parts, although this winter was so meager — stationarity is dead, as the hydrologic and meteorologic statisticians like to say — that all the snow has long since melted and there is not much mud to be found.)  We squeezed in lunch with Aaron, or perhaps I should say he squeezed in lunch with us, and stopped at Lizard Head Pass on the way home because Mia wanted to eat right this very moment! — no waiting for Rico (little town just down the road).  So, of course, we obliged and she ate — her highest elevation meal yet, at 10,200 feet above sea level.

I am not sure if I will ever get used to living in such a beautiful place and being with my two most favorite people in the world.  I suppose I am already getting “used to it” — I’ve been living in beautiful places and spending my life with one of my favorite people for a long time — but I don’t ever want to take it for granted.  I suppose that is my goal: not to take this life and ‘my’ people for granted.  A nice way to spend my time, too.

Aaron and Mia, with a full belly, at Lizard Head Pass

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you are included in that ‘my’ people part, so thanks for helping to make our lives as lovely as they are!  Hope you are enjoying time with your people, where ever they are.

About Stephanie

I am a mother and a wife, lady scientist, gardener, fabulous cook, foodie, world traveler, and aspiring polymath. I like to ignore stereotypes, challenge the status quo and encourage independent thought.
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