I hate the outdoors. I don’t like getting dirty, feeling cold, getting stuff in my shoes and all the prep that goes into doing stuff outside. It is kind of crazy how my outdoor loving, thrill seeker husband and I even got (and have stayed!) together. I am more of a homebody that likes peace and quiet and I just want to make stuff. We have had to learn to make sacrifices and compromises for our marriage as well as for our children. One of the sacrifices I make is to get my butt out of my house and explore the beautiful areas in which we live. I hated it at first and I still don’t love it, but what I do love is family time.
We moved to Seattle in July and have made an effort to make Washington our home, no matter how long we plan to be here. I think it is safe to say that everyone desires roots or a foundation of sorts. I really desire it- especially when we are on our own out here having that stability is my comfort. We went out to Port Angeles and the Crescent Lake area (compromise #1) and stayed in a hotel (compromise #2-no cabins or camping- yay!) so we could explore the lake and hike. Because I want my kids to have all these fun and engaging experiences, I had to suck it up and enjoy myself (you know, be a good example?) even though I was not in my element.
A little about Crescent Lake – I was in awe of how absolutely beautiful it is. Like I said, I am not into the outdoors but I can appreciate how majestic and inspiring this lake is. Next time we go, we will be staying at the lodge there. They have these quaint cabins that are steps away from the lake, canoes and a really great restaurant. You get the beauty of the lake, surrounding pine trees but still are in a nice and clean room- away from the bugs. And we loved Port Angeles. We took the Edmonds-Kingston Ferry from Edmonds and drove to Port Angeles at night- it wasn’t very busy at all. On the way back, however, we had to wait an hour to board the ferry so maybe we will try to leave before dinner time so we don’t get stuck waiting.
I know how trite it sounds, but watching my kids play in the lake, skip rocks, go swimming, truly made it such an enjoyable and memorable trip. My mother would ask where in the world have you done with the real Brenda, but really, truly, I had fun. I teach my kids that we are all free to choose our actions and our attitudes. Sometimes we as parents actually learn from what we are teaching our kids- right? I could have easily been miserable as my kids splashed super cold water on me or felt cobwebs on me as I walked around what seems to be the spider capital of the world, but I chose to have a good time- and I did. I love the quiet and safety of my clean and comfortable home, but I love family time more.
These kids-including my husband- can drive me crazy and other times I am just so crazy in love with them. So, my thought for you- give whatever it is you “hate” a chance. You may like it. You may still not like it but perhaps the outcome may not be so bad.