My friend and mommy mentor, Patty, introduced me to the coolest thing today, “Field Trip Day”. 

She does this every Wednesday with her 4 amazing kids.  Hunter (5), Abby (4), Dillon (3), and Jake (1).  Today, we were invited to tag along.  I’ve been down in the dumps for a couple of days…between pregnancy hormones and my natural “chemical imbalance” I was just blue…for no particular reason.  I confided in Patty, and she suggested we get out in God’s creation.   She was right!  So much better than shopping…maternity clothes aren’t that much fun to shop for anyway!

 She reminded me that just because you are labeled as a stay-at-home-mom…doesn’t mean you actually have to stay at home all the time!  It’s so great to get out and experience something new with your children…especially nature.  Forgo the routine of motherhood for a day, get out of your rut, and give your family an experience.
Patty drove Emily and I along with 4 kids (yes we had 5 car seats in 1 SUV) to Great Falls National Park along with another mom friend, Angela, and her two boys.  It was beautiful. 

The website describes it like this:  At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the early history of this country. Great Falls Park has many opportunities to explore history and nature, all in a beautiful 800 acre park only fifteen miles from the Nation’s Capital.   The area around Great Falls served as a meeting place for Native Americans, especially members of the Powhatan Confederacy and the Iroquois Nation.

Today, Emily felt the breeze that comes at your face from a giant rushing waterfall.  At first she called it a “fountain”…such a city girl!  Than she learned “waterfall”.  She smelled the salty air, climbed on boulders, filled up her pockets with rocks she picked up on the trail, jumped in muddy puddles,  and ran…and ran! 

 Today I was reminded how much joy and life we can experience as stay at home moms…who don’t stay at home all the time!