A practice-free, fun-filled day | Mommy and Me Monday | 597th ed


I didn’t quite realize how good I had it last summer with the oldest two both still in middle school and running on the same cross country team. 

Now we have a middle school runner and high school runner and I’m getting kids to team practices 5 days a week and scheduling an additional run on Saturdays. 

The oldest was away at cross country camp which left us with a Friday morning free. Of course, I didn’t realize it until Thursday afternoon, so I had to figure out plans on the quick. 

I remembered a relatively close to us blueberry farm, so we had a slow morning and then headed out to pick berries. 

There weren’t a ton of blueberries, but everybody was a good sport. There was even some real foraging happening with them carefully getting into the middle of the plants to find the blueberries. 

picking berries

It took us about an hour to pick 2/3 of a bucket. And of course we pre-paid for two buckets. Oh well, live and learn (and thankfully, it wasn’t too pricey!)

Then we headed off to a nearby waterfall for some splashing and swimming. 

High Shoals Falls is less than a half mile (might even be a quarter mile) from the parking lot to the waterfall. So, we changed out of our walking shoes and put on water shoes and make the quick trip down the path.

high shoals falls mommy and me monday

(What is it about E that always has her hiding behind people in pictures? We need to work on that!)

Running water and waterfalls are always so soothing to me…of course add in a couple screeching kiddos and that takes it up a notch. 

mommy and me monday at the bottom of the falls

The water was COLD! I got in up to my mid-calf and decided that was enough. These girls however, went in to their shoulders. Only some yelps happened. 

They walked over and asked if I wanted to take a picture of them! Yes, please!

sitting by rock at base of waterfalls

Saturday is that day six where the girls have to run, but there’s not a scheduled practice. I try to message a couple parents and plan a group run for the kids (mostly so I don’t have to do the run and they don’t have to run on the treadmill). A good bit of the time, at least one other family shows up. 

I had already done a 30 minute Peloton ride and then walked 3.1 miles and it was HOT and humid. I decided I wanted to treat myself to freshly made iced latte (decaf, almond milk, please) and treated the kiddo to a frapp… And again, she suggested a picture! These kids help me keep my Mommy and Me Monday going, even if sometimes they don’t want to. 

coffee run after a run

What did you do this week?

GET IN THE PICTURE WITH YOUR KIDS! Who cares what you look like? Cares how you appear? Who cares what you are wearing? JUST DO IT! Come share your picture on the Facebook thread or use #MommyAndMeMonday!

It’s time again for Mommy and Me Monday. Pop out from behind that camera and capture yourself in action with your kids. Check out the inaugural Mommy and Me Monday for more information. Need another reason to participate in Mommy and Me Monday? Read my post about why I blog with words from a friend’s husband.

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  1. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    I can’t believe how much your girls have grown! I recently had the chance to spend some girl time with my “daughter” at Callaway Gardens. It was a fun day, busy but totally fun!

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