Winter Hike {Pacific Northwest}

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So, my friends, the most amazing thing happened on Friday. My friend Sarah sent a message on Facebook and asked what I was doing. She wanted to get out and walk and her husband (who has Fridays off) wanted to go for a run. So we met up at our family’s favorite hiking trail.

Why is this so amazing? Because, my friends, that makes twice last week that I got out of the house with my children. In the cold. Don’t let the photos fool you. It was cold enough to see our breath. It was foggy and damp. And it felt great!bellingham ,whatcom  county, family hikes, pacific northwest, pacific northwest hikes, large family, large family blog, homeschool, homeschool blog

Getting Apollo’s Monster of a stroller assembled for our hike.

It’s amazing what a change of attitude and a little resolve (I will get out in the cold with my kids) can do! The kids, of course, took no convincing. And, since it was Friday, Judah had no classes and was able to join us.bellingham ,whatcom  county, family hikes, pacific northwest, pacific northwest hikes, large family, large family blog, homeschool, homeschool blog bellingham ,whatcom  county, family hikes, pacific northwest, pacific northwest hikes, large family, large family blog, homeschool, homeschool blog

I love, love, love the moss in our forests here. It makes everything look positively magical!bellingham ,whatcom  county, family hikes, pacific northwest, pacific northwest hikes, large family, large family blog, homeschool, homeschool blog

Apollo, unfortunately, did not enjoy our adventure. He was tired (as usual) and in no mood to hike. He got out of the stroller for a bit, but for the most part he rode. {And don’t worry about him not being dressed warmly enough. His gray shirt is a thermal shirt from REI and he also had a coat and hat. He just took them off here.}

And speaking of him being tired, the other day he told Tilly, “I’m tired” and she said, “I know buddy, I am too” and he responded with, “But I’ve been tired for my whole life”. He’s on iron supplements and has had this thyroid checked. The doctors still can’t tell us why he gets so tired. IMG_3005 blog

Shortly after we hit the 1.5 mile mark, we had to turn around due to Apollo’s crying.
That means we walked just over 3 miles! So awesome.bellingham ,whatcom  county, family hikes, pacific northwest, pacific northwest hikes, large family, large family blog, homeschool, homeschool blog

Our Friday hike was only possible because I had our meals planned and prepped for the week. I was having company over Friday night, and Sarah didn’t contact me until mid-morning. Without a plan there is not way I could have headed out spur-of-the-moment like that one a night I was having friends over.bellingham ,whatcom  county, family hikes, pacific northwest, pacific northwest hikes, large family, large family blog, homeschool, homeschool blog  bellingham ,whatcom  county, family hikes, pacific northwest, pacific northwest hikes, large family, large family blog, homeschool, homeschool blogbellingham ,whatcom  county, family hikes, pacific northwest, pacific northwest hikes, large family, large family blog, homeschool, homeschool blogI’ll be back tomorrow with next week’s meal plans.

Here’s to more adventures!

 

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  1. That is great and what a wonderful place to walk, I also am trying to get out more with our youngest, but most days this winter it has been to cold to be outside for more then 10 min. So lots of Lego building instead. Looking forward to spring.

  2. How nice to be in the fresh air! I was out all day yesterday hiking and climbing. Sore, but so satisfied.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous place to go for a walk!!

  4. Poor guy! I know he is tired of being tired!
    So glad you all were able to get out and enjoy God’s beauty!

  5. My go-to response when someone tells me they are tired is to tell them to go wheat/gluten free for a while, because that was my main symptom of gluten intolerance. According to my kids, watching me go from a gluten eating person to a gluten free person, was like watching Lazarus come out of the grave, it was that dramatic. It might be worth a try ? Forgive me if we’ve already discussed this, I comment on a lot of blogs …

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      He has been tested for celiac (and I know this doesn’t mean he *isn’t* sensitive to wheat) and we when gluten free for several months when he was younger. We didn’t see a difference at all.

  6. What a beautiful place you live in! Our forest is nice, but not so dramatically gorgeous as this one.

  7. sarah faulkner

    Renee,
    I am wondeeing if Apollos tiredness is linked to nutrition. I see a medical doctor in oregon city that only deals with nutrition and how it is effecting the body. My son was tired all the time. Not as bad as Apollo, but not normal. I took him in and we discovered a bacterial over growth in his stomach. As we started treating that he began sleeping more (the iron tip from you really helped ) and is doing much better. Apollos body has been without the nutriants he needs (no fault of yours ) for quiet awhile, and i wouldnt be surprized if there was a bacterial infection or some other imbalance. The docs might not catch it, because if you dont specialize in it you dont know how to look for it. This doc specializes in autistic kids ~ but when (if ) you call ask if you can email the dr your situation and see what he says. He is amazing. Any way, its dr. John Green in oregon city. Oregon (4 hr drive for you ). If you tell him i recommended you that will help you get in. Many kids with autism are malnourished, which is why he’s knows this area. I know im just a stranger on your blog, and i understand that creepy factor, not knowing if I am crazy. But I promise he wont see Apollo unless he believes he can help. 🙂

  8. Have you tried magnesium supplements? I’m not sure if that is something a young child can have, but I know magnesium deficiency and low to mid level dehydration are both very common in people these days. I was told by my neurologist to start taking magnesium supplements and they seem to really help. I know Apollo is a special case though so this may not be helpful at all.

  9. I also had the thought of somehow getting Apollo better nutrition. You could sneak all kinds of great herbs into his feeding tube at night. I highly recommend http://www.bulkherbstore.com as a great resource. I’m just learning myself about the importance of nutrition. Maybe that would be a good homeshcool research project for one of your older children.

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