Easter

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I hope you Easter weekend was filled with peace, love, joy, and gratitude. Hopefully you got to spend it with the special people that means the most in your life.

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I decided to have our Easter Egg Hunt indoors this year, and then spend the afternoon hiking. My daughter is not spoiled with material things. We live a rather minimalistic lifestyle. It was pure joy to hear her laughter, and see her surprised face, when she opened some eggs that had little toys in them, instead of candy. She did not expect that.

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She just couldn’t believe her eyes. She believes that the Easter Bunny is the one who brings the eggs. Naturally we had to write him thank you notes. We wrote them on balloons.

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She decided to bring two of her new toy animals on the hike later. She danced her way all the way up to Whiskeytown Falls. The trail is about 3miles out, and back. The way up to the falls is pretty steep on some places. The difficulty of the hike is rated as a moderate. We’ve done the hike many times before, it is a very beautiful hike.  This is just one of the four waterfalls in Whiskeytown National Recreational Area. Crystal Creek Falls, that I visited last in February this year, is close by.

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Picnic next to the falls. I usually try to time this hike when I know there won’t be so many other people on the trail. Yesterday there was a lot of people. Still beautiful though.

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My German Shepherd Gretchen was a little frustrated that she didn’t get to have any off leash time. I did walk next to the water, so that she could get in, she is crazy about swimming. She wasn’t quiet content with that. Dogs are allowed on this trail, but only on leash. Along with all the people we met, there was lots of dogs on the trail.

The hike back is mostly downhill, and it feels like a breeze after hiking up to the falls. My daughter initiated counting different things. Things we saw in nature, like lizards, and plants, and also things she were grateful for. Laughters and smiles dominated the weekend, something I am very grateful for.

Have a wonderful new week!

 

Love,

Ms Zen

Silence 2

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Yesterday we went on a day trip to Lassen National Park, in northern California. We wanted to play in the snow! After playing to our hearts content, we enjoyed a silent moment of absolute stillness, admiring the beauty around us. I love these quiet moments with my daughter. It’s so special. It’s like all the good things in life sink into our soul, if we just take a moment to let them, attracting even more good things in the process.

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. – Melody Beattie

Ever since my daughter was a toddler she invited me to participate in those moments, and I highly encourage her to do so. They’ve given us some of the best times we’ve experienced together. I am very grateful for those moments.

I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend ❤

 

Love,

Ms Zen

Gratitude

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As this weekend comes to an end I feel an overwhelming wave of gratitude coming over me. It’s been a fantastic weekend. I have no words. So instead I’m sharing this photo from earlier today. I hope your weekend was magical, relaxing, fun, energizing, and everything else you wanted it to be.

Love,

Ms Zen