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We’ve been working on reading 1000 Books Before Kindergarten with the library and Cecy just got to 700 books. Each time she reads 100 she gets to pick out a new favorite book. She picked out ‘Storms”, so we will be learning a lot more about weather.
We got the girls princess fishing poles for Valentine’s Day. They are having so much fun practicing casting and reeling. We can’t wait until it’s warm enough to go fishing in the ponds near our new house!
I’ve lost count how many times we’ve read, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” this week at our house. We found a version that includes sounds that the girls can push while I read the story to them. It’s a huge hit!
Carrying a water bottle like this one is a great way to stay hydrated and reduce waste from disposable options. Win-win. Stainless steal keep water cold for hours and this bottle has a spout which makes it easier to drink from when you’re on the go.
When you are hiking in the winter you will want to capture the scenery, but taking on and off your gloves makes it tough! I’m very interested in getting fingerless gloves like these to help keep my hands toasting while taking frame-worthy photos.
Back in the day we hiked in our running shoes. Eric even wore his up Longs Peak! Now that we are older and a bit wiser we can appreciate a good waterproof hiking boot to keep our feet dry. The added stability in a hiking boot is important in rocky terrain.
Trekking poles help take the pressure off our knees, especially going downhill. We also like to use them when there is snow on the trail.
This hiking guide by Lisa Foster is our go-to reference for researching hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park.
We recently purchased a Fire Kids edition tablet to download shows for our girls to watch on the long road trips to Rocky Mountain National Park. They love them! We are big fans of the kid proof case.
The Ergobaby kids carrier has been great for carrying our little ones on long hikes in the park as well as around town.
As our girls get bigger we move them to the Deuter kids carrier so they can sit up higher and enjoy the views.
Headlamps like this one come in handy when you get up before sunrise to begin your hike. We’ve also used them when hiking in the evening such as on 4th of July when we hiked a trail near Gem Lake to experience a view of the fireworks over Lake Estes in Estes Park.
Yaktraks are great in the winter and spring when conditions are slippery but the snow isn’t deep enough for snowshoes. They give you the extra grip you need and can be put around your hiking boots.
I really love my Columbia jacket because it’s very warm, waterproof and also flattering. I have it in grey, but I love that they have several colors to choose from.
This Patagonia men’s down jacket is ultra light weight and super comfortable. This jacket looks great to wear around town and is extremely handy for stuffing into a compact backpack on the trail. You can pull it out when the temperatures fall. It packs a lot of warmth for the size.
We each have a Garmin Forerunner watch that we use to track time and distance on the trail using GPS.