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once upon a time....


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once upon a time....


 
 

Once upon a time...

In a wee little forest lived a Mama Bear, a Papa Bear and their eight wee little baby bears

 

Let's start with the Mama Bear: I grew up with some pretty down to earth kinds of parents deep in the beautiful redwood forest.  My parents were exceptionally in tune with nature. My father was a 3rd generation forager. He knew every name of every weed, floral or spray. He knew its purpose, if we could eat it or if it was possible to wildcraft. My mother was a fairytale writer....she has me always looking for gnomes, pixies anything magical of the sorts...yes, I do believe in fairies. I do. They were some of the most friendliest and compassionate people you could meet and if you did you fell in love. I can still hear my father's voice explaining LOVE... love everyone.  Naturally I inherited their love for the forest, all of its creatures and it's magnificent creator. 

Papa Bear grew up in Bend with a little straighter narrow parents, but indeed outdoorsy. At age 5 he started to hike 10-15 miles pretty frequently and at age 8 he hiked a 50 miler. If there's a trail in Bend...he knows it. Some of his fondest memoriesas a child are on backpacking trips were his father would read huge chapter books late into the night with a flashlight in their tent. 

 

So you take two who grew up with the forest as a constant at their feet ... you put them together + they make a lot babies and then you get forestnfolk 🙂.

 
 
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A wee little forest


A wee little forest


We are so very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place. Every day we are thankful for the massive amount of trees that fill our backyard... every creature... small & large and the one who created it. We know many secret gems, swim holes and cool people here in Southern Oregon, but would love to know more...hit us up and lets be friends.

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Adventure


 

Our whole marriage we have had comments about " how do you do it?" " How do you adventure and travel with all those kids?"

Well, the secret is having trust in yourself. I mean yes, snacks, lots of water, games and the occasional bribery of gummy bears, but if you believe in yourself as a parent you can do it. I tell my children often you can do anything you put your mind to. I'm not saying it's easy peasy. Sometimes I want to pull my hair out just to get out the door, but when we do it's ALL worth it. 

 

I feel like some parents think it's harder than it really is. The truth is children thrive in an outdoor environment. I think it's a whole lot easier to be honest. They're open to imagination out there....they have room to roam....to create the ability to be resourceful for themselves including self awareness. They learn a sense of responsibility.  They have a connection with nature....With living beautiful things around them...it's quite astonishing actually to see them develop this yearning for themselves.   Trust me I have eight children. It's extremely nerve wracking when we are stuck indoors and they are asking me to entertain them. Not that I don't love creating creative outlets just saying it's easier on me to let them be wild in the woods. 

Another struggle with trying to get kids outdoors is the distance of a trail. Their appreciation of time differentiates from that of ours so a 5 mile hike seems more like a 15....My husband is great at keeping their minds distracted by asking all sorts of questions from...why do you think the sky is blue to....can you count how many Oregon grapes you see, what type of tracks are these? The possibilities are limitless. 

Adventure


 

Our whole marriage we have had comments about " how do you do it?" " How do you adventure and travel with all those kids?"

Well, the secret is having trust in yourself. I mean yes, snacks, lots of water, games and the occasional bribery of gummy bears, but if you believe in yourself as a parent you can do it. I tell my children often you can do anything you put your mind to. I'm not saying it's easy peasy. Sometimes I want to pull my hair out just to get out the door, but when we do it's ALL worth it. 

 

I feel like some parents think it's harder than it really is. The truth is children thrive in an outdoor environment. I think it's a whole lot easier to be honest. They're open to imagination out there....they have room to roam....to create the ability to be resourceful for themselves including self awareness. They learn a sense of responsibility.  They have a connection with nature....With living beautiful things around them...it's quite astonishing actually to see them develop this yearning for themselves.   Trust me I have eight children. It's extremely nerve wracking when we are stuck indoors and they are asking me to entertain them. Not that I don't love creating creative outlets just saying it's easier on me to let them be wild in the woods. 

Another struggle with trying to get kids outdoors is the distance of a trail. Their appreciation of time differentiates from that of ours so a 5 mile hike seems more like a 15....My husband is great at keeping their minds distracted by asking all sorts of questions from...why do you think the sky is blue to....can you count how many Oregon grapes you see, what type of tracks are these? The possibilities are limitless.