Hike Day for March

This weekend, we had a lot of things happen.  We went to the St. Patrick’s Day parade and concert down in Dallas.  I got some video of that, but the audio was bad because of where we were positioned by a speaker.  The day was quite an experience, though!

Still, I was determined to do a video this weekend!  We had decided that Sunday afternoon would be our hike day, and I wanted to do something actually in Dallas proper.  We headed to Uptown to a small trail that was parallel to the big Katy trail.  It was called Turtle Creek Trail, and it was beautiful!  Here’s a video of our short adventure.

Have you ever been to this trail?  

Do you prefer more urban or country trails?  I think I’m leaning towards the urban ones just because there is so much to see.  But I like the stillness of the country trails too!



Hike #2: Into the woods

This weekend, Michael and I went on our second hike.  I have a new year goal to try to hike once a month this year.  This time we went to Erwin Municipal Park in Mckinney, TX.


This park is full of nature trails.  We were in a crunch for time so we only explored part of the 7.5 mile trek.  The walking trails coincided with bike trails as well.

The landscape was beautiful.  There were a lot of people out biking, walking with friends, and playing with their dogs.  We made a mental note to bring our dogs out here one day as well, probably closer to summer when the trees will be in full bloom.  I know there are other parts to this park, so this might be another hike in the future as well!

Do you have hiking trails in your area?

Bathroom Organization

One of my new year goals is to work on my daily rhythms, starting with my night time routine (and essentially affecting my other daily routines as well).  One of the ways I am working towards this goal is organizing the spaces that I use during these routines.  So, the first space I organized was my bathroom sink area.

This week has been crazy with a lot of pet sitting (more on that next week), so I didn’t use my normal camera set up.  Instead, I used my phone which surprisingly does a pretty good job.  So, here’s a video tour of my new organization.

I am really excited about the Routine Trays in my master closet.  I’ve been using them for about a week now, and I love them.  It’s less time trying to gather things in the morning when I’m in a rush or at night when I want to go to bed.

I’m also a big fan of the shelves.  I like how clear and simple everything is.  I tend to get overwhelmed when there is a lot of clutter, so this kind of decor/organization is really helpful.

How do you organize your space around your daily rhythms?

Are you a morning or a night person?

Make Up Hike Day

A couple of weeks ago, we planned a hike that didn’t go the way we planned, but set us on a great adventure.  So, we decided to try again this Saturday.

We hiked in Hoblitzelle Park in Plano.  Like most DFW trails, this one wound around several neighborhoods and apartment complexes.


The trail ran along a creek and there were several bridges we crossed along the way.


We hiked just under 2 miles and the weather was awesome.  There were dog owners out, enjoying the day.  As well as young families, runners, and bicyclists.  We also saw a few of hot air balloons in the sky as well!


We had our friends’ dog with us. They are preparing to bring home a baby soon so we took their pup for the afternoon.  After our hike, we took her home to have a play date with our pups.


We had a great time, and we look forward to our hike day next month!

Do you have hiking trails in your area?

Do you have doggie play dates with your friends’ dogs?

Our First Hike…Sorta

One of my new year resolutions is to go on a hike every month.  This past Saturday, we planned to do just that.

We picked a trail that was a little over two miles.  When we arrived, there wasn’t a parking lot, so we parked in a nearby residential street.  Most of the trails are near residential areas, so this is very common.


So we set out walking in one direction on the path.  We passed a golf course with a bridge.


We thought the trail was going to turn towards the bridge, but instead it went into a neighborhood.  Thinking the trail would pick up soon, we set into the neighborhood.  And that’s when we saw her.


She was outside on the corner, alone.  She kept darting into the street while cars slowly drove around her.  She wouldn’t get close to anyone, kept running away with tail tucked.

As far as the hike, we figured we took a wrong turn, so we headed back towards the path we originally took.  The dog followed us at a distance.  We thought about calling animal control simply because they have equipment to catch dogs like this, who are scared and won’t come near anyone.

Then, a woman came out of her house and offered some doggie treats and a leash to help catch the dog.  So, I sat on the ground, avoiding eye contact, throwing treats near me and then closer to me, until she was eating out of my hand.  I could finally see her tag.  Her name was Olivia.

I got the leash on her, and walked her back to our car.  Originally, we were going to take it to a Vet ER (because most regular vets are closed at this point on Saturday) to see if she had a microchip.  There was a number on the back of her tag, but the numbers were rubbed off.  But, while I was catching her and walking her on the trail, Michael talked to the woman who helped us.  She said that the dog probably belonged to a family at the corner where we found her.  So we drove her back there and reunited her with her family.

I’m so happy that the dog went home so fast.  It was pretty cold that day, and would get even colder that night.  I’m also thankful for the woman who offered to help because I don’t think I would have been able to do that without her.  As far as the hike, we decided to try again in a couple of weeks.  It’s amazing that the wrong turn we had taken would still lead us to quite an adventure!

Have you ever taken a wrong turn on a hike?

Do you stop to help lost dogs?


Happy 2016!

Happy New Year!  Like last year, I wanted to start off this year with a few goals to help focus on where I want to be at the end of the year.  So, I made a video.

Originally I wanted to use a word to focus on during the year, but I couldn’t settle on just one!  So, instead I went the traditional route of the goal making process, but limited those goals to just three.  But I did use one word to describe each goal, so maybe next year I can work towards whittling it down to one.

So to recap the video, my three words are Balance, Energy, and Share.

Balance – organize the rhythms in my life so that I am healthier and have the time and space to do the things important to me.  The first rhythm I will work on is my night time routine.  I want to work on both time and space organization.

Energy – Go on a hike once a month.  We have several trails around our area that we haven’t explored.  I also added to this goal that I will walk 5 times a week with my husband or with my dogs.  I didn’t mention it in the video, but I will make these walks at least 20-30 mins long.

Share – Make two videos a month.  These might be videos about my goals, or they might be just follow me around kind of videos.  I’m going to give myself some space to figure out what I want to do with this goal.

I’m so excited to see where this year will take me.  I know God will do great things!

Do you make new year goals?  If you do, what are they?