I often go on drives to nowhere- I think it's just in my blood or a nostalgic feeling that makes me feel so happy about them; Tunes cranked, windows down, 32 oz drink near by and drives in the country with the sunset reflecting on every mountainside are my favorite. I think it's the feeling they give me a peaceful recognizable one-one that feels like home. Growing up we did this often, in fact when we went "vacations" they were more life "drive-cations." My dad was a farmer so when my parents decided to load us up to go somewhere, we had to cover x amount of distance in a short amount of time. We would rise early at the hotel, get in the car and get ready to drive till dark, we would of course stop at the nearest attractions but for the most part we drove-We drove to the beat of my dads hand hitting the steering wheel or the outside of the car when the window was down. We drove with the car stocked with twizzlers, grapes, and snickers. We drove trying to spot all the different letters of the alphabet on signs, or searching of a variety of license plates. We just drove; not ideal now that I have kids of my own but there are a lot of memories in those tires and miles that made us all grow closer that I wouldn't trade for anything!
I often find myself to this day just driving around with my own boys, but you see the difference between me and my dad is that I am a stopper. I have to stop and take in each and every beautiful area this amazing world has to offer. So when I see a place even it if it on the side of the road, I stop, I visit, I enjoy! On this particular night we stopped at one of my favorite little places, that I found on one of my many drives through the country. The sun was going down behind the mountains almost ready to say goodnight, the boys were looking for pterodactyls and t-rex's, Jared was trying to coax some goats over to the fence, and I was taking some photos of my boys playing. I went up to join my babes when all of a sudden to our surprise a train came rushing by us. It was really quite amazing, thrilling , unexpected, and the boys were in awe. The sun came shining through each train cart that passed just enough to let us know that it was still there. Boone clung to me tight, which doesn't happen near enough these days , but it made me feel happy because I know that I am his safe spot. Cooper sat close enough to feel safe and for me to keep him safe, but was just in amazement at what we were witnessing, and Jared was just excited about the lovely photos he captures for us.
Those drives that I have been instilled with from my childhood really do help me to find a new beauty in the everyday things. Because it seems no matter where we are this world never ceases to amaze me. Because sometimes the extraordinary can be found in the most ordinary places.
Dress: Scout and Cloth
Shoes: Sandgrens Clogs
Diaper Bag: Mina Kay
Boys Bowties: Owlie Bowlie