In my nine years of parenting, I’ve noticed a recurring theme: my family keeps expecting dinner. Every night. Even when I just fed them dinner the night before. Sometimes I enjoy planning ahead and involving the children in choosing menus and purchasing ingredients. Other times I’m suddenly caught off-guard when at 6:00 some small person asks: “What’s for dinner?” My mind starts trying to catalog our neglected cupboards and create dinner from a can of beans, a jar of peanut butter, and a slightly limp carrot. Taking my four small children to a restaurant is both expensive and stressful, and seems best left for special occasions. Ordering pizza gets old, and some of my children won’t eat pizza. Enter my new favorite super hero: Munchery! When I know a certain night is going to be hectic, I can schedule a delivery from Munchery, and dinner appears at my doorstep. And not just any dinner, a meal I can feel good about: their food is fresh, largely organic, local, seasonal, and affordable. Something is so right about getting a text at 5:55 saying, “Your dinner will be delivered in 10 minutes.” There is also something so right about getting $15 off your first order by entering promo code “strollerhikes.”
You can use this link to check it out: https://www.munchery.com/redeem/strollerhikes
The 9th Annual Stroller Hikes Camping Trip at Bravo Ranch in Soquel will be from Friday, July 31st to Sunday, August 2nd. Families can stay one or two nights – just let us know which is your preference when you pay for your reservation. Families need to bring their own tents, sleeping supplies, and personal supplies. The ranch is wonderfully family friendly, with a creek to play in, farm animals, a garden, a playground, crafts, and more!
The Bravo Ranch Camping Trip is Stroller Hikes’ annual fundraiser. We request a $25 donation from each family per night attending, plus ask each family to bring some food to share, and share in tasks around camp. This is a very well organized trip that is more luxury camping than roughing it. The trip will likely sell out before summer, so don’t wait to reserve. Donations will not be reimbursed if families cancel. You can reserve by paying firstname.lastname@example.org through PayPal (please donate $28 per night attending, to cover PayPal fees), or by mailing a check to Stroller Hikes, 1675 Faraday Court San Jose, CA 95124. Payment is the only way to reserve your spot. Be sure to indicate which dates you plan to attend AND if you have any food limitations, as we will have two communal meals per day. Interested in learning more? Click here – Bravo Ranch Camping.
My son has been asking to go ice skating for the past week, so I took my boys to the Winter Lodge in Palo Alto for our first ice skating trial. I’m not sure which one of us was more nervous, but my four year old stepped on the ice like he had been skating for many months. My two year old, was not a fan of ice skating and preferred chewing on his skating lace instead. Our skating trial showcased a Zamboni and snow falling at the end of the skating session. We will venture out on the ice again soon and maybe skate around the entire rink next time!
My bird chasing and garbage truck loving boys have found a new playground – the Sunnyvale Landfill. We ended up biking and we amazed by the many birds we saw flying above or simply enjoying the sun. My boys loved they could also watch garbage trucks (their favorite truck) and also chase birds while biking.
What new hiking or outdoor areas have you discovered this month?
Sunnyvale Landfill biking and birding
Last August, the visionary and energetic founder of Stroller Hikes, Debbie Frazier, stepped down as president of the organization. As an outdoor enthusiast and new mom, she started Stroller Hikes more than eight years ago, creating an immensely informative website and a community of parents who support each other in outdoor family activities. She is such a resourceful and impressively able person that it is going to take a team of eight people to replace her. Thank you, Debbie, for inspiring us to get outside with our children!