What is a Liebster Award?
After some Googling, I learned that Liebster Award was created in 2011 for newer bloggers to recognize other new bloggers (i.e. ones with not a huge following) whose work they like. It is basically a way for bloggers to show each other support. And when do new (are we still considered new?) parents not need a little support? It is wonderful to know that there are people out there who appreciate what we are doing, as this helps motivate me to keep blogging about our adventures. So, thank you! Check out our responses to the interview below.
Who nominated us?
Thank you to Annika, over at Born to be Adventurous, for the nomination! Annika is a Canadian Mama of two little sprouts who loves to hike, travel, and explore the outdoors with her kids and husband. Go over to their site and check out, especially any Canadian readers… you may just get some fun ideas for places to go!
The Liebster Interview (Answered by Jacqui)
1. When and why did you start blogging?
We started blogging on our honeymoon as a way to share our adventure with family (seemed easier than retelling the stories 1 million times) and then continued to blog about our adventures with our daughter. As someone who always likes to see pictures and research hikes, we decided to move our blog to a public domain so that we could help others find hikes that they may enjoy and share some of the things we have learned (and are learning) along the way.
2. What is your favourite outdoor activity?
Hiking! Sometimes I wish we could be vagabonds and just travel and hike, but then I remember that we went through a lot of schooling to end up where we are and maybe we should use our degrees. Plus, I’d love to know what it feels like to be settled somewhere and be able to build a local network. There is always retirement 😉
I also really love horseback riding. When I was a kid, all I ever wanted was a horse. Every year my parents would ask me for a list of things I wanted for my birthday or Christmas and all I wrote (for probably about 15 years) was ‘horse.’ I never got one. I don’t get many opportunities to ride, but I hope that changes one day.
3. What is your favourite place to visit?
Mountains, broadly speaking. I love how each mountain has its own character, feature, and life. No two are the same.
4. Describe your best experience with your kid(s) in the outdoors?
I have loved most of our time outdoors, but two experiences in particular stand out in my mind. The first was when Sprout was just a month old. I had finally healed enough from birth to go on a short hike. We walked up to a waterfall in the George Washington National Forest, and found a spot to sit along the creek where I could nurse Sprout and relax in the cool mountain air. After nursing, we swaddled Sprout for a nap and laid her on her therm-a-rest, but instead of napping she just stared up at the trees above her, smiling and seeming to appreciate the light bouncing off the leaves above her. I know that her vision was still quite limited at that point, but I loved to see the reflection of the trees in her eyes and to see her early appreciation of world around her.
The second, is quite similar, and is from a recent trip to Arches National Park. As we turned the corner on the Delicate Arch Trail, bringing the Delicate Arch into view, Sprout’s jaw dropped. A smile came across her face as she noticed the large, natural wonder that stood before us. I loved to see how even at just 2 years old, she can appreciate that what she was seeing is spectacular. I hope that nature continues to bring her joy and amazement throughout her life.
5. What is your favourite mode of transportation?
Foot. It is no secret that I love to hike, but I also love to travel by foot when I visit a new city. It allows me to take in my new surroundings and appreciate the things that I may overlook if traveling at a faster pace.
6. What is your favourite food?
7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I wish I knew, though perhaps that would be boring. I’m not even sure where we will be living next year, so 10 years is a bit hard for me!
8. If you could be any age for a week what age would you be?
Twenty-six. I was more fit at that age and would probably be able to do some pretty awesome hikes if I was in better shape, but was old enough to really appreciate things. I was certainly more fit in high school, and liked to hike, but I don’t think I appreciated it in the same way as I did as I got older. Also, I’m assuming others around me don’t get to change ages, so it would be weird to be too much older or younger.
9. What was the last book you read?
Latent Class and Latent Transition Analysis: With Applications in the Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences. Useful, but not quite bedtime reading (I read Harper’s at night, but that is a magazine).
Aaron recently finished Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace. He was reading this book when we met 7 years ago, but life derailed him. He was finally able to revisit it and finish it this year.
10. Salty or sweet foods?
For a snack, sweet. Though I really love most foods.
11. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
There are so many places I would love to visit, but one that I’d love to revisit is Sedona, Az. I went there often as a child, and loved sliding down slide rock (which I understand isn’t allowed anymore because it became too popular?) and exploring the red rocks. There is no shortage of red rock in our current state of Utah, but I have such wonderful memories of my time in Sedona and would love to share it with Aaron and Sprout.
My Liebster Award Nominations!
Utah Adventure Kids: I love the pictures that Salt Lake City based Utah Adventure Kids posts about their adventures in Utah. My list of places to visit while living it Utah is growing quicker than the amount of time I have off! Join them for a hike if you are in the SLC area!
Raising Kids Wild: If you, like me, find parenting one child a bit challenging, check out the adventures of this family of six for a bit of a reality check! 😉 Stephanie blogs about her families hiking adventures and shares some great ideas for things to do on the trail with kids.
Simply Mom Bailey: Bailey is a cloth diapering, montessori-ing Mama of an adorable boy. She blogs about her adventures in parenting, including new diaper releases (follow her blog if you want to stay up on all the cute new prints), and pinterest inspired projects. I love some of the fun montessori inspired projects she has undertaken.
Maman on the Trail: A Canadian mama(n) who loves adventure, camping, and hiking (just like us!) with her infant son. She has some great giveaways and just started a fun project based on one of my favorite blogs, Humans of New York (and one of Sprout’s favorite books Little Humans), called Humans of the Outdoors. It will be fun to see how the project evolves.
What you need to do?
If you are nominated, there are a few things you are asked to do (i.e. ‘rules’). Here are the rules as listed by borntobeadventurous.com, who nominated us:
• Tell your readers who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
• Answer the eleven questions they asked you.
• Nominate some other blogs for the award.
• Ask your nominees eleven questions of your own
Questions for my Nominees:
1. What is one of your favorite foods to make? (bonus points if you include a recipe. I love food )
2. What is your favorite blog to follow?
3. What is your favorite child/baby camping or hiking gear (pick 1 item)?
4. Tent, camper, or hotel?
5. Are you a light packer or a heavy packer?
6. What is your favorite outdoor activity?
7. What is one place you have visited that you think everyone with kids should visit?
8. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
9. Tell us about one thing you have done that challenged you (physically or mentally) and that you are proud to have accomplished.
10. What are your biggest obstacles/struggles to getting outdoors with your kids?
11. What is something that you have learned about yourself while exploring the outdoors?