Either WordPress recently updated something on their blog stuff, or mine just updated recently, because every time I open my blog it has a daily prompt to use for inspiration. Most of the time however I have been mulling things over in my mind of things to write about anyway so I just ignore it. Although they are fun ideas and make me think. Today I decided to wait until I saw the prompt before I decided for sure what I was going to write on, and it was a great prompt because it was light hearted, which I don’t feel my blog posts have been lately. So I am going to run with it. Now I can’t remember exactly what it was, but something to the effect of what are 5 things that I do for fun, so here goes.

The first one is going to be really weird, and some people might even think it’s a little mean. You can let me know in the comments. Let me start by saying, if you’re older than me, I will never do this to you, in fact, if you’re not a member of my family I probably won’t do this on purpose. But I love to scare my kids. Not like Halloween or horror show or gory or anything, but like jump scare when they’re coming out of the bathroom, in the front door, things like that. I don’t do it very often, and even when I do it, it doesn’t always work, but that makes it all the better when it really does work. My kids have learned from me however, and they like to jump scare me once in a while too. When they were younger it didn’t work very often, but the older they get, the better they are at it. I know, weird, but it makes life a little more enjoyable.

Now on to more normal things. Next, I really enjoy going places, quite regularly. I am a homebody in that I don’t like being gone from my home for extended periods of time, but I enjoy day trips and overnight trips. When my oldest daughter played basketball, I always looked forward to her away games because my husband and I would go Friday night, watch her play, stay overnight, watch on Saturday and then usually when she was done, she would ride home with us. Now with my youngest two rock climbing, we enjoy going to Fairbanks and Anchorage for competitions and wandering around each town. I love going down to Seward or Kenai with anyone who will go with me, often with art, but sometimes just for fun. In the summer I love driving over Hatcher’s Pass, just to get out, even though I go many times every summer, and Talkeetna is always a fun little excursion any time of the year. Turnagain are is also a fun area to go and explore. There is so much to see!

I love to hike. Getting out in nature is so healing to my soul in a lot of ways. In the winter we don’t do much hiking, and sometimes in the summer we don’t get out as much as I would like, but no matter how much we do, I love doing it and come home feeling refreshed. My kids enjoy the ridgeline hikes, which I also enjoy. They are hard in the beginning, getting up on top, but then oh the views! Miles in every direction. We love Hatcher’s Pass for the views and ease of getting on top, but love to hike the Butte, Portage Pass is beautiful, as well as so many others. But I don’t mind being down in the trees either. I have been on so many beautiful hikes around lakes and near rivers and waterfalls. There is so much beauty regardless of where we go. This is one I don’t care to do alone for the most part, but having more people makes it more fun anyway.

I enjoy watching people make things. When I was a kid one of my favorite shows was Mr. Roger’s because he would always do a segment on how things are made. I still vividly remember watching how crayons are made. Growing up my dad and I would wander around building projects in our area after all the workers went home. It was always fun to see their progress. Now, my husband being a contractor, I get to see homes built from start to finish all the time, helping with various stages of the project, and it never gets old. I also love watching YouTube videos of how things are made. Recently I have been watching people make fantastic things out of chocolate. I enjoy watching the process and what goes in to everyday products or special occasion items.

And number 5, I love baking. Baking to me is fun and it makes me happy. Coming into the house and smelling freshly baked bread or cookies, or even the smell of dinner cooking in the oven. I love that. My favorite thing to bake is cookies. My kids have never understood that. They always say, “why don’t you make something like a bar cookie or brownie that can all bake at the same time and be done in 20 or 30 minutes instead of an hour like sheet pans full of cookies. I have no good answer except that cookies make me happy, and I find if fun to bake cookies, well bake almost anything, but that’s my favorite. I also love eating cookies, I think that’s my favorite sweet snack.

So there are 5 things I find fun that you may not have known about me. What do you do for fun? I would love to hear from you!

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