Happy Friday, Campers! It’s time, yet again, for another #WeekendWarrior introduction! Meet Brandi, aka @soulshinephotographer, who is an adventuring mom of 2, and an amazing photographer! I can’t wait to share her story with you, because her urge to keep her kids outdoors as much as possible resonates so much with me! So, let’s get to it! I present to you:
Weekend Warrior Series: Brandi
1. Where did your love of the great outdoors come from, and what does it do for you?
My love for the great outdoors started when I was pretty young.
Me and my siblings would always be outside exploring the woods or pond in our backyard. We never wanted to be inside and usually went out first thing in the morning and came in only when it got to dark to see.
We would build forts, fish, catch frogs, climb trees and even pretended we lived in the woods.
I remember my dad waking us up early in the morning (3am) to go fishing and although we weren’t happy about waking early, those are my fondest memories.
As I got older I continued my love for the outdoors by riding dirt bikes, running through the woods, working on a farm with friends and horseback riding. Anytime I could be outside, I was.
Being outside in my eyes is a must. Especially now that I’m a mom.
When indoors, my kids are so different. They tend to fight more and need my attention 24/7.
When we are outside, they are 100% independent and work together as a team instead of fighting.
Watching my kids exploring and learning about the natural world, seeing there imagination run wild and witnessing there love for nature and drive to get outside makes me so happy. Something I will continue to water and watch grow inside each of them.
2. What does weekend warrior mean to you?
Being a stay at home mom allows me to not only be a weekend warrior but also a weekday warrior. My son is 3.5 and my daughter is 2, so they are not yet in school.
In just one year we explored 19 state parks.
We make sure to recap our day at bedtime after every adventure. I love hearing what my son has to say about our adventures!
3. Where is your next adventure?
Our next adventure is to Jamaica February 21st, without the kids. A mama, papa adventure.
As for an adventure with the kiddos, everyday is an adventure. Whether we go to our local nature center, visit a state park or explore in the backyard, we try to get outside as much as possible, which in the warmer months is everyday.
We have lots in store for the summer and I’m looking forward to all of our upcoming family adventures.
Thank you so much for sharing, Brandi! We have a lot in common, or things I WISH we had in common- you know- like travelling around with kids, exploring the country one park at a time? We love following all your adventures, and can’t wait to see what sort of amazing adventures you embark on in Jamaica! Campers, don’t forget to head over to Insta to follow her page for more amazing #adventurefam photos!