Taking a Break | Visiting Valley of Fire State Park

On Black Friday, rather than deal with crowds of eager shoppers looking for great deals, we took a little road trip to visit the Valley of Fire State Park.  It's about an hour's drive north from Las Vegas and well worth the drive to get away for a bit.  To our surprise, the park entrance had a super long line and we ended up waiting about 20 minutes to get to the gate.  I guess we weren't the only ones not interested in shopping!  

I know I say this all the time, but I really do just love getting outdoors with my family and enjoying our time together unplugged from the world, even if it's just for an afternoon.  We sometimes (read lots of times) are so overwhelmed with being busy, that we forget to slow down.  We know we should, but  we end up getting wrapped up in our day to day routine.  We get lost in the chaos of life.  This is why it's so important to be intentional with our lives and our relationships with others, especially our family.  It's important to carve out time to be together to visualize how you want to spend your time with each other and make it happen.  For us, we find that being outside exploring nature, brings us together.  There's less bickering and whining out there.  There's time to breathe and laugh and just be.     

What kinds of things do you do when spending some time with the ones you love? I'd love to hear about it and get some ideas for my crazy bunch too! xo