Check It Out: *giveaway*, Memorable Adventures, a new movie & a trip to the Vatican (yep, it's a bunch of stuff!)
This post was written in partnership with Beyond the Sun, streaming now.
Adventure is a fun word to toss around, isn't it?
Let's go on an adventure!
Just try the green beans, it'll be an adventure!
Making dinner for the whole family using only the 3 things left in the refrigerator that aren't expired or growing things? Adventure!
But really, anything can be an adventure if you want it to be.
Like when your family plans a bike ride for Mother's Day.
A bike ride, when really all you wanted to do was sit under a tree & read. Well, as long as under the tree was also the coziest bed/chair known to man. Or a hammock that didn't make you look like a deer walking for the first time when you get out of it. Also, snacks & never-ending ice water. & a little fairy who sits on your shoulder & whispers every 15 minutes, 'You are not missing out on anything. There is nothing on the internet that needs you. The internet is taking a nap. Facebook is planting flowers in it's garden & has taken the afternoon off. Your phone is at a pedicure. No one is posting anything anywhere.'
But no, really.
Let's go on a bike ride.
So, as you can see my attitude was fantastic.
Also, these are the people I was going on said bike ride with:
This started out with a little picnic which is a tradition we have & it was so lovely, but more than once I was asked, 'Are you okay?' & 'How are you doing today?' & 'Is everything alright?' because my mood was not great. But could I really say, 'The prospect of whirring along behind the fit bunch of you athleticy athletes makes me want to cry'? I mean, I guess I COULD, but I'm pretty sure that would make me a complete jerk. (Side note: I do have a knee issue & the doctor told me that bike riding is the best thing to do because it's low impact. & we have been on a few short, short rides around our neighborhood recently & I have raved about how nice it was & how good I felt & how my knee wasn't hurting at all. Okay, so maybe this idea didn't come out of left field & my family actually thought of something that would be really fun fun for everyone. Okay! I get it! My family is attentive & incredible! You don't have to yell!)
& so, off on a bike ride we went.
& I hate to admit this, because-
No, never mind.
I don't hate to admit it.
I am happy to say that it was lovely.
Sure, it was a challenge & I was at the back most of the time (I do not mind this at all, by the way. I love being the caboose & seeing everyone ahead of me).
Sure, at one point I snarkily said, 'Oh! I forgot I was riding with the people who need to get everywhere as fast as humanly possible!' because we do have a couple of those.
But mostly it was just nice.
We kind of rode in twos & at some point or another I think most everyone rode with everyone else. My stepmom & I even rode together (she is the superfit one, remember?) & even though I could tell that she was afraid she might tip over, we were going so slow, she stuck with me & we chatted & it was lovely! (Lovely!)
About 3/4 of the way around the river loop (did I mention we were riding along the river? Lovely!) I needed to stop & felt a little overheated. I said that I was going to go slower & that everyone could go ahead of me, it was fine (& I wasn't just saying that. I would always rather go at my own pace than kill myself to keep up with the supers. I don't mind being alone but if you want stay with me, that's nice, too.)
My husband stayed back with me & we had a cute little mini date.
In all we rode almost 6 miles.
& now I will tell you about each and every mile.
In the end it was just great and I’m really glad that I did it.
All it takes to have an adventure is a good attitude and five paragraphs of complaining.
Adventuring with your kids is like Joey's assessment of Rachel's trifle.
And now I get to tell you about this new movie that has a cameo by the Pope (the actual Pope!)
& after that there are two pretty incredible giveaways!
A heartwarming family film is releasing this week. Distributed by AMBI Distribution, BEYOND THE SUN, is a modern day tale of hope, faith and courage based on stories from the Bible. This delightful family movie chronicles the adventures of four young friends in search of God. The film features a very rare special appearance by Pope Francis.
BEYOND THE SUN is available for purchase across multiple platforms including iTunes, Amazon, and TUGG now.
This week we get to give away something pretty awesome, a $50 gift card!
& you get to choose if you want it for Amazon or Target.
Comment here with your favorite way to adventure with your family or something that you are hoping to do adventure wise (we promise we won't check up on you, it can just live in your heart if that’s where it needs to be)
You can also get another entry by sharing this post wherever you like to share things.
We will draw the winner Friday, May 18 at 9pm
****giveaway: The Sequel****
You can also enter to win a trip to the Vatican.
The real live Vatican!
In support of the film, AMBI Media Group is holding a special contest where one lucky winner will win an Exclusive Private Tour of the Vatican and Front Row Tickets to an Audience with The Pope For Four.
For anyone who has ever wanted to visit Italy and The Vatican, this is your chance!
For additional details about the contest and to enter, please go to:
This Vatican giveaway is held completely on the site linked above.
We won't be drawing the winner for that one :)
Have a great day friends!