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Our Trip to Disneyland…Not THAT Disneyland

by Christine@TheAums on June 28, 2011 · 7 comments

With twins and shared bdays there’s more than meets the eye.
I’ve shared before that starting with my daughter’s birthday at the end of May, June is just an uphill battle of stress and pressure to get all kinds of celebrating in for various birthdays and anniversaries.
Seriously, what has my world come to that I include battle, stress, and pressure in the same line as celebrating?!
Well, now that the ultimate celebration sandwich of husband’s birthday/wedding anniversary/my birthday is over, Father’s Day is like being hit while you’re down for the count.
I thought this 3 day party was soooo cute before we had kids!
Do I really need to muster up yet more energy to celebrate the love of my life/ amazing father of my Aumies?
I mean, didn’t I already give him a card for his birthday and another for our anniversary?
Well, ahem…no.
I meant to! I really did.
I wrote some thoughts and I thought a lot of thoughts.
It’s the thoughts that count, right?
Not always.
So, yeah, I still have some stuff to do for my husband. Same stuff I’ve been putting on the backburner since the Aumies came along. <sigh>
But, the Saturday before Father’s Day, my husband was out of the house long enough for me to make this with the kids:
on real canvas thankyouverymuch!

And also, to make plans to surprise him with an overnight camping trip to one of our favorite, local, staycation destinations: Land of Medicine Buddha!

All are welcome!
Yup, that’s a yurt, alright…

I rented us a yurt. Don’t laugh. This is still considered camping. I have the bug bites to prove it. Plus I had to walk to a communal bathroom with a flashlight in the middle of the night! And if you still don’t think we were “roughing it,” consider this: there was no internet in the middle of the forest! <high-pitched scream>

So, why Land of Medicine Buddha? Well, the amenities include a swimming pool, kid-friendly hiking, and the option to eat a delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the premises. We’ve stayed in rooms before, but wanted to try their new yurts, which are a short hike away. Ok, no hike is short when you have four children, but we managed.
What’s more, there are gongs in the forest! The kids can strike them with all their strength and nobody says, “Shhhh!” In fact, you can’t help but think, “Aummm” when you hear their beautiful sound.


There are breathtaking Buddhas and prayer wheels all over the place, too! Remember this little guy from Wordless Wednesday?

 

And my favorite feature is a trail that is scattered with benches to relax and contemplate the 8 verses. This is actually ALWAYS my main reason for visiting LMB. Whenever things are feeling off in my personal and family life, I crave this peaceful setting and escape where I can meditate on dealing with the challenges of my life and find perspective.


For example, one verse says something to the effect of dealing with those that annoy or anger you by seeing them as your greatest teachers in life. Ah! So there is a purpose to my children’s daily whining and complaining!


We also, stopped and discussed each verse with the Aumies and tried to give them real-life examples to better understand. “You know when mama cooks a wonderful dinner and sets the table and your first reaction is to cry and say,”Hey, I didn’t want THIS cup!’ Well, this verse is telling you to stop doing that.” Nuff said.
Back to the “roughing it” part…I was forced to forgo my laptop leaving me no choice but to write on real paper with a pencil. That, in itself, was therapeutic.
Here are a few thoughts I jotted down:

We arrived at our yurt (the kids love this word!) after a 1/3 mile hike. I discovered 4 children can play an intense game of hide-n-seek in one room with two places to hide.

We hiked down to the pool and found two chrysalides! One was moving and it reminded us of our butterflies!

We had hot chocolate with whipped cream out in the forest at night. I think this was your favorite part of the trip! Then we took our flashlights and went on a nighttime hike in the pitch-black dark. I kept trying to reassure you all with some nothing-to-be-scared-of mumbo jumbo, but really, I couldn’t wait to get back into our yurt!

The bedtime routine was pretty easy. No technology to distract (me and papa!) and I forgot to pack your toothbrushes! You each either read, drew, or wrote…then fell asleep.

Appreciating this moment. Warm yurt in the forest. My sleeping family breathes calmly. Peace.

The Land of Medicine Buddha has been called the Disneyland of Enlightenment. Truly, it is one of the most magical places on Earth!
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alivingfamily.com June 28, 2011 at 7:37 pm

We are going there when we come. For sure. :)

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The Aums Mama June 29, 2011 at 2:52 am

Can't wait!

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Stasha June 29, 2011 at 5:45 am

Love how they shared in the video. Great canvas!!

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Sharon at Momof6 June 29, 2011 at 9:45 am

This sounds like such a cool place! Now that we've tried family camping- maybe we need to give a yurt a try too! I wonder if I could get the kids to quiet down while I sat and contemplated the 8 verses. I could use a little reflection time!
Thanks for sharing this- I had never heard of this place and I wonder if there is anything like it out here by me!

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lee reyes-fournier January 27, 2012 at 10:29 am

It sounds awesome! I am sending the link to my husband. This is definitely a trip we need.

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Christine@TheAums January 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Lee…after some minor stalking I see that you live in Cali! You could totally make this trip, there’s so much to do in the area, or just have a mini retreat at the peaceful Land of Medicine Buddha. I highly recommend!

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