What’s Your Word? Adventure!

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What’s Your Word? is about exploring the impact and importance of words in our lives.  It is also about getting to know each ther and making new friends.  Look for a new word every Monday and share your view through photos, words or video with us. 

I am so excited to start the What’s Your Word? series off with one of my favorite bloggers and a super swell friend, Melissa from Adventuroo!  There could not be a better lady to feature for the the word Adventure.  Melissa is the mom of two budding adventurers under five. When she’s not cleaning dirt out from under little fingernails, she blogs at Adventuroo and Momcomm, a new blog devoted to can-do blogging tips.  She is also super fun to tweet with and can be found @adventuroo.

Please welcome Melissa and don’t forget to link up your own posts! 

Adventure.

It’s meaning morphs and twists as we make our way through life.

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Yes, my dog wears hiking shoes. It’s a long, adventurous story for another day.

When I was a kid, adventure meant making forts out of tattered blankets, jumping in puddles in the backyard and the occasional trip to an amusement park. We didn’t do many outdoorsy things when I was younger but that didn’t matter. When you’re a kid, adventure is sprinkled with imagination. Grab a large cardboard box and you’ve got anything from a castle to a race car.

When I was a teenager, adventure meant sneaking out an open window with my cousin to go toilet paper someone’s house with our friends. Or jumping off a highway bridge into a lake forty feet below. Um, let me just block this portion of my life out or I’ll sear my mind with futuristic images of my little boys as grown teenagers, doing dumb, dangerous things like that. Moving on…

When I was in college, adventure took many forms. One weekend it consisted of red Solo cups and free-flowing beer. The next weekend? Inhaling the summer air at the nearby lake.

What about those married years before children were even twinkles in our eyes? We climbed rocks, hiked canyons, traveled to new places and even hit Vegas a few times (if you’ve been there, you can’t argue- it’s an adventure).

I also had a huge bucket list tinged with danger: bungee jumping, skydiving, hiking the Grand Canyon from Rim to Rim. The only one of those I crossed off was the last one (and many, many other hiking trips). Nevertheless, I wanted all the thrilling stuff. The things that would give me an adrenaline rush.

And now? We have two young boys. The thought of bungee jumping scares the bejeezus out of me.

Instead, we’ve circled back to the things we enjoyed as kids. The things that fuse adventure and imagination together. Big Roo makes a mean “yucky soup” and Little Roo loves letting different-textured plants slip through his fingers as his stroller whizzes past them on our afternoon walks.

I’d argue that even taking the kids out to eat is an adventure. Although it isn’t necessarily always a positive one (squealing baby, anyone?).

We go on hikes but they don’t require navigating over boulders or camping ten miles away from any road.

Adventure these days? It’s smaller in many ways. It’s definitely less dangerous (and less dumb – oh those teen years). But it’s meaning is oh-so-much bigger.

Technology may change (my son’s never seen a VCR), music may evolve, but adventure comes full circle. I tuck my adventurous memories in the back of my brain and watch my kids experience it all for the first time.

I shape the way our children enjoy the world. I watch their curiosity bud.

Who knew so much was packed into one nine-letter word?

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Now it’s your turn!  Link up your post on adventure and include the badge above linked back to this site.  The code is available on the sidebar.   Please visit a few other posts and show some love.  If you are tweeting about your own post or a post you found and love, please use the #whatsyourword hashtag so we can all follow along.  If you are seeing the series for the first time, check out the What’s Your Word page for a little more information.  If you have a word you know you want to be all yours, just shoot me an email to be the featured post for the week.

Show me your adventure and get ready for another round.

Next week’s word is Glee!  And don’t just think it’s a word full of honey.  Glee is defined both as great merriment and malicious satisfaction.  Take the word any which way!

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I'm Brittany. I believe that simple is best and that smiling can make or break a day. I love being a woman, a wife and a mother. I like to make pretty things and making things with big tools. I am a huge fan of good design. I love to travel. Hugs make me happy. I share my life, experiences, tips and tutorials in the hope that this community can find a whole lot of awesome together.
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  • April 11, 2011 ChiMomWriter

    Loving this series, having a writing prompt for the week and coming by to read other posts!

    As for eating out, Adventuroo, my favorite part is the not-so-subtle attempt to hastily wipe up about 5 lbs of food scattered within a 15-foot radius around our table by by 10-month-old before leaving. And still leaving absolute chaos behind!
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  • April 11, 2011 TheKitchenWitch

    What a cool idea! As always, I’m late to the party but I just wanted to tell you that this is brilliant!

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    • April 11, 2011 Brittany

      I would love to have you featured here one week. Your adventures are so wonderfully written. Pick a word my sweet!

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  • April 11, 2011 liz

    I’ve always wanted to sky dive, too, but never did it before the kids came. I have bungee-d, which was so fun.

    Also, I love that your dog has hiking shoes!
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  • April 11, 2011 Violetsouffle

    That’s such a great word. It really seems like Melissa is happy to be having smaller adventures these days. I certainly don’t miss past adventures as much as I wonder what my future ones will BE. I feel stagnant and even bored in this phase of our lives, where partner is just settling into a career and the baby is almost three.

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    • April 11, 2011 Brittany

      I so miss past adventures and look forward to new ones! Shake it up babe and find some adventures all around town. You are so creative and at almost 3, your little girl can do so many cool things with you. Perhaps we could get the kids together for an adventure!

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  • April 11, 2011 Melissa {adventuroo}

    Thanks so much for having me here today! Can’t wait to read some of the other posts!
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    • April 11, 2011 Brittany

      Thanks so much for posting! I think you could do one of those bungees at a fair or something. I would still do that but jumping off a bridge…no way! And you know…I still love a little adventure in the afternoon with a cold beer and some good friends!

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  • April 11, 2011 Natalie

    Yep, “adventure” has changed a lot since having the kids…but it’s been okay for us. We did a lot of crazy things before the kids, and now are slowing down and enjoying things we probably flew right by before.
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  • April 11, 2011 Teri Johnson

    How fun – breaking down words! It’s GREAT to see other views. GREAT series! =)
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  • April 11, 2011 blueviolet

    I think those little adventures do more for our hearts and souls than the big ones ever could. :) Wonderful!
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  • April 11, 2011 Theta Mom

    That word does take on new meaning after having children. ;)

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  • April 12, 2011 Loukia

    Love this series, my friend, and I so have to play along soon. :) Love the word adventure and how you identified it differently at each stage of your life so far. Being a mom in itself, to me, is the craziest daily adventure ever!

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