Life with teenagers can sometimes be challenging. Seriously.
After an intensely difficult week, culminating with an extremely unpleasant day, it seemed to me that it would be a good idea to create a happy time.
So, in spite of the fact that attitudes were not good, and chores were not completed, and because the weather was spectacularly pleasant (25+C/80-ishF, with a clear blue sky), we went on a wee ramble through the woods.
Well, it kind of was a bit too much for Ellie, who is 5 and doesn't like steep hills... but she did just fine with a little help from her brother and dad.
We clambered straight down the mountainside from a logging road, down to the lake. The path was barely marked, and there were downed trees across it in places.
But we made it down without falling too many times, and the lake at the bottom was simply lovely.
And, strangely enough, now that we're back home, attitudes have changed. Everybody is more relaxed. Life feels a bit better.