Yesterday Allan asked me if I wanted to do a day trip up to the rim here in Arizona. I said yes, of course! The rim is a mountain range two hours north of here. It’s gorgeous up there.
We packed up some stuff, got in the car, and started off on a peaceful mini road trip.
I ended up getting majorly, majorly car sick. It was torture.
My car sickness went away after we had lunch in Payson (yes, it’s a city here in Arizona as well as our son’s name!)
We didn’t name Payson after the city, but I still thought it’d be neat to get a picture of him in front of the Welcome to Payson sign. ha
We had a quick lunch at a Burger King there in Payson and then drove on to Willow Springs Lake.
Before we did anything else I made sure to snap a couple family pictures (I’m really trying to remember to do these!)
Payson looked so cute up on Allan’s shoulders that I had to take a few pictures of them.
This one’s my favorite. Payson is always doing that head tilt. Such a goofy boy.
This is hilarious.. the dock we were on was moving around on the water and Sierra was really terrified that it was going to sink! lol. She really wanted off no matter how much we told her it would keep afloat.
I love this picture and how Payson is resting against Allan’s head.
I took a few little video clips.
Payson was super excited to be at the lake. He was looking around with a huge grin the first half hour we were there. Of course he stares off into space when I pull my camera out.
Allan was planning on swimming. It was way too cold and I convinced him not to (and he really would’ve, too!)
Payson was eagerly pointing to the water and babbling excitedly (he looooves water) so I told Allan we should let him walk in there a little bit. It was cold so we didn’t let him do more than put his hands and feet in.
This cracks me up and I’m so glad I caught it! If Payson sees something on the ground he’s interested in eating he drops his binky immediately to make room. Here he’d just got his hand around a nice rock. Mmmmm
He got fairly upset with daddy not letting him eat the rocks and dirt.
But he knows he’s the one being a stinker.
Allan and the girls had an awesome time throwing rocks in the water. Allan tried to teach the girls to skip rocks which was really cute.
I think they were watching some guys in a boat catching a fish right here.
Allan took this one of Brooklyn. I can’t remember why she was screaming but she sure was loud!
I asked Allan to take one of me and Payson.
And one of me and the kids. The girls were cold and that’s why they look like they’re being tortured. I spent most of my time wrestling with Payson. And not in a fun way. He really, really wanted to have a lunch of dirt, bugs, rocks and sticks and I wasn’t letting him.
Let me go. Need wild edibles.
I love that I got a picture of a real smile from Sierra 🙂
Brooklyn climbed on this rock and wanted Allan to catch her.
Now that I’m posting these I can’t remember what Allan was talking to me about but I was loving his expressions.
The light here was so pretty I stopped Allan for pictures.
Allan took this one:
I remembered to snap a couple of the lake as we were heading back to the car.
We walked by this fire pit full of trash. Some people are so lame… there is a dumpster really close to this spot. It’s just plain lazy and stupid to leave this stuff here.
I told Allan I wanted to get a picture of Payson’s red nose because it looked cute. You can’t even tell in this picture, though.
We left Willow Springs and drove a little further to a lookout path. The view is amazing. I could happily spend hours up there.
Allan took these last ones-
A picture of Brook by a brook.