Hiking, Park

PhotobucketAllan and I were talking about conference Sunday and I mentioned I wanted to take a little hike between sessions. He sat there thinking and asked if I wanted to go up to the rim and hike.

Yes I do!

We were both really nervous because Payson makes every single excursion a living hell for us.

But, to our complete shock, Payson was really good on the trip! He was quiet and fell asleep on the drive there (and back!) and he was super smiling and happy while there! I don’t know what got into him that day but I am so thankful it went well. We desperately needed a fun family outing without drama!
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The hike wasn’t too difficult, either. We hiked over a mile in on a moderate trail.
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It felt so good to feel the fresh air in my lungs and see the backpacks and hiking shoes and to be in trees, beloved trees, and hear that running water off to the side.
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Allan wore Payson in the backpack and I wore Ember in the sling. Both of us have pretty sore backs this week! To say the least.
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When we got there I sat down to talk with the kids for a while. They were giddy with excitement to play in the water and I was giddy with excitement to get the wrap off my aching back.
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I had no idea Allan was taking these pictures. I was happy to see them when we got home and I uploaded the pictures 🙂
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Ember was pretty hungry by the time we stopped. I was sitting on the rock with her in my lap when she turned to my chest and starting pulling at my shirt and lunging, mouth open, for milk. So freaking funny! As I was pulling up my shirt to nurse her she swooped down and latched on by herself. It makes me laugh every single time she does that. She can help herself to food now!
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Payson came and sat by me and was being cute. The sweetest I’ve ever seen him be in his entire life! We were talking and he was coming up with all kinds of creative ideas. The rock we were on was a boat floating down the creek and he was the captain. It was one of my favorite moments as a mother I’ve ever had. I am so thankful for Allan for grabbing my camera and snapping these!
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The water was freezing cold. I could barely stand my feet in it for more than a few seconds. I don’t know how my kids waded through it for as long as they did!
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Sucking the water off a stick. Ew.
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For a little bit of the time we were there I let Ember hang out in the backpack. It was nice having a little break from holding her.
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I wish we had creek near our house for Payson to play in.
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Allan is such a great dad.
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I love watching Allan and Payson together. My boys 🙂
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I didn’t take a ton of pictures of the girls because they were in their underwear. We didn’t bring a change of clothes so letting them play in the water in undies seemed like the best way to keep their clothes dry for the hike back.
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Sierra asked if she could take pictures. I told her she could take pictures of whatever she wanted. She took the next three shots.
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We were smiling but Sierra told us to kiss instead! haha
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It was weird seeing Payson in such a good mood all day. Sure he had his two year old moments but usually he is so awful it’s unbearable for me. Sunday he was so easy going.
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This is pretty much the only good picture I got of Ember during her very first trip to the mountains!
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Meanwhile the girls were on the other side of the creek after they and Allan made a bridge out of fallen trees.
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That’s their bridge!
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Our creekside setup. Messy.
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Ember had a really good time. She loves being outside. All of my kids have since they were tiny 🙂
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This is from the post below.
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PhotobucketWe started hiking back to the car right after we took that picture. It was dusk by then and Allan and I both started getting an adrenaline rush of panic about getting back before dark. We should’ve left to hike back a good hour before but that’s just us, always stupidly pushing the limits because we’re having fun!

We hurried back. Sierra practically had to run half the time but she did SO well. She was in the best mood ever and almost skipping with pride at how well she was doing and our compliments. She held Allan’s hand and they lead the way. I was a few feet behind with Brooklyn. Brooklyn said, “What about me?” when we were giving Sierra lots of praise so I whispered, “Brooklyn, you are always an amazing hiker. We know you’ll be great every single time we leave!”

We fill Sierra up with compliments because she can’t hike very well. Her toe walking really slows her down and makes it difficult. Speaking of toe walking, I am taking her back to the doctor to get her braces after all. When she couldn’t go snowboarding this year and knowing how she can only do short hikes we realized that this toe walking thing is really starting to negatively affect her life. She cries when she’s left behind while Allan takes Brooklyn out. That’s not fair for her so we’re starting the adventure of “fixing” her walking this summer.

So back to the hike. It was almost dark during the last five or ten minutes of the hike. I was really scared of bears. I know I sound like a chicken with my fears of hiking in the dusk or dark but I have four children I’m worried about!

It was pitch black within ten minutes of getting to our car! Yikes. Once at the car all the kids sat in their carseats and Allan fed them pieces of chicken and rolls and real fruit leather. I sat in the front nursing Ember. Around 8pm, or maybe 9, we started driving home.

Filling up before the drive home.
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The next day, Monday, I didn’t take any pictures. Well, I did of Payson eating a pear but I didn’t bother uploading those. haha

Tuesday we went to the park. We walked there so that we could drop off some penpal letters along the way and also because I’ve been trying to work out at least three days a week and adding in some walks is a lot funner than doing jumping jacks.
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The weather was a bit hot, but that’s just April in Arizona. I’m going to buy a sprinkler soon and new swimsuits for the kids because it’s water play weather now!
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I’m so lucky to have this view every day:
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Brooklyn looks a lot like my brother Kyle. When he was little he’d always do this weird looking, crooked smile. When Brooklyn started doing it I was shocked!
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So much love for these two girls ♥
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I want to start getting more pictures of all four kids together. My goal is just once a month. I don’t think I’ll remember more often than that!
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The perils of living in the desert. Prickers in the sand at the park. (Sierra’s foot)
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Home again, home again.
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This is from earlier that day. Brooklyn was pushing Sierra around in their stroller and Sierra’s ponytail got caught in the wheel. It was difficult to unwind.
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This last shot is from Saturday. Allan’s parents watched the three older kids so Allan and I could have a day together. We went shopping because I’ve been in desperate need of clothes. I don’t own a single pair of shorts! (I do now, three pairs!)
Ember was in a great mood during our shopping trip and when she eventually got cranky I nursed her to sleep in a fitting room and she surprisingly stayed asleep when I moved her to the stroller.
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I have so many more pictures and thoughts but this is taking too long! I can’t promise I’ll update more often but I sure do mean to.

4 thoughts on “Hiking, Park

  • Great pictures!! I would love Arizona I just know it. Maybe not the heat, but I am used to high humidity, so the dry heat might not be too bad.

    The pictures are awesome as usual!! Have a good rest of the week and weekend!

  • Wonderful pictures! You live in such a pretty area, I would love all that hiking! I'd take your hot, dry air over the crazy humitidy we get here in a second. I love summer but dread the humitidity!

    I hope it's ok if I ask, I'm curious what's all involved in correcting S's toe walking. I'm sure it will be a process, but it sounds like she will be happier in the end. Parenting is hard! 🙂

    Good luck with your upcoming surgery!

  • Beautiful photos!!! What a great hike – I am waiting for warmer weather here to get out comfortably and enjoy the outdoors. Sure, looks like a great stream to enjoy!

    Hoping Sierra's toe walking is an easy fix for her. I do agree, parenting is tough sometimes.

    Thinking of you on your upcoming surgery – hoping for a quick recovery for you!

  • I absolutely love these pictures!! Every single one! Yall amaze me with everything you do as a family! You and Allan are SO CUTE together! Oh my goodness! You can just SEE the love that yall share! So sweet! 🙂 I love, love, love the pics of the kids in the park too! A picture of ALL 4 babies SMILING at you?!? HOW did you manage that!? It is perfection! I also love, love, love that shot of Ember with the hat on! The close up! SO STINKIN CUTE! All of your babies are adorable! This was such a great post! I will probably look at it a million more times tonight! Love all these pictures! 🙂 My girls will pee all over themselves when they get the letters too! 😉 I can't wait for that!

    I hope you are recovering well from your surgery! You are such a great Moma!

    You look so beautiful in all these pictures too! 😉

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