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!
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!
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!
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.
This is from the post below.
We 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.
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.
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.
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.