Seeing the Rim for the First Time

The Rim. We’ve been to the area called by people here in Arizona, the rim, several times. Allan and I have been probably twenty times and the kids have been maybe five or six? Something like that.
We’ve never actually taken the kids to The Rim, though. The lookout part. The side of the mountain where you can look out and see trees and hills and mountains for miles. They’ve been too young before now. It’s a steep dropoff so of course with our rambunctious bunch we stayed away from it.
This time, though, it was time!
The kids were super excited about it as we drove over from the lake and then got out of the car.
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It’s so nice doing things with Allan. Having only two kids to keep track of rather than four is amazingly easy!
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When we got there the view didn’t disappoint. It’s common for Brooklyn to be underwhelmed by everything but she was loving it! Success!
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Nobody wanted me to, but I took a family picture. lol- I had them all pictured out from Ember’s photoshoot but I really couldn’t resist taking one anyway 😉
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Usually I am the one who watches the little two kids and Allan gets the older girls but while I snapped Allan watched Payson and Ember. I have to admit, it’s much more fun being in charge of the older kids 😛
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I love it when my kids ask me to take pictures. I was quite ready to put my camera in the car after I took the family picture but the girls wanted pictures in front of the view. Which is awesome because I wanted pictures of them in front of the view! ha
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Allan was playing with Ember.
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Brooklyn really loves being the oldest when it means priviledges the other kids don’t get. She was the only one we allowed to stand on that rock. It wasn’t dangerous but Sierra is a total clutz so she was told to stay far, far from the edges. lol
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This next picture of Allan and Payson makes me happy. Allan was sitting there looking around and Payson kept hugging him. Before this month Payson didn’t care all that much about Allan. He didn’t dislike him or anything but he wanted mama and if dad was around or not didn’t matter to him. But this month! Wow things have changed. He still adores mommy but daddy is his new best friend! He loves playing with Allan and spending time with him. Allan is potty training him when he’s home and Payson takes it seriously! It’s crazy to see that shift.
I told Allan the other day that I had pretty much not thought of him as Payson’s dad for the past three years. Obviously he IS Payson’s dad but they don’t look or act a bit alike and like I said, Payson just didn’t care as much about Allan. Now he’s very attached to his dad and it is such a relief and valuable thing 🙂
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I’m breastfeeding Ember as I type this and it’s really not good. She is kicking and hitting my keyboard and flailing around and making this not easy. lol. She’s basically full but I’m nursing her extra to try to revoer from a majorly clogged milk duct. I think that’s what it was. I had a golfball sized lump and my entire breast and armpit were burning in pain. I woke up this morning fully planning on calling my doctor, thinking I had mastitis, but the pain was down about 70%. It’s still sore if I rub it but the lump is gone and my nipple doesn’t hurt as much. Thank freaking goodness!! It was a hard day yesterday in all that pain!
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I know I say sometimes that Allan doesn’t like me taking pictures or wants me to hurry up and stuff. He’s not opposed to me taking pictures, in fact he really likes the pictures I take and is super supportive of my hobby, he just doesn’t want to spend a lot of time doing it.
But anyway, he wanted me to take a picture of everyone peeking out from behind these trees because when I was pregnant with Sierra we came to the rim and took a picture with the camera’s timer of us peeking out from behind the trees 🙂
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Payson was asking me to take a picture of him in front of the view. Cute that he loves having his picture taken 🙂
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He’s such a goofball!
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And one of Sierra, of course.
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And me and my baby.
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Allan saw me holding the camera out and taking those and said he’d take some for me 🙂
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After that we went to dinner at Denny’s. It’s Brooklyn’s favorite restaurant.
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And then we drove home!

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