Hike

It’s our favorite family activity. The weather is perfect this month. So despite all of battling seemingly nonstop sickness, we’re doing small hikes every weekend.
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I love it. I live for our little hikes. I can’t wait until we’re all healthy and can do a much longer hike!
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Ember loves hiking, too. She talks and giggles along with the rest of the family the whole time. It’s the cutest. She’s the cutest. I know I’ve said that too many times, but Ember is the definition of cute!
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The first few minutes of our hikes always start out poorly. Brooklyn has a fiercely competitive spirit and races Sierra up. Sierra and Payson try to keep up by running along. This is bad for two reasons. One- the kids go too far along the trail to where we can’t see them. Two- one of the middle two kids always, always falls because they’re running along rocky trails.
So every single hike we have to remind Brooklyn not to race and to make sure she’s not encouraging her siblings to run along the trail. But usually once she’s reminded she falls in line and turns on her best attitude and is a hugely sweet and helpful big sister the rest of the time!
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Finding little spots for family pictures along the way is tough. Mostly because sprinting over to the rest of the family after I press the shutter is tough with Ember on my back and giant rocks in my path.
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The Peralta Canyon Trail is such a gorgeous place to hike.
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There was a hole in this rock. The kids thought it was really neat.
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Some shots of the “hiking kids” by a big rock.
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Looking back at where we came from.
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Unfortunately we didn’t get much further than this. I started coughing really hard (I’ve had a really, really bad cold) and the sun was getting pretty low. Because this place is so wild and rugged, being on the trail after dark was a bad idea.
So we turned around and headed back.
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Payson checking out his battle wound. (From when he’d tripped while running up the trail after Brooklyn, like I mentioned at the beginning of our hike!)
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I told Allan to get a shot of all four kids. I leaned back to try to get Ember in the frame but she was much more interested in watching Brooklyn than looking at the camera.
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It occured to me that I would like a picture of me with the kids. So I asked Allan to take some 🙂
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We started hiking back down again.
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But Allan noticed something was missing!
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Thank goodness he noticed when he did because when he ran back to find the shoe along the trail it was at the very highest place we’d stopped before deciding to head back!
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Brooklyn tried to give Payson a piggy back ride.
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We stopped her right away because it was way too dangerous. A rocky trail to climb down? Not safe. And Payson didn’t want to be carried. This was his very first hike that he did the entire thing by himself.

It was the first time Payson did the hike all on his own, it was the last time Sierra will be hiking as a toe walker! She’s getting her braces in the mail this week.
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Allan and Sierra were laughing when I started going the wrong way down! Sierra had picked the right trail! Funny.
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At the end we “interviewd” each kid for a minute about the experience. Brooklyn was so freaking adorable during her interview. I love that girl!
Allan liked it and says we should do it every time. We basically asked them if they had fun and what their favorite part was. We called this rock the interview rock. haha
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