Hieroglyphic Trail Hike

It’s November and the weather has finally made it to where it drops below 80 degrees in the evenings.
Which for our family means one thing…
Hiking season!!

I wasn’t too sure how my uterus would take this hike but it turned out to be easy peasy. I wasn’t crampy at all (until the drive home when I had a few strong contractions) but since I’m still fighting off a wretched cold I felt really horrible. Not like, I wanted to stop hiking… I just wanted my nose to stop running and my throat to stop hurting and to stop coughing!! lol

But besides that it was SO much fun and every single one of my kids was on their best behavior and we’re planning on hiking every weekend from now until the end of the year! haha (well, not the weekend after I have Everett, obviously!)  photo 103eresized_zps11df1240.jpg photo 119eresized_zpscbd1cd7d.jpg photo 122eresized_zpsda7c17c5.jpg photo 138eresized_zps0c41984e.jpg

We made it up to this flat area, which is our only goal when hiking with the littler kids, just in time for the sunset. It was gorgeous!  photo 141eresized_zpsc1982929.jpg photo 148e2resized_zps1f062a49.jpg

Ember had hiked the entire way there by herself but Allan was holding and cuddling her because just before arriving at this stop she’d stumbled and bonked her knee on a rock.  photo 160eresized_zps3af4c873.jpg

Daddy and his hiking buddies.  photo 164eresized_zps06483307.jpg photo 165eresized_zps664019a2.jpg

Mommy and kids. Minus Brooklyn who didn’t feel like having another picture taken right then! (I think she was mad at one of her siblings right then)
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Funny how my entire pregnancy was spent in the desert but only two of my pregnant pictures were taken out in the desert.  photo 173eresized_zpse5f2a806.jpg photo 176eresized_zpse551cb82.jpg

The oldest and youngest. For another two weeks 😉  photo 186eresized_zps83ac204b.jpg

All my daughters! â™Ĩâ™Ĩâ™Ĩ  photo 190eresized_zps93e9977f.jpg photo 193eresized_zps2e028df3.jpg

Mommy’s funny!  photo 204eresized_zpsdde0d302.jpg

The two that look like Allan! (I hope Everett gets Allan’s brown eyes! It’d be cool to have another brown eyed baby in this family!)  photo 218eresized_zps6384dd2b.jpg

I try to take some zoomed out shots each hike… Allan was getting a cactus off Payson’s pants in this picture.  photo 235eresized_zps98a0f063.jpg

We’ve been having some major, major bullying issues in our home. I typed up an entire post about it last Friday but then deleted it for Brooklyn’s sake 😉
Allan had this genius idea to make it a special project of Brooklyn’s to be Payson’s buddy and be nice to him. If we notice Brooklyn being nice to Payson we’ll keep track of it on a chart and every week or so Allan will do something special with her. Maybe not a prize or treat but just extra time together or a campout (she LOVES camping) or something.
He’d just talked in depth with her about it that day so right before the hike he told her that she could be Payson’s hiking buddy and lead the family on the hike. Since both she and Payson love being in front of everyone else it worked out really well! Payson was SOOOO happy that Brooklyn was being nice to him!  photo 249eresized_zps34e2233f.jpg photo 259eresized_zpsd9ff613f.jpg

Allan carried Ember all the way back to the car. She was loving cuddling into his shoulder and being able to leisurely look all around on the way back 🙂  photo 262eresized_zps0a5e75b3.jpg photo 263eresized_zps9285bb95.jpg

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