We were practically starving by the time we got there as it was 1pm and my kids like to eat lunch at 11am!
It seemed like it took an hour for my kids to eat their lunch. It probably was an hour, honestly. It was forEVER.
By this time it had been at least 40 minutes and I was bored out of my mind sitting at the picnic table waiting for the kids to finish their food. I tried to hurry them along but they weren’t interested in hurrying up at all.
My kids are all fearless, totally fearless, so from the time they’re pretty young they just have this attitude about the world of, “I can do anything!!” This is a good attitude to have for a lot of things and a bad attitude for a lot of things! haha
It’s always a tricky thing to parent in a way that encourages their independence but also keeps them safe. This trip was aaaaall about me reigning them in as much as I could while letting them know what great hikers they were and what an amazing job they were doing at climbing!
From this first area we’d climbed the kids could see people in what looked to be a cave across the way. They really wanted to go check it out even though the path to get there was much risker and more difficult (not too much of either, except for a three year old) and Everett was doing this:
So after drinking a ton and eating a small treat I was putting Everett in the car and I guess Payson threw dirt at Brooke and Brooke started tattling. To stop her from tattling he threw dirt in his own face. haha!
It was in his mouth and ear and everything! Crazy kid.