Picnic and Hiking!

We wanted to have a picnic and small hike around this nearby state park. We hit up King Sooper’s for some easy food first.  photo 096eresized_zps3dc13764.jpg

We were practically starving by the time we got there as it was 1pm and my kids like to eat lunch at 11am!  photo 112eresized_zps8eeeae08.jpg photo 114eresized_zps8f920e1b.jpg photo 117eresized_zps61b837aa.jpg photo 139eresized_zps4e68800d.jpg

It seemed like it took an hour for my kids to eat their lunch. It probably was an hour, honestly. It was forEVER.  photo 146eresized_zpsde7217a5.jpg

Everett was getting bored. I gave him a carrot to suck/gum on.  photo 176eresized_zps37028072.jpg photo 193eresized_zpsde9019ad.jpg

My kids liked this window cut out in the wall. A lot.  photo 206bwresized_zps8ab8eba3.jpg photo 207eresized_zps017a97a3.jpg photo 213eresized_zpsdfa9c10e.jpg photo 215eresized_zpsc38fe07f.jpg

Ember gets hurt so often! She thinks she’s more capable at running and jumping than she is so she falls a lot! Poor kid. Luckily I am smart enough to keep a first aid kit on hand.  photo 227eresized_zpsb2effef2.jpg photo 231eresized_zps2df91ea1.jpg

The boys:  photo 248eresized_zpsc765061f.jpg

They were in matching shirts though that wasn’t planned!  photo 252eresized_zps265e02f0.jpg photo 273eresized_zps092eb8e8.jpg photo 277eresized_zpsf3fce0fb.jpg

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.  photo 283eresized_zps13ee6d0f.jpg photo 293eresized_zps02c9736d.jpg photo 302eresized_zps245e9bea.jpg

Finally they were finished and we could go!! We put the extra food back in the car, along with the stroller (changing it out for the Ergo) and headed back out into the rocky terrain.  photo 321eresized_zps17030607.jpg

The views were amazing.  photo 324eresized_zps06250fab.jpg photo 327eresized_zpsea775877.jpg

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!  photo 335eresized_zps1d6a1b18.jpg photo 337eresized_zps929382b2.jpg photo 343eresized_zps20b253fc.jpg photo 347eresized_zpsf60e4727.jpg photo 356eresized_zps0e54dfc3.jpg photo 357eresized_zps2796fae7.jpg  photo 358eresized_zps1a777393.jpg photo 359eresized_zpsffbdcde8.jpg photo 361eresized_zpsc15c356f.jpg photo 364eresized_zps9a571e8e.jpg photo 369eresized_zps02385a6f.jpg photo 370eresized_zpsd512c9dd.jpg photo 371eresized_zpsb8c42ae4.jpg

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:  photo 386eresized_zps8b5f7f91.jpg

I told them I didn’t think we could go to the cave with Everett so cranky. We headed back up to where we’d started.  photo 392eresized_zpsa649dad5.jpg photo 397eresized_zps5ef29037.jpg photo 399eresized_zps65f3e340.jpg

But as we were heading back up Everett fell asleep! And though I was feeling sorta d o n e at this point, I told them we could go see the cave. Because I’m way too nice. haha  photo 409eresized_zps5cd09737.jpg

Turns out it wasn’t a cave at all. Just two big boulders that meet and make this little spot:  photo 422eresized_zps12952a8a.jpg photo 424eresized_zps567f4809.jpg

It was still fun!  photo 427eresized_zps56c0e710.jpg

On the way back up to the car I stopped Payson and Ember to let me take a picture of their pink cheeks.  photo 442eresized_zps9207131e.jpg photo 445eresized_zps78deb13d.jpg photo 447eresized_zps50784092.jpg photo 451eresized_zps692cee5c.jpg photo 458eresized_zps1123327f.jpg

Can you tell we were worn out?!  photo 464eresized_zps2fad5a3a.jpg

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.  photo 469eresized_zps05640e95.jpg

We were all exhausted the rest of the day. haha  photo 478eresized_zps2436f562.jpg

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