Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend (picture overload)

We started out the weekend right with the opening of our neighborhood pool. The water was FREEZING and young Theo wanted nothing to do with it. The older three were thrilled to be swimming again and barely noticed...

We also had the pleasure of attending a triple baptism, and we picked up an early birthday/Christmas/anniversary present for me! (more on that later)

Then Sunday it was an early Sacrament meeting at our old/new ward. Baby Harper was to receive a name and a blessing and Shane was asked to stand in the circle. It was great to be in our old building and see old friends...which oddly enough we will be seeing again every Sunday. The ward boundaries were realigned last Sunday and we will now be able to attend the church that we have been waving at as we pass it every Sunday. So many mixed emotions on this subject, but change fuels my fire and I always welcome it. The change goes into effect this week.
After 4 hours of church we rushed home, changed and packed up some dinner for a picnic at Petit Jean. The Toblers met us for a hiking adventure. We backpacked Theo in (thanks Griffins), and Ty, Ry and Cannon were in heaven. I wore flip flops. S.T.U.P.I.D. We agreed upon the Cedar Creek Trail, headed in and immediately got our feet wet.

my little sci-girl stopped to take notes and draw pictures of all of her discoveries

After about half a mile we found a place where the creek widened, became very shallow and had my kids stripping down to their underwear written all over it. I got the camera ready. The rock shelves were covered in moss and therefore very slippery. Solomon took off right away with Joe hot on his trail. Theo, again, uninterested in the water. The water was cool and soothing. It was something out of a movie, a very peaceful experience, until...

Joe found the tiny leaches. He had a quick consultation with Shane and decided that indeed, the party was over. Ty, Ry, and Cannon were barely wearing their underwear at this point, their clothes were soaked. I was freaking out. (these leaches were tiny and easily mistakable as dirt, but still leaches) We quickly began the de-leaching process and got the heck out of there. 
We hiked out and had one of the most picturesque picnics I've ever had.

Good times.


Teriney said...

Love the pictures! WOW!

Abbey and Todd said...

GREAT photos, Kristin!

kaye said...

I love (as always!) the pictures and your writing!! I am getting so excited to see you all! The pictures of Tyler look so much like Shane's picts at that age. Talk about deja vous! Love you!!

mardie said...

What a great day! Your pictures are beautiful. What a wonderful place and wonderful friends.