we had a great labor day weekend!
friday evening we went to our friends, the westcott's, to ride there 4 wheelers!
shortly after the above photo, chuck crashed. so grateful he was wearing a helmet and only walked away with a bruised ego. he didn't realize he needed to let off the gas while turning and flipped up on two wheels. lesson learned.
ellie came home from school with a headache. on saturday ellie had a fever. on saturday night she told us that a couple kids in class were out with step throat. her throat didn't really hurt, but chris checked anyways. sure enough, white patches and swollen tonsils. so off to the walk in clinic we went!
sure enough, she had strep.
after a long wait at the only pharmacy open late on a saturday night, we got her started on some meds. by sunday she felt loads better! so we decided to make monday a fun day and go on a hike!
we drove up to beautiful devil's den to hike and explore.
it was supposed to be a 1.5 mile trail. we took a wrong turn towards the end because we got sidetracked watching some puppies swimming and frolicking in the river, so we added maybe a half mile on there at the end. there was an elevation increase of about 100 ft, but the kids did awesome! especially little o! he walked the whole thing and even insisted on wearing his backpack with snacks the entire time.
charlie lead the way for most the hike and kept saying "i just love it so much out here!" and when we finished, he was the only kid that asked if we could hit up another trail. i think it had something to do with his tank top ;)
the pictures don't quite do the hike justice.
there were many cliff edges and caves and crevasses that let out cold air from the caves beneath.
it was quite stunning.
we were also in the shade most of the time, so it wasn't excruciatingly hot.
we came home and grilled burgers. it was a great day!
and just because he's so cute, here are two pictures i took of owen on our morning walk yesterday:
he's growing up.
he'll be 3 in a couple months.
he walks the whole 2 miles now, which includes some steep hills. we talk the whole time and he is always discovering little things that my old person eyes don't notice. i take the stroller along, just in case his little legs get tired from running and walking, but usually only puppy needs a turn sitting in it :)