Before the weather gets too hot and we have to do any hiking really early in the day we headed out on two different hiking excursions this past week.
First up, the boys and I started venturing through our closest trail, The Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary :
This particular trail is a flat elevation for the part we walked:
And once you get past the beginning of the trail it is shaded:
It also has a shaded bench area at the start to bird and animal watch:
It was a good thing the weather was nice and a little breezy because we were still hot and sweaty by the time we returned home:
Then the next day my Aunt and Uncle were in town, so our whole family headed out to hike one of our favorite trails at Hayes Nature Preserve:
I think we’ve only hiked this trail in the winter, so it was definitely different to see it all in the late Spring:
We found a cool little cave:
However, I think the kids’ favorite part were the rocks to climb at the end:
And a fuzzy caterpillar to inspect was also the talk of the morning:
We had a great time adventuring through the forest!
This is one if my favorite parts of every morning. J comes in with his daily menagerie of peeps cuddles up at the end of our bed and likes me to pat his back while he wakes up:
This is a picture of our neighborhood geese that had babies! Check out their goslings:
Hopefully they stay together, unlike Jon and Kate.
This is the stack of library books that I picked up this week to try to attempt to keep up with A’s reading (and a few books for J and The Lion King DVD):
This is how J spent his time before TBall practice on Tuesday:
And this is how A spent his time:
Whenever we go hiking we have some must haves to bring and wear. First up what I wear:
Light weight tank & leggings, hat, sunglasses, and quality shoes that I don’t mind getting dirty. You honestly don’t catch B and I outside without sunglasses on. It’s not because it’s sunny all the time (which it is a lot here), but it’s because it prevents allergens from getting in our eyes. Seriously. I don’t know if you’ve been to the south, but allergies here are no joke. I keep trying to convince the boys to wear sunnies by buying them new ones constantly. It hasn’t worked great, as you can see above. Hats are also a must to prevent ticks from getting in your hair (insert wide eyed scary face here).
The boys wear athletic gear (our favorites are under armour and champion) and lightweight shoes that are washable.
Our must haves to carry (besides lots of trail mix!) are:
All of these are on the Cub Scout list if hiking essentials. We’ve convinced A that we have a map and compass on our phone, so we don’t need to bring those as well, however we also carry a battery pack charger for our phones. And if you need extra help you could always read our go to guide:
Just kidding! However, this is one that’s great for our area:
This weekend we had milkshakes after the “should have known this was coming” meltdown by J when A got a new bike:
The boys set ground rules for a game of tag (that were all immediately broken):
Oh and A got a new bike (he outgrew his old bike):
We had our first spring popsicles:
And we watched Born in China (the new Disney documentary) on a rainy Sunday afternoon:
This was the best picture I could get. Seriously, these boys!
I know what you’re thinking, with their cousins living down the street how have the boys not had sleepovers before? I attribute that to the fact that their cousins live down the street. They spend quite a bit of time together, and even if they played until late, it was just a quick two minute car ride back to their house. However, with my oldest nephew turning 11 last week (how did that happen??), he was having a sleepover at his house, so my youngest nephew came to our house.
And of course, it was the perfect weekend because LEGO BATMAN was opening. Forget La La Land…this is the movie everyone in my house has been talking about. HA!
After the movie we headed to Zaxby’s were we learned an important lesson (chicken nibblers is a chicken sandwich NOT chicken nuggets):
And then we brought the boys back to our house where they played a round of one of their on-going games (I think they have four or five continual games they are playing):
And then they settled down and played about thirty minutes of electronics before heading off to bed.
They had such a blast! They are already planning their next sleepover.
On our three day weekend, I did paper shredding, laundry, linen closet cleaning, and study straightening, all of which are super exciting adult tasks that I did not take pictures of. Ha! However, here are some of the actual exciting parts of our weekend…
I finally got the chance to wear my new boots! Although this picture makes it look a lot colder than it actually was:
On Saturday we celebrated my Dad’s birthday by going to Mellow Mushroom and then back to my parents for cake and presents:
On Sunday we went to church and then B headed to cub scouts with A, and J and I went searching for a family of turtles:
We did not find the turtle family, but we did see a blue heron catch a big fish, and collected some leaves:
And then A had a basketball game Sunday night:
The boys started out Monday by dragging out all of their tsum tsums and playing tusm tsum vet:
And then B and A started working on A’s pinewood derby car:
And tomorrow we’re back to work and school! And basketball games! And cub scouts! Is it the weekend, yet??
Is J. Even when he needs help to carve off the pieces of candy…
And can’t even convince his PaPa (who loves candy) that eating the whole house in one sitting is a good idea:
He still adores his gingerbread house and is determined to eat it all:
Just don’t tell him it’s made of sugar. A dentist came to their school and J is now convinced that sugarbugs are going to get in his teeth if he eats sugar. Luckily a gingerbread house is just made out of ginger and candy. All non sugar items. HA!
A jumped up this Christmas at 6:00 a.m. and then realized no one was awake yet, and went back to bed, until I got up at 6:45. The boys were so excited to see their Christmas gifts!
Since B and I’s anniversary is at the end of December, I went ahead and gave him his anniversary present at Christmas:
You can currently find him playing Final Fantasy.
After all the presents were opened the boys got right to work playing with their new items:
Then my parents and grandparents (who are in town for Christmas) came over for lunch:
And then later in the afternoon we headed to my parents to open gifts at their house and have dinner. We took a few pictures before things got too crazy:
And then we started opening presents:
Then the boys settled down to play some of their new games:
And then we headed in to have dinner:
And took one last photo of the four of us before the night was through:
On Christmas Eve morning the boys and I made Christmas snickerdoodles and “spreads“:
And then we headed over to my parents for dinner and a play the boys and their cousins had prepared.
Their play was about a gingerbread man that got lost on the way to the North Pole. My nephew J was the director and head scriptwriter:
It was pure hilarity. My sister and I used to put on Christmas plays when we were kids, so we LOVED that they did this and came up with it all on their own.
We got home just in time to put the boys to bed and wait for Santa to arrive!