We decided to go for a hike. I wasn't sure that 'hike' and 'nice family photo' were synonymous, but I was determined, the day was supposed to be in the 50's after all!
So I chose some half-way coordinating clothes for the kids to wear, filled some water bottles, and loaded the child carriers into the van.
As we were pulling off our road, I realized that the hike we had chosen was at 8,450 feet. It was bound to be cooler there than at home. We turned around and grabbed additional sweaters for everyone. Okay, good to go. Mental note - take the pictures before everyone's noses turn bright red.
Our destination was the Veit Springs Trail in the San Francisco Mountains.
It was beautiful up there, and cool. Once we were all bundled up and had the baby loaded up, it didn't make sense to undo the work just for a picture. So off we hiked.
After one wrong turn, we found our way back to the trail and came across some old stone well houses. The kids had fun exploring these, as well as the log cabin that was built in 1892 (which has long since fallen down).
|The boy who loves rock climbing. Then again, what boy doesn't?|
|What's a hike without a walking stick?|
Please note: I have a three year old boy. A boy that has recently learned to use the toilet. A boy that says "I have to go pee!" every time we are in some new, cool place.
This boy can now add a cave to all the fun places he has tinkled.
After we were done exploring and peeing in dark places, we attempted to get some pictures.
My son took a couple photos of Dean and I, but since none of them were in focus, we fell back on the distorted close up you always get when you hold the camera out and take the picture yourself.
I really don't think our noses are this big, but at least they aren't red!
Well, lets keep hiking then. Sweater's go back on, child goes back in the carrier.
"Oh, this looks nice," I said once again a little later.
So I unload baby, take 20 photos of the same pose, sigh about the no longer half-way coordinating outfits since two kids are wearing their sweaters, and load the now-fussing baby back into the carrier.
The things we do to get a decent family photo!!
But hey, I accomplished both my goals for the day. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and I should have one good photo out of the 20 I took.
And no, you may not see it, it's not Christmas-time yet!