Today we took a family hike up a local canyon to a little lake. It was SUPER crowded on the trail and at the lake. Still, it was nice to "get away" and do something together as a family. I think the kids could have stayed throwing rocks in the lake all day. Except for hunger. This is essentially the first time I'm seeing these photos. It was so bright out that I couldn't actually see the screen.
Kelvinator and Mack were on their way up. I immediately called to Mack that he should probably come right back down here. And then I called back up. "Never mind. Go ahead." And I tried not to look. Then Pink and Wink started up and I just, turned around and let them go. Finally we just needed to head down and I called to everyone to come. The big boys practically ran down this thing. The little boys took it slower. Winkleberry was stuck at the top. I sent JJ back up to go get her and he helped her down.
After we got home, we vegged for about 90 minutes before heading over to a neighbor's house for a BBQ. It was a fun day.
So fun, in fact, that when it was time for bed I just hated the idea of getting the kids ready and doing scriptures and prayer and sending them to bed. It was just a lovely spring evening, still bright out, and they were watching a movie. It was the kind of long evening where you don't want to think about school and work in the morning or making lunches. The Hubba came home from picking up the Memorial Day flags and expressed to me the same feeling.
So we decided to just go with that and feed them ice cream for dinner and let them stay up late watching The Hobbit and have a "sleepover" in the family room. On a school night! It was actually really nice in the morning when I needed to wake them up. I could just sing the wake up song and talk to them all at once from the kitchen instead of having to stop what I'm doing, go upstairs and wake each kid separately in two different rooms.
However, everyone was late this morning. So there is a downside.