The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Better This Time

Despite the nature of our last adventure to a waterfall, we embarked on a similar trek yesterday just before noon. We packed a picnic lunch between our rain ponchos in the baby backpack, loaded up on sunscreen and bug juice (carefully rubbing Off onto Punk's brow with special attention this time), and piled into the Big Blueberry, headed for Copper Falls. On the way, Punk asked, "Mama? If it rains, do we have dry clothes in here?" I told him that, even better, we brought ponchos that would keep us dry even in the rain.

When we arrived at the trailhead, both kids wanted to walk and A managed to complete the journey with no extra weight in the pack. Not long into the hike, the rain began. We three had gotten ahead of Dadders, who had all the rain gear, so we retraced a few steps to meet him. We unfurled the ponchos and pulled them over the waiting heads of the kiddinkidinks. Pea didn't know what to make of hers and seemed unable to walk once she could no longer see her feet. Seeing Punk and Dadders burning up the trail, though, she got moving. After a few steps she beamed up at me, "I a bee-er-FLY!" How cute is that? She thought the poncho made her look like a butterfly and she was right!

About mid-way through the loop-trail we had to cross the river, but we paused under the bridge to eat our lunch and throw some stones into the water (this is a favorite pass-time of my children--and my hubby entertained himself skipping stones--he's pretty good!).

All in all it was a very good time. And, Punk summed it up at dinner that night: "Mom, I'm glad we got to go."
Me: "Go where, Punk?"
Punk: "I'm glad we got to go to the waterfull Mom!"


Rachel said...

hi rachel, its me rachel =) loved the picture of the waterfall. i cant believe how tall pea looks!! and loved the story about punk and his legs...too cute! hope you are well. our little girl has stabilized and is doing well for the time being. still some risks for her, but we take one day at a time. hugs, rachel

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