Sunday Hike

It was a hot sunny day. It was shortly before lunchtime. Initially, there was lots of excitement. Then there was lots of whining. Amidst the ongoing encouragement, there were promises of sports drinks, snack, and treats. It was a big deal for us because only one child was carried on this hike and the other child logged over 2 miles and over 500 feet of elevation gain. Not to say there weren’t lots of sighs and claims to be melting. But in the end, we finished what we started.

Found some shade halfway up

Found some shade halfway up

Someone is feeling strong. You know, the same one catching a ride in the backpack.

Someone is feeling strong. You know, the same one catching a ride in the backpack.

Daddy and Maxon go a little further up the trail to Flagstaff's Halfway House

Daddy and Maxon go a little further up the trail to Flagstaff’s Halfway House

Relishing the moment

Relishing the moment

Cooper at Rest

But he never lets his guard down! You can’t blame a kid who is constantly on the go to catch some Z’s when can.

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We also had the rare privilege to witness the act of falling sleep:

Palm Coast, Revisited

We headed back to Palm Coast, Florida for the biannual Irons family reunion and it did not disappoint. Everything was more than before. The house was bigger. The pool was bigger. The kids were bigger. The beach was closer. The weather was hotter. There were more people to meet. And we had a fantastic time!

And sometimes you can bring all the books, trucks, and puzzles you can fit in your suitcase but it still can’t beat finding an empty box.