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
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
Relishing the moment
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.
We also had the rare privilege to witness the act of falling sleep:
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!
View from the house
Maxon pretending to be a store owner. He sold all pool items at a premium and prices went up as the week went on. Mike scored this floatie for $63.
Sometimes you just need a little time to be bigger than the water
Like Dziadzie, like Maxon. Maxon also demanded that Dziadzie take him geocaching. What’s a Dziadzie to do?
Babcie getting Maxon to read his book while Cooper cheered from the sidelines
Cooper got the sleeper sofa all to himself. In the mornings he’d pop up and grin at us from across the room.
Biggest and coolest playground ever in St. Augustine
4th of July fireworks on the beach
Maxon’s introduction to sparklers
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.