Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Weekend Fun~ Part 1

I thought I'd post a few pictures of our fun weekend in the mountains!

We decided we wanted to try a new lake we hadn't been to before called Knolls Lake. It is about 21 miles past Woods Canyon that you travel to on a awful gravel road. Good thing the kids were excited because they were great on the way up. Even Ethan was so good. He thought he was funny trying to make everyone laugh!

When we got to the lake it was amazing! Absolutely beautiful. We set up some chairs and had a picnic of KFC (As you can see..Ethan loves chicken. Even hot wings.)

After lunch the girls had some fun exploring everything. Grace of course had to pick up pine cones everywhere and Hannah and Bailey were climbing on all the rocks and tree stumps.

After a bit of playing Bailey was over it! All she wanted was to go fishing! We kept telling her we weren't going yet and to just put her rod down, but she wasn't having any of that!

Finally Bailey got her wish! Fishing at last! She was funny, she was so into it. Didn't want to leave her "fishing Log"
She didn't catch one but when daddy did he let her real it in and that was the highlight of the day. When they threw the fish back he was floating, Not gonna make it,so we got him and put him in my super big gulp cup and she played with him while he died. Nice eh?

Hannah and Grace didn't have the patience for fishing so they took cups and water bottles and tried catching minnows and crawdads! They didn't have any luck capturing a minnow but we did snag this juicy little crawdad! Terrifying and Delightful all at once!

After several hours we were wiped out so we called it a day and headed back. On the way back we stopped at the mogollin rim for some pictures. (I am just as scared today as I was as a kid getting close to the edge~only this time I didn't cling to some one's leg screaming even though I wanted to!)It was beautiful and amazing.

After the rim we drove to Willow Lake just up the road to check out one more lake and the campgrounds. It was pretty amazing also. Good future camping trip. As we were leaving the campground a HUGE storm blew through. This picture doesn't even do it justice. We tried driving, but couldn't see anything in front of us so we had to pull over and wait a bit for the storm to calm down. The lightning would strike and then immediately the thunder would boom. It felt like our car was shaking. Scary and fun all at once!

Something else cool about the storm?? Look at the temperature!!! 53 degrees! I haven't seen that in a while and I was lovin it! Tried to roll down the window to feel it but was getting pelted in the face by the rain. Not too smart!

By this time the kids were exhausted and fell asleep and Tony and I had a delightful, scenic, quiet ride back to the hotel! It was wonderful.....

Ahhh and back to reality again...I guess we still are in Arizona! 100 not bad although we still were in Payson!


Ginger said...

Hope it was what you needed before the kids go back to school. It's as hot here as it is in AZ. But I am learning to like the heat. Hope that doesn't mean I'm getting old!

Jenifer said...

Love the cool mountain air. It almost makes it worth sleeping in a tent. Fun pictures, I love being in the mountains and letting the kids run and know that can't get into too much trouble!


What a fun trip! I am dying to go camping! It sounds like everyone really enjoyed it. The little ones will have to rub it in with the older ones.

It is crazy to see how the two girls look so much like their sisters. Bailey looks just like Hannah and I remember Grace's hair on Rachel. Does it have the same ability to turn a child wild as it did with Rach?

raising4boys said...

Fun in the outdoors! Looks like you had such a great time. No camping for us this year :(

I really love the picture of your baby sleeping in the car seat. My baby puts his leg over the side too. So precious.

goingsome said...

Ah, nice pictures. Looks like a fun time. Isn't it amazing to think that it was 53 degrees and you were still in AZ. Nice to escape and have some cooler weather, every once in a while. It makes it bearable in the metro area.

Crazymamaof6 said...

super fun weekend! crazy storm. and AHHHHHH nice temps.

Aprilyn said...

Looks like a great trip. I'm glad the kids had fun till they crashed. Don't you just love it when they crash like that? Marshall hardly ever falls asleep easily so when he does, we are delighted!

Cheffie-Mom said...

What a wonderful trip! How awesome to do family fun outside. The pictures are great. And I love the one of your son's leg propped up on the car seat!