The "tree house" where we kept our fingers crossed they wouldn't fall out!
We gathered up the entire family and ventured out to one of our favorite spots, a small National Forest trail only a few miles from our house.
My favorite moment was when Garth found a large tree hanging over the trail. He felt it was his duty to pull the whole tree down and set it safely to the side of the trail. I was pleased to capture a play by play of his heroic behavior...if only his dream of being a forest ranger would come true!
It is really sad we don't do this more often with the kids with the amount of fun they all have. For 2 hours they all got along great, exercised their imaginations, and had the time of their lives! We found an abandoned deer hunting perch and the kids had a blast climbing high into the trees (Garth did have to help two of them back down). We found old bottles (Calvin thinks he discovered an old glass Pepsi bottle worth millions), great walking sticks, odd shaped rocks and were all given Indian names on our Indian trail (trail of tears...after two falls created some crying).
The kids were all worried about ticks! Yeah, ticks. We had just found a random tick on Ethan Sunday morning...what's up with that kind of nonsense! Everyone came home tick free!