On Saturday we decided to drive to one of our favorite pools in the area, the Rio Rancho Aquatic Center, about an hour drive from our house. We packed up, Evan came in and said he was going to put our bag into the car, we finished getting ready and then left. We got to the pool and discovered that Evan had just moved the bag to the living room, Charlie and I were without swimming suits. We sat in the car for a minute or two and then went to Target and bought diapers, wipes, two swimming suits and some swimming diapers. Our quick trip to the pool just got $50 more expensive.
Every time we've gone to the pool Charlie gets scared, he doesn't like the noise or the water. I was determined to get him into the pool this time. We spent about 20 minutes near the start of the zero entry pool with just our feet in the water, where it was about 8 inches deep. After a while he started splashing with his feet, then his hands. Before I knew it he was climbing in and out over the edge into that 8 inch deep water. We started taking walks through the shallow parts of the pool and by the end of the day he was going down the frog slide, splashing and having a great time.
After church on Sunday we decided to go for a hike and a picnic.
|Starting on the trail. Charlie had found a walking stick to be like his brother. He was hilarious with this short stick...take a step, poke the ground, take a step, poke the ground.|
|We tried to find four geocaches on this hike, the one on top of this ridge is the only one we had any luck with. Hiking this canyon our GPS is terrible and keeps jumping around showing us in lots of different spots.|
|Evan climbing to the top with his brother.|
|We can almost see our house!|
|Looking back the way we came.|
|Dallas and Charlie waiting at the bottom.|
|One really neat thing about the mountains by our house is that the rocks are really, really, really old. Fossils abound in a lot of the rocks, you can't see it very well here but this one has a sea-shell showing.|
|Goofballs at a rest break.|
|Every time we hike this canyon the boys try to climb this boulder that sits in the middle of the path. Sam finally conquered it on this trip.|
|Charlie was really, really excited about our picnic...and the birds that kept coming by to visit us. We heard a woodpecker and saw several robins and blue-jays.|
|The stream that runs by the picnic grounds.|
Charlie decided to party a little too hard though.....