Thursday, May 31, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend Part 1

We had a great Memorial Day Weekend with Matt having off school on Saturday and off work on Monday! We got to hang out with him the whole weekend! Libby got so used to it, she's been asking me everyday now, where is Daddy? And saying, "I wish he didn't have to go to work." Me too.

So Day 1 of the weekend (Friday) was basically yard-work day. He trimmed the hedges and trees and I followed along cleaning up. We both got a run in and by the end of the day, we were EXHAUSTED! It was above 90 degrees outside and that really zapped our energy. We ended up with about 6 black bags full of branches!

Saturday was a little more fun, but still ended up being a bit exhausting. We went hiking in Cades Cove! We hiked Abrams Falls and didn't know exactly what we were getting ourselves into with 2 kiddos. It is 5 miles round trip. I thought Libby would make it further than she did. :) She did make it off and on almost 2 miles on the way there. Then coming back we decided to pick up the pace, so she got to ride in our arms. We made it back in about half the time it took to get there. :) It actually wasn't too bad carrying her. She doesn't weigh more than 30 pounds and distributes her weight well. It was another hot day (in the 90's) and it was great to get outside and be in nature. A great way to get a workout! The falls were beautiful and I'm so glad we got to do it!

We also drove the loop in Cades Cove and were surprised it wasn't as busy as we thought it would be.

We got to see a bear, 2 deer and some wild turkey!
Would have gotten a better picture of the bear if some park ranger intern wasn't on an authority trip and commanding everyone to "stay behind the fence" even though the bear (which he didn't even see) was over 100 yards from the fence line. Oh well, I got to see the lump of him from the fence and this is the best pic we got after zooming in like a hundred times. :)

I did actually bring my camera on the hike and got some great shots! Here we are starting off. Ty got the best ride.

Libby, being adventurous said, "watch me climb on this rock, guys." 
 I can never get that hair to stay out of her face.

Hiking with Daddy.

Ty did great the whole time. He loved watching everything around him.

I had to stop and get a few nature shots. Here are a couple of dragonfly's that caught my eye along Abrams Creek.

Most of the hike was under a canopy and along the river, so it actually stayed pretty comfortable.

More smiling baby shots. Love my little man!

 Crazy man. I think the funniest part of the hike was when Matt hid behind a log and starting making growling noises as Libby was walking along. It really scared her and we were cracking up. :) It's good for her to learn to laugh at herself.

 Ty conked out about 10 minutes to the falls. He was so tired!

The water felt great and it was nice to refresh ouselves before heading back.

I would have dipped the kids in, but we had to start heading back, so a splash on the face was all we got. It felt wonderful, though!

Abrams Falls

More on the rest of the weekend to come.

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