Now you see why we don't pay people to take their picture. (But we'll be practicing, Mimi, for the Great TN Family Foto Shoot.)
Found a great little Audubon affiliated state park last week - Stelzer. Kids did about 3 miles with some decent hills. We were really impressed with the place - great educational displays about the flora and the fauna, friendly ranger, good shade for picnic (hard to find hiking out here in the desert). Lots of birds. Lots of plants in bloom.
(Sorry, should have zoomed and cropped some of these. Maybe you can click on the pic and get a closer look.)
To be honest, it is a relief. It gives us the time to just enjoy the kid rather than be caught up in making a party happen. It makes the parties more anticipated and special. It helps us live with less stuff. I have really been struggling lately with how to live more simply with our kids. They have so much and are given so much and they really have no concept of money or true need/want yet. It is so hard helping them understand that you really don't need 4 stuffed rabbits. Truth is, you don't even need one but thank God for his blessings. Mary and Laura had ONE rag doll for crying out loud! One! (Little House). We've been talking about how people are more important than stuff and how can we make more room for people in our lives. I'll let you know how it goes. And I'm up for any ideas/advice.
Thanks for all the cards and birthday wishes. He has thoroughly enjoyed all his treats. And we thoroughly enjoy him!