Friday, August 1, 2008

Family Time

Last night we decided to go for a hike up one of the mountains of Knoxville. It is a steep 30 minute walk up to the rock that we like to sit on and look out from - so we didn't know how it would go with both kids. We did this about a year and a half ago with Will in the backpack carrier and he actually fell asleep on our way back down (don't worry... little miss Abby did not blink an eye). It didn't take us much longer to get to the rock with Will walking 3/4 of the way than it did when just Josh and I went up on our own! We really enjoyed being out in God's creation together as a family. It was great exercise and it was challenging (as I didn't think I could make it up the entire way). Will collected things that he thought were neat and brought them back home (pinecone, leaves, flowers, nuts, etc...) He did better than I thought... just a couple crying episodes where he was tired of walking - I didn't blame him... I wanted someone to carry me too!

There is a picture of the first initial part of the hike.... our car is at the bottom, it doesn't have a flat part to even start - just get right into the uphill climb!

Josh started off with Abby. After about 3/4 of the way up Abby realized she wasn't with me and then we switched. It wasn't hard though... she is so light I didn't really realize I had extra weight on my back.

Our first break.

Abby hanging out. Her backback carrier just sits on the ground like a loung chair unfolds...

Will is excited he isn't walking uphill right now.... he tried to stretch out the water breaks as long as he could.

The last uphill stretch before the rock.

My boys on the ledge.... all of those who are paranoid like me - don't worry, we didn't let Will go near the edge...

The view of Knoxville

There is our house... I zoomed in as best I could to see it from where we were.

Josh taking a rest before we head back down.
We slept well last night! We were so tired when we got home, but it was so fun.

Psalms 90:2
"Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God."

Psalms 46:10
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."


Christy said...

Man, just looking at that makes me want to come up again and do it with you. I wish I could've when we were up there... but man my knees! I have started up again pretty regularly this week... and they seem to be doing ok. We shall see what happens next week! How are you walks going? are you running at all yet? Talk to you soon. love and miss you so much.