I apologize in advance for the picture overload. It was too gorgeous.
We played hooky from school and work once afternoon to catch some leaves up at Kenosha Pass. We packed a picnic lunch, picked up the kids from school and drove up the winding road. It was absolutely perfect. The leaves were absolutely unreal and the weather was perfect. Jared & I kept asking ourselves why we don't do that more often (play hooky!). We felt so relaxed and all it took was a few hours. This will definitely be a yearly tradition.
I am in the middle of potty training him which is going well except for his stubborn personality. He likes to cry and tell me no every time I ask him to sit on the potty. He definitely knows what he is doing but I can tell he likes to be difficult. I am trying to figure out ways to trick him so he thinks it is up to him. Also he is fighting his naps which is fine by me if he gives it up. But he will sit in his room and fall asleep super late in the day somewhere and then won't wake up no matter how hard I try. Which in turn makes him stay up until 10 or 11 at night when I just want to sleep!!! Man I love this boy--but these past few days have put me a little on edge!
We spent Labor Day weekend up in the mountains and went on one of my favorite (kid friendly) hikes up there. It is the Mayflower Gulch hike. You hike straight up a jeep trail and end up in an incredible vista with old log houses. It is stunning. And my kids were rock stars. Cole hiked almost the entire time (a quick piggy back on the way down). And Vanessa slept on Jared on the way up, woke up at the top and slept the whole way down. It started raining and thundering right as we were getting to the bottom. We escaped a storm right in time as we jumped in the car while the clouds let loose! Hiking is one of my favorite family activities. Its FREE and we get to be active and be out in beautiful nature. Nothing better than that...