Sunday, February 26, 2012

Bell Rock

Once upon a time there was a bored princess...
(Oh how I wish I were bored...the princess part? - oh yeah, baby!  I love being a princess.)
She woke up one morning and said to the minions...
"Behold!  I have packed us a lunch, the Excursion is running, come forth, we are going hiking!"
(Basically, I had been working every weekend and needed a break away from the house with my family.)
"Yes!  You too teenager!  Get Out of Bed!"
On our way out the door we made a quick call to Grandma Goof and Larry to invite them, and they said, "Hurrah!"
Here's the group...getting ready to hit the trail...
Please note Tyler's first.  You never know when you are going to literally "hit the trail"!

The Roth 6 !

Charting the course...

The teenager and Isaiah...
he wasn't going to let her out of his sight!

And we are off...
of course Tyler had to turn back for a quick smile at the camera!

The thing about hiking in Sedona...
the backdrop is so beautiful that you hardly notice the child's shirt is hanging down from his sweatshirt!

So here is the thing about pictures...
I know exactly what just happened...
but the innocent viewer doesn't.
I could totally make up something, but I won't.
I will tell you the truth.
It is a good thing that Tyler was wearing protective head gear because he just
took a big ol' digger! 
Ashley is laughing because...
we think she tripped him!

Two boys running...
but who cares?
The view is amazing!

Aiden has been obsessed with bears since he found out we would be hiking.
Here - he thinks he heard a bear in the bushes.

Which trail boys?
Why is Isaiah pointing back to the truck?

We decided on our trail and onward we went...
except Tyler...
he heard a bear growl and he took off to the trailhead.
He said, "I'm not taking that trail ~ I'm going to Cottonwood!"
That kid and the things he says absolutely kills me!
He is hilarious!

Pop said that he finally hit rock bottom...he's a funny guy.
aka: Poppy
...but your name better be Aiden if you call him that...
I'm not sure what would happen to you!

The teenager...
contemplating her college choice perhaps?
Off on her own adventure!
I love this kid!  I'm going to miss her terribly when she leaves for college!
The boys and Pop...
sitting on a rock...

Grandma Goof and Pop
"Mom.  Take picture of me with the sharp cactus."


The Roth 6
February 12, 2012

OK - so Larry and I share a phobia of kid backwash germs.
My boys hiked in with their own water, but they like the drinking game better.
Pop (Larry) has to give them a drink from his water bottle without spilling his water, and without choking the child...
The kids love this game!
Aiden was first.
Then Tyler...
who is seriously afraid of being choked by water so he seldom tips his head back far enough..

I think Isaiah's big mouth helps him win every time!

Then it's time for Pop, to attempt to kneel down, with  18" steel rods in his back, and tip his head back...
don't spill any!

The boys were so focused on finishing the hike!
They were ready to head back for lunch!

Aiden and Isaiah,
"We did it!  Hurry up Tyler!  You can do it!"

My three boys!
Tyler and his helmet...that kids cracks me up!

Heading back down to the truck...
this crew is ready for lunch.
BTW...don't ask why the grandma is carrying small child.
I'm the princess!

My mom and I!

So... where is your next family outing?

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