Thursday, May 12, 2016

Good Ol' Dad

I hope our children realize how dedicated and hardworking their father is. He spends the day at work then comes straight home to coach Mira or Matthew's practice, or help Micah with math homework or play tennis with Colin or spend time with Ella. This would be a typical day for him. Nearly every weekday he is engaged with out children in some capacity. I dedicate this post to him!
 One evening, he took Micah, Mira, and Matthew to a Jazz game. They had a great time!

 He has told me that some of his favorite activities are hiking, backpacking, and camping (minus the sleeping on the ground part--ha!). For the second time, he has taken Colin and Micah to the southwest desert in Zion National Park for a backpacking trip. They really look forward to this!
 The packs they got for Christmas are being put to good use. They got all packed up to hike in 3+ miles to their reserved location. Chad says the boys take to this adventure like champs!
 Having to negotiate streams, boulders, gullies, etc. makes the journey that much more adventurous!
 They found their spot a lot easier this time. The spring provides water and shade.
 They slept out under just the netting which allowed for breeze and great views.
 They look pretty comfy-cozy to me!
 Looks like Micah got hold of Chad's camera...
 I found dozens of variations of this shot on the camera:
 Their surroundings:
 Thankfully, Mom and Dad had hats they could borrow to protect them from the sun. (They'd forgotten theirs.)
 Campsite number 5 was their home.
 It's a strange, beautiful place.

Oh, the hours of homework Chad has spent helping with at this table.

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