A Walk About. . .

Last week we had two of our grandkids while their mom and dad were off celebrating their anniversary.
It kept us busy running them back and forth from school each day, but they were very good for grandpa and I.
Not wanting to be remembered as the grandparents that do nothing other than sit in front of the t.v. or their laptops all night long we opted to do a couple of activities with them.
Thursday night we took them to see the movie, Max.  It was really good and if you go see it I suggest you throw a few tissues in your purse.  Not that I needed any.  :)
Friday night we headed up American Fork canyon for a quick KFC picnic and a walk about at Cascade Springs.

Just as we were getting ready to leave our youngest son, Dalan called.  He and his wife, Sam and three boys decided to join us.
Cascade Springs is a natural spring fed by the precipitation from the mountains above.
They are filled with watercress and if you look closely you should be able to spy a trout or two.
Paityn asked if she could bring along a friend.  How do you say, "no" to nine year old girls?
Jack liked the cool bridge.

Will was such a good boy!  Mom kept him in the stroller so that he wouldn't run off.  We don't call him Will-de-Beast, or Will the Pill for nothing.
Evan seemed to enjoy his 'free ride'.
Daddy called it his baby necklace.
Isn't this little chubster a doll?

 And Braxton just continued to look, 'studly'.  Isn't that what teenage boys do?
 (gotta love those red Converse!)

Oh, and if you do go see the movie, Max.  Check out the boy star.  Both hubby and I thought that Braxton could play his double.
Oh, and remember those bright red converse?  Well, he was walking along the wood edge and fell in.  One shoe came out muddy, but he washed it off in the clean flowing water and it looked good as new.  Boys will be boys!
You can see how fast the water was flowing under the bridge.  And of course, I loved the moss covered rock.
Grandpa shot this photo of me and some of the kids. 


We always take advantage of teaching moments along the trail.  I told the kids how the Pioneers used this plant for band-aids and toilet paper.
Mother Nature provided us with the beginning of Falls beauty.

I have to tell you the funniest thing we saw.  When we first started down the trail there was a family picnicking on the ground right behind a 'No Picnicking' sign.  It made us laugh and I wanted so badly to snap a photo and send it into Jimmy Fallon.  Thought that wouldn't be very nice, so I opted not to do it.
At the end of the trail Braxton climbed up this broken branch and sat down.  Guess who encouraged him to stand up, grandma?

And this tree soon became filled with a bunch of monkeys.

Oh to be a kid again!


Stacey said...

That looks like so much fun! It's wonderful that you all went together. I spy some fall leaf color happening there. Not here!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks and sounds like your family had a fun filled day together. Thanks for sharing it with us. They were wise to keep the little one in a stroller in a situation like that as they can get away from you in a blink of an eye.

Mimi said...

What a beautiful spot and look at your sweet family! Love Mimi xxx

Art and Sand said...

What a fun day with your grandchildren.

Patti said...

Jann, this is such a fun story! How blessed you are to have your grandchildren close by. I keep wondering, should we move to Colorado to be near them? Your family is beautiful! Thank you for all the sweet things you wrote on my post. You will enjoy Lori's book!

Tamara said...

What a memorable outing! What beautiful surroundings and enjoying them with family makes it extra-special. Your photos are great and really capture it all so well. It feels like fall may be creeping in a little early this year. Thank you for sharing and have a blessed week.


At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Your family is beautiful. Wondering if poor Will ever got out of the stroller? Those springs must be a wonderful thing to have so near.

Kiki Nakita said...

Looks like y'all had a fun time together.

Gayle said...

One of my favorite places, though I haven't been there for a long time. Maybe this year?

Linda W. said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time with your grandchildren! You have a beautiful family.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful family day. All of your grands are so beautiful. So glad that you made beautiful memories.
The area where you hiked and had a picnic is so very lovely.
Have a great week,

Debra@CommonGround said...

what a fun adventure, Jan. you're so blessed to have your family close-by. you made tons of great memories that afternoon!

GranthamLynn said...

Oh what a fun time. I love that old tree. You really got some wonderful shots. I came by to let you know the Link your Linky party is live over at my blog. Please come over and link your party.
And, don't forget you can link your Fall posts too.
Have a great week.

Pamela Gordon said...

What a fun time you had your your grandkids on a picnic! They are all beautiful children and I'm sure didn't mind being spoiled a bit by their grandparents. Have a great week and Happy September to you!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a perfect time you had! Great pics! Love the red converse...my husband would be jealous although I just bought him some Batman and Joker converse....yup, he wears 'em!

Rose L said...

Looks like a fun and beautiful trail!

Oliva Ohlson said...

Your and your Hubby are GREAT grandparents! There's nothing better than spending time with your family!!!
Hubby and I worry too that when we get the "kids" that they must find us boring, so we plan all kinds of stuff. We're sure happy when they leave...we're pooped but had a grand time!!!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

What wonderful memories you're making with your grandchildren, Jann! They are all adorable! I was up at 4 am to travel to spend the day with 2 of ours. We spent the day at a lakeside park with a picnic lunch. It's so much fun to see the world through their eyes!

Unknown said...

Oh I just loved this post Jann ! What a beautiful family and what a great idea to have a KFC picnic outdoors - especially in that spot - perfection !
I LOVE the photo of you and the kids - such a stylin' grandma !

Shirley Hatfield said...

You're a fun grandma! I need to remember to take the kids to Cascade Springs next summer when they come for a week. I start running out of ideas! =D