August 30, 2016

Fourteen.

Happy birthday, Patrick!  It is so hard to believe that you are fourteen already.  

Patrick wanted to go for a hike on his birthday, so we did.  Even though it was one of the hottest days of the year (with a heat index of 105 or more).  We had fun reminiscing about this spot on this trail.  And teasing Patrick about how he'd fallen in here when he was two.

There was some discussion about when he actually fell in.  I remember it being this day in 2004.  Though Patrick and Nathan are adorable here, I think that maybe everyone else is right and that it was a cold day.  
It was good that we got a "before" shot at the trail head because we were so sweaty after this hike it was ridiculous!

The girls still gave it two thumbs up!

 We had intended to do another trail, then the paved loop on scooters.  But everyone voted to go straight to scooters (with a wonderful 3 minutes in the car and air conditioning in between--we are wimps I guess!).  This was a lot of fun and we followed up with a trip to Dairy Queen for a birthday lunch.

 Happy happy birthday dear Patrick!  You bless us with your creativity and your joy.  May you have a blessed year!

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