One of the things we like to do as a family is to hike. So, on Reed's birthday, we thought it would be fun to spend the day hiking in a brand new place: Valley of Fire. The boys were a little skeptical, but after Ryan showed them a few pictures online (our go-to for creating hype where hype is needed), they were sufficiently on board.
We started our drive by letting Reed open one present, which held two movies--Alvin and the Chipmunks 1 and 2. Reed's immediate response was to ask us why we didn't get him number three. So at least he was appreciative. But he was happy that we let them watch the movie while we drove.
The boys were immediately impressed when we arrive at the Visitor's Center. There were rocks right there that you could climb all over, which is their kind of hiking.
After a little exploring we decided to find a trail. We chose Mouse's Tanks. We chose poorly. The hike was almost entirely through sand, which the boys did not like at all. They were complaining about their shoes hurting which, we realized at the end of the trail, was because they had literally at least 3/4 cup of sand PER SHOE. Geez. They were super grumpy and complaining about life in general and wanting to leave, so we decided to find a more climbing-friendly hike.
Luckily, we found one. And it had a picnic area, so we decided to enjoy lunch while we were there. Our favorite part of lunch were the little chipmunks that were everywhere. They were too afraid to come right next to us but totally cool being two feet away from us. There were so many of them and the boys had a hard time focusing on eating!
Once we finished lunch, we climbed some more and played in the sand. The kids were soooooooo dirty, but I just went with it. Don't mind Lila's face in the upcoming pictures. Just now that I did attempt to wipe it, but she just kept getting dirty again and didn't seem to mind...so I let her be filthy.
Eventually we were all tired, so we piled in the car and drove home the Lake Mead route. We could see glimpses of the lake, which Ryan and I loved and the boys would have been more pumped on if they hadn't started Chipmunks 2.
Our drive was uneventful until we pulled into our neighborhood and our car decided to stop. And not start again. Ryan pushed us most of the rest of the way and luckily had help from a few guys across the street to push our beast of a car up the driveway. I am so grateful we were so close to home when the car stopped working--we'd spent most of the day in the middle of nowhere with zero cell service, so we could have really been in trouble. Tender mercies.
After deciding there wasn't anything we could do about the car that night, we switched the car seats to Ryan's car (with much difficulty, his backseat was quite tight), and let Reed choose dinner. He chose Panda Express, which apparently is his favorite. We'd run out of time to make a cake with the car troubles we had, so we went to Wal-Mart to let Reed choose a birthday treat. He went with Fun Dips. Then, because Ryan is cute and wanted Reed to have a candle to blow out, Ryan picked up a twinkie, too.
We had a fun day celebrating our six year old!