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Mothers Day Hike

Mothers day is usually a day I get to choose what we do for the full day.   With our schedules being ridiculously busy and my husband working this year mothers day turned out to be a little bit different. 
We had a few hours to celebrate me-the mother- and those hours passed way too quickly.   But in them we did get to do the what I love to do every year on mothers day and that is to hike! 

We were not able to talk all of our kids this year but we still got out of the house and enjoyed the spring weather.  
The sky was overcast which was beautiful! It kept us nice and cool out in the bog.   There is little natural shade there so the clouds were welcome! 
This was Lady Dragons first hike on her own.  We didn't hike a lot last year because of the difficult age she was at and this year she is a bit too big to carry.  So she was off on her own.  
Mostly she did a good job staying with us and keeping her attention on continuing to move forward but sometimes there was a bit of coaxing from dadd…
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nerf gundartscupstable/deskTo set up you just put the cups in a pyramid and designate a place to stand to shoot, point blank would be cheating and not as fun.  Then pull the trigger. 
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