On Monday, the 5th, since it was a holiday at BYU, we got to go on a hike with my sisters Breanne, Losaunne, and Avalon and my brother Bronson. We hiked up to Timp Caves!
Talmage was such a trooper the whole week even though his schedule was thrown completely off kilter and most of his naps were cat naps caught in the car. I had to keep reminding myself what a trooper he was when it took him a week and a half after we got back for him to start sleeping through the night again...
Love the sunglasses
Just starting the hike! I guess I have adjusted to living in Houston more than I thought, because I didn't even think about bringing jackets with us on the hike...whoops! It was about 40 degrees, and Talmage's short sleeved T-shirt and my short sleeved shirt and shorts were not the best clothing choice, but I didn't want to pay $20 at the gift shop for a little jacket for Talmage. So we wrapped his arms in his thin blanket, snuggled him close in the Bjorn (which we have loved! Thanks, Maria and Jeff!), and he managed to stay fairly warm.
Talmage, Breanne, Bronson, Avalon...and Losaunne in the background. Breanne got back from her mission to Taiwan this past spring, and Taiwanese people often hold up two fingers in pictures. So when you see her doing that (or anyone else), now you'll know what's going on.
Even if he is only in the 20th percentile for his weight, carrying a 9 month old strapped to your front up a steep mountain path can get a little exhausting. My sisters were more than happy to step in and help.
View of the valley
Oh, the faces this boy makes...he delights me with them all day long!
Wearing Uncle Bronson's sweatshirt, waiting for the cave tours to start
Noses are his favorite. And he is very nonchalant about pinching them.
Talmage fell asleep just before we entered the cave. I was glad, though, because even though he would have been very intrigued, he was swaddled and warm, since the inside of the cave was close to freezing as well! It made ducking through the 3-4 foot high openings, squeezing through the narrow passageways, and traversing the slick, steep stairways kind of interesting, but we made it without any significant problems. And the tour guide made sure to draw attention to "mom with that sleeping baby" at pretty much every possible moment. :)
Some of the beautiful cave formations
I managed to make it through the cave without hitting my head on a single stalactite...but there were a lot of close calls!
Outside the cave--what a fun hike! Thanks for planning it, Breanne!