4th of July landed on a Friday, but the family fireworks display at the cabin was on Saturday, July 5th. So on the 4th, we bought a few fireworks for Jaden and Nicholas to shoot off at my parents house. Nicholas wouldn't light any last year, but he liked lighting them this year as long as I held his hand. Sweet isn't it? I don't think that will last another year, but I enjoyed it this summer! :-) Of course Jaden needs no help in lighting the fireworks!!
|Brotherly love, ready to set off fireworks at my parent's house.|| |
|Nicholas poses with fireworks, he wouldn't light anything without holding my hand.|
|Be careful though, Jaden wanted to light everything and anything!!|
|Our little "finale"|
|Excited to explore elephant rocks with their walking sticks!|
|Mom only made it on top of the first rock, grabbed the tree limb, turned around and sat at the picnic tables below. :-)|
|Tony being silly|
|The boys found the lake and we decided to walk around it|
|Tony and Dakota on the left, Dad and the boys on the right ... looking at the lake below|
|We love our cousins!|
|The weather was so pretty!|
|Another view of the lake|
|Hiking along the back side of the lake|
|Boys called this narrow passage way "fat man squeeze"|
|Dad made it through without any problems! :-)|
|Glad I could hold up the rock|
|Another "fat man squeeze" except this time Dad had a bit of trouble squeezing through|
|Good thing he's short, he just ducked under the tight spot!|
I'm sure I'll get some of the details wrong, but the rocks are volcanic in origin and immune to the crashing water and haven't changed much over time ... they are harder than ordinary rocks and therefore aren't carved away easily ... instead they trap, or "shut in", the water and create lots of little water falls and currents in this part of the river.
Jaden took one look and off he went! Scrambling from one big rock to the next ... jumping across the gaps, fearless and fast. Nicholas was just as fearless, but not as fast and he had a hard time keeping up. I followed behind and helped Nicholas cross some of the areas that were too big for him to manage alone. We were having a blast when I took a look around and realized Jaden and Nicholas were the only little kids climbing on the big rocks. All the other little kids must have had more sensible and safety conscience parents because they were all playing upstream of the shut ins, in a rather shallow and calm part of the river. It would only take one little slip to get pretty hurt, so I decided to move us upstream as well. The boys were mad at first, but we had fun sliding through the falls upstream ... until a snake was discovered in the water ... thankfully nothing dangerous, but I'd still rather not swim with snakes!
|Mom and her grandsons on the boardwalk heading down to Johnson Shut-ins|
|Upon first arriving at Johnson Shut Ins|
|Jaden couldn't wait to take off, but I had to hand off the camera to my mom ... I needed both hands free to chase after them on the rocks|
|It was a beautiful day to be at the shut-ins, but the water was cold for us! It took us a while to get used to the cold water and then when we got too cold, we warmed up on top of the rocks.|
|Warming up on the rock when a couple next to us saw a snake in the water.|
|Jaden riding the ATV ... he's still asking if we will buy him one in Doha. We're in trouble!!|
|My Uncle Randy took Nicholas on a ride too|
|Racing around the property. That's the cabin in the back ground ... it has 5 bedrooms, but we had more people than that, so that's why all the campers and tents around the property.|
|Nicholas loved playing with Brian|
|As the sun was setting, we got comfortable to watch the fireworks.|
The following morning we played under the Hwy K bridge in Annapolis, MO before heading back home. My dad and the boys didn't have any luck catching fish, but they had fun building a dam and we enjoyed splashing in the water and enjoying the sun. Not too hot, not too cold. Another perfect day!!
|Serious business building a dam across a VERY shallow part in the river which was too cold to swim in at first. After we warmed up in the sun, we ventured out a bit more, but not much. The water is crystal clear and pretty, but too chilly for us.|