You’ve been warned. The number of pictures in this post is nothing short of ridiculous.


But our little family struck out in a hike this morning and the camera wouldn’t look kindly on being left behind.



As soon as we made our plans for the morning Sarah scurried off to her room to don the appropriate attire. A skirt, of course. The child no longer wears anything with split legs – shorts, capris, blue jeans, nothing. She tried to pitch a fit about wearing the tennis shoes I chose for her but I drew the line there. We compromised on no socks which I knew was a bad idea. But some lessons are  better learned the hard way, right?

Painfully predictably,  no less than five minutes into the trail Sarah announces that she can’t walk another step. Her feet hurt. She might die. Her daddy stops to give her a pep talk. So B-Ro just…well…I don’t quite know what B-Ro was doing.




Whatever his issue was, it was quickly resolved. For there were sticks (a tick!) and rocks (a kock! – I know, I know) and holes to be found.





The pinnacle of our hike was no less than a quarter of a mile down the trail. We’re some hearty hikers, lemmetellyou. By this point Sarah was barely ambulatory and Ephraim caught wind of the trail mix we had in the backpack.

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Or should I say, he caught wind of the chocolate chips we had in the trail mix we had in the backpack. Yes, that would be more accurate.

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So our “trail mix” was actually pieces of Ritz crackers, coconut, and chocolate chips. Ants had gotten into our raisins and little Ephraim’s histamines don’t jive with peanuts. The kids were just fine with that. Next time I think they’d prefer I leave out the crackers and coconut though.




Next time I think I’ll just bring gel packs of high-calorie chocolate. You know like the marathoners use? We gotta keep our stamina up.




Some crazy, unkempt, sweaty hiker found her way into our photos. I’ll need to speak with Brent about that.





And wonders never cease, a self-timed family photo to end the morning. 


And then we loaded the children onto our backs and staggered the quarter mile back to the car.

Janelle AndersonAugust 15, 2009 - 1:50 pm

Look at the Cobb’s gettin’ there Anderson-Shertzer on!! Nice work. You keep this up and my little Danger-man really will marry Miss Sarah Cobb. 🙂 Awesome to see this post, makes my heart smile.

ellen pattonAugust 15, 2009 - 3:01 pm

You know how to have fun! And what treats to bring. 🙂

tara pollard pakostaAugust 15, 2009 - 4:13 pm

too CUTE!
and if you would have made them go in a baby jogger or backpack carrier, they would have probably walked
5 miles to prove you wrong LOL!!!!

AmyAugust 15, 2009 - 4:23 pm

I think the Shertzers wore off on you–both in your choice of activity and the number of photos posted! I love it!

ToniAugust 15, 2009 - 4:26 pm

Love the skirt! Love the crossed-leg-princess-pose. Love that little family!! Y’all are just too stinkin’ cute!!!

SamanthaAugust 15, 2009 - 5:24 pm

Our girls truly were destined for each other – we would have had the exact same arguments. 🙂

I’m so glad that you guys are NORMAL and barely make in 1/2 a mile unlike certain other mutual friends who shall remain nameless (AMY).

AshleyAugust 15, 2009 - 6:24 pm

You have such an adorable family. What a fun day!

AnneAugust 15, 2009 - 7:58 pm

1/2 mile total – sounds about right on this 93 degree high humidity day! Looks like you had a good time.

MeganAugust 15, 2009 - 8:40 pm

I think 1/2 a mile is pretty good considering the kids walked the first part and you had to carry them for the last part. I also think that that crazy, unkempt, sweaty hiker should make her way into the photos more often.

JanelAugust 16, 2009 - 5:26 am

Very cute. It is like you did your own “session” with your family. That wall reminded me of when you had the Wingers sit on their wall. And the fundraising is going great. I can’t believe you had 19 people already. Thank you!

Aunt LuAugust 16, 2009 - 8:58 am

LOVE IT!!!! You always make me laugh…see ya Wednesday!

JenniAugust 16, 2009 - 11:53 am

So funny!!! I needed a good laugh!

JenniferAugust 16, 2009 - 1:06 pm

I’m a frequent reader but a shamefully infrequent commenter. Love the photos, especially the ones of the dainty cross-legged miss! E.’s pronunciation of “rock” reminded me of a similar problem we have here: http://boogaboojones.typepad.com/boogaboojones/2008/12/a-wee-problem.html

Love your blog!

MarciAugust 16, 2009 - 2:24 pm

The more pics the better. I adore how she has her legs crossed in those last few. What a little lady. My 3.5 year old is going through the same, only dresses boycott. I had to go out and buy a few more b/c she never used to be so into them. Rarely will even a skirt cut it b/c “it’s not a dress mommy” Yes, apparently I am not smarter then a 3.5 year old girl. 🙂

j.j.August 17, 2009 - 12:53 pm

well some days just warrant a ridiculous amount of pictures. like the amount i took at the park this morning for heaven’s sakes.

JenniferAugust 17, 2009 - 1:18 pm

I’m right in there with the “other” Jennifer! Love the dainty cross-legged Sarah. And noticed right away that you used a “k” for E’s pronunciation of rock rather than a “c”. 🙂 The fam shot at the end is awesome!! (Maybe next time you can stick a pair of socks in the backpack for Sarah “just in case”)

Sandi HicksAugust 18, 2009 - 12:07 pm

LOVE how the photos tell the story! Beautiful photos & I love the little moments you caught! Adorable!

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