Early Birthday

Two nights ago John took the boys and I to REI to pick out my birthday gift.  He wanted to surprise me but we really wanted to try the packs on with both the boys and see how it fit as we walked around the store.  So after much debate I decided on the Osprey Poco Premium.  Yup.  My wonderful hubby (unlike me) has no qualms buying the most expensive, best quality things for me.  It is sooooo awesome!!  They were having a big sale which is why I got it early.

We are planning on going out this Saturday as a family to do some hiking.  Well I think that's the plan.  But I couldn't wait!!  So today I took the boys out to Red Rocks Amphitheater for a picnic lunch.  Red Rocks park is huge and there is a great trail system I'm told.  But we only had time to check out the amphitheater  today.   I look forward to going back with John later.  Check out the pics!

 All ready to go!

 Enjoying our picnic lunch on the top row of the beautiful outdoor theatre

The view from the top.  BTW, Aaron made it ALL the way to the top all by himself!  Can you see Denver way off on the horizon?
 Blankie thief! 
 All packed up and ready to head down.  This is the pack from the back.  The sunshade pulls out of the pack and clips on the front.  It was very helpful since we were in the bright sun and Ethan is NOT a fan of sun in his eyes!

 I brought a water bottle for the boys but it was more convenient and WAY more fun to drink from mommy's camelbak!
Amazing.  We really are so small on God's beautiful planet.
"Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant in the trial and the change
One thing… Remains 
Your love never fails, never gives up
Never runs out on me"