And the Award for BEST Parents of the Year Goes To….

Umm…not us. I would love to put some kind of spin on this post to make it look like it wasn’t entirely our fault…or that we did everything we could to prevent it, and it was just unavoidable, but…well…I can’t. The truth is that it was ENTIRELY our fault. Benji and I messed up yesterday and as a result, Harper now has a black eye. Yes. You read that right. A black eye.

We went hiking with Harper yesterday and he got smacked in the face by a tree branch. Not a limb…a branch. I’m not even sure how to describe what happened. I just know we were climbing a rocky hill – both of us more focused on that than the branch (obviously) – Β and Harper got hurt 😦 He didn’t really full out cry, so I don’t think it hurt him too badly (at least that’s what I’ve been telling myself), but it did leave a nasty boo boo on his face. It didn’t look all that bad at first, but by yesterday afternoon, it looked like we had beaten our child. The first picture was taken about five minutes after it happened. The second was taken when we got home:

So there you have it. We are just waiting for someone to call DHR on us. We both feel like terrible parents and he’s been getting his way like no one’s bizz since it happened. We’ve gotta make it up to him somehow, right? πŸ™‚

For the most part, Harper seemed to really enjoy the hike yesterday, even though it didn’t start off so well. We went to St. Mary’s Falls and it was awesome! It’s supposed to be a 2.2 mile hike to get there, but Benji and I got lost (as we ALWAYS do). Judging by the time it took us to actually get there, I’d say we hiked three miles…easy. The walk was very pleasant and it was pretty simple – most of the time. It ran along the creek so we passed several beautiful pools along the way. Here is a picture of one that was really pretty:

Doesn’t that just make you want to jump right in?!? This particular pool was about ten minutes away from the actual waterfall. The waterfall had a nice little pool underneath it too:

The water was FREEZING!!! But after walking such a long way, it was wonderful to just jump right in! There was a rock right above the falls that Benji jumped off of into this little pool. I wasn’t brave enough, but whatevs. Here are the rest of the pictures:

We let Harper play in the water at one point (before we got to the falls) and he LOVED it! He would splash around and just laugh. It was adorable. I’m so glad that he seems to like the water!

On our way back, he actually fell asleep in the carrier as you can see in the collage above. That was a first for him, but it had been a long day and he was worn out. We were too, actually! Overall, St. Mary’s was GREAT! Maybe next time we go, we can avoid the whole black eye fiasco :-\

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One thought on “And the Award for BEST Parents of the Year Goes To….

  1. Misty says:

    You know as a mom of a boy, this will just be the first of many such mishaps. Don’t feel too bad. And remind me of this when Noah gets his first black eye. πŸ™‚

    I’m super jealous that it’s cool enough there to go hiking. I can hardly wait until we get a relief from the heat and humidity and can take Noah out for walks again!

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