Wilderness Rescues and Easter Baskets

Y’all!! What a fun and interesting Easter Holiday we had!!! 

The quartet had a 4 day weekend and we were determined to make the most out of it.
{Of course, they just went back to school after a 2 week Spring Break, so I’m not sure why 4 days was necessary}
Friday and Saturday were spent running from here to there doing last minute things for church on Sunday. And the baby got his glasses. This is proving to be a challenge that I was not ready for. Within, minutes of having them on, he had them pushed across his belly, then thrown into the floorboard and then, when we got home,
they were thrown on the couch before he ran out the back door!!! UGH!!!

Guess who forgot baskets??!! This mom!! Seriously, 4 kids makes it a little more challenging and I am pretty sure that the oldest one knows that I am behind them but kudos to him for playing along for the other 3…. I need to remember to get him a “just because” prize.  So I conquered the aisles of Wal-Mart with the other last minute moms and dads and managed a pretty decent haul. Again… I am the farthest thing from a “pinterest mom” you will ever find!

 Allergies have hit full force and I have 4 sniffling, hacking kids running around. The front yard is full of those dandelions and there little faces are puffy and itchy.

Monday, we went to a local state park for a day of hiking and burgers and it turned out to be a very interesting day. We did a trail once and came out muddy, and stinky and one of us… the one with pigtails…. was not happy after she managed to step in a huge mud puddle and dirty up her favorite pair of grey chucks.
I promise, sometimes she is as rough and tough as her brothers and other times she is a dainty, Miss. Priss that hates nature. At the end of the trail, she had vowed and declared that she was never doing that again!! Only to learn we were going in a second time when our friends arrived. IMG_4281[1]

Oh, the day just got more interesting when our friends arrived and we decided to do the trail again.

That dreaded mud that ruined Zoe’s outdoor experience, claimed my friend when she fell in it, trying to keep her daughter from falling and dislocated her knee!!!

So, there we were, 4 adults and 8 kids in the middle of the woods, sitting in the worst smelling mud ever trying to figure out the best way to get her out. We ended up calling 911 and they dispatched 2 cops and then moments later, 2 paramedics showed up and then about 8 DNR guys with a stretcher on a bike wheel!!!

Nothing gets your adrenaline pumping like a real wilderness rescue! So after 45 minutes in the mud pit with my pal, they finally had her leg stabilized, had her drugged a bit and then they hiked back through the woods to the ambulance…

In true Adkins form, it is not an outing unless someone goes to the ER. Caleb managed to get whacked in the face with a swing, resulting in a shiner and then managed to have a bandaid on at least 4 fingers! Alexander almost fell into the lake twice. And then the wilderness rescue!!! Oh, what a fun day, it really made me miss the ER and the hospital life. I used to think being a mama would be boring but it is turning out to be WAY more interesting than I could have ever imagined!!!

I am so thankful that I had Thrive on this particular day. When we finished up at the park, we were all dirty and smelly and the Barber insisted we stop and get groceries before we went home…. I only wonder what the people in Kroger had to be thinking about my rustic, mountain looking family.  By the time we got home, the Barber wanted to finish a furniture project so I rolled up my sleeves and kept going, thankful for the extra energy.


We made so many new memories over the weekend and we smiled for lots of pictures and I am pretty sure that mom-ing is officially on the “top 10 most interesting jobs” list.

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