A family that is Loving, Learning, and Laughing together in this adventure we call life.

Picnic Splashing June 2, 2011

Filed under: Adventure,Critters,Family,Nature,Pictures — freeflowinglife @ 12:01 am

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This was a day filled with splashing and laughing ūüôā ¬†We went with Jody as he helped to¬†prepare¬†for an Antique Engine Show just over the TN line. ¬†To give him some time to tinker, us gals went to a nearby¬†picnic¬†area ¬†to check it out. ¬†It had a perfect stream flowing through for catching critters and splashing in the water. ¬†The girls spent a lot of time at first catching minnows,¬†salamanders, a looking at other people’s catches of crawdads. ¬†Lydia is getting really good at catching salamanders but she will run from a crawdad as they are swimming backwards from her ūüôā ¬†She hasn’t got the nerve to risk a pinch from their claws to capture one for her prize yet. ¬†Laini found a perfect rock into the creek to sit on to keep her dry but close to the action. ¬†Lilah prides herself on being the keeper¬†of the container of goods that Lydia finds¬†and to be the one to display the find to others who might want to see. ¬†It was important to the girls to get all of the river dwellers back into¬†their¬†home¬†safely¬†after checking them out.

When they had filled their sand buckets with todays miniature catches and then released them, they turned the area  into a splash park!  The girls took their sand/critter buckets and used them to scoop water to drench each other.   They splashed in the stream and poured water on each other from up on the little walking bridge.  My girlies laughed, and giggled, and squealed.  When moving from one water hole to the next, Lydia spotted a large Dragon Fly on tree but I did not see it until she pointed it out to me, it was very camouflaged.   When all were tuckered out, we got into a dry change of clothes and headed back to get Daddy and a snack!


Fishing June 1, 2011

Filed under: Adventure,Critters,Family,Nature — freeflowinglife @ 1:25 am

My nature chicks have been asking to go fishing for a long time…..Soooo….we stopped at the store and Daddy bought 3 poles. ¬†He still had his tackle box from way-back-when complete with antique lures and bait so we were ready now! ¬†We drove our adventure Wagon¬†up the the Parkway¬†bound for Price Lake. ¬†The first thing we found when looking for a fishing spot was 2 snakes sun bathing on a log. ¬†We decided to share the spot with the snakes and put together our poles. ¬†The fishergirls were so excited to cast! ¬†Lydia was the first to catch a tiny fish and everyone was delighted. ¬† Lydia bated, cast, and removed-released her own fish; her sisters needed a little help with their poles….After some fishing time Lilah and Laini had to run around a bit, but Lydia never left her site.

The days catch totals were: ¬†¬†Lydia* 3 ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Jody* 2 ¬† ¬†¬†Lilah’s baby doll* 1-40 footer with her stick pole ūüôā

As an added bonus, we even got to go to the Park Rangers program on Bats!

The girls have their poles and are ready to cast again…..


Waterfall Folly May 31, 2011

Filed under: Nature,Pictures,Waterfall — freeflowinglife @ 5:23 am

Continuing¬†with the flow of playing in water…..we visited a local Waterfall looking for minnows and crawdads. ¬†The Rhododendron’s are¬†beginning¬†to bloom and they are Beautiful! ¬†We love getting outside and enjoying nature!


Ocean Wishes

Filed under: Adventure,Critters,hooping,Nature,Pictures,stacking rocks — freeflowinglife @ 1:25 am

It is no secret that Us girls LOVE being at the ocean. ¬†Since we couldn’t be in a giant sand box and salt water at this time, we still had to play in some water. ¬†First we went to the a Playground and much to our delight the previous rains had turned the large sandbox into an oceanish setting. ¬†The girls dove into creating and enjoying the sand and water.

On another day we trekked out to Valle Crucis and played in the Watauga River.  This is one of our favorite places to go in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  We even took Zen and Emmie along for play time.  The river calls you to stack rocks along its banks and find critters in its water.  Laini found some worms and Lydia hooped on the bank.  Valle Crucis is a great place to go and meet some new friends and cool off in the water.


Cowgirl Camp May 30, 2011

Filed under: Adventure,Camping,Family,Nature,Pictures,Travel — freeflowinglife @ 7:50 pm

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With very little planning, we met Grammy half way and camped at Panther Creek State Park in TN. ¬†Laini named our site the “Cowgirl Camp” due to all of the¬†feminine¬†energy that met up there. ¬†The weather was perfect–cool sleeping nights and warm, but not melting days for our 3 day stay. ¬†We enjoyed our fire and food fixins both nights. ¬†Even Lilah’s baby dolls had their own “bonfire” rings and fun times at camp. ¬†Laini found her first ever salamander and she was so proud of herself. ¬†I practiced on tying some knots ¬†and hung a rope in a tree for the gals to be acrobats. ¬†We even got to see my baby brother Hawk on our way out of town and the girls were supper excited to visit with Uncle “Hotdog” (Laini’s nickname for him). ¬†We have our bags ¬†(and tent) packed and ready to put in our car Blondie the Adventure Wagon for the next¬†occasion¬†that comes ūüôā


Dandelion May 5, 2011

Filed under: Family,Inspiration,Nature,Pictures — freeflowinglife @ 11:54 am

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When we returned home from Laini’s¬†birthday trip, we were greeted by a yard of yellow.¬†¬† Our lawn mower is awaiting some parts for its spring tune up so the yard had not been mown and the Dandelions¬†are thriving!¬† A lot of people put great time and money to remove these bits of yellow from their yard, but I have to¬†say (despite the¬†approval of the neighbors) I will be a little sad to see the grass cut and the sea of yellow gone.¬† After all a weed is just a plant out-of-place and I welcome and enjoy the bouquets of Dandelions the girls pick for me.¬† Dandelions¬†can be¬†used as a food source, a coffee replacement, and used to make vegetable dyes as well as a flower arrangement.¬† Enjoy the small and unexpected pleasures in LIFE.


Adventure January 14, 2011

Filed under: Adventure,Critters,Nature,Perspective — freeflowinglife @ 1:44 pm

When you school at home, there is no such thing as a “snow day” off from School.¬†¬† Every day is a learning experience so 10, 20 or even 30 inches (which we have got in the past week) of snow doesn’t¬†slow things down much (especially when Daddy likes to drive in the snow and makes the Suburban slide on purpose just for practice).¬†¬† Winter is not my favorite season of the year because I¬† like spending a lot of time outdoors¬†and I don’t like being cold.¬† However¬†my mood has remained more positive on a daily basis this year due to a change in Perspective.¬† I have come to realize that a lot depends on perspective….

Bank Robbery


For example, some people may have come upon this scene and thought “What a mess!”.¬† But when I spied the play dollars all over the floor, I thought¬†“I didn’t know that Dallie was a bank robber ūüôā !”¬†












Wikipedia defines adventure as “an exciting or unusual experience; it may also be a bold, usually risky undertaking, with an uncertain outcome”.¬† I like to view everyday as an adventure, so I ask myself and the girls, “What will be our adventure today?”.¬†¬†I could call it a to-do list or goals we would like to accomplish but isn’t looking at everyday as an adventure a much more pleasurable idea to pursue?¬†¬† I plan to share stories on my blog about these¬†everyday adventures.

Sometimes we may have an adventure in mind, but if we stay open and aware of what is going on around us, another adventure may present itself.¬† I suppose it is all a part of flowing with life.¬† Being in the spirit of mindfulness,¬†while looking out my¬†back door at nature’s glitter (aka snow) yesterday, I spotted a Bird of Prey in the oak tree¬†our yard and then again on my way walking to the library (which was closed when I got there due to snow).¬† I have been researching today what kind it could have been and I believe it was a Peregrine Falcon.¬† I have never recognized one in the wild but know I will know what characteristics to look for.¬†

Peregrine Falcon

¬†In this article about the Peregrine Falcon, it says that these birds travel¬† far outside of their breeding¬†area so they are called the¬†“wanderer.”¬† I wonder if this is a positive sign of our travels in¬†the future ūüôā¬† I will continue to stay open and aware to adventures that await me.
*Take from this post what inspires you and leave the rest*

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