Tuesday, June 12, 2012

52 Weeks of Happiness :: Week 14


We've been taking Saturday morning hikes
at the Botanical Gardens near our home.

We wipe the sleep from our eyes,
put on our shoes,
eat breakfast in the car,
and take a walk in the early morning light.

We recently decided to go on a different path
than we normally do and discovered
a spot where we can play on a bank by the river.

We are usually the only people there
and we have the place all to ourselves.

We've even settled into a nice routine.


Griffin just learned
how to skip rocks.

It's like a right of passage as
he crouches down low and tosses flat pebbles
into the river.

He's gotten really good at it
and can skip a rock 4 times in a row
on top of the water.

A triumphant cheer resounds
as we celebrate his new talent.

We have fun scouting the ground
for perfect skipping rocks.


Koen spends his time making "ancient" marks in the sand.
It's the perfect place for a boy to be a boy.


We discover tracks and act like wild
turkeys stomping all around.

Our loud "gobbles" echo into the woods.


The boys search for primitive weapons
and hunt for magical creatures for the rest of the hike.

Which makes me feel very safe because
there was talk of a cyclops sighting
that very morning.

I just love watching their imaginations
run wild in the woods.

It's the very best way to start our weekend!


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Dina Lettre said...

Looks like such a fun adventure!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Looks like a great place to explore.

R Montalban said...

You cannot beat having a great imagination. This sounds a lot of fun :-)

Linda D. said...

Your adventures in the woods wil remain in your boys' hearts and minds and imagination as they grow up. What fond and rich memories you are making! The Lost Boys in Neverland never had it so good!

•°°• PreciousKD •°°• said...

Looks like it will be a fun and terrific summer for you all!

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

What a fantastic place for the boys to just explore & quench that curiosity. So cool!

angel shrout said...

This just makes me want to go to the creek bank all the more..

Karen Mortensen said...

What a beautiful place to make wonderful memories.

Sue said...

I agree. A perfect way to begin the day!


Susan @ Sunflower Status said...

Sounds like you found a great place to explore.

Kristy LifenReflection said...

That sounds like my kind of morning!

Kelly Lund and Kids said...

Ohhhh how I have missed you every Tuesday Leigh!! It's been crazy busy in my life for the last month and a half or more... But I am back!! :)
Love these pics of your boys... they have grown so much!!

Anonymous said...

I love this concept of of 52 weeks of happiness! Good for you for thinking of this.
Laurie @ Pride in Photos

From Tracie said...

This is so very fun. It reminds me of adventures I had as a child in the woods behind my house.

Life with Kaishon said...

4 skips? That is impressive for sure : )

Andrea said...

That is an incredible way to start the weekend! I love skipping stones,and that stick trail is great!