Tag Archives: summer

Johnson’s Shut-ins Wet and Wild fun

The first time we took the kids to Johnson’s Shut-ins, they were strapped in life jackets and wore swim shoes. Josh and I would follow them around repeating “be careful” and “watch out”! Oh how time has changed things. Life jackets and swim shoes weren’t a requirement and Josh and I watched our kids and …

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Becoming a wild family

When I first started this blog years ago, I had decided to document our adventures in becoming WILD!Β first blog post Wild as in being outside. Wild as in loving to learn about nature. Wild as in being barefoot and climbing treesΒ Β  and getting muddy and catching bugs and toads! Wild as in having an untamed …

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Smudge sticks… incense from herbs 🌿 

Smudge stick (according to Wikipedia): A smudge stick is a bundle of dried herbs, often bound with string and usually rather small. The herbs are later burned as part of a ceremony or ritual.  (I plan on burning mine while meditating and praying, studying for my ASL classes and  cleaning the house. I would like …

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The eclipse and other August happenings

The month of August has been BUSY and I haven’t blogged much- so I’m going to cram this post full of things we’ve done! 🌸🌺🌸🌺🌸🌺🌸🌺🌸🌺🌸🌺🌸🌺 We drove two hours to Fulton Mo to watch the eclipse… and it was sooooo worth it! The anticipation was fun- watching the shadow cross the sun… and when we …

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On why bug repellent is so important on a hike

First of all- there is no picture of my hiking horror… I was in panic mode and the last thing I thought about was being calm and taking a picture! With that said- I will tell my story! The older kids and their friends took an archery class today at the conservation department. Another mom …

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Fun times today

We squeezed in a hike today- the weather was perfect, the park was perfect, and attitudes were perfect! Eddie discovered a catfish head… …and Andre wondered aloud…  “do you think it drowned?”  (#homeschool 😝) *Andre was immediately embarrassed 😩 and we all had a good laugh!* We got to touch cattails for the first time! They …

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Hiking in the rain β˜”οΈΒ 

It’s raining today! β˜”οΈ but that didn’t stop us from hiking! 🌲🌳🌿 The boys chose to just wear hats 🎩 but Simone and I wanted umbrellas πŸŒ‚ ! We didn’t really see or hear a lot in terms of animals… but the hike was relaxing and fun!  Such a great way to start the day!  …

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making nature journals a habit

Today marks the beginning of a lifelong habit… purposefully going into the wild -daily- to journal about nature. We brought our art supplies, clipboards, sun umbrellas, and a blanket! I set the timer for 15 minutes and we all drew and colored what we saw! After 15 minutes we were dripping in sweat! I would …

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Fishing 🎣 

We took a community fishing class today! And we were all successful!! 😁 🐟  Simone Edison Andre Eli I even caught a small fish. I held it tightly while someone helped me remove the hook!! I was quite brave… but I may have squealed each time it wiggled in my hand!!  πŸ˜³πŸ˜†

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Rescuing Fredrick the hummingbird!Β 

Andre came running into the house telling me I needed to see something… quick! I was hesitant because I thought he was going to show me a dangerous stunt off the swing set… so I was quite surprised when he added- “there’s a hurt hummingbird on the ground!” Andre named him Fredrick – he knew …

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