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I’m hosting Big Boy!


(picture via The Farm Chicks)

I’m excited to share with you all that I’ll be hosting Big Boy in about 20 weeks or so.  Basically, I’ll take him around Maryland (and maybe DC) show him a good time (all legal people, get those minds out of the gutter) and we’ll take lots of pictures, and then I’ll mail him back to WA where they’ll get him ready for his next adventure.

If this sounds like something you’d like to do, check out The Farm Chicks blog post and sign up.  Hurry up!  It’s first-come, first-serve basis.

And here’s a bit more information for those curious minds:

We’ll be sending him to any state in the U.S. and any country in the world, if you’d like to host him. He’s already been to Washington (his home) and to California. Where will he go next? It’s up to you!

Here are all the details:

  1. If you would like to host Big Boy, quickly leave a comment here on the blog, telling me which U.S. state or country you live in. Since he will only visit each U.S. state or country in the world once, the first person to comment from each state or country in the world will be the host.
  2. We will email each host to get a mailing address (he will be traveling to each locale in the order the comments are received).
  3. When Big Boy arrives to your home, show him around and take pictures of what he’s seen and done. After a few days with your family, you’ll mail Big Boy back to us, along with the pictures of his journey and I’ll share them here on my blog.
  4. Big Boy’s journeys will continue through the end of April, 2013.

At the end of his journeys, I will let the readers vote on which trip they liked reading about the best and that person will receive a brand new Instax Instant Camera from me! Hooray!

And since I almost never win anything, I’m going all out for the camera – and the adventures. : )

::Happy Living::


100 years of cherry blossoms

One of my favorite things about having a blog is the research.  While I may ask tons of questions of myself about “why this?” and “why that?” in reality, I may only look up the answers to those questions about 50% of the time.  Here’s a great example, “What is the story behind DC’s cherry blossoms?” – and so, here’s the history.  Did you know this year we celebrate its 100th anniversary?  So cool!  It’s worth clicking the links; quick, interesting reads.

A friend and I managed to make it into DC and hang out for a bit, even with an impending storm.  I’m happy to stay we remained dry and am so glad we took that chance.  (Story and favorite three pics, here.)

I’ve found it’s easier (and takes up less space) to post a large group of pictures as a slideshow, with a small gallery below; I’m enjoying trying out new things on my blog.  In doing so, though, I’m not really able to comment on all the pictures, so I’ll mention some things here.  There are a lot of pictures framing the Washington Monument; I was experimenting.  Also, there’s a cat in a tree that looks a lot like my Oliver; it’s not him.  All of those shots remind me of the Cheshire cat from “Alice and Wonderland” – pretty cool.  Last, there are two pictures of a “flower cross,” something that is very fitting for the upcoming celebration of Easter.



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I love little adventures like this; chancing the rain and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation.



home again, home again, jiggity jig!

Journaling on vacation to me is updating my Facebook status via my Blackberry, when I remember, and if I have reception.  I don’t win on consistency here.  So, the fact that I’d been to Topsail Island several times years prior, and that I was a slug in the sun the first couple of days, I didn’t do too much, and most of what I did, I’d done before on previous trips… and lots are things I must look to fb to recall.  I can relay I had a blast and relaxing came easily.  That my perspective was made anew, even rejuvenated in the hopes to make it through another over-scheduled year.  The end of the vacation, as we spent a couple days at Lake Anna, was what has stayed fresh in my mind as it was my last bought of freedom before reality hit.  My favorite memory is hanging on to either one of the boys on back of the jet-ski with my little feet, in dire need of new nail polish, turning into suction cups before my eyes as we zipped through the lake, wind in our hair, water splashing at our faces, and giggling.  Lots and lots of giggling.  Actually, the most entertaining for me was when Elliot realized during my turn to drive that I was crazier behind the wheel than him; a practical impossibility, especially from someone so seemingly placid in comparison to a teenage boy.  Then, later to overhear both boys confirm that riding on the jet-ski was the “best ever” with me, even topping Grant’s solo ride, because I giggled so much (and didn’t give them instructions).  Be free my little birds… ok, not really so 60’s hippy-ish, but it is vacation and we need to let loose.  Along with many others, I have retained such sincere, sweet memories to cherish for many years to come.

Viva la vacation!

“turkey neck” camping trip

A group of friends and I spent this weekend camping at Elk Neck State Park, and it was so much fun!  Amongst the normal camp-y things, like a campfire and s’mores, we hiked to Turkey Point Lighthouse (some of us, myself included, taking a little detour on the way back via a secondary trail through a ravine) and later that afternoon, another hiking tour via the Beaver Creek Loop, where I caught two frogs (I may have just let my prince hop right out of my hands) and ran after a “teenage beaver who needs to move out of it’s parents dam.”  It was good for the mind, body and soul.  So much so that I felt literal and figurative muscles relax.  I definitely need to do this more often!

As a little side note – I usually photo document *everything* but it was relaxing to leave my camera at home.  I can’t say I’ll do it again, but it was a nice change of pace, and fun to view everything through two eyes and no lens.  Hope to have pics to post next time, though.

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