Wild America

Yesterday we observed a Luna moth…

A little brown tree frog attached itself to my  leg…

A snake slithered away into the pine needles and blueberry bushes before it got smooshed underfoot. 

A friend visited to play and swim and get dirty. 

Must Remember




swim diaper


sunscreen and bug spray

journal and books

sweatshirts and jeans


(because this is what’s on my mind for the next day or so…)

Creeping Me Out

I’ve made the blog private; I hope you are only reading this is you have accepted my invitation!  Otherwise, you may be the creepy person from South Korea or Brazil that keeps lurking around, viewing various posts up to 20 times a day.  At first, seeing “views” from around the world was really exciting. But then the numbers started going up on views but not the number of different viewers and it felt like over-exposure.  Since it wasn’t the grandparents (unless they were in Latvia or Paraguay, of which I was unaware) and since the kids like to run around with things over-exposed and I sometimes can’t help but take pictures of them, well, those of you reading now love them and would never goggle them in a creepy way.  Anyway, feel free to send me emails of people you know who may check in and I can happily send them an invite!


Back to home base for a few days, only to do a big turn-around!  Heading back out on our adventure packed summer…we have never had one like this before.  I think the key to success with all this travel is adequate sleep, mostly healthful meals, and downtime.  Too much (junk) or too little (snoozing or doing nothing) of any of these and we will know!  Three days of camp for both Ollie and Lily this week will really help me get some work done to make our trip smoother for everyone.

How Far Can Passion Take You?

While we recovered from too much fun and too little sleep last night, we fit in a visit with some neighbors whom I have known for years and years having grown up together.  While Dan was raised a few miles down the road, he and his family now live less than a mile from my parents’.  It was a happy coincidence that their two sons, Jacob and Caden, were in camp with Lily this week.  Caden is her age and Jacob is moving into fifth grade.  Dan, their dad, fixes planes for a living and has been passionate about trains since he was a little boy.  So when he and Denise bought their land, he started to build (more) locomotives, storing them in his basement garage.  Years later, he has a fully functioning miniature train track running through the woods.  It is amazing and obviously his passion.  The kids loved riding the trains, using the handcart, and swinging through the trees on their swing.  Put that together with a giant butterfly garden and a new puppy…well, we spent a few hours with them today.  Jean and Jim joined us and then we walked down the lane further, toward Rock Hollow Woods, to another neighbor who hired Jim to build the most deluxe treehouse I’ve ever seen.  It was built with care and great skill.  The two little girls lucky enough to call it their play space actually had a hand in designing the whole thing.  We decided that a writing pod like the two they had will be the perfect place for someone to journal or read in the classroom.