Monthly Archives: August 2017

August Highlights 2017

A trip to North Carolina, back to school, a birthday, football, an eclipse: why not jam it all into one post?!

Into the smokey mountains

And note: no ipads/phones/screens of any kind on the 10 hour drive; it is still possible for kids to be bored on road trips. haha Staring out the window is underrated, right?!

Duck in Montreat, NC


Farewell to camp! The Spy enjoyed a whole month there this summer.

I painted this with my camp bestie in 1999! (its the floor of a girls’ cabin)

We enjoyed a misty hike

One little pop of color!

Likin this lichen

Almost there!

We tried to do this hike a few years ago but didn’t make it to the falls (the whole thing was straight uphill) it took us nearly 3 hours to get up to the falls.

Which were somewhat underwhelming but I’m never going to complain about a hike/nature!

Fuzzy mushroom

We also took a little walk around Asheville (we all much preferred the woods).

Asheville Selfie


Street bubble

Once home…

Time to start school! (6th grade!!)

And kindergarten!


Happy Birthday!

She got a bunny leash hahahahahahah


Show Rabbit

And here comes the next victim


And on to…


He dragged this kid along 15 more yards into the endzone!!

Very hot!

And today we saw the solar eclipse which was very cool.

Totally cool!

Summer Sights

Cotton blossom

Young raccoon

Sunflowers and zinnias

Velvety black butterfly

Zinnias (and weeds!)


I don’t remember what type of flowers these are but they are cute:

What a keeper!

We picked this pumpkin 10.31.16 and it has been sitting on our countertop since!!! We finally cut it open. We gave it to the bunnies and chickens for a special treat.


A coyote recently also got a special treat: Cleo, Buffy, and Specky. No more free range chickens without supervision!


She watches many brutal nature documentaries on a regular basis so is not too traumatized by the chicken massacre.

She misses Specky the most, she was her favorite.

On the trail

Trail II

Cotton plant

Last day at Forest School

With Nana

Babyzilla has been enjoying loads of attention while her brother is away at summer camp. He has been having fun, from what we’ve heard in letter and the pictures posted on the camp site:


Lots of tribal competitions (woooo Seminoles!)

Getting in a little football

Also rock climbing, canoeing, wrestling, trips to cool waterfalls/swimming holes and more: camp is the best. We are excited to go pick him up this week though because we miss him; he’s been gone a month!

Back to school very soon!