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Nature Scavenger Hunt

Our apartment building is right across the parking lot from a huge wooded area full of running trails and a stream.  I have not taken full advantage of having this great place literally right outside our door this summer.  So I decided it was high time to get out there and explore.  But I wanted to explore with a purpose so I did a little searching on Pinterest.  I found the perfect thing…

Camping Scavenger Hunt for the Kids via The Creative Homemaker


She has great a free download of a bingo type list of stuff you can find out and about at a camp ground.  We weren’t at a camp ground, but it was still just the thing.  So I printed one out, grabbed a little tote bag and told Abbi we were going on an adventure.

She was really excited about it and once she was properly attired (proper attire for my 4 year old girly girl is her tutu, crown and teal stretch pants) we headed on out.  Isn’t she adorable?

Abbi loved being able to find things without my help, except for the bug.  She made this really petite little scream and ran away when she picked up a piece of bark that had some beetles crawling around under it.  I may have giggled at her – but there was no way I was going to go pick that piece of bark myself :).

Within about 20 minutes she had found everything on the list.  Abbi was one happy, dirty little girl all ready for a bath.

Have you ever done a nature scavenger hunt before?




Campfire Blueberry Orange Muffins

So I went camping last weekend with our awesome friends.  My family was in charge of getting breakfast together, but the Hansen’s wanted to try out a little trick they’d seen on line.  I’m not sure where they got the directions on how to do these, but they’re pretty easy so I’ll just give you a quick run down.

First, you cut the oranges in half and scoop out the insides.

Then you fill one half with muffin mix and put the other half back on top.  We had some blueberry & some raspberry.

Now is when you should wrap them in tin foil. But we all forgot to bring some so we just made due.  Lay them in the fire and let them bake for about 15-20 minutes.


Then unwrap and enjoy!  They’re not that pretty, but even without the foil they were still delicious.

What’s your favorite campfire treat?

Boston Freedom Trail {part 1}

A while ago Design Mom started a column on her blog about loving where you live.  I decided that’s a good idea.  In the past 4 years we have lived in 5 states and visited a few others.  We figured we would be in each place for a while and would have plenty of time to see things.  But we never got around to seeing more than the one or two main touristy things in the area.  So I’m going to join Design Mom in the quest of loving and learning about where I live and visit.

When I found out that my husband was being transferred for work causing us to move again just 5 days after I unpacked the final box from our last move you think I would be more upset than I was.  Well, I was pretty livid until I found out where we were headed – Boston Massachusetts.

You see, I’m a huge history buff.  Especially for Revolutionary history.  We even named our daughter Abigail after Abigail Adams.  I have wanted to visit her my entire life and now I was moving there!  I was pretty dang excited about it.

One of our first excursions we took when we had a free weekend was to hit up the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston.  We decided to start at the end of the trail at Bunker Hill in Charlestown (they have free street parking there) then walked the trail backwards toward the city center.  Here’s the Instagram pictures I took of our trip.

Our 1st stop:  Bunker Hill Monument

2nd stop: USS Constitution

3rd stop: Copp’s Hill Burying Ground – That headstone is from 1661.


4th stop: Old North Church – There were two lanterns in case you forgot.

5th stop: Paul Revere’s house.

And here is where Abbi lost it.  It was SOOO hot and humid and we had been walking for ever so I don’t blame her.  We were going to turn around and head back to the car when we noticed the splash pads on the Greenway.  So we decided to let Abbi run around in them for a while first – clothes and all.


We finally dragged her away (she wasn’t very happy about it – as you can see on the right :) ).  She fell asleep in the stroller on the walk back to the car.  Poor kid.  We plan on getting to the rest of the trail before summer is out.  So be watching for part 2 soon :).

Are any of you Revolutionary history buffs?

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