Torreya State Park

Two weekends ago we met our good friends for a little family camping at Torreya State Park.  It is about a 3-hour drive north for us and is located on the Apalachicola River.  The landscape in this section of Florida is so different than the rest of the state. There are actually hills and changes in elevation. Which, if you are familiar with Florida, is pretty close to non-existent around the rest of the state. So when we were trying… Read more »

Daytrip to Kennedy Space Center

Last weekend we headed out on a little microadventure to the Kennedy Space Center. Having lived in Florida almost my whole life, I had never been. And if I have, it was so long ago I don’t even remember it. You don’t hear much talk about Kennedy Space Center, so I was not expecting to be blown away. But guess what? We were BLOWN AWAY. The park exceeded our expectations, and we learned a ton about the past, present and… Read more »

little free library

We recently installed a Little Free Library at the park by our house. Have you heard of this movement? It’s a free book exchange you can place at your home or neighborhood. It usually looks like some sort of little house or wooden box on a post. However, if you look on the Internet, you will see that the libraries can take many shapes and sizes. The way it works is that you bring a book you have already read, and exchange it for… Read more »

It really seems like yesterday that I was writing THIS POST about my intentions for the summer. And somehow the boys are back in school with one week under their belt. (Sigh)… Reflecting on what my hopes and expectations were for this summer, I can see I was able to accomplish a lot of what I was looking for. Not all, but a lot. What I am happiest about is that we did achieve a “slowing down” and being more present in… Read more »

  Parenting is a constant learning process for me. In the past year or so, I have found that my most insightful parenting lessons are coming from: my own children. At the ages of 6 and 7, they are getting to a glorious age where they can really express and articulate themselves. It seems a bit odd to think that I am taking direction from people in the single digits, but who knows my specific parenting strengths and weaknesses better than these… Read more »