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Alt. Viewpoint – The Great Outdoors (Pt. 3)

It is funny how differently two people can experience the same trip. Where it took me 2 months, 3 posts (The Great Outdoors, The Legend of The Kayak, and the Great Outdoors (Pt.2)), and 3,174 words to tell the story of our camping adventure, it took Nolin 16 sentences and awesome hand drawn illustrations to relive the same experience.

Not only was it flattering to know that of all the things he could have written his story about, this family trip obviously meant a lot to him too. This was a school project in which they created and wrote a story and drew all the pictures themselves. Whenever they finished they were able to present their published book to the class and then to their parents. Continue reading “Alt. Viewpoint – The Great Outdoors (Pt. 3)”

The Great Outdoors (Pt. 2)

20160125_071452Now back to the conclusion of our 3-day camping adventure in the great outdoors…

Saturday morning was spent exploring the keys and attending a sand castle building class. It was unfortunate because both Nolin and Grace quickly lost interest in the very detailed instruction, but I found it really fascinating. Continue reading “The Great Outdoors (Pt. 2)”

The Legend of The Kayak

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So we will take a break from our regularly scheduled programming for our   Mise en abyme (story within a story) to explain the Legend of the Kayak.

Much like our camping story this story started a while back…about 5 years ago…when the transmission on my Pathfinder went out and forced us to quickly buy a new car. We settled on a brand new Kia Sorrento for our growing family. This was the first brand new car that I had ever owned, and I was excited. The only problem is after we purchased the car, they didn’t have the exact model and color that we wanted, so they were bringing it in the next day from another dealership. No big deal. Continue reading “The Legend of The Kayak”

The Great Outdoors (pt. 1)

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In a nod to the great John Candy (circa 1988), we will back track a bit to hopefully get back up to date. Our adventure to the great outdoors actually starts back on the evening of May 1, 2015 when Jenn happened to notice that a camping site opened up in Bahia Honda state park in the Florida Keys.

We had never taken the kids for 3 nights of camping, but the dates were in January which meant that at least it shouldn’t be in the upper 70’s to lower 80’s in the evening (which ended up being the temperature when we did our trial one night camping run in September).

Let’s do it….worst case scenario we leave a day early. Continue reading “The Great Outdoors (pt. 1)”

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