Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mother's Day Hike

As I mentioned yesterday, we went hiking for Mother's Day.  We decided to go to Booker T. Washington National Monument, because the boys love all the buildings and animals, and the hike isn't too strenuous for them, so no one has to be carried.
 After a picnic, they took off running down the path for the old buildings.  This one was a kitchen house back in the day.

We counted a lot of lizards while we were exploring.  I couldn't help but delight in taking lizard pictures.  Almost as fun to photograph as ducks.

This is the old tobacco barn.  Reid would only stand in the doorway, as it was very dark inside and he said it was too scary.

Sharpening a few tools in the blacksmith shop.  The boys also enjoyed working the huge billows for the fire.

Tree marker along our hike.  One fun thing about the hike is that it has numbers throughout, with information you can follow in a brochure. 

The old Sparks cemetery sits on a ridgetop, and has a number of graves all marked with fieldstones.

Filling our hands to the brims with nature.  The boys are always stuffing their pockets with rocks and flowers and other goodies.

The twins don't read yet, but they sure do like to pretend that they do!

What a fun filled day.  I hope the Mother's Day hike is a tradition my boys will pass down to their own families.  It's a wonderful way to spend a special day. 

32 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

It looks like a wonderful way to spend Mother's Day!

My Journey With Candida said...

In the first picture, it looks like the kids are running as fast as their little legs will carry them.

That lizard sure looks curious in that picture. He is probably wondering what the heck you are doing.

Terri said...

You and the fam have the best adventures!

Sandra said...

what a wonderful tradition!
Looks like a wonderful place to go on a hike, well minus the lizards ;)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

JDaniel would love to have seen that lizard. He is way cool!

Cat said...

Awwwwww....I love that picture of my baby with her babies :-) Love your tradition and also think you take very good lizard pictures.

Buttons said...

Oh Lisa you have a beautiful family and you are an amazing Mom. I am sure all that you do for your boys will be passed down to your grandchildren. Thanks for sharing. B

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I've never been there! Looks like a great place to spend some time. Ya know, I'm not sure I would have entered the tobacco barn either!!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

That's a great photo of you and your boys. I admire how intentional you are in making family traditions and family fun.

Gail Dixon (La.Belle) said...

You have such a sweet family. I can think of no better way to spend mother's day since I love nature so much. As long as it's not a hike with steep hills.

TexWisGirl said...

SO cute! love that lizard guy, too!

Shell said...

Looks like a lot of fun!

I love the pic by the tobacco barn!

Chatty Crone said...

What a sweet sweet day! sandie

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I love that lizard shot! Too cool! Looks like the day was a lot of fun :)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

What an awesome place to hike and a fun tradition. Your pictures are amazing and the shot of the lizard is excellent!!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Can I ask what setting you use on your camera?

Ginny said...

It is lots of fun for me to see, too! I LOVED going along with you on this special hike. The lizard peeking around the old board, the boys running, the old cabins, I LOVE all of it!!!!

Betsy Adams said...

Oh Lisa---love that last photo. You all need a tripod where you can get a family photo or MORE.

Looks like everyone had a great time at the Booker T Washington National Monument... Looks perfect for kids. Your boys are all adorable.

Hugs,
Betsy

Ellie said...

Awe what a perfect Mother's day. Your boys are so cute - I especially like your picture of your boys running down the path. Pure pleasure for them. :))

Michaele said...

Really, really nice shots Lisa. Love the lizard - but the last one is a keeper!

Michelle said...

That is a great picture with you and the boys. Nice that they love hiking and nature!

Jill said...

It looks like a wonderful day! The boys are all growing so quickly!

Grandma Bonnie said...

Oh my some very happy boys you have! Stuffing their pockets with all that treasure. Those filled pockets bring back memories. Happy Wednesday!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

That is the finest Mothers Day tradition I've ever seen!

Tanya Breese said...

what a great mother's day. i love booker t too! great photos and that lizard shot is awesome! we went hiking at fairy stone for mother's day!

Michaela said...

You so pretty :)

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

What a cool place to visit! I love the photo where the boys are running.

I'm glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

Michael Manning said...

Never a dull moment. I really enjoyed these photos! Glad you enjoyed your day!!!

Linda said...

Wonderful photos! Love the shots of the children and the old tombstone. Keep having fun!

Nancy Claeys said...

I love that first photo Lisa -- your photography skills get better with each post. xo

Anne Payne said...

I don't know how I've missed all these great posts! I just love your pictures and narration here. Looks like a great day and your guys are just adorable!

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

What a wonderful tradition! I love the pictures!