Hot and Sticky in West Virginia


Today was our last adventure with Flower.  And boy was it a hot one!  It seems like we kept putting off all the stuff outside, and then never actually got to do any of it.  Except for this one.  And this one showed that that was the right decision.

Besides the humidity and the heat, Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia is an amazing place to go!  We love to come here and come often.  (Often being about 3 to 4 times a year.)  Why do we keep coming back?  It’s not the really good ice cream they have.  It’s not the beautiful rose garden restaurant we like to eat in.  It’s the history.  And for me, it’s the fact that the Appalacian Trail runs right through town.  It’s always been kind of a dream of mine to hike the whole thing.  Right now, I’ll settle for walking part of the trail in town.

Flower had never been there.  And it’s beautiful.  See?

Church at Harper's Ferry, WV

Lolli’s oldest daughter, KitKat, came along too.  Flower and KitKat have been come good friends this time around (and actually KitKat spent the night last night so we could get an early start.  Haha…the girls stayed up late and we got started the same time we always do.  (10:30-ish)

Fun at Harper's Ferry WV

This trip was not one of the best trips we’ve done.  It was hot.  And pushing and carrying our monster stroller around was brutal.  I was dripping sweat from my elbows about half way through.  We said next time we come in summer, we are going to bring swimming suits and swim in the Shenandoah river.  About half the people we saw there today were in the river cooling off.  And the current in the river was very mild.  There were even several places where the rocks made small pools with no current at all!

Climbing the stairs in WV

Even though it was hot, and even though we didn’t see all I wished we would have seen for Flower, it is still an amazing town.


Falling Falling


Today Flower and I looked at our list and really decided what we are going to for the rest of the time she is with us. The weeks fly by fast in the summer and in 3 short weeks she will be leaving us! Sad!

Flower picked 6 things to do in the next 3 weeks. I’m excited for the things she picked! After we picked out 6 (actually 7, but we added the last thing since it was a tradition) things to do in the area, we decided to pack up and go do one of them. Right now.

So we threw together a lunch, threw the kids in the car, and drove off to this place:

Herron in Great Falls

Great Falls National Park, MD.

It’s so beautiful there! AND! They are doing construction big time there so they are not charging admission while they are doing construction. So locals, Great Falls in Maryland is FREE right now. Go. It’s beautiful.

We also saw a lot of wildlife there. Lots of birds, lots of fish, lots of frogs. The frogs were ADORABLE and tiny. Oh! And a lizard! Sadly, Soot our dog, chased that lizard away and no pictures of that one. The kids had a love/hate relationship with those frogs. They hopped. But they wanted to hold them. And they hopped.

Butterfly and Frog

Professor ended up yelling at me as we were leaving the park because “Wanna hold dagon! Wanna hold DAgon!” When he doesn’t get his way, he just yells what he wants louder. This little tantrum came because he wanted to hold a dragon fly and those things are hard to catch!

We all came home tired and filthy and hungry. What another fun day with Flower!


GMYBS- Mountains


Joining Lolli again this Friday with my best shot of the week.
Give me your best shot at Better in Bulk

It was hard to choose one this week because I’ve taken so many and a lot of them I’ve really liked.  But this one stood out to me.  I have lots of pictures of Butterfly walking away from the camera in scenic places.  Let’s just add this one to the many.

Girl Trail Mountains

This is from the hike we did and I got so sunburned. The mountains still have snow on the tops. If you look at the big mountain in the front, it looks like it has had stitches. It burned 2 years ago while we were visiting and they did that so it wouldn’t erode so badly with the snow run off.

I love Butterfly’s hand running through the grass at the side of the trail.  She seems so content to just be walking where she is.  I’d like to be like that more often.