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Wordless Wednesday - Teach Your Children Well

Park Quest in pictures: Tuckahoe

I am taking the challenge

If you have read my blog long enough, you will have noticed that I have mentioned, on more than one occasion, that I would like to get my weight down some more. And I would like to totally clean up my eating.  And I have. For about a week. Or until I get too busy to think about it.  Or it's Donut Sunday at our church.

It is not that I think I need to lose weight, but more so, I want to be healthier.  I want to be in better shape.  I know that if the number on the scale goes down, my running paces get faster.  I know I feel so much better when I am eating SPOT ON CLEAN.  And I have been so off lately.  I have a horrible habit of starting to eat whatever I want while I am training for a marathon (because I can . . .when I burn over 1,000 calories in a workout, a few potato chips or a bowl of ice cream, do not affect me that much).  But, when the marathon is over and I am still eating the potato chips and ice cream, I have a problem.  That problem starts to show on the scale when my…

Wordless Wednesday - Yes, we love Chick-fil-a

And proudly display that love on our car!

Park Quest: Wye Island

Last weekend, our family went on a few more Quests.  So far, my favorite has been Wye Island.  Wye Island is on the Eastern Shore in Maryland.  It is an Old Growth Forest. Basically, there are lots of old, tall trees. It was really beautiful.  The Quest itself was simple.  You had to go to one of the information boards in the park, read the information on the board and fill out a cross word puzzle.  But, if you were not so adventuresome, and looked closely enough, you would notice that the park had a completed cross word puzzle on the board, along with the secret word you were supposed to find.  Once my kids saw that, they implored me to stop reading and just copy the answers so we could hike.








This Quest took us on a trail through part of the old growth forest.  The path was beautiful. And, as with all parks we have been to, it was loaded with ticks!  Yuck!  Yet, even with those little pests, we enjoyed the hike through the woods. 

The Quest then took us to an 250 year old Holly tree …

Seven Quick Takes: The tastes of Buffalo

I grew up near Buffalo, NY.  While living there, I would never have considered Buffalo to be a mecca for unique foods and culinary delights.  Little did I know.  Now that I have been anyway from the area for YEARS, I have come to appreciate Western New York's Culinary Uniqueness.  I am amazed that there are websites devoted to Buffalo foods so that those of us who have been transported somewhere else can still enjoy some of the tastes from home.  And here are 7 of  them:

1. Chiavetta's sauce

This is one I had not even really missed until my parent's brought some down for my hubby's graduation party.  Chiavetta's sauce is really just a marinade. But a really good one!  I remember driving around the local roads of WNY and seeing firehouses and churches have weekend Chiavetta's BBQs!

2. Ted's Hot Dogs and Hot Dog Sauce

Growing up in the Buffalo area (and having the Dad I do), hot dogs were a staple in our diet.  And Ted's Hot Dogs was a regular family night …

How to have park rangers searching for you (ParkQuest: Cedarville)

My family is participating in Park Quest this year.  A friend recommended it to us and luckily we were able to get in (it fills FAST!).  Simply put, there are approximately 25 state parks that you can visit over the summer that have set up "quests" for teams to complete.  They are fairly easy so the whole family can enjoy.

For our first Quest, I took the boys to Cedarville State Forest .  This is one of the closer quests to our house and I decided to go without my husband.  He will be travelling for work and will have to miss some of the quests, so I decided I might as well see how one goes without my husband.

This quest seemed fairly simple.  We get to the park, go to the ranger station, sign in and get the directions to find the letterboxes.  There are 4 in the park, but you only need to find two to get the "stamp" in your Quest Passport.  We decided to find the one closest to the ranger station first. So we left our car in the parking lot and headed down the tr…

Chestertown Tea Party Parade and Festival

I am really behind in posting this!

My oldest son started taking fife lessons about 7 months ago.  He is taking them through a member of a fife and drum corps.  Twice a month, we head up to Baltimore so that he can meet his teacher during the corps' practices.  He loves taking the lessons and loves hearing the corps practice. It really helps him to practice more between lessons. It keeps him focused on what he is working toward.  And that is someday playing with the corps.

Until then, they have invited him to be a part of their color guard.  Basically, it means he can march with them in parades.  His first parade with them was at the Chestertown Tea Party Festival.






We got to Chestertown about an hour before the parade was to start and we made our way to the parade line up.  We quickly found the corps.  J got his tricorn hat.  I have to tell you, this boy rarely gives me a genuine smile in a picture, but I took a picture of him when he first put on the hat and he was beaming!! He w…

7 Quick Takes

1.  We have a new family member in the house.  His name is Harry.
He is a carnivorous plant called a sundew sent to us by my brother.  A month ago, we read a chapter about carnivorous plants.  Ever since then, my oldest has been begging me to get one.  I texted my brother, who had the same love for carnivorous plants as a child , and still does (he has a green house with several varieties).  He promptly asked if he could send my oldest one.  This week this plant, along with a book called the Savage Garden arrived at our home.  My son, whom I usually have to threaten in order for him to open a book and read the pages, has been pouring over his new book for days.  Yesterday, all of my boys were out searching for bugs to feed this little guy.  I totally do not get the fascination, but it is fun to watch!

2. For Greater Glory
Opens today.  Go see it.  I have to say that I pray nothing like this will come to pass in our own country, but I do wonder with the way things are going if it is no…