Losing It For The Family

Losing It For The Family

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Day 201 Reminiscing About the Aweseomness of Day 200!

I don't know what the weather was like in ya'lls necks of the woods, but yesterday was a gift from God in Arkansas. It was easily the most beautiful day of 2011 in Arkansas, aesthetically anyway. So the family and I had it on our hearts when we KNEW it was going to be like that to go on a hike in Devil's Den State Park. We love this place. It is full of nature's wonders and if there is evidence that there is a God that is incontravertable, I would say this is it. So rather than bore you with my words, I will show you a photographic depiction of our day. I hope you enjoy it.

here is my new favorite picture of us. This is the overlook on Yellow Rock Trail. The pictures don't do it justice, and if we had a better camera, it may help. But it is rewarding to hike up to the top of the mountain, and the pay off of a gorgeous view is awesome every time!

This is a great picture. Lauren had not taken this hike with Kathy and I yet, this is her expression the first time she saw the overlook. See, not only is the hike itself rewarding, but the look on a child's face when they see the wonders that nature has to offer in person rather than on tv or on a web page, it is so great to be there when it happens.

Here are Lauren and I sitting on the edge of the overlook. Kathy is not a fan of sitting on the edge for some reason, so she took the picture instead... haha. Lauren and I are dorks. Where we were sitting at in this picture, the top of a very tall tree is about 3 feet down and to the left. There was a slight breeze yesterday and the top of that tree was swaying back and forth. We kept waving hi back to it when it would do that! It was dorky fun!

I like this picture just because I find that view beautiful. God's work right there.

Here is the Overlook Kathy and I have been seeing on the trail map since last year that we were not entirely sure how to get to. We finally set out to find it yesterday ( to be read, we kinda got a little lost at first and stumbled upon it while looking for it) and let me tell you, it was worth the walk! Kathy was kinda mad when she found out you can drive to it though.. haha.

remember I was open about me being a dork? well here is more proof. Lauren and I are pretending to hold up the mountain here, you know saving all the other hikers from falling and all. It is tiring work people!

So after 4 miles of hard hiking and some goofing off along the way, we was HONGRY hikers. Kathy had made a wonderful chicken salad for us to eat, and thank goodness, cause we were miles from any other food and I don't think any of us were ready to wait for a meal! I have to say, as much fun as we have had over the last few years going to amusement parks and plays and etc., the best and cheapest fun seems to be us packing up a lunch, heading out for a trail and just spending the day with each other enjoying nature and all its beauty. I am so thankful that my girls love it as much as I do. Especially Lauren. She started talking yesterday about how she loves these kinds of weekends and how when she has kids, she is going to make sure that this is an experience that they get too. I was floored by my 9 year old talking about her kids, but basically, I was excited to know that she was not just playing along nicely with her Mom and me, but she does enjoy these outings and that she loves the outdoors.

We apparently have another nice day coming today, although slightly cooler. It looks like I get to be mechanic Shane today and get the oil changed in Kathy's car. Then I get to be home improvement Shane this afternoon. We are buying a vanity for Lauren's bathroom. The poor girl has literally no storage. I have made this storage issue a priority because she is 9, and quite frankly, some things that are coming up, I choose to remain ignorant about to the best of my ability. So, that is what I have planned for today. What ya'll got?


  1. A lovely post with great pics. Its fantastic to have kids living memories - living days they are going to look back on and Lauren knows she wants those things for her kids. it doesn't get better than that does it

  2. Years ago when we lived in Louisiana, we took a road trip to Arkansas, and I was amazed by the beauty of it.

  3. That looks like a great time. Family time is always so much fun. I have tried to avoid trips like that because I didn't want to be the one huffing and puffing and holding others back, but you have inspired me to head out on a hike. We have a beautiful park only about 20 miles from where I live and I will be headed out to take advantage of it as soon as the weather here warms up a bit. (It is -12 right now with widchills that make it feel like
    -37!) I will post and let you and others know how it goes. Thanks Shane for being an inspiration to this newbie!

  4. First time on your blog. Noted your comment on the weather. 65 inches of snow so far this year in Northern Michigan, 33 of which were in January. I am over winter and would love your weather. Enjoy it!!!

  5. Looks like everyone had a great time :) Love the pic's thanks for sharing!

  6. Send some of that nice weather this way! We're supposed to go into a freeze for the next little bit. How great that you are hiking as a family.

    You look totally slim in the photo where you are pretending to hold up the rock. Looking good, Shane!

  7. I *LOVE* the pictures! What great family photos!! And you are looking positively svelt, mister! Keep up the fantastic work! I love seeing that you are being active as a family...that's brilliant. Love it!