Monday, November 28, 2011

Geocaching: The Real-World Outdoor Treasure Hunting Game

Enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with my lovely family.
So many fun things happened over the weekend but this
 particular post is about our geocaching adventure
with Dad, Mom and the kids.

In case you didn't know,
geocaching is a global game of hide-and-seek
 for global positioning system (GPS) users.
Participants hide geocaches and then others,
 using global positioning satellites, seek out the hidden caches.
In addition, players move traceable items from cache to cache all over the world.


 That's my family on the left, and a flower (which I just happened to think was pretty) on the right.


Mom (above) with her walking stick down by the creek.
This was the day before the adventure, Thanksgiving Day.


This (above) was the trail on which the cache was found.
"Cache" is short for geocache.



Did you know that there are 1,586,594 active geocaches and over 5 million geocachers worldwide.
Those are the official numbers as of right now, as I write this very sentence, 
per the official Geocaching website.


Dads GPS must have sent him to the correct latitude and longitude for the given cache we were hunting because this was where the walking stopped.
Of course, I was too busy taking pictures to pay attention to the GPS,
and lagging behind all the others.
But Hannah and Dad stopped and began looking around...


I am pretty sure it was at this very moment that Dad quickly spotted the treasure.
It was "hidden" in plain sight, in a five gallon bucket,
right there only a few feet away from where we were standing!


And there it is!
Now let's open the treasure chest!


Excitement!!!




Above is the log book, this is where people who have found the lost treasure sign in to say "HI!".


This is Dad signing the log book and the kids checking out all the goodies!


I thought it was appropriate that the first thing we pulled out was this tin box
with a picture of some kids playing in the snow.
The box said "Happy Holidays!".


This cache was a level one, on a scale of one to five.
A level one being the easiest to discover and a level five being the most difficult to discover.


My daughter found this picture frame and set of wax lips. The Comedian.


The box was filled with tons of little nic nacs, but my favorite was this bookmark that read,
 "Believe in Yourself!"


Laural picked out the fireman puppy dog.

Rachel found a Hot Wheels racecar, and Hannah found a small piece of tile
which she said would be added to her rock collection.



The girls also enjoyed playing on the old fallen logs and trees surrounding the treasures location.


We replaced the taken treasures with new ones, much nicer ones in fact,
  rehid the cache and headed out for more holiday shopping! Ugh!!!



What the heck is Geocaching? Find out all you need to know.
Click here for the complete Guide.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Felt Turkeys And Being Thankful


We had some fun on Thanksgiving this year.
There is nothing like being with family during the holidays.
Good food and good times.

In my post named November Fun I talked a little bit about my love for The Hobby Lobby.
And the love affair continues.

I picked up these sweet little projects for our Thanksgiving craft
on the last day of school before our Thanksgiving break.

Felt turkey hand puppets and "I Am Thankful For"... cards and craft.
I always find the neatest little things at Hobby Lobby.



Here the children are sewing the two pieces of the felt that make the head of the turkey.


The children had so much fun doing the turkey puppet craft,
and we got some interesting results as the kids
started placing the felt faces together in random and interesting order.



Meet "The Masked Turkey Superhero". At least that's what she called him.




The next to the last line says, "Baby Carson". This is our newest addition to the family. My nephew.

Line four says "Pascal", that is our family pet. He is a Beta. Such a handsome fellow.






The sewing and stitching got a little tricky, but the children did a great job.
Even my little 3 year old figured it out.


I'm so proud!


I am thankful for Jesus, my entire wonderful family, all the things that help make life comfortable, such as a roof over our heads, food on the table, hot coffee in the mornings, a family van that is paid for, healthy and happy children, and especially for freedom and for all those who have and are fighting for that freedom.
 This list could go on and on, but I will stop here instead,
and tell you that I have never, ever felt so blessed, so loved or so thankful as I do this very day.

Today I will enjoy all the things in my life that make me happy, and be thankful to the uttermost.