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Monthly Archives: October 2011

One Pumpkin = Multiple Green Hours

One Pumpkin = Multiple Green Hours

How many Green Hours can come from one bright and happy orange pumpkin?  At our house, more than you can count!  The first one was of course the Sunday afternoon excursion to the local pumpkin patch a few weeks ago (in costume of course).  C took his pumpkin-picking-out job very seriously, and made sure to inspect EVERY pumpkin in the patch before finally deciding on the lucky orange friend that got to come home with us.                 Next came Carving Day.  We decided that this would be safest as an entire family activity.…Read the rest of this entry →

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Rocktober-fest at the New River Gorge

Rocktober-fest at the New River Gorge

After a small string of crappy weather trips a few weekends back, I was starting to think our rain curse was back…but au contraire!  Despite both nights plummeting to a frosty 35 degrees, the daytime temps went from frigid to an ideal 60 degrees within a couple of hours of the sun rise, much to everyone’s delight.  Although we had a pretty big crew with a wide range of skill levels represented, I think everyone managed to get their fair share of pump and exposure, along with a healthy dose of fall color. We spent Saturday at Endless Wall, which is probably…Read the rest of this entry →

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How to Use Your Stick Clip (a Collaboration with the Crag-Daddy)

How to Use Your Stick Clip (a Collaboration with the Crag-Daddy)

For those of you that remember my recent post a few weeks ago regarding the DIY stick clip, you may also remember that I promised a subsequent post on how to use your handy dandy new pole.  (Or you may have forgotten all about it since it’s taken us so long to finally take these videos…sorry about that).   Anway, since my hubby prides himself in his mastery of stick clip tricks (and while I have no trouble hanging a draw, compared to Steve my “trick” skills are that of a mere apprentice), an instructional post like this was right up his…Read the rest of this entry →

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Last Year’s Bumble-Bean

Last Year’s Bumble-Bean

Over the past few days we’ve been brainstorming about different costume ideas, (rather unsuccessfully I might add) which reminded me of last year’s Halloween, which also happened to be Cragbaby’s first.  Our neighborhood had a little shindig that afternoon (which was of course scheduled smack dab in the middle of C’s usual nap time).  We didn’t want to throw a ton of money into something that he would wear for a few hours max, especially since we didn’t know how long he would even last at the party, so we decided to keep it simple with an ensemble that could be worn…Read the rest of this entry →

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The Green Hour Combo – A Family Affair

The Green Hour Combo – A Family Affair

Last week I wrote about Green Hours and grandparents, and about all of the cross-generational memories that can come from spending time in nature with extended family.  This week however, I wanted to focus a little closer to home – with immediate family.  If you are a frequent visitor to this site, you’ll know that its no secret that the majority of our weekends are spent outside at the crag scaling cliffs.  I’m pretty certain that when Cragbaby looks back at his early nature memories, most of them will involve ropes, helmets, and tents.  To put it mildly, I guess…Read the rest of this entry →

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