Fishin’ with DaddyO Photoblog


Fishin’ With DaddyO

These weekends were just as beautiful as the photos appear. Alan took our youngest two boys and went camping with DaddyO in Alabama. They fished, they cleaned the fish, they ate the fish, they learned about the importance of gun safety while shooting cans, and they got to sleep in a tent. It looks so good, it almost makes me wish I had gone too.

But then I remind myself that I don’t touch worms, I don’t clean fish, I don’t sleep on the ground, I don’t like being cold, and I don’t do well with bugs, and then I’m okay with my decision to pass on the camping.

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A successful day of fishing! The boys are still talking about this.

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Look at all those leaves!

After living on the California coast for two years, we have a fresh new appreciation for fall foliage. I can’t get enough of it!

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happiest moment ever

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Pick-up trucks are an essential part of a Southern campout.

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I know. It almost makes me nervous too. But if you knew Alan, you’d know how good this actually is. I guarantee you those two little boys now no more about the danger of guns and gun safety and the purpose of guns than most adults do. Alan is such a thorough teacher. He is an amazing dad.


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Pioneer Dad

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Daniel shows off the target afterwards.

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You see why Alan and Daniel called this “the man trip.”

You should’ve heard Daniel talking about this trip the day before. “We are going on a MAN trip. We’re going to do MAN stuff.  MAN stuff!” Can’t you just hear Tim the Toolman Taylor saying “far ra rar ruff!”

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The big boys missed out on the camping trip. However, they all went with Alan to Providence Canyon State Park last weekend while I got a desperately needed day off! Here are a few photos from that!

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in front of The Little Grand Canyon: “A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.” — Laura Ingalls Wilder

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This is Providence State Park, also known as The Little Grand Canyon. It developed through erosion, some related to early farming techniques, but also to the soft clay here, only since the settlers landed.

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They took turns being statues. I think Daniel was the Statue of Liberty.

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Caleb as the thinker.

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Caleb, as Rio’s Jesus statue

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“They said they would rather be outlaws a year in Sherwood Forest than President of the United States forever.” ― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Caleb, as “The Thinker”

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Mud. Glorious mud.

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I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving. I want to tell you how thankful I am to be starting to feel settled in my new home. It’s been four months now, and the depression that came with moving has passed. I have a modicum of energy again, and I cannot tell you just how much I am enjoying these incredible fall colors.

I’m sitting here staring out the window. The trees in front of me are orange and red, mixed in with pine green.

It reminds me that if I am thankful for fall, then I must be thankful for change. No matter how we resist it, it is simply one of the seasons. We know it’s coming. Look for the beauty. If every change were as beautiful as autumn, that wouldn’t be so hard.

These recent changes in my life actually are a thing of wonder. The boys are growing. Our family is closer. I’m doing a little outside work for the first time in 11 years!! The places and faces I see everyday are new, but they will soon be familiar.

“It was November–the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables



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  • I don’t have many memories with my Grandfather, but I do remember going fishing with him. It was a great bonding experience that I still reflect on. It looks like the boys had a great time. Your kids with a gun in their hot little hands also take me back to my childhood. We grew up shooting guns and learning about gun safety. It looks like you and a successful Man trip April! 🙂
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  • McMom

    “I know. It almost makes me nervous too. But if you knew Alan, you’d know how good this actually is…Alan is such a thorough teacher. He is an amazing dad.” Agreed. He’s a keeper. That is totally a man trip. Nothing about it appeals to me, as a woman 🙂 But, I can totally see why the boys would love it. And Alan and Daddy-O are the perfect men to host such a fun trip. They will have great memories from that forever. And the State Park-sweet! For them AND you! Great quotes, btw. I think the Mark Twain one is my favorite. What’s the difference in the newsletter and the blog? I’m a little confused.

    • It will be just like a blog post, but it will always be something I want to make sure you all see, usually an update on deals I’ve found, inspiration, and stories from my life that are current. But it will not appear on the blog, only the newsletter, and it will be sent out every 2 weeks.
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  • Just added Providence Canyon State park to our possible family vacation list; it looks amazing! Looks like your littles had such a fun “man’s trip.”
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  • Jen

    I love fishing! How fun! That is a great grandpa who teaches them all the fishing knowledge like that 🙂 The Little Grand Canyon is beautiful!
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  • That is so special! On all counts. Memorable for life. And I’m as northern as they come, but my family has a pickup truck too! You can’t not!?
    I love this.
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