Friday, December 30, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
On our way home from The Preachers Treehouse I knew we'd be driving right by the turnoff for Rock Island State Park...and with the leaves starting to turn, I wanted to go back. It was a beautiful way to end our day!
Our first stop was actually a lookout halfway between the treehouse and Rock Island. Perfect.
Thank you for indulging me "my family day" ♥
Look in almost the exact center of the picture...what do you see?
Kayakers, several of them!
Always the wise guy!
Perspective on distance/people!
What an awesome family day we had. I want a repeat...soon!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I was in desperate need of a family day last week. We had been going nonstop for weeks with work, visitors and just every day life. Sometimes I just need a time out...a time out to soak in some family time. I know that some day I won't have it, so I make sure to appreciate the time when I can get it.
I had seen a little blub on the internet about The Preacher's Treehouse. There's not much out there about it and maybe that's a blessing. For those that stumble upon it are in for such a treat. We packed a lunch and headed out on our 2 hour drive. After many "are we there yet" and "how much longer's", we finally found arrived at The Preachers Treehouse...and let me just say, it was amazing. I found very little information on the internet about it. It's almost like it's a secret, hidden treasure for those who stumble upon it.
From what I've learned, it was (and still is being) built by a Baptist preacher that was guided to this spot to build the treehouse. I haven't found out how long he's been building it, but it's still a work in progress. It's all built with recycled or donated wood, from old barns, sheds and scrap wood. He's put about $12,000 of his own money into it, mainly for nails. :) When the leaves fall, the tree branches are supposed to form a cross. Oh, and it's roughly 10 stories tall with the top peak! I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.
There's a service each Sunday at 1pm
The sound of his flute echoed through the air...almost spiritually soothing
Awesome lawn chair swing!...excess wood waiting to be nailed in the background
We never did figure out why there are doorknobs up there :)
The animal whisperer strikes again! Animals LOVE him!
Don't wait for "some day"...go out and find your hidden treasure!
Monday, August 22, 2011
We took a short drive last night as the sun
was setting. The air was out at home and it was
a nice reprieve, even if it was a warm breeze.
Same cloud, but several minutes later and several
miles closer. Amazing how quickly it changes!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I (bravely) decided to go on the 4th grade field
trip last week. It was a walking tour of Nashville
and the state capital. Wasn't too excited about
riding the bus, but with the price of gas, much less
trying to park up there, I sucked it up. ;) It's
been quite a few years since I rode the bus...and
I don't miss it!
BUT...I'm so glad I didn't miss this trip. What a
great, informative and fun trip. I don't know if
any of the kids learned anything, but I sure did!
And got some rockin pictures!
Arriving...looking back at the capital from
Hunter with his cool shades!
Statue of Sam Davis..."Boy Hero of the Confederacy!"
And Hunter's favorite story.
TN State Capital...you can't really see the 3 flags
at the top, but the first flag is the U.S. flag, 2nd
is the TN State flag and the 3rd flag is flown when
the legislation is in session. They are in session at
Fun fact #1: The TN state capital is the only capital
in the U.S. that has 2 bodies buried in it's walls. Cool, huh?!
Fun fact #2: Mr Carmack lead the states prohibition campaign.
Under his statue are the capital tunnels that run from the
legislators offices to the capital. There are 2 tunnels.
Those tunnels were funded by the Jack Daniels family. D'OH!
That was my favorite story!
Side view and you can see the 3 flags. It's one of the
oldest working capitals in the country. And it's one of
a couple (can't remember if it was the only one or if there
were a few) capitals in it's original footprint. Meaning that
no rooms have been added on or taken away since it was built.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
It hits me...usually once a year...ok, maybe twice,
but it really depends on what's happening in life. I am
uninspired. I have no desire to take pictures...well, I
have the desire, just nothing "fun" on the books. I really
need to snap out of it, because life's too short to be
This picture was taken in 2004...and keeps popping up on
my digital frame. It was taken with a little point &
shoot camera...and proves that you really don't need a
fancy smancy camera. I did tweak it a little, but that's
just me. There really wasn't anything wrong with it. It's
one of my favorites of my baby...not such a baby anymore!
So after uploading this picture, I had the "bright" idea
to go do a current one...all that did was depress me...
good golly child, would you just stop growing?!
2004 (age 3 1/2)
2011 (age 10 1/2...almost)