After 5 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I found the wonder of mothering slowly starting to get crowded out by the mundane feeling. I realized our world seems to surround people with the negative, and complaining about blessings seems totally acceptable. So I decided to fight against that "normalcy" and focus only on the positive. I look back to my first year as a mom when everything was new and keeping house was fun and I aim to have that attitude again. This blog is my outlet to showcase the daily miracles that surround me in my blessed life as a stay-at-home mom so that I will never forget the wonder of it all.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tics and Treasures

On Saturday, we went geocaching for Zac's birthday, using his new GPS the family gave him.  It was SOOOOO much fun.  We attempted 3 caches, and found 2.  The kids were THRILLED.  The "treasures" in the caches were pretty lame.  I was honestly a bit disappointed.  Not that I was hoping for much.  But a used plastic knife?  I think someone thought they were pretty funny with that one.  I don't know.  But, in each cache, the kids found trinkets that they were absolutely thrilled with, and really, if they dig under the plastic knife and find an army man that makes their day, that's what its all about, right?  Its not like I was planning on taking any treasures home for myself.  Just memories.  And we made many GREAT memories.  Here's pics from our day.

Consulting the GPS and getting our bearings.

Starting out.
Down the boardwalk.....

....and up the hill.
I loved following behind this sweet procession.

Kian stopped half way up the hill to look back and admire the ocean, seen there in the upper right.
He loves the ocean in a very cute way.

Kian found our first cache!!!
Ok, well, actually Zac found it, but he pointed the kids in the direction of the tree it was under and Kian found it then.  :)

Ugh!  I HATE tics!  Zac looked down and saw 2 on Lissy's sweatshirt so I basically told the kids to grab a treasure and run back to the path.  I was feeling pretty itchy after that!

So we moved up the path...

....and found another cache!
Oh yeah, and more tics.

All in all, the kids hiked 3 miles, 7 tics were found and removed, 6 treasures were found and loved, a good dinner out was enjoyed by a tired, happy family, great memories were made, a love for geocaching was discovered, and all the kids zonked out on the late drive home from the while digging for MORE treasure.


  1. That sounds like such fun! Well, maybe not the tics, but the rest of it. Maybe my hubby has a gps in his future, his birthday is end of august, so maybe geocaching is how we will spend our fall. Looks like it was a quiet peaceful drive home :)

    1. Elisa, check out this website to learn more.
      Not every gps is good for geocaching so you have to make sure you get one that is advertised as a geocaching gps. I hope its a start of a new family hobby for us. Maybe somewhere where there are no tics though. :) I do bugs all the time, but tics and potatoe bugs is where I draw the line!!!

  2. Such wonderful times for you all as a family! Awesome.

  3. Ha MORE treasure. You crack me up! I'm so glad you had so much fun. Looks beautiful. i miss the ocean so much, I'm glad Kian is appreciating it for me.