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Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Great Stick Adventure

While his parents were off in Texas, I got the privilege of spending the last few days with Parker, King of the Ponderosa!  Since he goes to school part of the week I stayed with him in his town (Mountain Juliet) and then on Thursday afternoon we made our way back to the Ponderosa.  He had not visited in a while and had looked forward all week to getting here.  The weather on Friday was warm enough for an adventure.  We roamed all over the Ponderosa and explored some fields and roads nearby.  For several hours we entertained ourselves with a pond, a stick and a bike!
As parents and grandparents we buy our children toys and things, but it seems the times they will remember the most just involve simple things and giving them our time because on this day the toy box stayed closed and we had what Parker called the Great Stick Adventure!
 The Great Stick Adventure began with a little twirling on the way to the pond.

After making our way to the pond, we fed the fish, sailed leaf boats, ran around the edge of the pond, talked about the different trees and plants around the pond and of course, found some great rocks for throwing!

Then it was time for hiking through the forest and over to the neighbor's fields!
In our neighbors yard, Parker found what he called the perfect stick. He used it to play follow the stick.  The rules of this game are that Nana follows the stick anywhere Parker drags it.
Sticks are also great for twirling, especially when you have lots of space.

Dragging a stick down the road makes some good noises.
A good strong stick can whack lots of things

And when hiking through fields you can use a stick to "walk like an old person."
We found a special place of the stick and traded it for some bike riding

And after a little spitting off the porch,

We decided to end our adventure with a little snack and a rest!

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