The Annual Kayak Day, 2022

The annual family paddle fell on a Sunday in July this year- the one day we could all manage it. The exact time of year matters less than the event itself. Cool water, melting sunscreen, the short rush of class 1 rapids, a stop at the “beach” for a float and some sugared sour candy. The tune of “hooked on a feeling” fading in and out as it drifts nearer and then further over the water from a glitchy waterproof speaker tossed in a dry bag. Somehow this paddle became part of our identify, a family tradition that is as sacred as a holiday.

the Patriarch and Matriarch
Kayaking highlight video, 2022
Carol Anne and Kendall ❤️
Olivia’s first year on the River
Twinkies!
We gave a cigar to the guy who took our photo.

Thinking questions: What traditions are worth intentionally cultivating? How do shared events shape our family identity?

Happy summer, friends! ☀️

Israel Trip 2022: One Second at a Time

Tour overview (and places you might see in the video!): Valley of Elah, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Megiddo (Armageddon), Mt Precipice in Nazareth, Mt Carmel, Haifa, Ohalei Rachamim, Rosh Hanikra, Safat, Sea of Galilee, Tabgha, Mount of Beatitudes, Tiberius, Capernaum, the Golan Heights, Valley of Tears, Magdala, Banias (Caesarea Philippi), the Yardenit (Jordan River), Bet She’an, Qumran, the Dead Sea, Masada, Ein Gedi, Jerusalem, the Mount of Olives, the Israel Museum, the hills outside Bethlehem, Hezekiah’s tunnel, the Pool of Siloam, the Burnt House, Western Wall (kotel) and Southern Steps, Yad Vashem, the Herzl Museum, Emek Tzurim Sifting Project, the Pool of Bethesda, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Ammunition Hill, the Garden Tomb, the Elvis Cafe.

Video was created using the 1SE app. Music is from SoundStripe.

Dollywood Pumpkins, 2021

“I don’t see how a pumpkin patch could be more sincere than this one.” — It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

The first weekend of October, we took a one-day trip with C.A. to see the Pumpkin Luminights at Dollywood.
The Mystery Mine illuminated for the events.
It’s not Dollywood if you don’t eat an entire loaf of Cinnamon Bread.
We shared our apple butter with this honey bee.
My original theme park crew: these two cheery faces!
See our quick vlog of the day here.^

We’re already looking forward to going back for the Christmas lights!

“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” — Dolly Parton

First time to Dollywood: 2020!

Sometimes you just need a little bit of extra theme park magic…
My best theme park partner and I headed up to Dollywood for the weekend. We didn’t get a lot of photos because we mostly spent our time soaking it all in — the cinnamon bread, the rides, the train! We are Disney World Fans to our core, but Dollywood actually astounded us with it’s charm.

We already can’t wait to come back and bring the boys next time!