1.18.2007

In Our Own Backyard

I am always forgetting that the Potomac River is less than ten miles away from us, and I have passed the sign to Great Falls Park I don't know how many times...

On Monday morning we went to Kidwell Farm, where Henry received an actual cow-lick from a soft, big-brown-eyed little calf. And the real highlight of that little outing was our boys wearing rubber "chore boots" so they were allowed to stomp in any darn puddle they wanted to. Which made all the other children want to play in the mud, too. Which made their anti-mud parents give us looks for daring their children to get a little dirty. (Some of these children were actually wearing muddable boots but were, under no circumstances, to get them muddy. At a working farm.)

Of course, later when Calvin and Henry no longer had their boots on, it was difficult to keep them out of the mud. But really, what does it hurt? I ask you.


Then we decided that because it was 68 degrees out that we would take our lunch and a look at the falls.

It is truly a beautiful, accessible wonder...Pictures can't really capture the scale of the falls - it's an 80 foot drop - and there were so many rocks. The boys were in heaven and I could almost imagine being far from civilization, or touring "the Lakes." I really enjoyed the historical canal walls that are still standing and the big trees and paths through the park and the perfect weather.

Of course my reduced brain capacity couldn't decide which pictures to post, so here are a whole slew of them from our day. I think this is a place we will go back to often.




Did I mention that along with his other charms, Henry has NO fear? Cal is intense, but cautious. But there is no stopping Henry...

14 comments:

GranolaGirl12 said...

YEA for pictures! What a beautiful, fun, memorable day... The last picture with the dirty tushy is my favorite.

68 in DC in January? I'm a little jealous... yesterday is was colder here than in Canada. And we're in ARkansas! Brrr... It hasn't been above freezing for days, with another "cold snap" headed our way.

Thanks again for the adorable pictures!

Liz said...

Mud is very healthy. That looks like a great place to go back to in the summer.

Morning Glory said...

Henry and my 3-yr-old granddaughter would have a blast together. She's fearless too and doesn't know she isn't 9 years old.

Wonderful pictures. You're all adorable.

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Precious pictures. Love the mud. What does it hurt, so right.

So much for the blogging break, eh? For all the discomforts, exhaustion and sympathy barfing, it really will get better. You look great, if that's any consolation. Baby's elbow and all (not that I looked that carefully - I'm just sayin')

Theresa said...

I figure children are washable, and parents who dress them in anything that isn't washable are unrealistic!!! What a beautiful place to visit. What a great family shot, too. I'm glad you're back to blogging.

Mel said...

The Falls are beautiful!
Way to go for letting your little ones get muddy!
Thanks for sharing the pics.

megachick said...

i always remember the cool things to do around us at the wrong moment. i need to make a list of places to visit...
i absolutely love the last picture: following daddy's footsteps - the muddy dupah is adorable.

Gabriela said...

Thanks for the memories-I had forgotten that we visited Great Falls while we lived there. Lots of fun. I love that last picture!

txmommy said...

glad you're taking a little break from your break.
Those falls are beautiful, what a fun day!
Mud is good for kids. Really.
I think Henry looks just like his dad, cute kiddos!
Hope you feel better :)

Jen3 @ Amazing Trips said...

awesome pictures ... I'm all for mud stomping!!!

Rachel Anne said...

Let me guess: the anti-mud parents whose children are wearing perfectly mud-proof clothing also drive SUV's which are city-slick clean? Funny!

Mud puddles are good for you! Great pictures!

The Guinn Triplets said...

What cute pictures! And I just went back and did a little reading on your blog and saw that #3 is a boy...congrats. How fun! Three boys!!!
Stephanie

No Cool Story said...

HENRY!!!! OMGosh, he'd toatlly give me a heart attack.

OK *breath...breath*, they are getting so big :)
Those a beautiful pictures, looks like everyone had a fun trip, except fot the anti-mud parents.

Mommy Dearest said...

What a beautiful location. I love that last picture!