Blog o' Graysmiths

First Steps December 18, 2008

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Rosemary took her first steps yesterday – for Luke, of course. He was home for lunch and they were in the kitchen when she took three steps! She has done it again twice, but still definitely prefers getting around on her knees for now. I’ll try to get some video and post it soon!

I did post the lovely santa pictures taken by my friend Anne Hoole (Thanks Anne!) on our flickr site – here’s a sample:


Doesn’t everybody look like they are in the christmas spirit?


Right before she threw a big fit for Santa Claus December 13, 2008

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New Camera December 10, 2008

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One of the reasons I haven’t been on the blog in the past month is that I got a new camera (an SLR) and have been spending some time playing around with it.  I posted a few pictures on our flickr site that I was happy with.  Disclaimer:  no time for post processing of course!



Filed under: Nature — graysmiths @ 1:58 pm

A few weekends ago we went on our first Letterboxing adventure.  For those of you who don’t know what letterboxing is, here is the quick explanation from the Letterboxing North American website:

LETTERBOXING is an intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a charming “treasure hunt” style outdoor quest.

You start out with a set of clues leading you to a hidden letterbox (the ones we found were plastic containers with lids)  – there are a number of websites where people have posted their clues.   You bring along a rubber stamp and journal.  If you find the box, inside there will be another rubber stamp, an ink pad or pen and a journal.    You take the stamp out of the box and stamp in your journal – sort of like a passport stamp to show that you found the box, and then use your stamp to stamp in the box journal.  You can also write about yourself or your journey in the journal.  It was a lot of fun to read about all the different people who had found the box, many of whom were from out of state!

We had a wonderful time – the weather was chilly, the walk was beautiful and searching for the box was lots of fun!  Atticus very excitedly found two of the boxes himself.  Here are some pictures:


If you want to go, here is the website we used for clues: Atlasquest.   My only advice – bring your own ink pad or pen – the ones we found were pretty dry!