Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Back To Basics

I have been feeling disconnected from nature in the past couple of months. If I didn't nearly hit a deer and her two babies driving through our neighborhood recently, I'd feel even more distant. (nice, huh?)

Living in Colorado changed our lives. It brought out the earth loving side of us. We skied, hiked, walked, and lived outside. While the Rockies inspired us, we didn't go into the mountains each day. Simply not possible with work and school. But, we were outside.

It's time to find that again. Three minutes on the Internet directed me to the Ernie Miller Nature Center. A short drive after Carter emerged from the bus and we were there!

Critter tracks on the trail.....Jack instantly noticed.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I'm putting Lainey's turkey dress on as much as possible. Another Mae Mae gift......she's becoming a pro!

I didn't think these two looked much alike for a long time. I'm finally starting to see Carter in Jack.....and it makes me smile.

I wanted to change up the colors a bit in Lainey's outfit and not do black, as I thought it would scream "Halloween". So, I pulled the purple out of the bear icon and decided on these tights.

I like it. Blake thinks they clash. Right. He doesn't use the word, "damask".

Can't wait to explore the inside of the actual nature center......closed for Veterans Day when we visited.

Carter is our trailblazer......where he goes......the little ones follow. He's our scout for deer and other critters and he's sure we're just a few steps away from a fantastic discovery. Now, there aren't any critters within a 4 mile radius after we enter the parking lot. We have a tendency to be a bit loud. Could you have guessed?

"What's that noise?!" Lainey cups her ear and chants this every time a leaf crackles.

We took the Bittersweet trail and it was just enough for us today. Lots more options for more strenuous hiking and much longer missions. Miles and miles to explore. I can't wait.

Oh, and guess who is sporting the latest and greatest fall trend? A Team Caroline shirt? Yours truly. Proud to be on the team, sis.


The Rand's said...

There are no words for that precious dress! Too adorable!! And love the look on her face as she's wondering what that noise is!!

I totally see Carter in Jack. I can hear his voice in him, too!

Love the Team Caroline shirt. I'm totally Team Caroline even though I don't have a shirt!

Coco said...

Love the dress, but Blake is right, those tights don't really match. But she still looks perfect.

If the weather permits, this seems like something we would love to do on our visit. My kids love running wild and free.

Pictures are beautiful.

starnes family said...

Thanks, Court! I'll hear the end of this in about, oh......2034.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Wow, your 2 boys DO look a lot alike. I love being outdoors too and now that it's finally cooling off I'd like that to be our goal too.

Hope your sister is doing better!?

donatelli98 said...

Love Coco's comment ... I will have to give Blake credit too. But I still think Lainey looks adorable ... she is showing her Punky Brewster side (remember that show?) - a little individuality! Nice to see a pic of you on here!

If the shoe FITZ said...

Before I got to your notes about the tights...I thought hmm that is so not like Casey for her to not match...b/c well they don't.
I first thought of Punky Brewster when I saw the pic! ;)
I have to agree with Blake on this one...

Sara said...

Yeah...the tights and the dress don't go so well, but she still looks adorable! And I'm sure you will NEVER hear the end of this from your Hubby. Sorry!

What a fun day! I can't wait to do stuff like this with my little one. You give me so many good ideas!

starnes family said...

There's purple in the damn dress, people! It looks better in person. Promise.

Side note: Are y'all insane? Blake is glee-fully reading these comments and smiling ear to ear.....I guarantee you. You have created a monster.

The Jones Family said...

I want a Team Caroline shirt, darn it! How do I get one?

Love the dress, Mae Mae did good again :)

Dee Stephens said...

and your awesome LSU hat! Love nature too..
I have a post for tomorrow. A place we found close to home :)

starnes family said...

Team Caroline shirt update......if they order more, I'll let you know. As of now, there are no orders planned. Stay tuned!

Amy said...

Am I the only one who likes the tights?

Mae Mae said...

she's got that "Pippy Longstocking" look! adorable. . !!

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

What a great way to spend an afternoon just taking in nature.

FROGGITY! said...

that looks lovely. really pretty! that dress is so cute but not as cute as the girl in it! :) i am totally cracked up by the tights comments. too funny!

Cate O'Malley said...

Love the photo of her cupping her ear - too cute!

aunt caroline said...


SASS said...

A PICTURE OF YOU! I can't believe it! You look so cute with Laine. She looks like you.

Great photography with the black and white ones of all kiddos on the bridge.

Tights and dress match-a-thon? Who gives a shit. You're a woman and you decide what matches and what doesn't. What doesn't help Blake's case? The whole "damask" situation. Just so you know.

Merry Mack said...

Great photos. Beautiful family. Cute dress AND accessories.

Tammy said...

Beautiful photos. Looks like a great place to hike and visit nature!

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