April 27, 2010

Peaceful Afternoon

Kayaking the Flint River

I am loving Kevin’s new work schedule…

Kayaking the Flint River

…every other Friday off!

Kayaking the Flint River

Last week we took full advantage and headed down to the Flint River for a relaxing 8 mile float.

Kayaking the Flint River

This was Kevin & Miley’s first kayaking trip…

I think Miley enjoyed soaking up the fresh air & sunshine… while everyone else paddled around her! :)

Kayaking the Flint River

The definition of Miley’s perfect day ever: Sitting in Kevin’s lap all day.

Kayaking the Flint River

We left a car downstream, so basically all we had to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the float.

Kayaking the Flint River

We met up with our friend Andy…

Kayaking the Flint River

He has definitely mastered the art of relaxation…

Kayaking the Flint River

Andy? Are you in there?

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Doh! I’ve been caught.

Kayaking the Flint River

The scenery on the Flint is just beautiful. From the high, rocky bluffs…

Kayaking the Flint River

To the lush, wooded flatland.

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The future of print?

Kayaking the Flint River

If you look closely, you can find the entrances into some local caves along the river- we pulled off here to check one out.

Kayaking the Flint River

Kayaking the Flint River

Docking at the bluffs was a little challenging…

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Miley closely supervises the efforts to get the kayaks back in the water.

Kayaking the Flint River

This is definitely the way to spend a Friday afternoon. :)

The only problem with 3 day weekends? It makes regular weekends seem so short!

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1
Southern Gal April 27, 2010 at 12:34 pm

What a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. And as always your pictures are beautiful.

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Courtney April 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Beautiful pics! How fun!

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Missy J April 27, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Looks like the babies had a great time! They lift my spirits. Thanks for posting.

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Connie April 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm

What beautiful pictures, looks like you all had an amazing time. I especially love your dog, too cute!

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Sharon April 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I am jealous. That is my all-time favorite thing to do! It might even beat eating chocholate…maybe ; )
I still can’t believe how skinny Kevin looks!

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Geneva April 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Love the pictures and truly enjoyed seeing Miley and Howie enjoying the ride as well. What a beautiful place to go to.

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Gail B April 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm

looks like such great fun!

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Lori Bickford April 27, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Amanda – I live in Madison AL!!! And – we have kayaks! I’d love to know where you put in and take out. We only went to the river, and way too crazy there, as we are not comfortable in the kayaks.

Please, email me – I’d love to touch base. I love seeing your pics around this area! Thanks.

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Becky April 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Such amazing pics. I think Howie and Miley are so thankful to have you two as parents. I can’t believe how calm they are in the boats. I was wondering if your friend was in the boat too…. :D Did you see any bats in the cave you explored ? Thanks for sharing, Becky

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Tissy April 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Wow, that looked like a lot of fun! How do I find this place?

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Lorraine April 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Oh my goodness…these are fantastic photos. Where is this lovely place?
These photos are inspiring me to scrap…
Also, what kind of camera did you use to take them? Super quality.

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Katy April 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm

your photo’s are awesome, what a beautiful place, you are so lucky!

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candace April 27, 2010 at 1:51 pm

i come HERE to de-stress, thanks for sharing with us!

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Rebecca April 27, 2010 at 1:59 pm

How wonderful, nothing like a claming day with family & friends relaxing and soaking up the sun. Thanks for posting!

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Jenny Flake April 27, 2010 at 2:03 pm

These are just awesome photos! Felt like I was right there with you guys on the water. Can your dog get any cuter? Loved it! Have a great Tuesday!!

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Melanie Beth April 27, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Love it! And I love seeing your Bostons – we only have one, but eventually we’d like another.

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Elayne April 27, 2010 at 2:25 pm

We enjoyed being in your neck of the woods last week visiting family. Love your pictures.

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Leslie April 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Thanks for sharing – great pics and I love Miley’s supervisory role. Reminds me of our youngest dog Beatrice.

Are you guys planning on having kids? Maybe that’s too personal a comment/question? Just wondering…

Thanks again for sharing.

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Natalie April 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Looks like fun! I’ve never went kayaking before.

Are you working out Amanda??? You’re arm muscles look AMAZING! Hook me up with some details! I’m so jealous! =)

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Laura April 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm

What a lovely afternoon. By the way, I love Kevin’s new haircut. It takes years off of him.

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Robin April 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm

I just LOVE your kayaking posts! I can’t swim, so I’m deathly afraid of water that’s over my head, but your photos make it look so relaxing and fun that I enjoy it vicariously through your photos. Thanks!

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Brenda Jorgensen April 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Oh that just gave me 5 minutes of pure peace before I race off (now) to Costco and back again to start the cooking and chaos of the evening. Aaaahhhh…..that was heaven. I want a kayak now. And a river. And a Miley :o)

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Diane April 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm

This looks like you had a wonderful weekend!!! It looks so relaxing…and the puppies are so adorable in their lifejackets!!!

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Jesse April 27, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Pictures are beautiful. Looks like the best way to spend the day!

I’m curious to what program you use to enhance your pictures, or is it just your camera? I just got a nice camera and learning how to use it. Any suggestions would be great!

jesse

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Barb in FL April 27, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed the tranquility!

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Giannini April 27, 2010 at 6:08 pm

That’s sweet! Nice picks. Really talented.

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Marilee Vickers April 27, 2010 at 6:14 pm

As always you take some beautiful photograghs! Love to see the updates. I will be making the pulled pork for the third time this week and it has become a family favorite and when I go visit Illinois in 3 weeks, I am thinking that part of the family needs to experience that recipe as well….and the choc. cake, also to die for. We will be going to Montana in June and hope to river raft, maybe I will get some cool photos too!

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NoRMiiTA April 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Great picks !!! Tou look soooo relax…hey!! and when are you planning have kids?? you look like no need them.

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Jo-Anne April 27, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Amanda: You are an incredible visual storyteller. I loved living vicariously through you during this retelling of events. The newspaper vending machine with your caption “The Future of Print” could absolutely win an award!

Thanks again for sharing “your views of the world.”

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Jacque Miller April 27, 2010 at 7:39 pm

These are awesome photos!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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mjrooney April 27, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Definitely looks like a fun day was had by all!

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Jules April 27, 2010 at 8:44 pm

What awesome pictures! I can’t wait for it to get that warm here…

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Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic April 27, 2010 at 9:17 pm

So much fun. The dogs look so sweet and seem to enjoy your days in the water! I really want to try this stretch of water now :)

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Natalie April 27, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Looks so serene. Glad you got to bring the dogs!

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juls April 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm

love your photos! it seems like you all are having a ton of fun, good for you!!!

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Emily L. April 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Oh man that looks awesome!!

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Marlena April 27, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Wow looks like you guys made a day of it. Always love the pics and your site. Wish the weather was nice here seems like it’s always cold and cloudy….Dogs are so cute!

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Clare April 27, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Pictures beautiful as usual.. Gary says ‘Woof’ to Miley & Howie!

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Leah April 28, 2010 at 9:32 am

Just beautiful! Looks like the good life. :)

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cat kerr April 28, 2010 at 9:34 am

What a wonderful time..I want to come next time( : Just wanted to stop by and say thank you.I have been wanting to create my own blog background for some time,and with your help I finally did it.Stop by for a visit when you get some time.Thanks again.Warmest Regards,Cat

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Elizabeth April 28, 2010 at 11:37 am

It looks like you guys had a lot of fun! The weather looks gorgeous!

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Susie April 28, 2010 at 11:38 am

It was relaxing just looking at your photos!

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Bekki April 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Great Photos….looks very soothing!!

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Joni April 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm

You and Kevin are the cutest couple and you certainly will never regret documenting your lives in the manner that you do. Sharing this with others is a total bonus for us! Kevin is a little cutie patootie!! I can see the love you two share just seeing you around each other and that is so incredibly wonderful. Never let that fade, both of you! (Listen to ME giving marital instructions, would you??! lol!) I enjoy each one of your postings Amanda. You never have a dull moment in your life, do you?! *Ü*

BIG Hugs!

Joni

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Diane Eck April 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm

You ALL look like you had the time of your lives!!! You have so many varied interests and have a knack for making all of them look like so much fun!! Your photos are beautiful…how do you protect your camera from the water!

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Samantha April 28, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Love the pics. It looks so relaxing. I would love to do something like that.

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Ashley April 28, 2010 at 2:27 pm

I stumbled upon your blog and I lovelove it! I’m in the process of designing my own blog background, and through troubleshooting I stumbled upon your lovely site! Thank you for all of the helpful information and wonderful ideas :-)

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Robyn - Darwin, Australia April 29, 2010 at 6:12 am

Beautiful photos as always, looks like a wonderful place to visit and soooooo relaxing – I’m hoping one day to make it over to your beautiful part of the world :)

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Ness at Drovers Run April 29, 2010 at 8:39 am

Wow – every other Friday off? That’s awesome! What does he do? (without giving away any details that get you into trouble). Wow. I’d love it if my hubby had a schedule like that! He’s an exec, but always has late meetings since he deals with the US office – and our time zone is GMT+2.

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Marilyn April 29, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I absolutely love the last picture! It makes me just wanna scratch his head and talk to him. Such a peaceful looking trip. =) I enjoy your posts!

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Stacy April 29, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Your dog is just too cute!

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carmen k. wiker May 2, 2010 at 1:05 am

I love your photos! Especially the first one with your cute little dog. Looks like a lot of FUN!

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The Drama Mama May 2, 2010 at 2:19 am

THose are some BEAUTIFUL pictures! I totally want to go there! By the way, I just wanted to say thanks for your “How to make a scrapbook background” post you made over a year ago. You are right on, and I finally got to enjoy the creation of my own background/header, etc. all thanks to you!

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AtOneWithHim May 2, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Oh the last picture made me swooon! I too have a Boston and love their sweet faces.
I have always wanted to kayak.. but I think I’m too heavy. But it sure looks fun.
Thanks for sharing looks like a beautiful area.

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Terrah May 2, 2010 at 9:19 pm

You are crafty, you can cook, you make beautiful photographs AND can kayak… ugh… is there anything you CAN’T do? LOL Much love from Texas ~ Terrah

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Kellie May 3, 2010 at 9:13 am

What a great way to spend a day! I loved your pics and it sure made me wish I was doing the same thing. Wow. Such peace. Love that Miley went along for the ride, too.

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Lori May 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm

What a wonderful way to spend the day! I always love seeing pics of your doggies! So cute!

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april May 4, 2010 at 2:55 pm

your photographs and boston terriers are gorgeous!!!

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