We took Little Man to the blue holes that lie along the North Chickamauga Creek (outside of Chattanooga) so that he could try out his new kayak. This beautiful river gorge offers some wonderful hiking, swimming, kayaking and rock climbing opportunities. If you are ever in the area, you should definitely stop by and visit this spectacular place! Visit here to learn more.
Little Man standing beside his kayak at the blue hole
Big Brother hiking to the blue hole
Little Man was ready to go!
Big Brother having fun in the water
Little Man was a little unsure at first…
But then he got the hang of it!
Even Big Brother wanted a turn
Big Brother wasn’t sure what to do with the paddle!
Leaping Little Man
Little Man’s BIG jump
We had a fun time at the breathtaking blue holes of the North Chickamauga Creek. Little Man enjoyed learning about his kayak and I would call it a great success. We can’t wait to play around with it some more!
In our house, we don’t use time outs…we use time ins and when necessary, the “think it over spot.” The think it over spot is an area where Little Man can think about something he has done wrong and calm himself down–all within sight of mama. And then when he’s calm and ready, we will sit down and talk about what went wrong. Before Little Man came home, I would have laughed at such a tactic, but I’m tellin’ ya, it works pretty good for us. The bonus is that this strategy doesn’t make the little guy feel isolated or shunned, which is kind of a big deal around our house….
It also, apparently, works well for big girls like myself. I was able to take advantage of the “think it over” spot above and it really helped me deal with the frustrations and heartaches of the last couple of weeks. I don’t know….just so much on my mind lately, adoption related and otherwise. It’s nice to have an afternoon of blissful serenity where the only sounds are the trickling of the running creek and the laughter of one of the most precious little voices in the world. It doesn’t get much better than that.