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Princess Explorations
< on 11/5/2007 1:24 AM >
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My youngest daughter (Who just turned 4 on the 1st) was asking me about my UE pictures. She asked me what they were of and why I took them. I explained to her that to some people, it's fun to see things that no one else really sees or cares about. She didn't quite get it, so I asked her if she wanted to try it. She got excited and said she did.
Being a good mother, I would never take my daughter into an abandoned factory, tunnel or even an abandoned house. I do however know of a park nearby that has some pretty easy hiking trails that go past some old ruins of some sort. I decided it would be a good UE for a 4 year old and when we were done exploring we could do some major playground action. (Which we did... both of us.)

So here are the pictures from my daughters first UE...



1. I explained to her that when you go exploring, you should always take your camera to take pictures of all the cool stuff you find. The first thing she spotted was this flower and told me to take a picture of it:





2. She did really well on the trails and was excited when she spotted something. She told me it looked like an old house. I've done research on this area and still can't find anything on what used to be here. There isn't much left, but it's still cool to look at




3.



4. Making her way down to the ruins




5. She's a ham



6. She spotted something sticking out of the wall and told me I should take a picture of it, so I did...




7.




8. She found this going across our path on the way out and asked me what it was. I told her I thought it used to be a road of some sort and she agreed.




9. She had a much easier time ducking below branches than I did. She even held my hand on the way down and moved the branches for me. She kept telling me not to be scared and we were almost out. I let her lead the way just to see if she could find her way out, and sure enough she did. I'm so proud of my little explorer!







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Re: Princess Explorations
<Reply # 1 on 11/5/2007 1:43 AM >
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Re: Princess Explorations
<Reply # 2 on 11/5/2007 1:49 AM >
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Haha, thats just too cool!

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Re: Princess Explorations
<Reply # 3 on 11/5/2007 1:52 AM >
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That's my girl

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Re: Princess Explorations
<Reply # 4 on 11/5/2007 1:54 AM >
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That's my girl


This gave me the biggest smile ever.

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Re: Princess Explorations
<Reply # 5 on 11/5/2007 3:40 AM >
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I always love it when kids get involved with exploration. They are naturally very good it it. Picture #9 is my favorite. That's a kodak moment for sure.

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Re: Princess Explorations
<Reply # 6 on 11/5/2007 5:42 AM >
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Now I know your avatar is really you -- she has your eyes.

(that's really me in my pic, too, btw)

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Re: Princess Explorations
<Reply # 7 on 11/5/2007 6:23 AM >
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Posted by Raticus
I always love it when kids get involved with exploration. They are naturally very good it it. Picture #9 is my favorite. That's a kodak moment for sure.


9 is a special keeper for sure. Your little cutie looks like she enjoyed this as much as mom.

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Re: Princess Explorations
<Reply # 8 on 11/5/2007 3:39 PM >
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Now I know your avatar is really you -- she has your eyes.

(that's really me in my pic, too, btw)






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Re: Princess Explorations
<Reply # 9 on 11/5/2007 3:40 PM >
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Posted by shellyl


9 is a special keeper for sure. Your little cutie looks like she enjoyed this as much as mom.


She had a blast. She was more interested in exploring this old... whatever it was than playing on the playground.

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Re: Princess Explorations
<Reply # 10 on 11/5/2007 3:48 PM >
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I think its really cool you let her explore! Most parents now days are to worried about the kids getting a cut or a bruise.

You rock! Nice pics, by the way.

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Re: Princess Explorations
<Reply # 11 on 11/5/2007 4:04 PM >
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Posted by u25680
I think its really cool you let her explore! Most parents now days are to worried about the kids getting a cut or a bruise.

You rock! Nice pics, by the way.


Just yesterday I saw a mom at the park with her two kids. She had a chair set up far away from the sand area so that she didn't get sandy. Her girls wanted to play in the sand but before she would allow her girls to play, she made them take off their socks and shoes (ok, no big deal.. sand in the shoes suck, right?) But then she ran to her car and got 2 hair ties and put her kids hair up. She rolled up their pants, their sleeves and gave them rules on playing in sand. (Rules are good, right? No throwing sand, eating it, etc...) Her rules were as follows:

1. Don't get sand in your hair
2. Don't dig... it causes dirt to get under your nails, and we wouldn't want that
3. Don't burry yourselves in the sand
4. Don't sit in it all the way, just kind of... squat down.


It made me sick. Her girls were probably 3 and 6 and the most stuck up little brats I had ever seen.
Before letting them get into the sand she made sure their hair was perfect... she straightened the ponytails she had just made in their hair and informed them she would be sitting in her chair if they needed her. You know, reading... not paying attention to her bratty self absorbed daughters who learned their ways from their mother. Uggh.. it made me sick. My daughter asked them if she could play with them and they said no. So I made sure that their mother heard me say, "Well thats ok Kylie, because I'm a cool mommy that WILL PLAY WITH YOU IN THE SAND! Do you want to bury me first, or should I bury YOU first?" We had a blast playing in the sand and those little girls never said a word to us. Their mother tried not to make eye contact with me.

Anyway, my point is that too many parents now a days are scared that their kids will break. When I was a kid we didn't have plastic playground equipment. We just knew what to do and what not to do. If we fell, we paid the price with a cracked skull or something. I think kids from my generation had way more character and I fully believe in letting my daughter actually PLAY like the 4 year old she is. Granted, I wouldn't NEVER take her into an abandoned industrial site or building or tunnels or anything, but believe me, when she gets old enough she will be right along side me with her own mag lite and Nikon.


Haha... I love being a cool mom.

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Re: Princess Explorations
<Reply # 12 on 11/5/2007 4:42 PM >
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I know parents like that and it bothers me. These kids will never know what its like to be a kid. This is no bull... almost everyday when I go to pick my son up from school, him and 3 of his buddies (they're 10) take turns burying each other in the sand pile. He has so much sand on him that it looks like PigPen from the peanuts cartoons walking to my truck.

I'm 45 years old and this ain't cool (to some), but we have sandbox in the backyard that I built for him about 5 years ago and to this day, I still love to take my shoes off and get out there and play trucks.

He'll be grown in a few short years and all I have will be pictures and memories of what we did. I guess I just never grew up. Oh well.

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Re: Princess Explorations
<Reply # 13 on 11/5/2007 4:45 PM >
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Posted by Raticus
I know parents like that and it bothers me. These kids will never know what its like to be a kid. This is no bull... almost everyday when I go to pick my son up from school, him and 3 of his buddies (they're 10) take turns burying each other in the sand pile. He has so much sand on him that it looks like PigPen from the peanuts cartoons walking to my truck.

I'm 45 years old and this ain't cool (to some), but we have sandbox in the backyard that I built for him about 5 years ago and to this day, I still love to take my shoes off and get out there and play trucks.

He'll be grown in a few short years and all I have will be pictures and memories of what we did. I guess I just never grew up. Oh well.


There is nothing wrong with not growing up all the way. Yesterday I was all over the playground with Kylie. I was going down slides, playing in sand, swinging. Those other parents just don't know what their missing out on.


It's like I always say, I'm only cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.

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Re: Princess Explorations
<Reply # 14 on 11/5/2007 4:46 PM >
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Posted by Happiedaze


Just yesterday I saw a mom at the park with her two kids. She had a chair set up far away from the sand area so that she didn't get sandy. Her girls wanted to play in the sand but before she would allow her girls to play, she made them take off their socks and shoes (ok, no big deal.. sand in the shoes suck, right?) But then she ran to her car and got 2 hair ties and put her kids hair up. She rolled up their pants, their sleeves and gave them rules on playing in sand. (Rules are good, right? No throwing sand, eating it, etc...) Her rules were as follows:

1. Don't get sand in your hair
2. Don't dig... it causes dirt to get under your nails, and we wouldn't want that
3. Don't burry yourselves in the sand
4. Don't sit in it all the way, just kind of... squat down.


It made me sick. Her girls were probably 3 and 6 and the most stuck up little brats I had ever seen.
Before letting them get into the sand she made sure their hair was perfect... she straightened the ponytails she had just made in their hair and informed them she would be sitting in her chair if they needed her. You know, reading... not paying attention to her bratty self absorbed daughters who learned their ways from their mother. Uggh.. it made me sick. My daughter asked them if she could play with them and they said no. So I made sure that their mother heard me say, "Well thats ok Kylie, because I'm a cool mommy that WILL PLAY WITH YOU IN THE SAND! Do you want to bury me first, or should I bury YOU first?" We had a blast playing in the sand and those little girls never said a word to us. Their mother tried not to make eye contact with me.

Anyway, my point is that too many parents now a days are scared that their kids will break. When I was a kid we didn't have plastic playground equipment. We just knew what to do and what not to do. If we fell, we paid the price with a cracked skull or something. I think kids from my generation had way more character and I fully believe in letting my daughter actually PLAY like the 4 year old she is. Granted, I wouldn't NEVER take her into an abandoned industrial site or building or tunnels or anything, but believe me, when she gets old enough she will be right along side me with her own mag lite and Nikon.


Haha... I love being a cool mom.


I agree with you completely!
I can't even count the number of times I fell off the monkey bars, or fell off my bike and skinned my palms and knees on the dirt roads! Its not that my parents didn't care, its just that they knew we were being kids, and being kids back in my day meant you were resilient and would survive cuts and bumps and bruises without the risk of your mom freaking out and rushing you to the emergency room.
Many parents these days are pathetic! I'm sooo glad that you are NOT one of them!

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Re: Princess Explorations
<Reply # 15 on 11/5/2007 4:49 PM >
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I agree with you completely!
I can't even count the number of times I fell off the monkey bars, or fell off my bike and skinned my palms and knees on the dirt roads! Its not that my parents didn't care, its just that they knew we were being kids, and being kids back in my day meant you were resilient and would survive cuts and bumps and bruises without the risk of your mom freaking out and rushing you to the emergency room.
Many parents these days are pathetic! I'm sooo glad that you are NOT one of them!


Thanks

Yeah, too many parents are either one extreme or the other. They either don't give a crap about their kids and don't supervise, or they over do it by over protecting their children and making them act like adults. It's really sad either way.

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Re: Princess Explorations
<Reply # 16 on 11/5/2007 4:50 PM >
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Posted by Raticus
I know parents like that and it bothers me. These kids will never know what its like to be a kid. This is no bull... almost everyday when I go to pick my son up from school, him and 3 of his buddies (they're 10) take turns burying each other in the sand pile. He has so much sand on him that it looks like PigPen from the peanuts cartoons walking to my truck.

I'm 45 years old and this ain't cool (to some), but we have sandbox in the backyard that I built for him about 5 years ago and to this day, I still love to take my shoes off and get out there and play trucks.

He'll be grown in a few short years and all I have will be pictures and memories of what we did. I guess I just never grew up. Oh well.


Awesome. Im the same way. its sad that so many parents today dont let kids be kids. Here in D.C., everybody is so stuck up, even the kids are brats.

whats worse, I live in a highrise building and the only times I see the kids go outside and play is when they wait for the bus to school. they just sit in front of a tv getting fatter by the day.

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Re: Princess Explorations
<Reply # 17 on 11/5/2007 4:53 PM >
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She's so cute! Love the headband. Growing up we always had a big ol sandpile in the backyard. An old tractor tire filled with sand. If I had kids they would certainly have one and I wouldn't care how dirty they got. Kids are washable.
You are a cool mom.

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Re: Princess Explorations
<Reply # 18 on 11/5/2007 4:53 PM >
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Right on Happiedaze! I recently got my stepson into exploring, and hes hooked! We better family activity than parking in front of the TV.

Looking forward to seeing her first pics one day!

And Raticus, I'm with you. Life is short, play hard. I built sandcastles with the kids at Padre Island last year, and I had a blast. When I'm too grown up to have some simple fun, I'm dead inside.
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Re: Princess Explorations
<Reply # 19 on 11/5/2007 4:55 PM >
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Posted by 0U812
She's so cute! Love the headband. Growing up we always had a big ol sandpile in the backyard. An old tractor tire filled with sand. If I had kids they would certainly have one and I wouldn't care how dirty they got. Kids are washable.
You are a cool mom.


Thanks I think being called a good mom, a cool mom or anything of the sort is the greatest compliment anyone can give me.


That headband is actually one of her many crowns. Kylie is a princess. She even told me she has changed her name from Kylie to Princess Kool-Aid. She wears a crown wherever she goes. (This isn't something I did to her, it's something she wants to do... thanks alot, Disney!)


Example: Almost every picture I have of her, she is wearing a crown.








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