About Danielle Huddleston Photography:

I am a wife, homeschool mom, a hiker, and a photographer living in Oklahoma. I love beautiful light and being in the woods. I share what I love on this blog, be they trails, pictures, or homschooling curriculum. Thanks for stopping by!



  • Archive: ‘My Family’



    Devil’s Den and Thanksgiving

    Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

    We went to Devil’s Den for Thanksgiving.

    Things I learned;

    No matter what holiday, reserve a spot.

    People like to camp for Thanksgiving apparently.

    Also, if camping here make sure you get there while the office is open.

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    We almost did not get a spot!

    I figured out we had to check in at the office before trying to find a site and just happened to catch an employee leaving.

    My kids were tired and done with being in the vehicle.

    It was pretty close to their bedtime and I was not sure we were going to be able to stay!

    I was also worried my backup plan would be full and closed also.

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    The lady helping us said she had one spot left and gave us the number.

    When we got to the campsite it said reserved and had a name on it so we drove back up to the main road to get a cell signal.

    I started searching and calling to try and find another place to stay or find out what to do.

    I do not do well in these situations.

    I was panicking.

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    Thankfully right when I was about to lose it the ranger came by and we asked her what to do!

    Thankfully she told us we could still have the spot that the person had moved to a different one.

    When I went to pay at the office the next morning, someone was reserving spots for next year!

    I guess I need to plan better next time.

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    The next day was Thanksgiving!

    We paid for the site and went for a hike before eating pie…

    I mean our meal.

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    I just wanted pie.

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    My kitchen 😉

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    Devils Den Trail.

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    We are still working with the twins on how to go down steep hills.

    They keep trying to lean forward!

    I really don’t want them falling on their face so we are trying to get them to lean back a bit.

    It ends up being very awkward looking.

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    We like to read any rules posted out loud to the kids during a hike(because then it is not me but the park telling them to not do it).

    One had stated that the caves were closed to protect the bats and that you are not allowed to through rocks at bats or other animals.

    My oldest daughter saw someone throwing a rock in one of the caves to check how deep it was and got upset and said: “YOU COULD HIT A BAT!”

    I will call this a win.

    Glad she was listening.

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    She was trying to take up the whole seat so her dad could not sit down.

    Sweet.

    Ha

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    This is one of my favorite hikes to do at the park and always a favorite of my kids.

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    There was a hawk just sitting on the bank.

    You can see it to the left of Nick’s shoulder.

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    I am not sure what was wrong with it.

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    The kids liked watching it though.

    I wished I had brought my telephoto lens…

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    We got to mark off another state on our scratch off map!

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    I was planning on sharing our whole camping trip in one post but I think that would be a bit long so I will stop on the first day.

    Anyone else not do well with last minute planning and changes?

    I think reservations were made for people like me…

    Last Day as 7yr olds!

    Monday, November 13th, 2017

    We went on a week-long RV trip to the Palo Duro Canyon last week so I did not post a pic of the twins for their bday!

    I did remember to take pics on their last day of being seven though!

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    This one does not like that she is the younger twin.

    Even if it is only by a little bit.

    Ha

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    Her nose crinkle is my favorite.

    And her genuine smile.

    It is breathtaking.

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    My oldest girl.

    She asked me what I did with her sister for pics the whole time…

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    She was torn between really wanting pics like her sister and not wanting to miss out on what anyone else was doing.

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    Pretty much our day in a nutshell 🙂

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    Her personality always seems to come through in pics…

    Ha

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    These girls are teaching me what grace truly means.

    Birthday’s are hard for them although each one seems to be better than the last.

    If you did not know this, birthday’s, holidays, etc. can be really difficult for adoptees.

    It is all at once happy and sad.

    Sometimes my patience fails but I think overall they had a good day.

    Filled with cake, presents, and pizza(their request, which can be tough when in a new place with their allergies but we found a place! Yes, we said NO CHEESE on the pizza. Ha).

    Shepherd’s Cross ~Claremore, OK

    Friday, October 27th, 2017

    Shepherd’s Cross has a really pretty farm with friendly people.

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    We went to their pumpkin patch while we had a friend staying with us two weeks ago.

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    This is a running farm so I do believe they have electric fences going, so be careful with little ones.

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    My strategy when we have extra kids around?

    All the fun things possible.

    As little downtime as we can manage.

    HA

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    So, of course, I did quick face paint before we went.

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    My nine year old requested a 19th century English Gentlemen.

     

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    They have a lot of free things to do, including games and a hay maze.

     

     

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     Such a pretty location.

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    Cuties.

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    The staff is very nice and informative.

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    This is what a worn out 3yr old looks like…

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    She was done waiting for the others to finish coloring.

    Ha

    Do you have a favorite pumpkin patch?