This is how our Rock Hunting journey began… It was on Memorial Day, I gave birth to our second baby girl, Miss Faith Anna. While I was there at the hospital for a few days recovering my husband and first born daughter Emma Jane were in and out of the hospital to visit me. The second night they left me alone with baby Faith, it really honestly broke my heart. I hated seeing them go.
I wanted nothing more than to be coming home with them. Hospitals are wonderful but definitely not home. I bet not 10 minutes after they left I got a text on my phone from my husband… It’s amazing to me that a little rock that someone had brought tears to my eyes and warmth to my heart. Our Discovery Of Rock Hunting…
From that moment on the Rock Hunting has been in full swing at the Smith Home. We’ve had so much fun with this the past month. I mean all of us. GAME ON!
When my husband got to bring baby Faith and I home, I caught him looking for rocks laying around it was really cute seeing him look. This whole rock hiding thing reminds me of Easter egg hunting only there is so much more involved to these rocks
And I thought to myself how cleaver of people to hide then in the parking lot of a hospital, this way when people are coming or going to and from the hospital how special it is to look down and see a brightly colored rock with happy little sayings on them.
We all know usually coming or going from a hospital is not typically a enjoyable experience unless you are bringing a adorable brand new little baby. How cleaver of people to hide these cheerful little rocks all over a hospital parking lot.
I certainly know when I got the text that night with the picture of the rock. It made me feel good 🙂
A few days after I was home and we all got settled in a bit. One evening my husband, Brian took our very excited daughter to Lowe’s in hopes to buy a bag of rocks.
Since the Rock hunting is getting so popular available these bags of rocks are flying off the shelves in our town. I held my breath in hopes that they would not return home empty handed because my little sugar bear was so excited to start painting and decorating all her rocks.
Emma and her Daddy had big plans to get the rocks all ready to go and then drive around town and hide them. I am not sure who was more excited about this, Daddy or Emma but either way I just absolutely LOVE when the two of them get into their projects.
So these are some of the photos we took during our first rock decorating session at our house. My husband, Brian actually first took all the rocks outside to spray painted.
Emma got to pick out all the colors and help out right along with her Daddy.We just figured that would be so much easier than trying to paint each rock individually. Brian had no idea this project was going to take a whole Saturday but he loved every minute of it.
Once the rocks all dried we brought them in and used paint pens and Sharpies to write words and make little pictures on the rocks.
This was a group effort and that day we only actually decorated half of the rocks because it was very time consuming. Since this project was taking all day, Emma was REALLY ready to go out on the town and hide these rocks and look for new rocks.
At that point my husband and I looked at each and said go for it Go Hide Some Rocks.
With the leftover rocks we had another project to do another day. IT all worked out.
I stayed home with our new baby I wasn’t quite up to running around yet, I told Brian please take pictures and have fun!! They left to go out and didn’t return for a few hours I was like wow how fun.
Emma came home with a few new rocks and went on and on telling me how much fun she had I loved it..
Then my husband told me about a Facebook page for our county called Volusia County Rocks, which is a group page and anyone can join. This group currently has 25K Members and still growing
On this page people from all over our county post pictures of all the rocks they find and now we could see pictures of kids smiling holding the rocks that they hid, Very exciting to actually see that. I think my husband is hooked on that group page now, its so cute he keeps “Saying look honey they found another one!
At first I thought this was just happening in our county so I was tried doing some research to see how this whole thing started, but quickly learned this is actually a nation wide thing. There was one lady from our county who had heard of the idea while visiting another state.
She then brought the idea back with her to our town and then she painted some rocks and hid them in local downtown area and the whole thing kinda blew up from there. Now people are hosting Rocking Painting Parties at some of our local churches and other places for FREE where families can go and paint rocks together.
We actually just planned our own get together with some of out friends that have a 5 year old little boy who has been Emma’s best pal since they were babies and they have a adorable 2 year girl a and a 4 month old daughter.
We planned to have then come over and we got even more rocks lots of them so the kids could do could have their own party and we could let them play and go at their own pace.
It was a all day event and that evening when we finally had the rocks all ready to go it stated pouring down rain so we had to reschedule to meet up downtown to hide and find rocks.
Which actually worked out better because the kids were all exhausted from all their hard work getting all the rocks ready to go. And we made a whole afternoon of walking all over the place hiding and finding rocks.
It just amazes me how something so simple has grown to such a HUGE thing in our community. I have just as much fun as the kids being involved in all this Rock Hunting Business I hope you do too!
Everyone is talking about it and we invited some of our friends with their 3 kids last weekend to come and help our daughter go and hide the second half of her rocks that she had left and they had a blast and are now hooked too.
If you have children or grand children I highly suggest getting involved in Rock Hunting. If your community is not doing it already maybe YOU can be the one to start it in your town.
We have ran into people who are just visiting on vacation here and talked to them about rock hunting and they loved the idea of it and could Not wait to get home and see if anyone was doing that in their hometown and if not they want to be the one to start it.
This is fun for all ages, I promise you.
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Enjoy and God Bless
Happy Rock Hunting
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Until Next time,
Living The Good Life With Nicole