Saturday, July 22, 2017

Deep Thoughts From Noah #79

Noah/Natalie: Can we have two Oreo cookies?
Me: Sure
(Kids go to open package and discover there are only 2 cookies left)
Noah/Natalie: There are only 2 left!
Me: Ok, so you both get one.
While Natalie begins eating her cookie, Noah is upset.
Noah: But, I wanted two cookies. She could just break hers in half.
Me: So, you think she should have half a cookie and you should get one and a half cookies? That's not fair, though.
Noah: No, she could break hers in half and then I could give her half of mine. Then we'd BOTH have two!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Musings From Natalie #148

"Mom, I just made up a new joke...wanna hear it?"
"What's a chicken's favorite vegetable?"
"I don't know."

Friday, July 7, 2017

Summer Snapshots Weeks 4-6

Summer is in full swing and taxiing kids to camp has become part of our routine -- Art Camp for Nat and Miriam Sports (social skills) Camp for Noah. While both camps were in opposite directions/times - I didn't mind as I view them as an enrichment -- a way to supplement their education while giving me a bit of a reprieve. This season is also a time to play hard, but also slow down and visit with friends we don't get to see as much during the hectic school year.

Below are some of the gems Natalie created during her time at camp.

A Dog's Purpose
Lilo & Stitch
Beauty and the Beast
Natalie won the Des Peres Fishing Derby for biggest and most fish caught.

We enjoyed a lovely day at Grant's Farm with our friends the Magees.

We met my parents at Powder Valley Conservation Center to listen to a concert by music duo Shortleaf. The musicians specialize in traditional Ozark folk music and weave stories of Ozark culture and natural resources into their concerts.

We discovered a new and improved way to make and enjoy chocolate chip cookies...The perfect shape for dunking into a cold glass of milk.

 Natalie and I walked in the Webster Groves Community Days parade on 4th of July with area Girl Scouts.

Later in the evening we enjoyed food and friendship with the Clarks and several other families. Together we watched the Webster Groves fireworks show.

Pop, Pop Pop goes the Poppers


Noah had been complaining of headaches recently and I noticed he had been reading more than usual and wondered if the two were linked. We had his eyes checked and turns out our guy is far-sided. His only request -- "Can they be green?"

The kids are both headed to Camp Barnabas which means double the costumes needed for the theme dance parties the camp hosts each evening. Yikes! In past years I was usually able to throw something together for Noah the night before using bits and pieces we had lying around the house -- not this year.  The themes were a little more complicated and Nat likes to think outside the box. For example, one night is "Down the Yellow Brick Road" and they suggest dressing up as a scarecrow, tin man or lion "as they search for their hearts, minds and courage". But, Nat told me she just wanted to be Toto. Hmmm... Another night the theme is "In the Belly of a Whale".(as a Christian-based camp I think they were thinking more along the lines of Jonah) and wearing swimwear, etc. but Natalie immediately shared she'd like to go as a mermaid. Gah. However, with a little ingenuity, scraps from my craft stash and some help from Dollar Tree - we were able to get the job done.

Noah was not excited about dressing up at all...that is until Natalie shared how instead of being "Prince Charming" for the All In-vited party -- he could go as a knight...and using a bit of Star Wars fabric -- he was a Jedi Knight.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Musings From Natalie #147

"Mom, my goal is to travel the world before you and Dad get too old so I can take you guys with me."

Her travel bucket list.

Musings From Natalie #146

"Mom, you are so lucky you get to be a preschool teacher. I'm going to be one, too...(pause), but only part time because I'll be busy traveling and signing autographs." (as a world famous author).

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Musings From Natalie #145

Hey Mom, I just made up a new joke...

What do you call facial hair on a cow?...a MOO-stache.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fishing is not a Lesiure Activity

We left our house so early I never even had a chance to gulp down a cup of tea.

"But the derby doesn't even start until 8 a.m., Steve," I whined.

No response.

Steve had his game face on.

Every summer he and Natalie participate in the Des Peres Fishing Derby. Several years ago Natalie won in her age division for most fish caught. She and Steve were looking for another win. However, when we pulled into the park at 7:12 a.m., we saw that our lucky spot was already taken.

I could tell he was on edge, but determined as the park quickly filled with more than 50 young anglers -- each looking for the perfect spot. Many armed with wagons-full of gear. Steve grabbed our supplies (two rods, a small container of hooks and some hot dogs) and began searching for a new spot.

At 8 a.m. Natalie cast out her line and within minutes had her first bluegill. She continued to cast and catch more than 30 bluegill over the next 90 minutes. All the while Steve serving as her dedicated coach.

"Come on, Nat!"  "Nice cast."  "Keep it up!" "Watch your line."  "Are you drinking water?" "Aim for the lily pads." "Bring it in, easy." "You got it!"

With only 15 minutes remaining in the contest, Natalie's determination never waned. I watched as she cast out again and again. Only stopping to grab a sip of water or to bait her hook. While many of the young angler's interest was fading, Nat was in a groove. Her casting skills stronger as the morning went on. Then it happened. She cast out into a patch of lily pads and as I watched her rod bend, I knew this was the one she'd been waiting for...a monster.

In the end she slayed the competition by catching the biggest fish of the day -- a 20 inch channel catfish and she also earned the award for catching the most fish (22 feet of fish).

Natalie has never played on a team sport like soccer, softball and volleyball, but she's a sportsman nonetheless.