|Each time they brought in money, they could add a balloon to the container. By the end of the week, the kids had raised $800 to fund clean drinking water for children in India.|
|Natalie with her camp counselor, Caroline.|
6/17/14 Celebrating 12 Years with new coverings for our 85 year old home. We are only the 2nd owners. The original dweller called it home for 73 years!
6/19/14 A fun GNO with my friend, Terri. We attended a Home Depot Do It Herself Workshop to learn how to build an occasion table and I won a cool lantern in a drawing. The free, monthly workshops are held in the store, last about an hour and include dinner and a chance to win a prize. At this workshop there were four prizes...with about 25 women in attendance. So, odds were good one of us would win. But, no one went home empty handed, we were all given loot bags filled with chocolatey treats.
6/21/14 Together Natalie and her friends, Megan and Lindsay caught a combined total of 461 1/2 inches of fish at the 11th Annual DesPeres Youth Fishing Derby.
6/22/14 Sunday evening we gathered at the Braun's house for a long overdue fiesta. Barb served yummy Tilapia Tacos with fresh, homemade salsa. She invited two other families to join us -- the Browns and the McCullas -- whom Barb and I met through MOPS. I was part of a MOPS group for nearly 10 years. The group served not only to help me through some tough mothering times, but taught me how to have a closer relationship with God.
|The hostess with the mostest|
|The girls approved of my Tres Leches cake.|
|Nancy - the Baby Whisperer|
|Eraka and Rhys. Rhys really enjoyed my salted pretzel caramel brownies. So easy but really good!|
6/25/14 I was so happy when I received an email from the library stating that Noah and Natalie had moved up on the wait list and were officially registered for their Candy Science program. However, not everyone in our camp felt the same way...Noah: "I am NOT going...I hate science."
But, within minutes, Noah was very much engaged and excited to participate and answer questions posed by the librarian. They performed several experiments based on the book, Candy Experiments by Loralee Leavitt.
6/26/14 With Noah at Camp Happy Day, Natalie enjoyed a fun morning at the zoo with her best friend, Alex. The two share a gift for the gab, a zany sense of humor and a love of animals. We checked out the three new exhibits in the River's Edge (Sun Bear Forest, Purina Painted Dog Preserve and Andean Bear Range) and met a new edition - a 3 week old camel named Presley.
|Mama, Papa and baby Presley|
|Something you don't get to see at the zoo every day.|
|I love an artist with a sense of humor.|
|Andean Bear Range exhibit.|
|The new preserve offers viewers an up-close look at the Painted Dogs.|
|While they didn't see the sun bear, they did find a new place to hang out.|
6/28/14 Due to the kids' bout with stomach flu followed by a series of scheduling conflicts - we had to wait nearly a month to celebrate Noah's birthday. But, it was worth it, as this was the first time in 11 years that it didn't storm on his party day. Another first...he asked for party decorations. Of course, he didn't share this with me until the day before his party and none of the local shops had anything Lord of the Rings. Thankfully I was able to find a free, downloadable LOTR font and created a small banner and sign. The result?...He was happier than a Hobbit enjoying second breakfast.
|I found edible wafer paper LEGO LOTR cupcake toppers on ebay from a baker in England. The best $5 I ever spent.|
|Noah with his new friend, Ben.|