Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer Snapshots Weeks 1 - 3

While summer doesn't officially begin until tomorrow, the kids and I have packed in plenty of activities since school let out three weeks ago. We kicked off our carefree days with a party to celebrate Noah's 14th birthday. He and three friends enjoyed playing arcade games, taking in the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie and enjoying pizza in the kitschy drive-in diner.

Natalie had her bands replaced with something appropriate for the coming 4th of July holiday.

Several times we've taken advantage of the Zoo's early hours to get up close and enjoy crowd-free time with some of their favorite critters.

 Boxes -- the single best way to spark imagination and creativity in kids. It was so fun to hear Noah and Nat work through their ideas. While Natalie was focused on what to name their ship, the license plate and food they would eat on board, Noah was more concerned that it had a base for landing and an engine. "It doesn't need an engine, Noah -- it runs on imagination," said Natalie.

Finding innovative ways to keep kids occupied beyond video games and T.V. can be a challenge. We've been making multiple library trips and Noah discovered a cool way to incorporate his love for Minecraft with some fun, educational activities. He followed the instructions in Minecraft Lab for Kids to create a sweet little castle made out of sugar cubes and frosting.

 Nat and her friend Ella enjoyed a fun week of VBS camp at Webster Gardens but they still had plenty of energy left over. To keep them occupied we got out Nat's stash of Sculpy clay and together created a tiny troll...an adorable addition to any potted plant.

Rockhill Library hosted a fun event that had kids reading to and petting therapy dogs and making pet toys for Open Door Sanctuary - the largest no kill shelter in the Greater St. Louis area and state of Missouri. Together our group created more than 200 braided, pull toys.

Another day at the zoo...but it also marked our 15th wedding anniversary.

My sister and her kids came to visit from Colorado. In the time since I'd last seen them they all had grown taller than me (wah!)...except Griffin, but he's 8 -- give him another couple years and I'll be looking up at all of them.

Happy Father's Day! We celebrated Dad's 77th birthday, too.

Steve hadn't planned on it, but he ended up giving two of his nephews the fishing bug. We had to practically drag them from the pond.


  1. Looks like you are having a wonderful summer!

    1. We are! Hope you are having a good one, too.