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.

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