|Noah meets his missionary and "cabin dad"|
|This year Barnabas built two new cabins called "Ewok village" for siblings.|
While the kids were away, Steve and I enjoyed a belated, 15th anniversary dinner. We dined at Pietra's -- a delightful, Italian restaurant located in St. Louis Hills. While the restaurant has been in business for 50+ years, we had never heard of it and likely would have never eaten there had it not been for a gift card Steve received from a job well done. We filled up on steak and pasta and finished with one of the best-tasting tiramisus I've ever had.
To distract myself from worrying about whether the kids were having a good time at camp, I took part in a free painting class offered at Oak Bend Library. My friend, Stacy and I enjoyed a morning of getting in touch with our creative side.
Once the kids had returned from camp, we I took part in Rockhill Library's "Terrific Tuesdays". One week we programmed ozbots and played with 3D pens while another time we dusted off our wands and made a trip to Hogwarts via some Harry Potter yoga.
School is just around the corner and Natalie loves nothing more than shopping for supplies. "I just love the smell of new pencils!" After shopping we stopped in Culver's for a little treat. She's been dying to try a malt. She loved it. This one made with their "flavor of the day" - chocolate custard, salted caramel and bits of Hershey bars. It was so thick she had trouble drinking it through the straw.
For two weeks we (and when I say "we" I really mean Steve) has been caring for our friends chickens who were out of town. They gave us their tickets to see COCA's production of Beauty and the Beast. Though I've seen the show several times -- the live orchestra, costumes and story line never ceases to give my heart a squeeze. "Mom, are you crying?" asked Natalie. "No," I replied while turning my face away from hers. sigh. Noah had had no interest in going. "I DON'T want to go! I've seen it before." However, he was one of the first to give the performers a standing ovation. hmmm...