Cub Scout Camp

Ben’s been doing a Cub Scout day camp this week. It’s meant early mornings and pretty long, hot days outside, but he’s learned a lot and gotten to do tons of fun activities. I volunteered on Wednesday and Friday, so I got to see a bit of the action. His daily schedule includes a science/engineering station, sports, swimming, crafts, woodworking, archery, BB guns, and various other scout skills. He’s made a hiking stick, a boat, a catapult, a Minecraft-themed self-portrait, a mosaic garden stone, and lots of other neat stuff. Good job, Scouts!6_24a 6_24b 6_24c 6_24d 6_24e 6_24f 6_24g 6_24h 6_24i 6_24j

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Botanical Buddies

A fun Saturday at the Botanical Gardens with one of their best buddies…6_20cAmelia’s demonstrating something about butterfly wings, I think, in the Butterfly House.6_20dBelieve it or not, this monarch is perched on two tiny streams of water. All those vertical lines look kind of like wires or string, but they’re actually streams of water. I have no idea how it did this, but it was really cool.6_20eAnd then, on to the far less tranquil water fountains…6_20f 6_20g 6_20h 6_20i 6_20j 6_20k 6_20l

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Mischeif Maker

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Two Favorites

I’m busy with summer camp this week, but I wanted to post pictures of two of my favorite sights at the zoo on Monday (we take the campers on a field trip every day of the week). My favorite animals at the zoo are the siamangs, but I didn’t get any pictures of them. These two are a close second though…  DSC_0004 DSC_0018Also, here’s Ben doing our zoo activity and one of our afternoon crafts. It’s been a fun week so far.DSC_0001DSC_0026

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Beating the Heat

Best place to beat the heat on a 90 degree summer morning…6_13a 6_13b 6_13c 6_13d 6_13e 6_13fI can only imagine what she must be thinking…DSC_0005 DSC_0007

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Backyard Blooms

Hydrangea bloom from our backyard. My favorite summer flower…IMG_0053 IMG_0054

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Let Summer Begin!

Ben’s already been to swim practice a few times, but last night was Amelia’s first time at the pool this summer. School ended Tuesday, but a trip to the pool really makes summer feel official!DSC_0004DSC_0007Ben’s showing Amelia how to kick in the picture below. She’s starting swim lessons later this summer, but she’s sure to get some pointers from her big brother along the way.DSC_0008Here’s Ben at the start of swim practice (kick board warm ups). He’s the one with the orange strap on his goggles.DSC_0012 DSC_0013

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