Wordless Wednesday – The Fun Farm

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Sunday morning (after I dislocated my rib and somehow worked it back into place…) we packed up the kids and headed to a local “historical” farm. It’s unclear who had more fun, the kids or the grown-ups.

Little L… pretty delighted with the sheep.
M… equally delighted.

We put C to work milling corn.
Little L was the self appointed “work checker.”
Can’t believe this mama didn’t use a nursing cover!
This goat wanted some food!
Lucky for her, M was more than happy to oblige!

Happy as pigs in… mud! (They use it as sunscreen!)
Look! A chicken!
And a peacock in a tree…. say wah?

The entire day was magical, sore back and all. Sometimes in the midst of all the end-of-year angst, all you need is a little moment with a couple animals who only care about where their next meal is coming to feel like all is right with the world again.

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Off to camp we go… this summer

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OK, so that last post about camp? Where I said I was signing up the girls? Yeah, I got sidetracked and I didn’t. Then the weather turned nasty and I completely forgot that summer was just around the corner.

Guess what?

Summer is just around the corner.

I think I’ve decided that we’re going to take a whole lot of down-time this summer. Instead of a summer filled with plans, activities, and things to do, I want the girls to have a summer filled with bug catching, digging in dirt, and letting their imagination roam free.

How lucky for me that my procrastination is going to help them get lots of down-time?

Lucky for them I’m not the only slacker mom who’s taking her sweet time getting them signed up for fun stuff. I was able to sneak them into the Camp Galileo session I wanted them to attend.

Why a week of camp in the middle of a low key summer? Easy, even the most adventurous and imaginative kids need to have their imaginations fueled a bit. (Plus, I’m going out of town for part of that week and I’d rather think of them having fun and learning than moping and wishing I were home. Whatever. Details.)

The girls will be attending one of the Leonardo’s Apprentice weeks. I think it’s a perfect fit for Little L who spends her life asking “How is that made?” and C who loves nothing more than to create art out of… anything. (Yesterday she incorporated a doorstop in a diorama. Yes. A doorstop. It was the sun.)

I got them signed up with an easy phone call and experienced the most amazing customer service when I ran into some technical issues. If the camp staff is half as dedicated and enthusiastic as the office staff proved itself to be, the girls are going to have an amazing week which hopefully will fuel a whole summer of self-made fun!

Are you as much of a procrastinator as I am? GREAT NEWS. It’s not too late for you either. Check out the Camp Galileo openings and hop over to the Galileo Learning Facebook page to join in the pre-camp fun. See you there in just a few weeks!

My compensation for this post, the last one, and one to come is that my girls get to have fun at Camp Galileo for a week. We are all grateful… probably for very different, if equally valid, reasons.

Two guys and a boat

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Despite the less than awesome weather here at the beach (thank you endless fog!) M did manage to convince my brother-in-law to head out in the kayak.

It was…

Well, see for yourself.

It all started out great. 
Smiles all around.
They walked to the water with a spring in their step.

The frigid temperatures barely slowed them down.

There they sat. Waiting for a wave to carry them away.

And come it did.

Way harder than expected.


But have no fear, they did eventually make it out to sea.

Where they stayed for all of 10 minutes before one of them decided that he was just too wet and cold to continue. Luckily we’re here for a few more days and M has a few more victims family members to initiate. Lucky for them, the weather is due to start improving any day now. Any day…

Innocents in the pool

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By 10am this morning it was already sweltering in the house. All the windows were open, but the tiny cross-breeze did little to dry the sweat pooling in the small of my back. I looked at the computer, beckoning with the work I needed to get done, and turned away. The last thing I wanted to do was sit in front of a machine that would generate more heat.

Instead I headed out to the back yard where, if possible, it was even hotter than in the house. I smiled. I really did. I closed my eyes and threw my head back, and I drank in the hot summer sun. After weeks of rain and an nonexistent spring, summer is definitely here. 

I worked my way to the back of the yard where the inflatable pool had been abandoned on the last warm day last summer and tugged it out of the ivy that had crept over it. A little scrubbing later and the thing looked presentable. A lot of puffing later (Note to self, buy a pump already!) and the pool actually looked sound.

Even before the first drop of water had hit the plastic bottom, Little L had stripped off her pajamas and was dancing naked all around the pool. She clapped her hands with glee and jumped in as soon as I nodded in her direction. It didn’t matter that there was no water yet.

It didn’t take long for C to abandon the TV and come join her sister. Soon the pool was filled with water, rubber duckies, and two delighted little girls. They didn’t care that the water was frigid. They didn’t care that they had no suits on. They didn’t even care that the pool was a little dingy and battered.

It’s summer and it’s hot. That’s when you play in the wading pool.