Sophie and I just returned from a week at Girls Camp. This was Sophie's 2nd year. I was asked to be a 4th year councelor. On Monday we headed up to Clark's Fork. This is the same camp grounds I went to as a youth. Sophie actually went to this same camp last year when she attended camp with her cousin. A lot has changed in the 23 years since I was last a girl attending camp at this location. This is where I went to camp my first and fourth years of girls camp. I even found one of my camp pictures hanging in the lodge.
Monday, July 14, 2014
I admit I watched a lot of tv when I was a kid. Or at least it feels that way because I am constantly telling my kids about movies I remember watching over and over again while growing up. Lucky for me many of these films are availiable to watch instantly on Netflix.
The other day I also introduced them to Muppet Treasure Island. We tried to watch the old Disney version earlier in the Summer but my kids kept saying no. They assumed it would be boring. But throw some Muppets into the cast and all of the sudden the story looks like a lot of fun.
I am going to have to peruse the Netflix library and see what other gems I can uncover and show my kids. Summer afternoon movies are becoming a daily occurance so I need to add a few more films to the instant queue for them to choose.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Summer hasn't gone quite as planned. I had this idea that we would continue to do school and my kids would do chores and not have their faces glued to a screen all Summer. While some of those things are happening I am afraid my kids get quite a bit of screen time and chores are either left undone or I get to them when I have the time. I started off well and then lost my drive to crack the whip.
Hot Summer afternoons are great for staying indoors enjoying the air conditioning and reading. My kids usually watch a movie and I curl up in a chair or the couch and read. Here is what I have been reading the last few weeks. Some of these I have read because I agreed to review them and others I am reading because they are on Sophie's list of books for the Fall. I figured I can help her understand her books and discuss them with her better if I have actually read them. Plus some of the books on her list are quite challenging and I figured it doesn't hurt to have me already aquainted with them.
Elantris is another book chosen for Sophie's Fall Schedule. This one is for her Humanities class and I am guessing they are reading this novel for the message it has about leadership, freedom and faith. I really liked this one. It was a little hard in the begining. It is a fantasy world with lots of names and magic that I needed to get straight. It was hard to put down once I had those things sorted out in my mind. The characters and events became real and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Sophie may have a hard time with this one. She isn't very patient about books and if it requires too much work at first she may get frustrated but hopefully she will give it a good chance and let herself get wrapped up in the world of Elantris.
All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes is one that I agreed to read and review. It looked like a fun light read and sounded perfect for a hot Summer afternoon read at the park while my kids splashed in the fountains. While I read through the frustrations that Kat and Lucas have as they navigate the world of friends becoming more than friends, I couldn't help but be so glad I was happily married and that those things were left behind. Betsy St. Amant wrote a lovely story about Kat and Lucas each following their dreams and figuring out how they can each have what they want and sill be together. I wish the book came with recipes. The Kindle review copy I was given didn't but hopefully when it is released it will include at least some of them. The cupcakes that are described in this book sound so good. I don't know if I would be talented enough to make any of them but I would be willing to give them a try, just not in large amounts.
Miracle in a Dry Season is a strongly christian novel about forgiveness and acceptance. Perla's sins are apparent to everyone and she is judged harshly because of that. The book does a good job of teaching the scripture "He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone". It is a lesson every person needs to be reminded of. We tend to hide and justify our own sins or faults while condemning others when we see there shortcomings. Lucky for us, God is forgiving and we can all enjoy being clean again. This was a lovely read and a sweet romance. Another nice book for a hot Summer day. Although the descriptions of drought hit a little close to home. In CA where we are living with water restrictions and burnt up lawns the descriptions of the weather and the prayers for rain felt very familiar.
Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons was very fun to read. These ladies are great at looking at Mormon culture and seeing the humor in it. The book feels like blog posts and skip from topic to topic so you don't have to read it all in one sitting. It was fun to pick up for a little fun here and then a little laugh there. I even looked up Zandra and Tamu's blog Sistas in Zion to see pictures and any further information on these two funny ladies. They will keep you giggling and smiling the whole day.
We have been taking a few long drives this summer and have made it through a number of audio books as a result. While on our drive to Utah a few weeks back we made it through both the Candy shop war and the Arcade Catastrophie. Everyone including the adults enjoyed these stories. It made the long stretches in Nevada go by a little more quickly.
My kids liked but didn't love The Dark is Rising. I remember having this one read to me in about the 5th grade. The teacher read for about a half hour each afternoon after lunch and recess. This is one of those books I remember being read but not a whole lot of the story. Since it was a Newberry Honor book I figured we could give it a go.
The next audio book I picked was The City of Ember. I had to explain what a Dystopia was since my kids have not become aquainted with that genre yet. I didn't know much of anything about this book before getting it at the library. I had seen it on book lists but not read many reviews of it. It is a nice place to start as far as Dystopia books go. It is age appropriate for Middle grades. Certainly not violent like many Dystopian novels go.
The boys enjoyed the book and we watched the movie version of the book (not a close following of the book) but Sophie liked it so much she went and checked out the other books in the series and is currently reading through them. Maybe I will have her read The Giver so she is ready for the movie that is coming out of that book soon.
I am sure I have missed a few books but this is what I have been making my way through in June and some of July. I still have a few more weeks before we have to jump back into our normal school schedule. I guess I will make it through a few more of the books assigned to Sophie for the Fall and I have a few more books in my Kindle that I have agreed to review. And before I know it it will be Autumn and cooler weather will set in. Great time to curl up with a book :) When isn't it a great time?!
Monday, June 30, 2014
We were given some free tickets to go to the county fair. Our kids have never been to a fair so we figured it was time to share the experience.
We only spent about 3 hours touring the fair. We were happy that our tickets to get in were Free. We wouldn't have gone otherwise. But it was fun for the kids to experience what a county fair is like. This was quite a big one. A whole lot bigger than the ones I remember going to in my county growning up.
Last week was Cub Scout day camp. It was held at our church building but was for all the cub scout troops in the area. I signed up to help so ended up being a Den Leader and got to hang out with Henry and a group of about 7 other Wolf scouts.
Do you see all those things stuck to the scout's hat. They were given a little hat pin after completing each of the different classes so by the end of the week their hats were covered. It was very fun. That bulls eye one was awarded only if you actually got a bulls eye. I don't know if Ian got it on the BB gun or the Archery. I know Sophie got a bulls eye at the BB gun range. I think Ian's was from Archery. Henry came really close with both but didn't quite get a bulls eye.
Me? I think I could use about a year to recover from non stop scouts for days on end. It was fun but boy am I worn out!
Friday, June 20, 2014
We are not gardeners and don't really know what we are doing but we have a nice big backyard to grow things in now and decided to plant a number of things this spring in hopes of a good turn out later.
In March I let each of the kids pick out a packet of seeds we planted them in little cups to get them started before putting them into the ground. Sophie picked Morning Glories a lovely flower that I urged her toward because I really like them. Ian picked Sunflowers, Molly really wanted pumpkins and Henry picked cucumbers. I decided we would need some tomatoes. I didn't get seeds I got starter plants of a few different varieties. The 8 fruit trees are my husband's experiment.
The birds and bugs are pretty relentless so despite starting them in cups many of our plants didn't end up surviving. None of the pumpkin plants made it. Poor Molly is disappointed. But everything else seems to be taking root and growing pretty well.
Here is my tomato patch.
Our garden is flurrishing in some ways and struggling in others. I keep reminding the kids this is all an experiment as we learn how to tend our garden. But having done little to prepare the soil for our plants I guess we have done pretty well to get anything to grow.