Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

The farm has been buzzing with activity and now we find ourselves settling into a new rythym as fall approaches. 

The arrival of our ducklings came in late May just as school was ending:

They grew and grew and GREW!  The Blue Swedish are beautiful and the Indian Runner Ducks are so funny to watch run around.  They are a bit more shy than the chickens and operate on a group mentality.  So they have been "herding" through our yard loudly discussing what they should do next. 

We kicked off our summer with a weeklong stint at our local Girls Scouts Day Camp:

My friend Christi and I had the honor of leading 10 energetic girls in our Redbud camp.  Each day brought new activities, learning experiences and a whole lot of fun!  And each day ended with us dragging our tired selves home and scrubbing from head to toe!  Who knew girls could get so dirty?

Our next adventure was Summer Art Camp at Autism Works.

This was the first Art Camp I had ever was a tremendous amount of work, but oh so worth it!  Four weekly art camps with four activites per camp.  Whew! 

The kids had a blast! 

We painted with bubbles, shaving cream and melted crayons.  We made Monster Heads from tissue boxes, Tin Can Robots and Rocker Heads (from rocks of course).  We created Stick Creatures, Rocket Mobiles and tie dyed pillowcases.  The kids even molded their own Volcanoes and took them out for Lava Eruptions! 

Oh, did I mention the Slime?  Even the volunteers couldn't keep their hands out of it! A great group of kids and volunteers.  Can't wait till our monthly art workshops resume this Fall.

And what would July be without a Christmas in July Show? 

Held at the Belvoir Winery in Liberty, Missouri this event benefitted the Autism Works organization.  Mom came to help me out.  Not only did we have great sales and a good time together we also got to try some delicious wine!

We did manage to squeeze in a quick vacation before school started.

The Omaha Zoo and Aquarium was wonderful.  If I had money to spend on a salt water tank I would just put Jellyfish in it.  Honestly they are the most relaxing and graceful things to sit and watch. 

And of course we had to take our aspiring Veternarian/Astronaut to the Air and Space Museum before heading home.  The highlight of that visit was the pieces of meteorites she got to see for herself that they really exist! 

And what would the end of summer be without a Back to School Party? 

 With plenty of comfy seating:

And of course swimming and a bounce house palace (compliments of Baker Dave!)

We partied into the night, roasting marshmallows and enjoying the unusually cool evening.

It was an exhausting, busy, crazy summer.  I can't wait till next year and do it all again!

Til next time!


1 comment:

  1. Oh, my, you make me want to come and hang out in your neck of the woods with you and all your friends. My daughter and grandkids volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and the "jellies" are family favorites, too! Your whole post just sounds so summerlicious!