Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Back from Camp/Off to Camp

We picked Danielle up from camp late Friday afternoon. She had a wonderful time, enjoyed her classes, and made a couple good friends. She can't wait to go back next year and is already busy trying to coordinate a get together with her new friends. Here are a couple pictures from the camp's FB page.
"Creative Cartooning" class. It was her least favorite class of the 4 she took.

"Family group" time.  I'm not real crazy about some of the conversations both kids have reported having during family group times. You would think that a camp sponsored by and held at a Wesleyan college would lean towards the conservative side, but no. Thankfully this was a very small part of the week.
Tie-dying tshirts during rec time. She's wearing it in the picture with Tyler (below).

Danielle made these in her zentangles class. That was her favorite. She also enjoyed "Fun with Polymers" and a cooking class.

On Sunday we dropped Tyler off for his week. He really enjoyed himself last year and was looking forward to another great week. I hope it lives up to his expectations; I wasn't impressed with his roommate and we already know he got his fourth choice for one of his classes. The class he really wanted to get into was called "Captivating Chemistry of Fire". Hopefully he got into that class at a minimum. I miss his witty humor when he's gone. I'm looking forward to hearing about his week on Friday.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

When I look at this picture, I see two intelligent, witty, happy children who wouldn't be the amazing people they are without that big guy in the Ohio State hat. Our kids have no idea how lucky they are to have a dad that loves them so much, works so hard to provide for them, and is so involved in their lives, but I do. What a blessing he is to the 3 of us.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Little Stinkers

One of our neighbors has the privilege of hosting a momma skunk and her babies under their shed. Thankfully they're not right next door to us, but they are within smelling distance.

We first noticed the babies when we came home after dark one evening. Two of the babies were strolling down the sidewalk. They are so very cute. I went over the next day in the hopes of getting a couple pictures from a distance. The babies really didn't cooperate for pictures; My view was always obstructed and I could never get more than one out at a time. Apparently there were 7 of them! Although they looked like they were going through the motions, they didn't appear to be able to spray. Danielle got pretty close to one of them, and I felt like we were pushing our luck. Those little stinkers will work eventually.

Turns out I was right. The next day we smelled a faint skunk odor at our house. Turns out one of the babies sprayed some chickens a few houses down from them. I guess I have all the pictures I'm going to get!

Our neighbors looked into having the skunks removed professionally. You aren't allowed to relocate them, so they would have to be killed. It was $199 for the first skunk and $99 for each additional skunk. That's a small fortune! They tried to trap the babies themselves before they got their stinkers, but it seems like the process may have taken a little too long. I'm glad they aren't in our yard but I'm glad I got to see them.

My Park Pictures

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Off to Camp

We dropped Danielle off at "nerd camp" this evening. This is the same camp Tyler went to last year. It's for gifted students. In order to be considered, they have to be recommended by someone from the school, have 2 letters of recommendation, complete an essay, and have high test scores on the state tests or be formally identified as gifted. Even then, not everyone who applies gets in. It's only for 6th-8th graders, so this is Danielle's first year and Tyler's last year. Unfortunately they aren't gone the same week. ;) (We drop Tyler off next Sunday evening.) She signed up for a lot of art classes, but they don't find out for sure what classes they're in until after the parents leave.

Danielle has never been gone from home/family this long, so it is kind of a big deal. She's also missing 7 softball games in order to attend...also a big deal. I'm hoping she has so much fun that she quickly forgets all about softball. She was nervous about who her roommate might be and about getting lost on the college campus where she's staying, but I'm sure all of that will work out ok. I miss her smiling face. Most of the time she is a ray of sunshine, and it will be weird to have her gone.  She's not allowed to have any electronics or contact with anyone outside of camp, so we'll have to wait to hear all about it when we pick her up late Friday afternoon.

At dinner before dropping her off

All settled in. The rooms aren't air conditioned but she was lucky enough to be in the basement, which is a little cooler. She also brought a fan.  

Friday, June 10, 2016

Danielle's Park Pictures

Danielle and I went to the park to look for tree frogs today after it rained. This is one of my favorite summer things to do with Danielle, and I'm thankful she still enjoys doing it with me. I let her use my phone and an iPhone macro lens to take some pictures while we were there today. She has a great eye. These are all her pictures. I cropped and angled the close-up one of the dragonfly to better capture its compound eyes, but she composed the rest. I love these.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Monday, June 06, 2016

Rained Out

Tyler came to watch Danielle play tonight, but he didn't get to see much. They had a rain delay for about an hour before they finally decided to cancel and reschedule. Despite not getting to watch Danielle play, it really was a nice evening. The three of us sat under our canopy and enjoyed a picnic dinner with Uncle Ron while listening to the girls giggle in the dugout during the rain delay. (They invited the other team over to their dug out for a dance off.) Our evening included rainbows and rumbles of thunder and spots of sunshine and sounds of laughter and fresh sandwiches and homemade pasta salad and good company. Although it didn't go as planned, I thought it was a lovely summer evening.