Monday, June 9, 2014

Camping, zoo, and awards at school

A couple weeks ago, we decided to go camping at Pilot Point state park. We had a wonderful site far away from most of the other camping spots. It had plenty of leaves, which Sara Beth pushed into a big pile. Heather snapped a picture right as Sara Beth leaped into it.
Hudson then made an effort to jump into the pile of leaves as well.
Unfortunately, we cut the camping trip short after one evening there. I decided that the kids needed to get a full night's sleep in their own beds, as the one day was enough to wear them both out.
Before we left, Hudson called me over to let me know that he had found a spider. If you look closely, you can see it on his arm near his elbow.
Hudson certainly likes watermelon. When Heather brought it out for him to eat, he was grinning so much you could see the smile from the back.
 Sara Beth and Heather worked together over the past month to complete a 300 piece puzzle together.
Sara Beth's final week of school had all sorts of fun activities. There was a movie day, a "wear your clothes backwards day" and field day. Heather went up to the school and helped out. No ribbons were given out as "everyone is a winner" but Heather said if there were ribbons given out, Sara Beth would have earned one.
Sara Beth received two special awards in this last 6 weeks of school. She received the "Wylie Way" award for greeting people warmly and sincerely.
And then she receive the "Caramello Award" during her kindergarten graduation ceremony for being "so sweet and easy going".
The same day as Sara Beth's graduation ceremony, my dad found a turtle in his backyard and asked if we wanted to have it as a pet. Sara Beth and Hudson loved having it around. Even the Cats got excited about the new pet. After being at our house for 3 days, Heather and Sara Beth took the turtle to the nearby creek and released it.
Here is a picture of our sand table. Note the distinct lack of sand in it. I've filled and refilled it over the course of the spring with bags, but it keeps getting tipped over and the sand get distributed around the yard. Apparently, rain water has no trouble staying in though. I think I am going to give this table away and just build a sand area under the play house. That way, it cannot tip over.
Sara Beth is still working on trying to train Lilly Belle to perform tricks. Somehow, she was able to successfully put the collar on the kitten. I'm not sure I could do that without getting a couple scratches.
Sara Beth's girl scout troop went down to the zoo as a reward for selling so many girl scout cookies earlier this year. Heather, Hudson and I drove down with the troop and while Sara Beth went around with the troop, Hudson got to go around with two parents giving him their full attention. He kept pointing out the animals and saying their name.
When Sara Beth was off at school, Hudson would occasionally play with her toys. Here he is taking one of her horses out for a walk in the front yard.
Hudson went to the polling station at the library with Heather for early voting in some elections. He enjoyed getting the "I voted" sticker, and so when I went, a couple days later, he came with me and got an additional "I voted" sticker.
I had to replace a rubber gasket on the underside of my car. Hudson came out into the garage, wanting to help me. He was very helpful handing me the lug nuts as I placed the wheels back on the car.

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