A Week, Briefly (Girls' Camp)

We had school on Monday, and then the oldest 3 girls went to camp for the rest of the week.

The rest of us went to a park and a local nature center.   We saw lots of birds of prey, snakes, nocturnal animals, and turtles.

We visited the pond we love.

We made limeade popsicles.

We blew bubbles.

We missed our biggest sisters.

We're glad they're home.

But they leave again next week for another camp, and this time they're taking J11 along with them.  It will just be Mom and the 4 little ones.

Touching the cool floating plants that grow their own air bubbles.

Photo credit:  J11

We came around the corner and were practically face to face with this deer.  It was not bothered by our presence at all, continuing eating until it was ready to move on.
The littles love the Draw, Write, Now books we borrowed from the library.

A8 reads the Bible to I3.

Testing the limeade for flavor before making the popsicles.

Found these bubble blowers here:  http://www.housingaforest.com/rainbow-bubble-snakes/

One afternoon I found I3 here--under his bed, asleep!

We also made marshmallow shooters:  http://www.housingaforest.com/rainbow-bubble-snakes/

These are cicadas in the morning.  It must be a special year for them.  I've NEVER seen so many!

A8 had me cracking up because she'd collect handfuls of cicadas and then throw them in the air singing, "Let them go!  Let them go!"

H5 took this amazing shot of a cicada on her skirt.

Boy beard.

Girl beard.

A8's Lego man.

The big girls came home and lost no time reacquainting themselves with their baby brother.  E15 shares her book with him

M13 shares her crafting with him.
We've bought more bug repellent, and the girls have recovered from the exhaustion of their first week of being away.  They're excited for the second week of adventures, and the littles are looking forward to doing stuff the older kids don't like very much.


  1. I can't believe how big I3 is getting. How fun for the older girls to go to camp. I'm a week without my oldest as well. I know it is good for him, but I do miss him.

  2. Oh, no! The website ate my comment again! Well, shucks. Next time I'll copy before publishing! Anyhow, love the pictures! Beautiful!!!! :)

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  4. Great photos! One of my boys was off at camp this week. It definitely changes the dynamics of the house.


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