We visited a library petting zoo.
|We played games at the library, too.|
|Nature Angel created and ran a preschool program: She called it "boy time". . .|
|. . . and "girl time."|
We did lots of gorgeous hair styles.
|We provided temporary shelter for an injured dove.|
And we went to the lake often!!!!
|We climbed rocks . . .|
|. . . and got brave on park climbing structures.|
|We did a lot of digging in the sand.|
|We put up an 18 foot rope swing.|
|We went to library science programs to see cool animals.|
|And we got even braver about climbing!|
The big girls went away to camp (some more than once!)
We celebrated the 4th at home.
|We had a lot of picnics.|
One really, really hot day we played with frozen ice balls.
|We drew pictures--this one is by Nature Angel. Can you see the peacock?|
|Belle knitted a monster for Lola.|
|Pixie cooked and baked and cooked some more as she worked on a home economics class.|
|We did some more awesome hair!|
|We took selfies. This is Pixie.|
|We played in the rain.|
|We got very goofy.|
|We lost teeth!!!!!|
|The teens reveled in teen-ness; this was what they ate one night . . . all night!|
|We played in the treehouse. It was fun when we found a buried pulley that we cleaned off, fixed up, and put to good use.|
|We played in the creek bed--all dry in the summer. (We didn't get pictures of the day it rained so hard that the creek overflowed! We played in it--we just didn't get pictures.)|
|We spent more time at the park--here are Pixie and Super Star getting wild.|
|I found this sweet tray one day, nestled under the mulberry tree. I don't know which child(ren) made it.|
|Sometimes we were very tired.|
|Super Star got her first pair of high heels.|
|And we dressed up as the solar system to attend the homeschool Starry Night dance.|
|A few rainy days were a welcome respite from the heat!|
|We began a rather ambitious project in the yard. Lots and lots of digging!!!|
|Pixie learned to bake perfect bread. This is only 1 loaf, but she makes 4-8 loaves at a time to keep us happy.|
|We had close encounters with nature. (Photo by Pixie--a lot of our photos are by Pixie!)|
|And more close encounters.|
|We loved on our babies.|
|Having two babies at once is such a miracle (and such a challenge!)|
|We played in the grass.|
|We mended broken things (This is Super Star sewing our ripped chair back together.)|
|We built hidey-holes . . . some were less hidden than others.|
|We built fairy houses in the woods.|
|Mom and Dad went away overnight one night, and Auntie R-- came to stay. Here are the triple cousins enjoying a story with Auntie.|
|Nature Angel went to a ball game with friends.|
|Super Star baked awesome banana bread.|
|We ate breakfast at the park every Wednesday of the summer.|
|We played at spray parks.|
|We played in the mud . . .|
|. . . built leaf boats . . .|
|. . . and played in the mud some more.|
The summer isn't really over, but the new school year is creeping up in spite of my best efforts, and our weekly updates begin again this week.
I hope there are lots more muddy, watery, parky, grassy, hidey-holey, happy pictures of summer still to come.