2019 is halfway over. The month of June has been unusual for us, because for the first time ever, the boys and I all did summer school. I taught, and they both attended. We were all in the same building, which was so much fun. It made time fly, and now that I look back on pictures, I can't believe everything else we managed to fit in around that. Here are our highlights from this month.
A few months back, we finally signed the boys up for Boy Scouts. They've been asking for years, but there were always too many extra-curricular activities on our calendar to add something else. But late in spring, the time seemed right and we jumped right in. It was too close to the end of the year for them to rank, but they got to participate in lots of fun activities. At the beginning of June, they got a jump start on next year's badges by attending Summer Day Camp. It was 2 days of one adventure after the other. I met up with them for lunch on their second day, and went to a couple of stations with them.
|Covered in dirt and Popsicle juice.|
|Eli with the Bow and Arrow|
|Lex got a bullseye!|
|Lex and Eli with bb guns|
Many sports have come and gone in our family. We've tried just about everything. But baseball has been the one that's stuck. Lex just loves it. It's his 5th year of playing, and his first year of kid pitch, and also his first year of traveling to away games. Aside from video games, playing catch in the backyard is his number one favorite thing to do. It's so funny to me, because I was never really a baseball fan growing up and there is still a lot I have to learn. But I love watching him do something he loves to do. Jeremy helps coach, and Eli and I sit in the stands, ranking the concession stand food, and snapping pictures of sunsets during late games.
|Jeremy - third base coach|
Night sky at last week's baseball game.
|Photo Credit - Eli|
Although it didn't make it to the blog, Eli and I did hike this month. I had planned to do a big trail write up on the new section of Three Creeks Conservation area that we recently discovered (while hiking with the Scouts!). So we headed out on a perfect hiking morning and planned to do about 3 miles.
One of the perks of teaching summer school was that as part of the curriculum for middle school, we went on multiple field trips to learn about conservation in Missouri, and water conservation in particular. One of our trips was a guided tour of Rock Bridge State Park. We've been there before as a family multiple times, but it was so interesting hearing the Naturalist speak about the geology of the park.
Another cool field trip was to 3M Wetlands in Columbia, which I had no idea even existed. This man-made wetland is right in the middle of Columbia and was also an incredibly informative trip. I can't wait to take the boys there. There are stops along the way where you can read about conservation and different native animals and trees.
As part of a cleanse at the beginning of the month, I didn't eat meat for about 10 days. Mostly, I ate tons of vegetables, but I did find this one yummy, yummy corn and zucchini pie, which I will definitely be making again. The boys even ate it!
During summer school, there was a themed carry-in every Thursday, so I tried some new recipes to share.
These key lime cookies are very similar to our favorite lemon cookies. I made them for the Sweet and Salty themed carry-in, and they were a huge hit. Every single cookie was eaten, and tons of people commented how different/refreshing/delicious they were.
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|Photo Credit: Yummly|
The rainbow themed week was fun, and there were so many ideas to choose from. Someone else actually found this rainbow wrap recipe for me. I didn't follow the recipe exactly, but I did use all the same veggies, and it turned out just as pretty as the one on the original recipe. Again, every one was eaten at the carry-in, and my boys enjoyed the stack I left for them as well.
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After all that, I didn't feel guilty at all for bringing chips and store bought dip on the last carry-in day.
If you follow me on on Instagram, you've seen some of these pics. This is the first year we bought a pool pass, and it has been well worth it. There have been days we've just gone for an hour to cool off, and days that we've stayed for hours, doing nothing but enjoying the water. The boys have become such good swimmers and love the diving board.
Eli went to a friend's house to swim and his mom let them play with her underwater camera. How cool is this pic?
Out and About
We've spent plenty of time in the backyard.
And reading bedtime stories at sunset.
Our backyard is definitely one of my happy places.
Also, fireflies arrived this week, so the boys spent an evening capturing (then releasing) them!
I'll just do a photo dump here. These 2 dogs are so entertaining, both to each other and to us. They go everywhere together and do everything together. Mostly it's just Daisy following Kylo around, but Kylo for sure does not let Daisy get any attention without him getting in on it too.
This picture below isn't the greatest, but it was so sweet one night when a storm was rolling in. Jeremy and I were watching the sky from the deck and then looked over and saw these two sitting like this. It was so sweet!
Romping around the backyard...
And getting all the snuggles.
Love our puppies!
Well, I think that's just about it for this month. We have a big trip coming up in July, so there will be plenty to write about.
Cheers to riding into the sunset!