Tuesday, August 25, 2015

First days of school

C10 Started on Monday the 24th, Q9 on Tuesday the 25th.  Here's the pics!!

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Friday, August 21, 2015

More stuff we did .... Part 2 of 2

And here is the rest of the stuff ... ok, just some additional stuff.

We had an outdoor fire (no pictures) and played wiffle ball. Q9 and I camped out ... we brought out about 1,000 pillow, a feather bed, and blankies. It was lovely.

Here is the tent:
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And here is Q9 faking being asleep so we could get a picture:
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We played "I'm in the bucket" which involved a very sing-songy rendition of "I'm in the bucket!" and various people in buckets. Including me. But nobody thought to take a picture of me in the bucket, so, so sorry! But since inventing the "I'm in the bucket" game I have to say it has come up a few more times ... because it is just fun to sit in a bucket.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

And ... some other stuff we did this August Part 1 of 2

We did a few other things this August. I didn't take any photos of the Newseum, but that was fun, and we did this "be a TV news reporter" but I can't find the videos. So, here is some of the other stuff

Six Flags America

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We barely got any photos of this, just because we were busy on rides. C10, Q9 and I went with K9 and her brother H12. We did rides and the water park. I lost the kids a few times. Q9 got kicked on the waterslide by another (very apologetic) patron. C10 waited in the wrong line for funnel cake and had to get in a second line after that. I rode the Mind Eraser roller coaster (a dangley coaster) and swear I got a little concussion it was so rough. I won't be doing that again. We rode a giant  tube waterslide. We got soaked on a log-flume type ride, especially the two folks who DIDN'T ride the flume ride and stood on the bridge over the ride. Q9 got, I quote, "kicked in the face by the water."

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We also took the dog around town. To the fountain, although there are no pictures of here here, she is at my feet, and was tortured a bit by girls dragging her into the fountain.

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We took her to the duckpond. Here she is being carried around against her will.
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We took her to the Aroboretum. She did enjoy this.
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We did things inside, like make playdough and play some weird games.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Fort Building Day

I told them they had to stay outside and build a fort. It was trash day, so I suggested scrounging around the neighborhood for supplies.

Here they are collecting bamboo. They convinced the trash collectors to let them have it.

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They also collected old chairs and a broken picnic table umbrella.

I think collecting supplies was the best part of the endeavor. The end result was .... nothing build. They propped up the umbrella and called it a fort. I called foul and didn't let them into the house until 2 pm.


Friday, July 31, 2015

Crayon Lipstick

Q9 is on top of all things interesting. The internet is a fascinating place. Which is where she learned about crayon lipstick, I'm sure. And decided she wanted to try it. Well, it is actually more like crayon lip balm, which is good, because in the winter she usually has cracked and bleeding lips. This can't hurt. Except for the waxy crayon goodness smell might be less then appealing, but, eh.

The first thing you do after deciding to make crayon lipstick is go out and buy all the stuff you don't have. No photos, but we bought Dixie Cups, coconut oil, and a pill box. Lipstick tubes would have been better but that takes TIME to come to us from the magical internet, and we wanted to do it NOW. So we went to Target and bought pillboxes instead.

Q9 and K9 picked out their crayon colors, lopped off the tops and bottoms, and peeled the paper off (apparently, you should NOT use the bits that have been sticking out to avoid germs. OK, why not, we'll try to avoid germs) (not that they washed their hands, I'm sure, but let's forget that for a moment).

Pill boxes have 7 days, so each girl got to choose seven colors. That's a lot of crayon lipstick!
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We cracked up the crayons into 4 bits, dropped them in the Dixie Cups, and added a small scoop of coconut oil.

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Then we microwaved it, 30 seconds at a time until the crayons melted. The coconut oil melted pretty much instantaneously.

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Once it was melted, we poured it into the open and waiting pill box

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When we filled all the sections ...

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We snapped the lids shut and stuck it in the freezer for a half an hour. And took them out with aplomb.
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And tried on the lipstick. Q9 and K9:
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I did, too:
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But C10 refused because she doesn't like lipstick. Or lip gloss. Or any of that kind of thing. That's why. She's my beautiful, all-natural, freckled girl.
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Can't say the same for pink hair and cyanosis lips, here! She's my beautiful artificially colored girl!
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Friday, July 17, 2015

Sandy Springs Adventure Park

OK, last night before we had to bring the girls to Massachusetts, and we probably shouldn't have taken them out for a huge night out. But they were doing GLOW LIGHT NIGHT here at the Adventure Park and I wanted to go.

So, we went. And man, it was fun.

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C10 on the first course we did
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K11, Q9, and me! waiting on the platform
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OK, I really like this one. Don't miss Q9 sliding down!
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Biking to Riversdale

Although I didn't have a bike, I decided the best way to get the kids to Riversdale Mansion was to bike them. I borrowed a friend's bike (lowered the seat ....) and contacted the other parents I knew who had kids going to see if they wanted to be part of this bike parade to Riversdale. They did. So it would be me and six girls on bikes to camp everday.

I didn't actually think this through very well, actually, but it worked out VERY well in the end. I was so pleased with the results.

Since the Mansion is only a smidge over a mile away, and the first day we took the city streets. A friend, K, biked with us, she took the back, I took the front. The first bit was very much in the neighborhood, and I wasn't worried about the kids. The second street was a little busier, it is a cutthrough street from Queens Chapel to Rt 1 and can get busy with cars and trucks and buses. THEN we had to cross Rt. 1. Then we were back in a neighborhood and it felt better again. 

But I was a little bit nervous about them the whole time.  K9 liked to be first and fasted so she'd try to pass people or block them from passing her. C10 was slow and too big for her bike. N9 looked too small on her bike (we eventually raised her seat, too) and like she was wobbling all over the place because her knees and feet were sticking here and there. P9's bike looked a little big for her, and it was new, so she was still getting used to it. K11 I didn't worry about at all. Q9 also liked the middle of the street, and her bike was about 7 sizes too small.

But we got there safely. Here we are at the mansion:
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P9, N9, K11, C10, Q9, K9

So on the way home and all days after that I took the bike trail with the girls, and it worked out so so so so SOOOOOOO well. It was just over 3 miles, so they got more exercise, I got more exercise.

The first few days I led, and K11 brought up the rear. But K11 got tired of not going able to go fast (C10 is a littttttle bit slow at times on the bike. And the first couple of days she had a one-speed bike that was too small for her. She is also quite cautious) and so we switched it up. K11 went first, and I went last.

THIS was better. I could see all of them at all times. I had to go slow, which I didn't like, but it was OK. I survived. I got to ride one way without the pack, anyway.

Just look at them on the path! Great path, and so much better than city streets!!! We did have to cross streets a couple of times, but not Baltimore Avenue (Rt. 1)! This is C10 passing N9 on the bike path, just because she could. I think N9 was working her hardest to keep up a lot of the time (she was super-focused on the bike ... Q9 is a chit-chatter, but N9 was working on BIKING.)

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Q9 took a couple of turns going first, as did K9. It was, I think, really fun for them to get to be the leader.

Here is Q going first one day. I went second, and K11 and C9 wanted to bring up the rear. Look how tiny her bike is!!! It is on the agenda for replacement. But she was a trooper. She pedaled the whole time and was one of the faster girls.
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C10's bike was also WAY too small. She'd been asked last fall if she wanted a bike, but we didn't buy one at that time because we thought she might grow some between fall and summer. Um. She did. But I guess we put it off a little too long. Anyway, although we couldn't go bike shopping on Monday (Q9 was sick) we went on Tuesday and bought a bike from REI. It helped. Gears, better torque. Although she still wasn't SPEEEEEEEDY, by the end of the week she was able to get up the hills without stopping and walking, which was GREAT.

I mean, look at this, she's even got the heavy backpack on, with no complaints. I did get a little momma-hen-ish when she rode because her skirts were often flapping and I was all like "Your dress is going to get caught in your spokes!!!" which of course it never did. But then I changed my tune to "Your dress is getting dirty!" which it DID and she started tucking that thing right up. But really I should have just shut up.

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