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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C46 and E44
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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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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Climb Zone

K11 came down for Cousin Camp II ... actually, a week of Camp at Riversdale Mansion. But the first day she was here we decided to hit Climb Zone, instead.

OMG that place is FUN. Q9 was still a little sick, so she only climbed about a third of the time. But K11, C10, and I climbed the WHOLE time. SO. MUCH. FUN!

I was aching the next day.

K11 climbing up the Eiffel Tower:
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Me and K11 doing the speedwall:
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Q9 on the skateboard wall:
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C10 on the Snakes & Ladders wall:
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All three on the Map of the United States wall:
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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Happy Birthday Hike on Shenanndoah

Saturday the 13th we drove out to Skyline Drive in Virginia for a hike. We hiked the Swift Run Gap trail, about 5.5 miles round trip. A little further than anticipated. I was hoping for about 3 miles, because of my foot, but clearly I didn't read the fine print on the map. But in the end, my foot was fine, it was the heat that did the kids in.

Here we are on Skyline Drive.

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and

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and

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The hike down to the falls was long, but downhill, so not SUCH a big deal, although there was some complaining. Because it was hot and such a looooong hike.

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But when we got the falls, all the blah blah whiny whiny was forgotten. Lucy was a bit tentative of the water at first, but she did get into it a bit.

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Then ... the long hike up. Up. UP. I actually carried Q9 on my back a bit because it was easier than her complaining. I also gave lessons on how to pee in nature but nobody else could do it. Instead, we bemoaned the fact that boys have it slightly easier. But, it is a useful skill to learn, girls, so if you are reading this, you should reconsider not learning how to do this.

We were all glad to get back to the car and air conditioning. While the mountains were cooler than home, it was still super muggy. Bleurg!

Happy Birthday Hike to C46!



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Happy Birthday

C46 is ... 46!

From Q9 to C46
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And ... from Lucy. Best little voice in all caninedom.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Girl Scouts

Q9 Basically quit girl scouts a few years ago, but then this past year she was invited to go on the girl scout camping trips. And she went, had a great time, and rethought her anti-girl scouting stance. When they suggested she join again (for insurance purposes) she agreed and has been going to meetings ever since.

And on Sunday graduated from being a brownie to a junior girl scout. I think.

The bridging ceremony took place on the bridge at Magruder Park.

The girls ran (skipped) across the bridge two by two ...

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.... and got their new sashes.

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So, now a girl scout again.