Archive | July, 2014

Camping: Good Thing Its Free

20 Jul

We want to make the most of this fleeting summer so we headed north to Crane Lake to get in some family camping time.  People drive from all over the country to camp and enjoy this untouched part of nature and we only have to drive 40 minutes.  We have everything loaded up in the boat and the kids are ready and rearing to go.  We hop out of the car and Jared launches the boat.

Jared is leading the boat over to the dock when a part of the cement retaining wall collapses and Jared falls into the water while flinging his wallet into the lake.  No big deal, just reach down and grab it, right.  Nope.  Not exactly.  He reaches down and cannot feel it anywhere.  He searches for about 20 minutes and then he takes over kid duty while I search the iron rich depths.  Nope, nowhere to be found.

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How in TARNATION can a wallet disapear that fast?  Just so you know a leather fossil wallet feels a lot like the bottom of Crane Lake.  After searching for close to two hours we decided to cancel the credit cards and head on our journey, the girls were happy to be finally heading out.

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Fortunately he had no cash in the wallet (he had just spent his last $4 on fishing bait) unfortunately we have no credit cards at the moment and Jared’s really nice Fossil wallet is gone =( Sad, sad day.  Oh yeah and the worst part… he has to go to the DMV to get a new driver’s license- arg.

It is a good think that camping and these views are free.

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Rock Climbing

13 Jul

We headed out on a wild adventure:

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with our fearless and hilarious leader:

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I cannot believe my four year old and six year old daughters went repelling off an 80 foot drop and then climbed back up.  They are my heros and  I could not be more proud.

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The icing on the cake of this incredible day was wild blueberries all around to snack on and a waterfall to swim through.

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Paws to Read

10 Jul

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We have a wonderful library program here in Cook and the theme this year is “Paws to Read.”

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I have volunteered to be the project/craft lady.  Go me =)

As slightly overwhelming as this is, I am also excited about making some pretty neato things.  My main goal is to make things that will not immediately go into the trash can.  Things that the kids are excited to make and things that the adults will be glad their kids made.  We will be making useful and awesome stuff this summer!

The first week we made bags for the kids to carry their library books in.  I looked on amazon.com for some bags that we could use that were also fairly priced.  No such product existed since the ones that were about a dollar each had terrible reviews, I guess you get what you pay for.

Sooooooo, I went to our local thrift store and they kindly donated a bag of t-shirts.

I then sewed the bottoms of the bags shut and cut off the arms and neck of the shirt.  Then the kids got to stamp on the shirt and perhaps their library books will get back to the library since the kids are so so so excited to be able to use their new book bag.  That is the hope at least =)

The next week we made a dog toy out of t-shirts:

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Then we stamped on dog tags:

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Last week we painted rocks:

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This morning we made a mad lib timeline!  It was very fun and the kids maybe even learned about adverbs and adjectives.  Their craft is now hanging in the library, to show off their beautiful work hopefully get more kids excited reading.

So if you are local, come on over the Library at 10:30 and lets get crafty!  Next week the awesome and funny DNR guy is coming to teach us about the kind of prints that animals make.

We even get to climb trees!

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