Saturday, August 8, 2015

Highlights of the Week

Archery
We had a fantastic time in the Family Camp – it was difficult to go back to the boring reality of work and YMCA camp this week. Every day Smarty begged to be picked up early, and the only thing that she enjoyed was a field trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium. Luckily, it was the last week of camp this summer – we have family from Germany visiting us next week, so my husband took a week off to do some sightseeing with them and with his daughter.

Summer Learning and Fun

What-I-Love-About-School-Art-1
Smarty is getting somewhat excited about going back to school and can’t wait to find out which of her friends will be in the same class and who will be her teacher. She made a nice card for her future teacher with things she loves about school. We also went for walks every day and she spent a lot of time on her computer exploring Scratch.

Summer Family Camp

Fishing
Summer Family Camp in Yosemite Valley was a blast! It was our first year there, and we were part of our neighborhood group that included 20 families. This camp provides tent cabins, activities for kids, and food, but campers brought enough snacks to feed an army, all kinds of water toys, board games, and Happy Hour supplies for adults.  Smarty was delighted to be able to roam free and do what she pleases. Sometimes she would go with other kids, but she also enjoyed playing board games and hanging out with adults or exploring on her own. One of our neighbors brought additional fishing gear and was taking her fishing every day. Alas, they didn’t catch anything… until the last evening when Smarty forgot to check behind while casting and caught her instructor in the face with a fishing hook embedded in his cheek. We were lucky to have a paramedic in our group – he was able to use his tools to extract the hook with minimal damage. Smarty was mortified, but our neighbor was a good sport about this experience. So, anyway, Smarty’s first catch was a fisherman, not a fish.

What My Child Is Reading

A Dragon Guide to Care and Feeding of Humans
Smarty really enjoyed reading A Dragon’s Guide: Care and Feeding of Humans (affiliate link) that we got from the library. She added it to her ever growing “best book in the world” mental list. Together we are reading How Bright Is Your Brain?it’s a great book for “future neuroscientists” and it works very well with Brain Games season 1 that we are currently watching as a family when we have time for it. 

Best Memory of the Week

Bubbles
Smarty to me, I don’t like Y camp. Everyone has friends, and I don’t feel like I belong. It’s like I am a piece from a different puzzle and my other pieces are all missing. (We are rethinking our camp strategy for the next summer).

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3 comments:

Phyllis said...

I know what you mean about family camp. We camped with our homeschool group and had a blast.

Ticia said...

It's a shame she hasn't found the right friend for Brain Camp.

Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a field trip I went on there is one of my few clear memories of places I visited as a child in California, there's a handful of other places on that list too.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I would love to hear more about this family camp! Would it work as a family reunion site for 40+ people?