Monthly Archives: July 2010

More from the Aquarium/ What’s Will doing?

Yesterday was big arena show, sort of the opening of the Jamboree.  They sat in a big open field for 2 hrs. before it started, because it took that long to get everyone seated.  The last count I saw from an army website there is 37,000 scouts and 8,000 leaders there, making it the 8th largest city in Virginia.  When the show started he saw a guy from this seasons Survivor,  a winner from the Amazing Race, Miss America, the secretary of defense, the military golden kmights parachute team, the chief of the boy scouts, and the governor of Virginia.  I’m not sure when the next show is but, the guy from the dirtiest jobs is supposed to be there and maybe the President.   On Tues. he participated in activities that made him see what it would be like to be a handicapped person.

I had a lot of fun playing with my camera the day we went to the aquarium.  God has made lots of creatures that added to the fun of taking their pictures.  I just had to find the right setting on my camera.

I found Nemo.

Jelly fish.

Starfish.

These fish actually swim vertically.  I was amazed.

Rock looking fish.

I also found the elusive King Crab.  There’s guys that spend all their time on the Bering Sea looking for these things.  Maybe they should look for them at their local aquarium.  Of course I think they want to find them alive not stuffed, like this one.

Summer adventures

I decided that I should go and do something the day Will left instead of sitting home and worrying about it.  So Justin, Jemma, and I tagged along with some friends to the OK Aquarium in Jenks, OK.

Justin petting some type of crab.

Jemma petting the same thing Justin was.

Ready to pet a sting ray.

Jemma petting a sting ray.

Waiting for the shark feeding.

Jemma watching the shark feeding.

Feeding the sting ray.

Jemma feeding the stingrays.

Our friends that let us tag along.

Man project #2 complete, the big one

Before

Before

After.

I think he tore the carpet off the stairs in Oct. 2008.  He has worked off and on, on them ever since.  Of course last July he cut his finger on his table saw and had 11 stitches, so that halted all work last summer.  I’m glad they are finally done and they look great.

On another note,  Justin left for Boy Scout camp today, so Jemma is an only child this week.  She is very excited about it.  Tonight she is staying over night with a friend.  We’ll see what else we get done this week.

Leaving on a jet plane…by himself

Yes, today Will left for the National Boy Scout Jamboree, 100th anniversary at Ft. A.P. Hill, Virignia.  We had to leave for the airport at 5:00 am. 

I’m not sure what I was thinking of when he signed up to take this trip in Feb. of 2009,  but seeing him leave today for 2 weeks was much harder than I thought it would be.  These small trips must be God’s way of preparing parents for when they leave the nest.

They are going to Philadelphia, to see Constitution Hall, where the Declaration of Independance was signed.  They will also be going to DC to see the Declaration at the Smithsonian.

This is Will talking to his travel buddy.  His name is Jason.  They will spend the next two weeks together, sharing a tent, etc.  I hope they both survive.  Bill and I joked that if Jason falls down, Will can just pick him up and carry him over his shoulder.

There is about 40 boys from the Edmond area that he is traveling with to DC.   They broke the groups up and he is actually flying with about 20 others on Southwest Airlines.

While at the Jamboree he has the opportunity to have lots of new experiences.  He can meet 2 authors, James Patterson or Christopher Paolini, who wrote Eragon.  He can also do several merit badges, rapelling, trap shooting,  aquatics, archery, and tons more. 

He also signed up to be a hometown news reporter, he has press credentials with that, so I hope to hear from him a lot.  If I get any updates, I will pass them along.  The Jamboree is from July 26-Aug. 4.    He will be home about 7:00 pm on Aug. 4th. 

I hope he has a great time.  I got the chance to go to Washington DC. when I was a senior in high school through 4-H.  It was a neat experience.

My brush with a skunk

Every day when we were on the farm, my mom and I would go for a walk.  Sometimes we would walk in the pasture or fields, sometimes along the road.  One of the evenings when we were walking along the road, Jemma was with us this time, we walked up to a skunk.  He was about 20 feet in front of us when we first saw him.  We stood there for about 5 min. as the skunk wandered in and out of the grass at the side of the road.  He finally crossed the road in front of us and went down the ditch and into the woods.  We tried not to move or talk  while we waited on him to move on.  I didn’t have my camera with me so I didn’t get a picture of him.

Also on our walk we saw lots of bunnies, and 2 white tail deer.  Jemma liked how the deer’s tails wiggle when they run.

We also saw a sand crane when we were on our way home from my aunt’s house.

I practiced with my macro button on my camera to get some up close shots of wild flowers.

Afraid of heights?

Justin decide to climb the 60 foot silo at the farm when we were home.

He actually climbed it twice since he didn’t like the pictures I had taken the first time.

That’s the hazards of digital cameras, you can see the pictures right away.

The first time up the silo, Justin was about half way up when he decided he was afraid of heights.  He kept going though.

Can you see him up there?  One of the reasons Justin wanted to climb the silo was to out do Will because he won’t climb it.  I can say that I climbed it once when I was at home.

Rain soaked parade

Our neighborhood 4th of July parade barely took place.  The rain started right after Edmond’s parade and continued for about 3 hours.  It rained heavy the whole time.  It was time to decorate for our parade and it stopped.  I forgot to take my camera to the Edmond Parade.  Both boys were marching in it.  They had to be in place at 8:00 AM.  Yikes.

I’m thankful that my friends that live elsewhere in Edmond came for our parade since only one other family from our neighborhood that are, are good friends came to the parade.  They co-sponsored the parade with us. 

Some of the things we and the other family did to get ready for the parade was put flyers on everyone’s door, make sure there was enough decorations for the bikes, put out signs, and purchase watermelon.  I found out I now like watermelon.  I didn’t used to like it, but the seedless ones are pretty good.  I keep telling my kids to try things in case their taste buds change.  Mine did.

The family that normally organizes the parade was out of town, so they asked us and our friends to organize it.

I hope that the rain kept people away and not that new people were organizing it.

Outtakes

I took some pictures of the kids while we were at dad and mom’s farm.

After I took these pictures, I showed them to my dad and he said that he wished he had shown me a spot were the corn was growing even.  I said I didn’t think that any of my readers would even notice that the corn wasn’t growing at the same rate.  His corn looked really good.

This is 2 of my nephews with my kids.

New look

Jemma needed new glasses this summer.

This summers Man project #1 complete

One of the things Bill wanted to get done this summer was put a ceiling fan in our bedroom.  He and Justin got it put in the week Will was gone to camp.  Justin read the directions to his dad,  handed him tools, and held the flashlight.

I didn’t get a picture of the finished ceiling fan, but it works really well.

Later that day, I overheard Justin telling a friend that he put up the ceiling fan.