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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Fun in the Mountains

A few weekends ago, we went Jeepin' as a family.  We love to get out into the woods.  It's so nice to take in the views and just get away for a while.

On our way back to civilization, we were driving down a trail and there was a huge puddle in the middle.  We had the tops off the Jeep and the windows down, and the boys' dad floored the gas peddle.  We hit the puddle and it was so deep and so big that the water came up over the hood and through the roof and windows.

The kids were just chilling in the back--the oldest was actually asleep.  When the water hit them, it was a huge surprise.

The youngest wasn't impressed.  He immediately became angry and screamed that he hated being in the woods and Jeepin'.  The oldest laughed.  The water shocked him awake and scared him a little bit, but he still saw the humor in it.

I saw it coming since I was in the front and ducked down.  The back of me got soaked, and the water was freezing!  I laughed, though.  That's the kind of thing that makes Jeepin' fun.

My Jeep is still dirty--outside and inside.  I really need to get it cleaned.

What kinds of summer fun have you been having?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Heroes and Villains Workshop

Recently, I had the opportunity to go to the Big Horn County Library in Basin, Wyoming, to give my middle grade workshop. It was a blast!

The drive was long—5.5 hours to Worland, which is where I stayed the night, then another 30 minutes to Basin the next day. The boys went with me, and without the DVD player, the drive was interesting. They were good for the most part, but boredom set in after a while. On the way home, they decided to entertain themselves by throwing chewed gum at each other. That was fun and games until it got caught in the youngest’s hair. Then it was a crisis.

But I digress.

The workshop turned out amazing! I’m never sure how many people to expect, and it always changes depending on where I am, but for this one, there were 36 kids. (There was summer school going on, so they bussed kids in to participate.) There were also several adult chaperons, but I didn’t count how many.

With that many kids, it could have very easily spiraled into chaos, but it didn’t. They were focused and enthralled with what was going on. They participated and had fun.

It was a long drive for this workshop, but it was totally worth it. I really enjoy talking to people about what I do, and it’s so fun to see children get excited about reading.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Playing with Food and Friends

Last Sunday, we had a party at our house. They guys decided to make a low-country boil, so they set out traps to catch crawdads (or crawfish or mud bugs, however you refer to them).  The boys got to help collect them from the river, then bring them back to the house.



They sat at the house for a while before they were dipped into the boiling water, and during that time, the kids decided to play with them. It seriously gives new meaning to the phrase “Don’t play with your food.” But they had fun. Then they enjoyed them.  And by “enjoyed,” I mean ate.  I think they liked them, but I was busy running around doing other things, so I don’t know for sure.

I’ve never eaten them, I don’t plan on eating them, and if you like them, more power to you. It’s one of those foods I have no desire to eat.

In addition to eating, the boys had a water fight with their friends, then they got to go camping with their grandma and grandpa. That didn’t last as long as it was supposed to because it rained really hard and it was really muddy. They came home and hung out at Grandma’s house, which made them just as happy.

How’s your summer been so far? What kinds of exciting things have you been up to?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

4th of July Fun

I'm not a big fan of crowds.  Being around a lot of people makes me nervous, so for the 4th of July, the boys and I went Jeepin'.

We are so lucky to live half an hour away from the mountains, and it was a beautiful day to head out.  We explored an old mine, and the boys played in the woods.  On our way back down the mountain, we drove through a puddled, and we all got covered in mud.  It was so much fun!

Later that evening, we had Grandma and Grandpa come over for dinner, and we had a fire in the fire pit.  The boys stayed up to watch the fireworks, but I went to bed because I was exhausted!

I hope the rest of you had a fantastic 4th of July.  What exciting things did you do?