Sunday, July 21, 2013

Camp Read A Lot

We are beginning our Camp Read a Lot again.
This is something I started last year and you can read all about it here.

I dug out our list from last year, mostly so I wouldn't repeat any books.
These are the books I read to my 4 grandchildren during last summer's camp.

Camp Read A Lot 2012

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
2.  Corduroy
3.  The Story of Ferdinand
4.  The Runaway Bunny
5.  Make Way for Ducklings
6.  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
7.  If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
8.  Doctor De Soto
9.  Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
10.  Goodnight Moon
11.  Alpha Oops! The Day Z Went First
12.  Pretty Salma, A Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa
13.  Madeline
14.  Thunder Cake
15.  On A Summer Day
16.  Swimmy
17.  Caps For Sale
18.  Tikki Tikki Tembo
                          19. Zomo The Rabbit, A Trickster Tale from West Africa
 20.  The Snowy Day
  21.  Chicken Little
22.  The Three Bears
23.  Madeline's Rescue
24.  Mother Goose Numbers On The Loose
25.  Where the RIver Begins

I wish I had the grand total for how many they read last year, but I didn't keep that, it was well over 100 books, I know that for sure.

This year we began with a poem.  

I thought it would be fun to memorize a few little poems.
The first one I choose is The Purple Cow.
I'm sure you all know it.

I never saw a purple cow,

I never hope to see one.
But I can tell you anyhow
I'd rather see than be one!

After successfully learning it, you can see our camp snack, a Purple Cow.
{grape pop and ice cream}

Cooper loves his.
{Don't you love the sunscreen?  We are serious about sunscreen here :-) }

Elizabeth too!

One of our first books was
Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss

They loved playing with the oobleck.

When pressure is applied it is a solid.

No pressure and it becomes a liquid.  
It is a non Newtonian substance.
{a substance that exhibits 2 properties at the same time}
{even I learned something this time, I've never heard of a non Newtonian substance before}

It was a lot of fun to play with and GREAT for outside.
We made a big mess:-)
It is made with cornstarch and water, that's it.

My list so far:

1.  The Gruffalo's Child
2.  Petunia
3.  Bartholomew and the Oobleck
4.  Curious George
5.  Flicka, RIcka, and Dicka and the Strawberries
6.  The Umbrella by Jan Brett
7.  Clifford, The Big Red Dog
8.The Star Spangled Banner
9.  The Little Train by Lois Lenski
10.  Mossy by Jan Brett

The kids have been reading up a storm, and have earned lots of prizes.
I have been pretty bad with activities this year ~ it's been a hectic summer.
We have spent lots of time in the pool, and we just returned from a week at our cabin.
We had a great time and read lots of books about bears at the cabin!

So, even though I haven't been a good blogger about our reading, we are reading!
And that's what it's all about after all. 

Joining Richella for her Grace at Home Party. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Welcome Claire!

On May 1 our daughter, Jessica,  and her husband flew to China to get our new granddaughter! 
We have all been anxiously awaiting this day.

Bob and I stayed at their house during the week so Cooper could go to school and Friday and Saturday nights they went to Laura's so we could go home and have a little break:-)

I didn't take one picture on my camera the whole time, I did take a few on my phone but as I can not get those on my computer I can't share them here.

The boys were very good, but I know why I had my kids when I was young ~ 3 meals a day, laundry, and keeping a 3 1/2 year occupied all day ~ it is work!

The only pictures  I have to share are the most glorious ones.

The day we met them at the airport!


Here comes Mom!
{I think she missed her boys}

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

The forever family of 5.
Thank you Lord.

We followed them home so we could see her reactions to her room and her house.
She did so well, especially considering the 24 hours of travel and all of the new experiences for her.
Basically, everything is a new experience.

We are so blessed to have her in our family!