Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mimi's Summer Day Camp, Day Thirteen --- Whales!

August 3, 2017

We went to the Witte Museum to see their Whales exhibit today.  The exhibit was fantastic, but unfortunately they wouldn't let us take any pictures inside. Arghhh!!! That did not make Mimi very happy, I'll tell you.  But, since I had to model good behavior to the girls, I didn't fuss. I wanted to, but I didn't.  Sigh....

 In the hallway outside of the exhibit hall they had this big poster up on the wall.  It made a pretty good backdrop!

After spending most of the morning in the whale area, we spent some time looking through the Texas Wild exhibit.  Lots of Texas memorabilia.   
 The girls enjoyed these saddles. KT dreams of owning a horse some day.
 Old farm truck
 KT found the highway that they live near!
 Yes, Joss - that's a rattlesnake!
 The walkway upstairs had all kinds of animal prints and fossils. Really cool!
 We took a tour of the Fiesta gowns - so beautiful.  Of course, Joss zeroed in on the yellow dress. I wonder what she's thinking about while staring at all that glitz and glamour? 
 We stopped at the Golden Corral for a late lunch -- yes, they have mac 'n cheese. I think that's Joss's favorite food.
 KT added a slice of pizza to her mac 'n cheese!
We made it home in time for a quick swim, but I guess I didn't take any pics. Next week we're talking all about butterflies!

Mimi's Summer Day Camp, Day Twelve --- Whales!

August 1, 2017

This week we're studying whales! First though, we're making pizza dough for our lunch so that the bread machine can do it's magic.  Joss and KT both took turns adding ingredients, then we set it to work while we started camp.
We started with a little art project - making a whale with a paper plate! All four of us worked on our whales, but I sure had a hard time with the directions.  KT figured it out before any of us!  After making the whale, we all painted them and added some decorations, including a water spout.

Joss's whale is yellow/green, KT's is mostly white, and Grumpy's is blue!

After our art project we were off to the library to find some books about whales.  They had plenty, so we had several to bring home with us.  The girls have really enjoyed their time at the Lakehills/Pipe Creek Library this summer.
When we got home our pizza dough was ready and resting, so we all make our own individual whale shaped pizzas for lunch.  Can you see whales in this picture? Ha! You really have to use your imagination! 
 On to our next project - decorating whale cookies! Both girls got six cookies to decorate any way they wanted to and they had lots of fun icing and sprinkles! They colored their own icing - KT was green and, of course, Joss chose yellow.  She's on a real yellow kick this summer.

 Of course they tasted the icing!

 I had created some whale cards for the girls to look at with pictures of the whales and their names on the back.  I never got a picture of them, but they turned out really neat.  Then we all tried to guess the names of each whale by just looking at their pictures.

All that's left was a nice swim - we had a busy day!  On Thursday we're going to the Whale exhibit at the Witte Museum.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Mimi's Summer Day Camp, Day Eleven --- Caves and Cave Creatures

We had extra campers today, our family from Florida was here visiting and joined us for our trip to see a cave.  First we met for breakfast at Jim's Coffee Shop, and then traveled to Boerne, TX, to see Cascade Caverns.  I can remember going here years ago with our own children when they were young, but its been many years ago.

 See Texas Down Under!
 They have a big dinosaur outside of the cavern. 

 There's a big hole here that you can look down into.  Apparently there was a movie partially filmed here years ago starring Patrick Swayze called Fatherhood.  I'd never heard of it, and it's not on Netflix, but I'm going to try to find it somewhere.

 Here we go, down into the cave!  Joss was fine with it, no fear.  I was a little worried that she might be scared, but not a bit.

The cave was comfortable, a nice coolness, but at the very end it got a bit humid.  

 A tiny brown bat hanging from the ceiling!
 Curtain rock
 This was called the skull -- can you see it? Creepy!!!
 Big Daniel carried Joss some when she got tired.
 KT at the very end of the cave. This is where we turned around and climbed back out.
 Stalactites and stalagmites!

Whew -- we were all hot and sweaty when we got out of there, so it was off to Boerne to have lunch at the Longhorn!

Then back home for a long swim.  We had even more visitors - JR & Ashley with Max, and Jeff & Colleen all came out to visit and swim! We had a wonderful end to this week's camp.
 Joss is just chilling!

What fun! Next week we have no camp since the girls will be in Houston with their Nene and Granddaddy while the Koenigs are in Puerto Rico on vacation.  John and I will be dog-sitting Scout, their new dog. The week after we're going to find out all about Whales!

Mimi's Summer Day Camp, Day Ten --- Caves and Cave Creatures

In week six of summer camp, we're talking about caves and cave creatures!  The girls (mostly KT) created their own cave with chicken wire and paper-mache.  This was VERY messy, but lots of fun.  Grumpy got involved, too. He and KT did most of the work while Joss and I tore up brown paper for them to glue.  We soaked the paper in water and then put it into a mix of clear glue and water.  
 Just lap the paper strips across the wire.

 KT tore some strips to hang on the ceiling of the cave, like stalactites!
 Joss loved her first cave creature - a fluffy brown bat!
 KT did too!
 Next they gathered sticks, twigs, leaves and more to glue around the cave and to put on the floor. Then they added their bats and some big bugs that might live in a cave - beetles, spiders, grasshoppers and some big stretchy centipedes! 

 Joss playing with her stretchy centipede!
 Then, of course, we went to the library to get some books about caves, bats, bugs and anything else that we could find.  The girls really enjoy their time at the library.  By the way, they have some neat new learning kits you can use and even check out for kids to learn colors, counting, and other concepts.  Joss really enjoyed this one that teaches counting to 10.
When we got home Grumpy had the cook stove all fired up outside so that we could cook our hot dogs like the cave men might do - over an open flame on a stick!  KT was very worried about the stick - she wanted to know if Grumpy had washed it first! Lol! We need to get her out and camping more! 

Joss was game and had no problem using a stick!

We did more work on the cave after lunch and swam, but I didn't take any more pictures, unfortunately.  On Thursday we're visiting a real cave!