Monday, May 23, 2011


Lately I have been totally unmotivated to find pictures and come up with any sort of dialog for this blog. I have been intending to go ahead and order the 2010 book... yet, I still haven't done it. I think it's just that time of year. For me, at least. Other people are turning over the ground and starting their flower gardens and vegetable gardens. I...  am NO green thumb or Farmer John. Nope. Not in the least. No planting and growing here. I'm pretty sure Curtis is as non-green as I am. It's the end of the school year. The kids are unmotivated... and I guess it's contagious. They must have started it. So... I have started 3 posts in the past month and have completed zero. I have one of pictures that I can't remember what I wanted to say about them. I have one with a couple quippy little comments from the kids... context lost and forgotten.
So, now I try again. I'll start again and maybe finish those others. Less text and just publish the post to have it here forever and ever. ;) yeah!
As the school year winds down we become less and less academic driven and more fun and games driven. The teachers save all the fun stuff for after CRCT and other such yearly goals. So, we've had a few fun field trips with the little girls and we're looking forward to Field Day x 2 schools! It's getting hot around here and the sun is out until well after 8... and bedtime is very difficult. Who wants to do homework when it's hot and sunny and the yard and garden hose is calling your name?!?!?!  The kids have created a water slide on our playground... hose at the top of the slide, big blue tarp at the bottom. Sometimes, it's a little painful... but mostly it's just fun - and muddy.
Let's see... Lydia's class went to Vogel State Park. They learned about bear safety, birds (sort of), took a hay ride through the camp ground (where I lost my camera), hiked around the lake and down to the waterfall and had a picnic hot dog feast with all their friends. It was super windy and cold that day and many of the kids were not prepared for the chill in the air.
We huddled and shared our jackets and blankets and still enjoyed the day.

After we got home from school I decided a picnic dinner might be in order - back at Vogel - so we could search for the lost camera. I knew I had it on the hay ride and I knew I didn't have it at a certain point... so the area where it had to be was not too large. There were only a handful of campers that day so the likelihood of someone else finding it before the weather elements destroyed it was pretty slim. So, we packed sandwiches and headed back over the mountain. We took a quick drive through the path of the hay ride and exactly where I suspected it to be... Curtis spotted it out his window.  Hooray for Daddy!!  We had plenty of time left to eat and play in the freezing breeze before heading back home again. And I got a couple good kid shots!

Ruth's class went to Unicoi State Park and Anna Ruby Falls two days later. It was hot and we kept shedding layers and were still all sweaty! They learned about snakes, bears and did a fun little scavenger hunt for nature items. Ruth's team of girls finished first! There was no race or contest or award for first place... but they still were proud of themselves for getting done quickly. We had a picnic lunch with all our friends then hiked to Anna Ruby Falls. It's at Unicoi, but no longer part of Unicoi... somehow managed by the Forrestry service instead of the state park service. The Rangers are lots of fun and full of information. We didn't have a guided hike.... but he did give us lots of information before we started the hike. Curtis even took off from work to come hike with her class. It's an easy path but pretty intense incline and several of the 7 year olds were pokey about walking... so we marched and jumped and skipped and sang songs. One or two of Ruth's friends stuck themselves next to me to take advantage of the camera time, my expert singing, and motivational speaking for getting up the hill!! They love me.  ha!
Ruth, Katherine Smith, Kendall Cantrell... 1st grade friends.

Chloe and Ruth make their way uphill.

Ms. Kelli Usher's class at the falls.

Ruth at Anna Ruby Falls.

Chloe, Curtis and Ruth... at the falls.

Rock Star posing at Betty's!
Another evening, after much prompting by Bennett, we took a family picnic to Helen. Mostly, so we could visit Betty's Country Store. You see... after Ruth's field trip to Unicoi I stopped in at Betty's to look for a couple last minute items (Mother's Day cards) and a drink. I was reminded of their vast assortment of glass bottled drinks... fun flavors you don't find in just any store. Plus, they're glass bottles... which mean bottle caps. Bennett's latest collection item. I told him I found a great place to get these caps. They even have a little bottle opener at the register and most people just let their caps fall into the collection container. I told him if he asked the lady really sweetly, she might just let him have a few of those leftover caps too. He was beyond excited with the possibility of a jackpot of bottle caps.  (P.S. the abundantly found beer bottle caps are not acceptable, per Bennett) We went to Betty's, shopped for the perfect flavor drink (Coke/Sprite/Stewart's Orange) and sweetly batted long, dark eyelashes at the young lady behind the register. She brought forth a brown paper sack with a day's worth of bottle caps!!  Jackpot! He was quite pleased. 

Picnic sandwiches by the Chattahoochee River and playground romping. What could be better? 

Lydia has mastered the monkey bars!

A few moments in the frigid waters of the Chattahoochee!

Lydia was much too fragile to get cold or muddy. So she was carried up the bank by her loving father. See the resemblance?!?!  

Here's a quote I remember... 
Quizzing Bennett after school, "Did you do your homework, Do you have reading to do"... he answers he did homework at school and finished his reading on the bus. "So, you aren't going to ask me to read when I tell you it's bedtime?"  "I will"... he laughs. He always asks me to read at bedtime... despite the hour of the day, despite if he has already read 3 hours, he always wants to read more. I like that. I usually let him since he's alone in his room and won't keep anybody else awake and he's the oldest and he's Bennett! :)

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