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Thursday, August 23, 2007
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Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Yes, dear lady, there will be guns at the military bombing range.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Midweek hotel stays are great. Better prices and fewer people. I did however find a few people begging to be watched. Like for example, this young couple with one toddler. They came waltzing into the waterpark with enough gear for a 3 day campout. They set up camp at a nearby table where mom started giving orders to dad about where the child could swim, what waterslides he could use and that he was not supposed to go underwater or drink the water. Well, mom plopped down with a magazine and dad hopped in the kiddie wading pool with his boy. They made a beeline for the teeter totter, which squirted water as you went up and down. Mom gave a look and they were off to something new, the cloth swings, which admittedly didn't look very sanitary. Dad pushed the little guy, he laughed, mom gave a disapproving look. The waterslide came next; the boy went underwater, probably swallowed a little by the way he was coughing. Mom had had enough. She called them in and they packed up all the gear. Mom passed the huge (Texas huge) beach style bag- the orange mesh kind with splashes of pink and yellow tropical flowers- to dad and she carried the boy out. I doesn't seem right to pass judgement on this situation, but I will say they would've had a lot more fun if mom and dad were both playing with little junior in the water, maybe even splashing a little.
Next up, my three year old. His favorite part at the waterpark is the hot baff, which in adult language would be the hut tub. What harm could a cute little boy who likes to soak in the hot baff bring anyone? Well, the lifeguard seemed to think a lot! I stopped counting at 24 whistle blows, but 6 of those whistle blows were at my son. He walked up the waterslide; used the sprayer to spray all the little girls in the face at point blank, stood on the teeter totter, lugged the tubes from the tube corral to the kiddie pool and sat in the lock and dam play area, twice. The lifeguard was busy. And so was I.
Dark Chocolate....Lower Blood Pressure....need I say more. I just wish it said a lot instead of a little. Or hourly instead of daily. Anyway, I'll be stocking up.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Northwoods Companion: Spring and Summer by John Bates - This book takes a look at nature in 2 week blocks. I just finished reading August 1-15, which highlights the flora and fauna to watch for in this time span. For example nighthawks, shorebird migration, scat and blackberries, mushrooms, freshwater sponges and many more. I like his style of writing: informational, scientific, witty and story-like. There is also a Fall and Winter edition.
Wild Wisconsin Notebook by James Buchholz- This is similar, but it highlights the year a month at a time. Great bits of trivia about plants and animals that can be shared at the dinner table and make for interesting conversation.
Now go and enjoy some nature today. Have you noticed the Canadian Geese flocking in fields over the last week? They must be gathering for their fall migration. There is so much beauty to notice outside, one just has to be aware.
- first you'll have to label EVERYTHING so everyone knows who the ratty old towel and past its prime pillow belongs to
- on the way to camp he will help you search for just the right gas station to stop at to pick up cream sunscreen and a disposable camera; it will cost $20; he won't use either
- he will come home with the brand new bar of soap still in its sealed box
- the ratty old towel will still be rolled and perfectly clean when he unpacks, as will the washcloth
- all the underwear will be used, but none of the clothing (try to figure that one out)
- try as he might to explain carpet ball, you will never quite get it, but he will remind you he was the grand champion and beat a 16 year old
- he will learn catchy camp songs that can only be sung at top volume, in the van
- he will hum the tunes the rest of the day so that they penetrate your mind and even when you want to fall asleep all you can think is: I like bananas, I think papayas are sweet, but nothing can beat the sweet love of God
And it's that sweet love of God that allowed him to have, quite possibly, the best 4 days of his life. Oh Lord, I thank you for camp counselors who give up their summer to do your work; I thank you for providing Lee with the perfect camp experience and taking care of him when I couldn't be there. Amen.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
St. Alphonsus (1)- add this saint to our repertoire of saints to pray to when stumbling, we already pray to St. Anthony for lost items and its worked every time, now we have a writing helper
St. John Vianney (4)- confession, it's been a while
Transfiguration of the Lord (6)- read story in children's bible and display art at dinner table
Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary (15)- attend mass, swim in pond, eat lots of fruit, take fruit basket to Sister C., read ?
St. Monica (27) and St. Augustine (28)- mother and son, display art at dinner table and check out all the summer forts my boys made, with them of course.
Getting this down on paper was fun. I love pulling out my idea books and planning. And using my new homemade planner made it even better this time. I will post about my planner soon. But today I'm off to paint a table, light weeding in the garden, piano and movie night at church.