Today was our first day of Scout Day camp. It was also Keree's first time at camp, so she was super excited. Our day started off with meeting the rest of the girls in our group and making name tags. Then we headed to the main building for a lesson on how to hula. Because of such the long distances and Keree not being able to walk them since her surgery, we had to use her wheelchair to get around. But she was thrilled that she could get out and try a few things.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Keree couldn't wait to get to the musical this evening. She even made us leave the house almost 1 1/2 hour early to make sure we weren't going to be late. When we arrived, we had quite awhile to wait but finally it was time to drop Keree off with the other kiddos in the choir.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
This morning, we all woke up on the wrong side of the bed. My plan for today was to work upstairs, of course, my Mom wanted to work outside all day. So instead, Keree decided to head outside with my Mom, while I worked upstairs. I didn't get as far as I wanted but I'm happy with my progress. While outside, Keree spent her time cleaning off her water toys and then she played a little bit in her water table. After about 2 hours outside, Mom and Keree headed inside.
So Keree joined me upstairs, so I let her do a few home school assignments. Well after about an hour, Keree needed a little help and as I was helping her, she collapsed into sobbing. I asked her what was wrong and she said that I was going to yell at her. I have no idea where that came from, so we stopped and tried to play, nope didn't help. Finally, she begged me to hold her and sing Farmer in the Dell. So, I held her tight and sang. After about 2 hours of sobbing uncontrollably, she finally calmed down.
She still couldn't tell me why she started crying in the first place but I'm thinking maybe it has to do with her week at VBS, they talked extensively about orphans and orphanages and I think deep down it upset her. The previously years, they barely touched on the subject and by the time I found out they were talking about orphanages and orphans it was basically the last day. In the evening, she started talking and asking about her orphanage and how if I hadn't adopted her, she wouldn't have been able to adopt her stuffed Kitty. We took tonight easy, Keree is super excited that she gets to sing tomorrow in the VBS musical, so we practiced the songs and hand movements and also washed several cartoon movies.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Today was the very last day of Vacation Bible School. Needless to say Keree was a little on the sad side that the week was already over. But on the other hand she was super excited that she was getting to bring her lunch so she could stay for the Musical practice.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Keree was so excited when she got out of VBS to show off her sticker. She loves that she's old enough this year to stay later tomorrow to practice for the musical. On her sticker it says to remember to bring a sack lunch. Well being that you have to bring something that can't be refrigerated, has to be thrown away and can't be nut related. It was hard to come up with something that wasn't going to spoil in 107 degree heat. Finally we decided to just send some jello and cheezit cracker mix. Then we decided that we would just have a real lunch after we picked her up.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Today Keree said that they learned about needs today in VBS. She said that they talked about if Baby Jesus was alive today what would he need. They even had to draw a picture of it, which Keree drew a bib, bottle and spoon. They also made a suncatcher with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus on it.
Then this evening, we had our Scout meeting. I'm not sure what was going on but most of the Mom's seemed a little grumpy and basically snapped at my Mom (aka our Leader). We had planned a few super easy crafts to finish up the journey along with our book. And basically the night was, why do we have to do this or that. Seriously, this is suppose to be the girls doing the activities and having fun. Keree made her own recycled soda bottle flower. She did all the cutting and decorating herself. Which it makes me sad when the other Mom's don't let their girls do it and take over the project.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Keree was excited again to head out to VBS. Her day started with them practicing their singing for the big musical. Then they pretended to visit Austria. They also learned about how God likes for people to celebrate and make a joyful noise. So they made musical instruments, some made horns, while Keree chose to make cymbals. They also made foam airplanes, which Keree tried to fly and it didn't work to well.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Today was Keree's first day of Vacation Bible School. We don't attend the one held at our church because it's so expensive ($40 a child). Plus, growing up, I always attended the Baptist Church's VBS because that was the church my Grandparents attended even though they weren't that religion. But back to Keree, she's been looking forward to VBS all year because this year meant she was old enough to sing in the musical! This morning when we arrived, they started practicing their singing and she was downright giddy. Today they pretended to visit Brazil, Keree said that they painted a picture of the ocean. They also learned about one of the church's many missions they support in South America.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Last night, we had a few storms come thought. Honestly, they didn't seem so bad but when we arrived we saw this. Thank goodness for once this wasn't our tent but our neighbors. The winds completely mangled this double tent. The only thing we ran into was a few puddles in our covered pavilion space. Didn't hurt anything except one box got wet. When he and his mother arrived, I helped him move his tent and get the tarp off of it.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
This morning, we were up super, bright and early to set-up for our flea market booth. We were surprised at how quickly we were set up but was shocked also that even though it didn't open till 9am, there were customers at 6am. It was super hot and it got close to 100. Luckily, we had a fan and Keree stayed in front of it most of the time. Keree was also excited because at the store, I found Bacon Jerky. I know it's probably not the healthiest but she loves jerky and she loves her bacon even more. She practically ate the entire package in one sitting. Otherwise, we did walk around a little bit, we bought some new cookbooks that peeked our interest for a quarter and then we sat there and read them. There wasn't too many people buying but I honestly wasn't expecting alot between the heat and a holiday weekend.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Once we got up this morning, we had to run to our storage unit and load the van for tomorrow's flea market sale. By the time we got done, it was almost 11a, so we decided to stop by Subway for lunch. Keree was so excited to get a Brave tote bag. She is downright giddy and can't wait to see the movie. I'm thinking Brave and Merida is going to give Rapunzel a run for it's money in our house.
That afternoon and into the evening, we decided to try out the new free online curriculum. I've decided to give it a try this summer and see where she is in August. I started her at first in the Kindergarten level just to see it and thought maybe for a review but realized it was way to simple. So, I jumped her up to the 1st grade level and even though she's breezing through it, I really don't want to jump her up another grade level just yet. She's really enjoying it and other than having to print the worksheets, it seems to be going well.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Even though I was exhausted from the drive yesterday, we had already made plans to meet Keree's friend at the movies. So we were up early to make sure we got our ticket to the Free movie today. It was nice to get to visit with Keree's friend Alicia's Mom and it was nice for Keree and Alicia to get to spend some time together. This was the most time they spent together since they got out of school, so they really missed each other. Today's free movie was Zookeeper. It was a little more on the adult side than a kids movie...but it was still cute and funny. As for the rest of our day, we spent it getting ready for a flea market this weekend. Since we live in such a bad place to have a yard sale, it seemes like a good idea. I'm really hope we do well because we have alot of stuff to sale.
Monday, June 11, 2012
This morning we got up bright and early, so we could be at the Library as soon as it opened. Keree was so excited to pick out her first prize of the Summer Reading program. It was a squishy slice of cake. We also turned in her book report. Then we tried to find the secret hidden poem and tired to guess the pictures of the candy.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
We missed the original sign-up date for the summer Library reading program. It was on Monday, so signing up on Thursday of the same week, isn't so bad. Luckily, that means we missed the rush of Mom comparing how many books there kids have already read and sizing up the competition. Unfortunately, that also meant we missed all the fun activites that you had to RSVP for. That's ok, most of them involved junk food and that's really not how we roll around here. Now if it was a veggie or fruit activity, like build the Library's largest Veggie tray instead of build the Library's largest Ice Cream Sundae, then Keree would have been bummed out.
After signing up at the Library, we headed off to the store. Keree is almost obsessed as much with the new Brave movie, as she is with Rapunzel. So, I had saved all the money and gift cards she got from her Birthday in February for her to use this summer or for her to keep saving. Well today, she decided to use her Birthday money. She got a small Merida that lets you change her clothes, the three Brother who turn into bears and finally the larger Merida but not the Princess one, Keree wanted the Archery Merida.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
This morning, since Keree has been so good during all the chaos, we decided to take advantage of our local movie theatres free summer movies. They also have a special that if you sign up for their free movie rewards card, every Wednesday you get a free medium popcorn. I couldn't believe how much that bag of popcorn would have cost us ($7.00) and it was stuffed full. We came home with two bags that were both more than 1/2 full. I was a little hesistant for Keree to see Kung Fu Panda 2 because I had heard many reviews from other Adoptive parents and so it made my extra cautious. But instead, I decided we would just go for it. I wasn't sure what to expect but other than a little intense section when Po finally remember how he ended up in the radish crate, it wasn't anything Keree couldn't handle. She was a little curious at the thought Po's birth father was still alive at the end. After the movie ended, we talked about what she thought of the movie. She said her favorite part was after Po remember and he went back to fight with the Furious Five and he goes in slow motion "I love you guys."
After the movie, Keree got one more treat. We had a free $10 gift certificate to K0hls. My Mom was hoping she would pick out some clothes but instead, she saw this soccer ball with Rapunzel on it. The final total with tax was $10.49, so we paid a whooping 49 cents for Keree's new soccer ball. To top off our day before heading home to move and pack some more stuff. We had a coupon and got a free lunch from Wendy's.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
We spent the day moving and packing like we have done for basically the last week. Finally we sat down for a few minutes to rest. So we watched awhile on television and the internet Venus moving across the sun but finally Keree had to take her telescope outside and see for herself. Luckily, I have a very strong filter (part of an old welding helmet) that I was able to place across the telescope so she could watch.
I tried to take some pictures of this once in a lifetime event but couldn't get anything decent.
Keree loved using her telescope that her Uncle had gotten her two Christmases ago.
I found this pic on the web that better showed Venus moving across the sun. It was amazing to watch and to share it with my daughter.