Horse Camp Wrap-up

It was, in fact, the hottest week of the year. We’ve had heat indexes of 100-106. I’m going to try to keep that in mind for next year’s schedule! πŸ™‚

I tagged along with Audrey for a while instead of dropping off Audrey and leaving right away on Friday. I wanted to capture some photos of her riding. I was lucky enough that their schedule started off with them spending time on the horses.

First of all, Audrey got to help groom Hamilton.

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I am sad that I had to use my phone camera. It wasn’t cooperating well, but the other one wasn’t charged when it was time to go πŸ™ At least I got some photos, even though they aren’t perfect.

After leading Hamilton out to the arena, Audrey joined her horse that she rode for the week. That horse is named Bella. Audrey can tell you all about Bella. Audrey could probably tell you all about most of the horses there πŸ™‚ I took some photos of Audrey and Bella as they were getting ready to go for a trail ride.

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And then she rode off to the trail.

 

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It was a great week!

Horse camp

It’s Audrey’s favorite time of the year!

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Just like last year, I seem to have chosen the hottest week of the year for this. It’s been in the 90’s and with the heat index it has felt like it’s over 100 outside in the sun. So hot!

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All of last week, Audrey kept telling us how many days there were until horse camp. I worried that there was no way this could live up to her expectations. She loves horses more than anything! Thankfully, she has not been disappointed. It’s been a lot of fun even though it’s been hotter than blazes outside.

 

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I look at that sweet face and see so much joy! It sure is fun to see her enjoy this so much.

Day Camp For Isaac

Friday was a day of driving to Georgia (by way of South Carolina because we went to Kylene and Justin’s old house first. Oops).

Saturday was a day at the ocean that included getting to see dolphins!!!!

Sunday we drove home.

And now it’s Day Camp week for Isaac. He does all the fun camp stuff during the day and then comes home at night πŸ™‚

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I tried to get him to give me a decent smile. This is very difficult with Isaac πŸ™‚ He’s the most handsome, adorable child, but his eyes are never looking at the camera when he smiles. He points his smile toward me and his eyes are busy looking around at other things. So, I asked for a silly photo.

We’ve split the camp driving duties with some friends. My friend does the drop off in the morning and I pick them up in the afternoon. I like that part because I get to hear all the stories! Yesterday’s fun included time in the pool. Isaac told me he passed the swim test by swimming across the deep end! Way to go, Isaac! I’m not completely surprised because this is the child who doesn’t want a life jacket in the ocean because he wants to swim through the waves and not float on top of them! (Don’t worry, he was supervised and safe)

It’s fun to see Isaac try out new things!

Surprise!

The kids have been with Kylene and Justin. Yesterday was their surprise day.

 

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It wasn’t just the kids who were surprised! When Kylene sent this photo, I did a double take πŸ™‚ The kids were dumbfounded, I guess!

The other part of the surprise was that they went camping.

Today, in about an hour, we’ll be pulling out of town and heading to meet up with all of them. We’re excited to hear about all of their adventures.

It’s Really Quiet Here

Not just here on the blog.

 

We went to the pool last week and hardly anyone was there for the first hour. Β It was awesome!

 

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The thing that’s really quiet right now is our house. The kids are with Justin and Kylene. This means it’s so quiet it’s scary.

We dropped off the kids in Atlanta on Saturday. On the way home, we had to pull off the interstate and hang out at a gas station and wait for a storm to pass through. It was raining so hard. The south has rain storms that are ridiculous. That was at the halfway point in Chattanooga. The storm passed and then we made it the rest of the way with no problems.

On Sunday, we went to church. We only have two more Sundays with our interim pastor. He’s been great. He reminds us of Gary Benedict.

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He’s actually a college professor who has taught preaching for many years. He’s leaving because we’re getting a new pastor! We’re really looking forward having him. So, it’s a good reason the interim is moving on.

I’ve spent the last several days reading and writing. I’m working through Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. It’s all about what makes things spread or become popular. How was Paul Revere able to spread the news of the British coming, but we’ve never heard of the other guy that went and spread the news in another direction (his mission wasn’t as successful)? What made the crime suddenly plummet in NY? Why did Hush Puppy shoes become popular after no one cared about them for so long? What is it about Blues Clues that makes kids love it?

You’ve probably never wondered, but there is a science to this and it’s really interesting.

You might consider these things too if your house was suddenly empty and you had time on your hands. πŸ™‚

Another recent excitement was that Max got stung by a hornet. Nathan was dispatched to avenge this wrong. He emptied almost an entire can of wasp spray on the nest πŸ™‚

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Two more days until we get to drive down to get the kids!