Day 39: Catch up with life in Clear Lake.

Today we are once again going to stay put at our campground. Four full days of travel kind of kicked us in the you-know-what. So we are going to do our best to avoid getting in our van today. Challenge accepted!

We started off our day with a little homeschooling lesson about geodes. Back at the museum in Deadwood, we bought some geodes for the girls and they have been begging for us to crack them open ever since the gift shop lady handed us the receipt. Not at all annoying, kids. Not. At. All.
Day 39: A day in Clear Lake to catch up with life.

So Dan got to bust out his hammer and break some rocks for his little ladies. But he couldn’t break Ava’s geode. He hit that rock a million times and still nothing. Barely a dent. I guess we bought Ava a solid piece of crystal instead instead of a geode. She was not amused. So he got to try it again with Mila’s geode. After one whack with the hammer, the geode exploded and whamo! We had crystals!!
Day 39: A day in Clear Lake to catch up with life.

Don’t worry. Ava wasn’t too sad. Here little sister had more than enough pieces to share.
Day 39: A day in Clear Lake to catch up with life.

Then we moved the party back inside. Ava and I continued on with some math and reading homeschooling. Dan busted out 4 blog posts in one day and something called work. Mila continued to master all things iPad related. And Luka wondered when that fist tooth that has been bothering him will ever pop out.
Day 39: A day in Clear Lake to catch up with life.

I also started a nature journal with Ava today. Not sure if we are supposed to save the specimen or not, but we did. We taped a leaf into her notebook. Now that I am thinking about it, it will probably ended up in a million little pieces by the end of the trip.
Day 39: A day in Clear Lake to catch up with life.

This one is titled “Black leaf”. How many points do we get for originality?
Day 39: A day in Clear Lake to catch up with life.

In the afternoon, I walked with the kids to the pool… and it was nice and empty. The kids had a blast with the pool toys that the provide to their guests.
Day 39: A day in Clear Lake to catch up with life.

Mila is becoming braver in her old age and now jumps off the side by herself instead of just hanging out on the steps of the pool. So that means…
Day 39: A day in Clear Lake to catch up with life.

…they get to jump at the same time. WEEEEE!
Day 39: A day in Clear Lake to catch up with life.

And you know that challenge of not getting into the van today? Yeah, we totally failed.
Day 39: A day in Clear Lake to catch up with life.

And speaking of the van… this is what 3,000 miles of driving looks like. SO GROSS!! Sorry little (and not so little) bugs!
Day 39: A day in Clear Lake to catch up with life.

the end,
marlene

2 Responses to Day 39: Catch up with life in Clear Lake.

  1. Eleanor September 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Have you tried pressing leaves between sheets of wax paper? I used to do this as a kid & then with Emma. It’s quite basic:
    □ Lay out a paper bag or folded paper towel on an ironing board or other solid heat resistant surface.
    □ Place a sheet of waxed paper on the paper bag.
    □ Place a leaf onto the wax paper.
    □ Cover the leaf with a second sheet of wax paper.
    □ Layer that with another paper bag or folded paper towel.
    □ Press on the paper towel or paper bag with a very warm iron (no steam) to seal the wax sheets together.
    □ Depending on how moist the leaf is, how thick the paper is & how hot the iron is, you may need to flip the leaf “sandwich” over and press the other side as well
    □ When it is cool enough to handle, cut around the leaf, leaving a margin of wax paper “seal”.
    □ You can then tape or glue the wax sealed leaves to paper & label them or put them in a sheet protector & 3 ring binder.

  2. marlene September 23, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    Ooooh, that is a much better plan for our nature book! Thanks, Eleanor 🙂 I’m going to do that next time for sure. I knew I brought my iron for some reason!!

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