Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mimi's Summer Day Camp, Day Six --- SSsnakesss!

Thursday's are field trip day, so we were off to the Animal World and Snake Farm in New Braunfels, Texas.  First stop - breakfast at Jim's Coffee Shop.
Then we were on the road!
 We were pretty impressed with the snake farm - they have put some money into it since I was there as a child. They also have some very venomous snakes - frightening!

In the back they have quite a few zoo animals and some nice enclosures for them. It was hot, but most of the animals were out and easily viewed.  KT got a chance to hold a big yellow snake. She said it was heavy! 
 We got to see alligators, monkeys, lemurs, several birds, a bunch of capybara, foxes, wolves, a sloth, jaguar (both spotted and black) and a bison.  They had a pretty big petting zoo with all kinds of goats, sheep, pigs of several sizes, and even a llama!
Whew! Time for lunch - stopped at Peter Piper Pizza and had a hectic lunch (that place is LOUD!) but the girls always love it there. They played games afterward and rode some rides.
 Then it was home and a cool swim!  
Next week is a holiday week, so no camp on Tuesday, but on Thursday we're having Water Play All Day!

Mimi's Summer Day Camp, Day Five --- SSsnakesss!

This week we're talking SNAKES! Not my favorite creature, but somehow kids are fascinated with them, aren't they? We started camp by having to walk a narrow plank over a snake pit to get to the pavilion!! Yikes!! 

 The girls were so cute and funny about these "pretend" snakes -- they ooh'd and aah'd and shrieked at all the right times! So much fun!

Our first activity was making snakes out of tissue paper. The girls decorated them first, then we tried to pick them up using a balloon and static electricity.  We had some minor success, but they had a lot more fun just running around with the snakes trailing behind them. 

This was fun - we made snake bubbles! You cut the bottom off of a regular plastic water bottle, then pull a sock over it and fasten it on by putting a rubber band around it. Then dip the end in regular dish soap (diluted with a little water) and then blow into the bottle mouth. Worked GREAT!! KT was a champ at it immediately, but it was a little to hard for Joss. John ended up having to help her make her snake.

 They put the snake pit snakes in a basket, and we talked about snake charmers some, then we were off to the library.

 When we got home, we had snake wrapped (1/2 biscuit rolled into a snake) hot dogs dipped in snake blood (ketchup!) 
 Time for a swim and then we did some face painting! The girls had lots of fun getting painted up!

Thursday we're taking a trip to the snake farm!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Big Bend and Lajitas Trip

June 13 - June 16  I'm really late in getting this post done. Downloading the pics to Google Pics is getting harder and slower for me for some reason.

We had a great time on our trip to the Lajita Golf Resort and Big Bend.  Jeff and Colleen and the girls went out earlier with their camper, and we followed on Tuesday.

These two are best buddies lately!

The resort was just beautiful - we stayed in the "Officer's Quarters" and actually had a little suite with a sitting room. Very nice, and I can highly recommend if you're going out to visit the park.  John and Jeff played golf one day and raved about how nice the course was.  According to John it was the most beautiful course he's ever played, and that's saying something!

It was HOT, and when I say hot I mean HOT. We spent time in the swimming pool and in the air conditioning as much as possible, ate lots of good food, and took a car trip to see the sights in Big Bend. 

Went to eat one evening at a restaurant in Lajitas that was very popular - the Starlight Theatre Restaurant & Saloon.  They had live music and some pretty good food. 

 The graves up on the way to the restaurant. Very old.
A fun trip, but very not there. I think I'd recommend going in the fall when the heat is more reasonable!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!

“Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.” 

- President Ronald Reagan

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Mimi's Summer Day Camp, Day Four --- Jurassic World

We're off to the Bandera Natural History Museum!
 We went here last year during summer camp, but John wasn't able to go with us, so the girls were happy to show him around.
 Inside there are rooms set up with dioramas from various areas of the world and the animals that are in them. 

After we visited each of these areas, we headed out to the sand pits that they have set up for kids to "find" dinosaur bones. They had a lot of fun playing in the sand and handing Grumpy bones to put back on the dinos.
 We walked around the property to see all of the big dinosaur replicas - Joss's favorite part. She ran from dinosaur to dinosaur and wanted to touch each of them. She wanted to hold hands with them, or sit on their feet.
Next up, lunch at the Dairy Queen where their mom spent some of her high school years! We drove by the high school so they could see where she went to school.  

 When we got home the girls worked on the fossil kits that they got from the museum until it was time to swim. 

We had a fun time this week talking about dinosaurs!