12 Jul 2012 Leave a Comment
We went to a pool party for a friend and swam in her apartment pool.
The girls had fun trying to get on the deflating turtle.
Then we had cake and ice cream and opened presents. We had to hide one of our gifts, L is getting a DS for her birthday, but she’s not getting it till the family party on Sunday….so it would spoil the surprise if she opened a gift that had a DS game in it. Her Mom will give it to her on Sunday, I bet she likes the game (Cooking Mama) since she likes to cook in real life. We helped clean up a bit and put together one of L’s presents and then we took off for another swim.
We were close to Cherry creek, so we went there to check it out.
It’s not really dirty, just very sandy from all the water coming downstream. Can you swim in Cherry creek? Well, no, it’s like 2 feet deep…wade is the word I would use (at least at the Four mile spot it’s 2 feet deep.) I patiently waited for this damselfly to stay still.
Here are hints for trying to get pictures of insects – be quiet, patient and take lots of pics. A spiderweb on the leaves.
Green grass and flowers on the bank.
Three girls trying to float down the creek.
A look up in the trees.
Looking through the brush.
A crew from Four mile was setting up tables by the creek when we left. They were having a kids class on water bugs and what’s in the water. I thought it was funny because the teachers had waders on and were trying to pre-catch some bugs so the kids would have something to look at. Oh, let’s not let the kids actually go into the water and get wet, catch their own bugs and maybe learn something that wasn’t on the worksheet. Meanwhile my kids were splashing and blundering up the creek, skipping stones (personal best…6 skips!), trying to catch a fish, looking at dragonflies, looking for edible berries and finding the perfect tree to attach a rope to next time (found it!)
Sometimes you just have to get your hands wet to do some learning (not that there is anything wrong with worksheets.) I will bring a rope next time and a bigger net.
Tomorrow, school, bowling and swimming in the lake (we like to vary our swimming places…)