Tuesday, July 28, 2009

You say Ketchup, I say Catch Up

Ah, the end of July already. The past 10 days, I've had to swap out my Blogger Beret for my Chauffer Chapeau. The annual Blogher convention was in Chicago this past weekend, but I had to run the gauntlet of the coveted summer camps instead. I haven't yet perfected the "cloning myself in the basement laboooritory" experiments.

Sagezilla was at Eco Explorers for nature camp 9-11, requiring two daily trips north to Pulaski and Ardmore. Then Du-Jay was in Pioneer the World camp at the Swedish Museum in Andersonville from 9-2 daily. Since the Mama clone experiments were all to young to drive, and my kids had to be in different sectors at the same time, our friend Mike rode to the rescue and did the morning Pioneer run. Yay carpooling!

The same week, I also played taxi driver for play dates, an 826CHI writing workshop on Music and Lyrics, pottery and swim lessons (cancelled because someone just before us pooped in the pool!) and various events. Just before that we squeezed in hosting a brunch for our friends and their 10 year old daughter, who are back for the summer from teaching in Taiwan for a year. In a few weeks, they return overseas to teach for two more years. We also squeezed in a beach potluck and goodbye party for another family with 3 kids under 7 who are leaving to teach in China for 3 years.

Now, I'm again out of town for 7 days, visiting my parents, AKA Grammy and Gramps. In August, when I again have full access to my digi camera stash, back in Chi Town, I'll post more details and photos from the final weeks of July. North Park Nature Center and The Swedish Museum remain two of our favorite places to frequent and thats exponentially more true during camp week.

Zilla caught a rare, baby preying mantis--the first anyone had caught this season. She also caught frogs and jumping spiders, held snakes and waded in the pond up to her waist. Dugan flew in an awesome cardboard airplane, to Ghana, Sweden, China and Lima. He experienced foods, games, culture, crafts, language and dance from 4 continents, and was still home in time for dinner each day. I'll do a "best of" camps photo blog in August. The kids have also implored me to do a photo post for each of them that would encompass their favorite shots from Oregon. Since they've become quite the photographers, it should be fun.

I'll try to post some of our adventures in Cincinnati this week, and will have lotsa Lollapalooza soon. The kids are on a year round track, so they go back to school the 2nd week of August and I'll have much more time to catch up.

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