Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sci-Port Discovery Center

The day before Thanksgiving we went to Sci-Port to play and catch an IMAX movie. Evan always enjoys going there, but Sydney absolutely loved it! She played in the water, made Gloop (like Silly Putty) and rode up in the 'Pump Yourself Up' chair. It was a good thing we bought a membership because Sydney is going to want to back again and again. They are supposed to have a cool program on New Year's Eve that we hope to go to.
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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

During some free time after dinner, we decided to hang out with the girls outside and look at the sun setting and the moon rising. It was so pretty. The girls started playing Simon Says, and before too long they were mimicking Michael Jackson. It was so very funny!

Good Morning!

The girls all had breakfast in Evan's bed our last morning at camp. We packed up, cleaned up and then rounded everyone up for a group picture. These girls' ages range from 6 to 9, but they all get along quite well. Evan discovered Brain Quest cards and fell in love with them.
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The Camporee Hike

After lunch we went on a hike to a nature pavilion. The guide taught the girls how to make bird feeders out of pine cones, peanut butter and bird seed. Some of them then hung them on the trees. Evan had to bring hers home to hang in our trees. The campsite had four dorms with a common area and 10 bedrooms. We even had satellite TV!! There was a nice dining hall and an awesome playground! Besides the hike, I think the girls enjoyed the playground most of all. The camp was pretty poorly planned, so all the events were about 30 - 45 minutes behind. We were supposed to have a bonfire with Christmas stories and s'mores, but that didn't happen. We all had fun, though. It was nice spending the weekend alone with Evan.
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Girl Scout Winter Camporee

Evan and Jayda
Pretending to drink hot chocolate on the pier

The weekend before Thanksgiving Evan and I went to the Jimmie Davis State Park for a two night Girl Scout Camp. We met up with our troop about 45 minutes away, and then drove in together. I was following my GPS for directions, and we ended up at the end of a dirt road with dogs barking and running after us. Feeling like we were about to have a "Wrong Turn" experience, I turned around in the middle of a chicken farm. We got back on track a made it to the camp around 9pm.
The next morning we had a wonderful breakfast burrito. Funny how food always tastes much better when you are camping. Of course, it has been a long time since I've been camping. The first part of the day was filled with crafts. The girls got to make a cute apron, chocolate spoons, cool ornaments and reindeer food.
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Making a Gingerbread House

We skipped this tradition last year because we ran out of time, so
this year I was determined to fit this activity in. The girls enjoyed
it, and Sydney loved licking the candy. I'm sure the candy will
disappear if I don't put it out of her reach.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

First Visit with Santa

Sydney started pitching a fit as soon as she saw that strange man in
the red suit. I haven't heard that desperate a cry since she was
first handed to me a little over 5 months ago. I made her squat with
me beside Santa so we could record this moment for posterity. We have
Breakfast with Santa scheduled next week, so we'll see how quickly she
gets over this fear!