Thursday, June 19, 2014

I'm back!

After a much needed break from blogging, I am back. We’ve done so much in the past couple of months so I’ll have to just give a brief summary.

We took a trip to the mountains and visited one of my favorite places:

The main reason for going? These:
 
We looked at local wildlife at the Western North Carolina Nature Center:
 
 
They have wolves, coyotes, foxes, otters, black bears, and other native wildlife. I recommend them for anyone visiting that part of the state. We enjoyed it more than a visit to the zoo.

We mined for gems and found a good sized emerald, explored the Linville Caverns, and on the drive home we took the kids to the temple grounds:
 
We planted our garden:
 
 
Went to a local museum where we learned how corn meal was made long ago by local farmers (and spent some time with cousins while we were there):
 
Our Sugar Plum had her first ballet performance:

 
We went on a family trip to Myrtle Beach where we played in the sun:
 
 
The Sugar Plum also ended her first year of gymnastics:
 
 
And completed her swimming lessons for the summer (a 2-week session):
 
 
All that before summer has officially begun!
I have also been keeping busy trying new recipes, planning homeschool lessons, playing with the kiddos, and preparing for baby #3.


Jenny

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