Since we acquired a whole pile of paperwork yesterday at Back to School night, I decided that it was finally time to sort through the slew of papers that the girls brought home from school in May. In Brooklyn's 3rd Grade Memory Book I found a "Lista de cosas para hacer este verano" (List of things to do this summer.) On her list was 1. Go to Alaska (Actually, it says Ir a Alaska, but I'm taking the liberty to translate) 2. Go to a softball camp 3. Go to Spanish camp, and 4. Go to swim camp.
Given the hundreds of photos forced upon you, we obviously ticked off goal number one. You'll be happy to know that she accomplished the rest of her goals as well, and I didn't take a single picture! Brooklyn enjoyed a few days of softball camp at nearby South high school early in the summer, Talia and Brooklyn both attended a great Spanish camp taught by our friend Maestra Julia, and swim "camp" turned out to be a fantastic session of swim lessons for Brooklyn, Talia, and Eli. Coach Roger's teaching style was definitely one of tough love. Got a mouth full of water? "Spit it out or swallow it." Yet over the course of two weeks, the girls made great progress and Eli went from being afraid to put his face in the water to jumping off the diving board.
Lest ye be afeared that I have no pictures at all, here are some photos from two additional camps that didn't even make the original summer wish list.
Violin at the Omaha Conservatory of Music:
The Omaha Conservatory of Music (OCM) generously offered a few scholarships to Violin Sprouts with interest in attending their junior summer institute. The program was fairly rigorous--nine to noon for six days straight. I initially planned on bypassing the opportunity since it would be nearly impossible for me to be there with him every day. Fortunately, NomiAnn cleared her schedule so that she and Eli could attend together. Eli had a great time improving his technique and musicianship. I think he's realizing how much fun violin can be!
|Eli on his way to the final performance at Westside Middle School.|
|Eli and Ms. Liang, his Masterclass instructor.|
|Waiting to perform.|
|A silly photo with all the tiny violinists.|
Last week Brooklyn and Talia attended Hummel Day Camp--an Omaha tradition. This camp has been going on for decades--if you mention Hummel, many adults in the area will fondly recollect their own experiences there. The camp activities are classic--cooking over a campfire, archery, hiking, dodge ball, wilderness survival, smores, and of course dirt. Lots and lots of dirt.
|I took this picture on Tuesday just to show how dirty Brooklyn got after playing on the mudslide.|
|Definitely time for a bath!|
|And this is how she looked after her counselors spent five minutes hosing her off. Just imagine!|
|Mounds of dirt from head...|
|As if she didn't look enough of a ragamuffin, Talia also managed to trip and knock another tooth loose.|
|At times we Wheelers may try to pretend we're all sophisticated and French, but let's face it--we're just a bunch of hillbillies.|
|Sisters--filthy but joyful.|
|Only Talia can make grime look stylish. Love you, munchkin!|
|I promise this smile wasn't prompted. Even so, it may be a good clue that we take too many pictures.|
|And here's Brooklyn (in red) during her group's skit about launching the camp director into space.|