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Monday, March 7, 2016

Cody to Camp and Bay Area Fun

Last week we drove to the edge of the redwood to drop Cody off at science camp for the week.  Our charter gives this opportunity to 5th and 6th graders at Alliance Redwood Campgrounds.  

Monday we traveled to Goat Rock Beach to start his week off with a program for the families.  We were able to meet his counselor for the week and find out who would be in his group (the scorpions). 

It was a beautiful day at the beach!  
They started with a scavenger hunt around the area

Then they used their found items to create mosaic pictures (that I didn't get).  

One of the cool stick shelters that we found on the beach
Ty built his own structure
The next station they built a city out of sand, talking about all the things that a city needs to run. 
Ty built a city next to Cody's group.

Talking about the city they built. 

The last station talked about different sea animals and we were able to see the harbor seals that are on the beach. 

Seeing if all the kids in his group together make up a blue whale. 

After the beach we drove him to camp where he was completely distraught we were leaving him for the week. 
The stream that runs through camp. 

We had a normal week at home with the littles, back and forth to gym and school. 

Friday we traveled back to pick up our happy boy.  He had a blast at camp and we will work on getting his pictures developed to share. 

We traveled into Santa Rosa to the Charles Schultz Museum. 

The bathrooms had Peanuts tile along all the walls, so very cool. 
Photo op areas. 

They have a lot about the Red Barron strips and football for the super bowl.  They change the themes every 6 months or so. 

Cody was exhausted from his week, so we went back to the hotel for a bit of rest before dinner. 

Saturday we were up with the sun and hit with rain.  After a bit of searching we found a theater and went to Zootopia.  It was a very fun movie and a good way to spend the morning. 

After the movie we headed into Alameda to the Pacific Pinball Museum
Ty and I have been here before, but it was so fun to bring Cody to play.  Once you pay your entry fee the machines are free play as long as you want to stay.  The boys really liked the older games the best. 
This was a favorite of mine, hybrid game with Pac-Man and pinball. 
After we were finished playing games we traveled to Pleasanton for the night. 
Chili's for dinner and a quiet night in finished our day.  

2016 West Coast Classic

Tyler had his final meet of the season this past weekend in Pleasanton at West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy.  This was his last chance to qualify for States, but he had a huge mountain to climb to get there.  

They started the meet on pommel where he had 2 falls, setting a bit of a bad tone for the meet. 
He kept a smile on his face between events and seamed to have a good time, so that is what matters.  



Big Congratulations to Eoin, Garrett, Adam & Anton as they qualified to the state meet in 2 weeks! 

We are now entering the unknowns of the off season, waiting for summer schedules and speculating about what will happen next season.  Many good thoughts that we can remember to keep our sanity and let things fall where they will!    

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Sutter's Fort 2016

With Tyler being in the 4th grade this year it was the time to go to Sutter's Fort.  Lucky for me, we had most of Cody's outfit from 2 years ago, just needing to add in shoes.  I needed a new outfit as I had borrowed one the last time.  So some time making a skirt, a shirt from Goodwill and a borrowed apron had me on my way as well.  
This year I was working in the trade store, so I didn't get to see much of Ty during the day.  We were able to walk around a bit during our break time and when our kids were in the stations near our. The group photographer took some great shots of the majority of his day and I was able to get quite a few as well. 
 Gathering before their big arrival to the fort

 Weary travelers

 Trade store that started outside, but eventually had to be moved under the cover when we had some rain in the afternoon.
 Learning about the wagon equipment and the routes traveled to the fort.

 Candle making
  Making yarns from sheet fur and weaving
 The fire keeper was a great cook and had yummy things going all day long for the adults. 
 I think this was the trapper station
  The shooting of the cannon at noon

 Making butter for the dinner bread
 Delicious food cooking on the coals 
 I was able to go sit and hear the blacksmith for a while during our break
 He is the same one that was there with Cody, but in a much better mood this year! 
 Stoking the fire

 Pioneer games

 School house and music
 He ended the day with me at the trade store

 After dinner there was music and dancing.  He found a friend from his enrichment classes and they were inseparable for the night. 

 After dancing we went inside for more stories and songs
 Tyler was chosen to play along

 He had a case of the giggles once it actually started

Video of the evening fun

We did not stay the night, but had a great time.  I'm glad that our charter has these experiences for our kids.