Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Summer Nature Camp Week Two














Mother Nature has been on our side for Summer Nature Camp so far, giving us beautiful summery days in which to explore and create. Last Thursday, just like our first day at camp, we spent the morning in the woods. The kids ran free, collected treasures, and found a chyrsalis, already hatched. Wild raspberries are just ripening and made the perfect trail side snack. We spent a little longer in the woods this week and little legs were tired on the way home, but we made it.

The afternoon was spent in the backyard, playing and creating. There were chickens to chase, nature journals to be drawn in, clay imprint medallions to be made, and popsicle stick bird feeders to be glued together. At one point in the afternoon the little one took a break in the hammock, and the two older ones climbed trees and ran around, free and wild.

At the end of the day all three kiddos were tired, but happy, and I was filled with gratitude to be able to spend my day with such wonderful, happy kids.

I can't wait for camp this week!

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I am guest posting today over at Live. Learn. Love. Eat. sharing a little about our homeschooling journey. I hope you will stop by and say hi.

50 comments:

  1. I love the sound of your summer camp - wish my madam cold come visit you next summer!

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    1. Thanks Aimee! Put her on a plane, we will take care of the rest :) Seriously though, I would love to have her at camp.

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  2. This nature camp looks like so much fun - oh is must fill your soul up a bit when you see how much fun those kids are having! We have some clay medallions hung on our bed frames for lavender oil at night. Love them.

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    1. It does Tamara, it feels good in so many ways. That is a great idea, might have to do that with Reece's, thanks!

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  3. i'm so happy fr you guys, that the weather co-operated for such a fun time. we've had typical British wet summer weather. and we're missing our walks and beach forays. ah well.

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    1. Thanks Autumn, I just hope it continues for the next three Thursdays...fingers crossed :)

      Hope the sun shines on you soon. xo

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  4. Your summer camp is amazing Kim. Love the bird houses and the clay necklaces, they just went on my list! Thanks for sharing your days.

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    1. Thanks Tracey, we are having lots of fun! Have fun with those clay necklaces :)

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  5. Hi Kim! Nature camp looks like a ton of fun--glad it's going well, and I love the clay medallion necklaces! Hope you are having a great summer!

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    1. Thanks so much Mia, we are having a blast. Yes, having a great summer, hope you are too. Popping over for a little visit right now :)

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  6. Another great day at camp - love those medallions! I think the birds are just going to love their new feeder.

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  7. Looks like you are having a magical time. I love that sweet clay print pendant. What a fun idea!

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    1. We are having a really fun time, thanks Suzy. This camp is going much better than I expected, and I am loving my time with the kids.

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  8. ick, that snail....but how cool is it that someone isn't icked out by that snail! Love the crafts so beautiful and a lovely keepsake.

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    1. Haha, that was Reece, but the other two held it as well. It's a snail, that's a big deal :)

      Thanks Karen.

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  9. I wish my kids could go! Is this a new endeavor for you, Kim? What a wonderful idea and fit for your family. :)

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    1. Me too! It is Kristen. I have wanted to do it for a while, but various things have gotten in the way. A friend asked me to watch her two girls one day a week for the month of July, so we thought doing the nature camp was a good idea. My plan is to expand next year, maybe to 4 or 5 kids plus Reece.

      Thank you, it really is a good fit for us, and I truly love sharing nature with kids.

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  10. What a great idea - having a small summer nature camp like this. I am sure all the children love it! My kids would all have really enjoyed something like this. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Deb. It is something I have wanted to do for a while. It feels good to bring it to fruition.

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  11. I love this nature camp! What glorious , wonderful, full days these children are having!

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  12. Oh what a wonderful camp - I would have loved that at their age - lucky children and it seems like they made the most of every minute! And I loved your guest post - another great blog to add to my reading list!

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    1. Thanks Carie. We are all enjoying ourselves immensely. Both girls are sad when it is time to go home, and the youngest one, while holding my hand in the woods last week, told me I was the best teacher ever, and that I was invited to her birthday party :) That made my day!

      Thanks for popping over to read it. And yes, you will enjoy Tiffany's space, very thought provoking.

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  13. Sounds like an amazing day to me. Lucky kids! :-) And your post on Tiffany's blog was wonderful. I'm actually looking into those 2 first books you mentioned. We can talk about it more in detail when we get to chat, but I'm thinking homeschooling for my son more and more. And I think Waldorf might be very suited to him. Thank you for the recommendations.

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    1. Thanks Yanic. I kinda think I am the lucky one :)

      Thanks for popping over there to read it. I think you will enjoy those books. Looking forward to sitting down to tea with you, and chatting the days away. Can't wait!

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  14. Beautiful photos. I especially love the one with the snail, berries, and the rocks/pendants.
    Summertime was made for outdoor exploration.

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    1. Thanks Darcel. I totally agree, it feels awesome to be out there exploring and enjoying nature.

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  15. How wonderful! You found snails. We rarely ever find snails here. just not enough water. Though surprisingly I find snail shells all the time out in my backyard. Makes me wonder what the backyard was like before. I love that you have create this nature camp. Such a wonderful idea.

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    1. We find snails everywhere, there are lots :) Thanks KC, I am really enjoying nature camp, and can't wait to expand it next year. So exciting!

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  16. sounds fun. glad the weather cooperated!

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    1. Thanks! And it looks like she will cooperate for tomorrow too!

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  17. Your camp looks like so much fun! I want to be a part of it too!

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    1. Thanks. You are welcome any time :)

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  18. This is such a neat idea! I just read the first summer camp post to catch up with what you've been up to. Those must be some very happy kids!

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    1. Thanks Isis! It has been a long time coming, and it feels good to finally give it a go. I can't wait to expand the idea next year :)

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  19. I caught up with your posts today. What a beautiful idea, having a nature camp. You have so much energy and ideas. I love it! Right now I feel like superwoman when I can get my kids to swimming lessons and back without any catastrophe. *whew* I'm hoping energy levels and enthusiasm picks up... I just love those photos too.

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    1. Aw, thanks. I am enjoying summer nature camp, and it feels good to enjoy the day with these kiddos.

      Hehe, that is understandable right now, it will get better :)

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  20. What fun! I'm over to check out your guest post now :)

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  21. Ohh fun!!! Thank you for sharing all your ideas!! :-)

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    1. It was fun! No problem, happy to share :)

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  22. fantastic! so you are hosting the summer camp? you are truly amazing kim! what a great mom!

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    1. Thanks Jenny! Yes, I am hosting it, at our home, and it is a blast. I am not sure who is having more fun, the kids or me :)

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  23. Such fun. I used to do something similar with the neighborhood kids, but then they grew up and moved on to teenage things. Enjoy this time while it lasts and when Reece out grows summer camp, please let me send Badger and Panda your way ;)

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    1. It is so much fun, and I am enjoying it so much. Oh yes, my friend, I would love that. Hey, maybe I will bring summer camp to you for a week :)

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  24. Days like that you just don't want to end.

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    1. Totally! We are having so much fun!

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  25. I love hearing how happy you are! :) The clay medallions are awesome. xo

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    1. Aw, thank you Carlin. It is truly such a special day I spend with these kiddos, and it makes my heart so very happy. Those were a big hit with the girls mom too :)

      xo

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