Bamboo Sprouts

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Sophie is still dancing! The big show this year was Mary Poppins and it was quite the production! More like a professional show than a student show, with beautiful dancing, choreography and set. Sophie loves ballet and her big hope is for “more responsibility” next year. :) She is such a lovely dancer and we are so proud of her dedication and hard work.

 

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This is how we shop now. Once a month, we head off-island and we stock up! We still have to get a few odds and ends and restock fresh produce here and there, but this meal planning and once a month shopping saves us a lot of $$. As a matter of fact, we have pretty consistently cut our grocery bill in HALF since October, when we started paying more attention and doing once a month shopping.

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Bella and I spent last weekend at Lake Chelan with friends. It was a nice change of pace and a beautiful area but it was also 100 degrees! Lots of swimming and fun activities for the girls and late night games and movies.

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I passed on a nice camera to Bella a few months ago and she gets some fun shots. This one of our Punkin is my favorite so far. :)

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island kids

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HUUUUGE snail thingy. Of course we learned all the real names of these, but I would need a take home guide to remember it all. There were just SO many.

starfish

This starfish was as big as a persons head and was hooked onto a pier post. There were two on this pole and they were both bright purple. These made me wish I had brought something other than my cell phone for photos!

lots of learning

sealife

Apparently, that orange one gets about a foot tall when it blooms out. The other thing is a sea slug and it was there to EAT the orange one.

field trip

We still home-school, but we are also a part of a program that offers some classes and support and field trips. We have loved the art classes they offered this year, the field trips and also just meeting other families on this same journey. Today’s trip was to a beach area on our island and I was prepared to be bored. Boy was I wrong! We had a nature expert for a guide and we all learned so much, the main thing being that if you really look, the beaches are filled with some amazing creatures! Seriously, we usually would just walk by it all because it mostly just looks like barnacles and rocks and such, but today we could see the creatures and it was pretty fun.