Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Last Day of School

It is finally (FINALLY!) the last day of school.  I thought this day would never come.

I took my usual End of The Year Photos.

So without further ado, I present to you - Georgia, on the first day of school:

And Georgia on the last day (of sixth grade):

And Josephine on the first day of fourth grade:

And on the last day of fourth grade:

And finally, Henry.

Here is he on the first day of ninth grade:

And on his last day (which was almost a month ago):

I hope we never have six snowdays ever again!  This school year has been longer than any I can remember.  It's hard to believe that next week is the Fourth of July and the summer is only just starting!!

Happy Summer, everyone!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Henry's Home From Camp

Henry got home from camp late last night.  He's still sifting through about 400 photos and videos he took with his GoPro camera, but he nicely let me have these three pictures to show you all.

He left for camp 13 days ago - flying first to North Carolina to spend a day with my sister and her family and then travelling from NC to St. Maarten.

The camp was called a Marine Biology Adventure but sadly, there wasn't a marine biologist on board and while he enjoyed the camp, Henry was disappointed that the promised marine biology / coral reef work didn't really happen.

He did get his Advanced Scuba certification, so that's good.  And he did do some pretty amazing dives, including two night dives and he did get to see a lot of neat marine wildlife - like an octopus, multiple turtles, a terrapin and some colorful fish.

I spoke to Henry half-way through the camp and he told me about how they hadn't done any marine biology work yet and I have to admit I was pretty annoyed.  I encouraged him to make the most of the situation and I know he did.  He took advantage of all the dive opportunities offered and he enjoyed being in such an amazingly beautiful place.

The campers lived on a sail boat, travelled around the Caribbean, went on a couple of hikes and did four hours of community service (Henry's school requires graduates to do 40 hours of community service in order to graduate and with his Sea Turtle Camp work last summer, he now has 24 hours under his belt and he's only a sophomore).

I'm sure I'll get more stories from Henry as the week goes on - and I'll be sure to share them.  

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