|group photo of most of the kids (two of mine are absent and I'm sure|
a few others were here and there too)
I met many nice families and after watching the boys have so much fun today promised we'd meet up with them again sometime. It was a perfect day weather- wise too. It wasn't too hot but it was warm enough for tank tops and shorts. The boys swam, worked with large groups of kids to make an impressive dam, and made new friends. That common language of shared interests led to many discussions of Harry Potter, Minecraft, Pokémon, etc. The boys took time to observe nature and the world around them; we saw ducks, caterpillars, turtles, a blue heron, and butterflies. It was a great summer celebration.
|We could not get over the size of these ducks! They're|
easily twice the size of the ducks at our lake.
|Boys and their trucks|
|Ian was happy to help with the bulldozer|
|Evan tried skipping rocks|
|Working together to start the dam|
|These kids worked for at least an hour to improve and build a dam|
|Evan took a rest and a break from the sun|
|Alec tried to heft a bucket full of sand and found it|
to be quite heavy!
|Adding more sand to build up the dam walls|
|Ian stopped building to play a few rounds of pass with this little boy. It was nice to see them both smiling and having fun|
|Evan found some friends and they played pass in the|
woods for a bit.
|One of the caterpillars Evan "rescued" from the path|
|and brought to a tree/ bush to keep him safe|
|It was nice to see Evan opening up and talking to a variety of kids|
|Alec appointed himself dam foreman and took charge of reinforcing|
the walls; luckily no one else seemed to mind
|Walking to the bathroom we found a sun turtle in the path|
|Evan picked him up|
|And after determining what direction the turtle was heading, he brought him to the water's edge|
|In just a few minutes we watched the turtle take off and swim away|
|We decided to cover up the holes where it appeared that the turtle had just laid her eggs|