WHEW! What a week! I really enjoyed camping, but I am happy to be home too. We had a lot of fun and did a bunch of cool activities like going to Penn’s Cave. It’s a huge cave that you take a boat through. We also went to Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland and I got to see a giant anaconda, giant tortoises, and a chameleon! Of course, we went fishing (OK, OK, my sister Josie caught a little more fish than me) and we had campfires. The most
frightening interesting thing I saw was my first wild skunk…up close. Then I saw my second and third and fourth and fifth and…well you get the idea. We were pretty much terrorized by skunks the whole time we were there. At first I thought they were kind of cute but then they got close…too close…like two feet away *shiver*. But they kind of ignored us all and we just let them do whatever they wanted and nobody got sprayed. My mom got a picture of one with my iPod Touch when it came real close.
One really cool thing we did was my friend Ethan (who we were camping with) thought we should write a play. Our camp was near the amphitheater and we figured we should use it for a play (our parents were the audience and also helped out with the play). Ethan and his sister Emma and Josie and I played the parts of pirates in the play. Ethan and I wrote the play and Ethan’s Dad wrote a song for us to sing. The story (called “The Voyage of the Clam Shucker” – we had clams for dinner the night before ) is about spice traders getting attacked by a pirate (played by my Dad). We made swords out of cardboard. I have a video of us practicing the song we sang for the play. Ethan is editing the video of the whole play and I can’t wait to see it! Here is the practice -
More importantly – how many books do you think I read during the week?!? Here is the stack of books I brought with me (OK there is one missing, My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George because I lent it to Ethan to read)-
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I know it’s late (I was away) but I did finish a rough draft of a picture book for the 12×12 Challenge!
For those of you who don’t know, I am trying to do Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Challenge. It is a challenge to write 12 picture book drafts in 12 months in 2012. You can click on the 12×12 banner on the right side bar or the one above to learn more about it. The PB is about a bird and a worm who are friends. The book has a message about the dangers of strangers and I tried to write it in rhyme (which is pretty hard for me). For this month, I am going to work on it some more and make my rhyming better.
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I got two awards! First I got The Versatile Blogger award from Bridgette Gallagher, AKA Shortcut Girl!
I thought it was very nice of Ms. Gallagher to nominate my blog! Please check out her blog, Shortcut Girl!
I also got the Blog on Fire Award from Donna Martin! Ms. Martin has an awesome blog called “On the Write Track”. Check it out by clicking HERE! Thanks Ms. Martin!!
I am passing these awards on to all the awesome bloggers out there that I follow!