We squeezed in quite a bit of fun last week. Bike rides, a movie, catching crayfish and playing at a playground, hiking in a local state park, and hanging out with friends ... just to name a few. Despite all that, my youngest said he didn't have any fun at all. So because of that, I left the kids at home on Friday and went alone to a local animal park to see some new baby leopards that were born at the beginning of July. A friend met me there and we had a good time chatting and stalking the leopards. Saturday Doug and I went out to dinner. We haven't had a dinner date in many months and we can't have lunch dates anymore since he's working steady daylight now, so that was a nice change. Having a daughter old enough to babysit the boys is proving to be quite valuable. :)
We have a few more fun things planned for the kids this week - the last full week before school starts. The kids don't know a couple places we plan to go so you'll have to wait until next week to find out too. :)
In the meantime let's look at what last week looked like ...
These flowers are growing along the bike trail.
I realized that in all this time we've been raising Monarchs, I had never taken a photo of an egg. So here it is - with all my macro filters on my lens (1, 2, 4, and 10x magnification). This one is almost ready to hatch. See how it is dark on the end? That's how you know. It hatched around 10:00 p.m.
This is one of the hummingbirds that has been visiting my feeder this summer. The yellow jackets started coming around though and scared the hummies away. :(
The kids and I went hiking at a local state park where Keira asked me to take some pictures of her. We'll have to go up with nicer clothes on some time and intentionally take portraits. (Processed with Pioneer Woman's Soft Faded action).
I took this photo for Sunday's Scavenger Hunt ... one of my sunflowers glowing in the morning light.
Like I wrote, after all the fun stuff we did this week, Alex told me Thursday evening that he "didn't have any fun at all this week". So in honor of that, I spent a few hours out all by myself. I met a friend at Living Treasures so we could stalk the leopards and see the two new babies that were recently born. However, it was raining and the babies never came out. :( This is their dad looking ready to pounce.
We finally got to have a camp fire and s'mores with the kids.
Submitting this last one for Shoot. Edit. Submit.