On Friday we grilled steaks and veggies for a special dinner, and Rowan and her friend made us a fruit and angel food cake parfait for dessert - SO yummy!
And then the rain hit, and it was too cool for the pool so we went strawberry picking, played games, watched movies, and monitored quite a few time-outs for Brynn, who has some summertime adjusting to make. :P
We spent almost an entire day baking, baking, baking giant m&m cookies and fudge brownies for Rowan's annual bake sale. We gave our oven a workout.
Rowan carefully crafted a new sign for her table, and did almost all the set-up herself this year! She ran all the sales by herself, with only a little assistance from me, and made a fabulous hunk of cash for her summer spending money!
2 days ago I hosted our first summer badge workshop, and 7 of our Junior Scouts came over and earned their "Gardener" badge. We had SO MUCH FUN. The weather was perfect, the deck was shady, the girls were fabulous, and we didn't have to rush anything. I loved it! We created mini Zen gardens, planted petunias in pots the girls decorated using Zentangle, shared our 2-week seed experiments, created theme gardens, researched different types of flowers, learned how to read and understand seed packages and flower tags, used math to plot and design a 4x5 foot garden, drew flower and plant sketches, toured all the growing things in my yard, etc. I think it's my favorite badge experience so far. :)
And my gardens were in prime blooming mode for the girls to see! Here are my two clematis in the corner of the deck, bursting with blooms...
Our Lillies are stunning right now too!
And the knock out roses are in full bloom.
...and all the little flowers along the front walk are adding their bits of color to the mix as they grow and fill in a bit.
The honeysuckle are doing well, I am glad to report, but unfortunately both the transplanted rose bushes have perished. Sigh. But with all the other blooming things making our gardens so cheerful, I am consoled. :)