Can I just recap the entire month in one post? I think yes.
To start, we planted the garden. Avery helped me plant and Ben was pretty much only interested in watering. I am really a lazy gardener and don't mess with starting seeds inside or anything like that. We put down some green onion, cucumber, and carrot seeds and planted some pepper and tomato plants. The strawberries came back from last year and even spread. We've already been getting strawberries off of them.
We took the kids to Natural Falls State Park for some hiking. The big waterfall wasn't actually falling at that time but there were some very pretty hiking trails. I was surprised by how much the kids actually liked and kept up with hiking.
We also had the kids' and Rob's first trip to the drive-in! We saw the new Jungle Book. The kids loved it and I could see us coming back more often this summer! Avery and Stella begged to stay for the second movie, which didn't start until 10:30, and insisted they weren't tired. We definitely didn't do that, and of course Avery passed out on the way home.
Avery had another couple soccer games, and a couple were canceled due to weather. She is learning a lot about soccer and really seeming to enjoy it. She continues to be most excited about the post-game snacks.
Coen's skating party was a hit. It was Ben's first time to skate and he was determined. He fell so many times but he told me "I don't need you, Mom."
Avery had Oklahoma Day at her school. She learned that "things were really bad back then." They learned how to make butter and even experimented with various forms of old-fashioned punishment including the dunce hat and putting you nose on the wall.
The kiddos also got to go to their first crawfish boil. Avery, who loves all things that come from the water, liked them but didn't like that she saw them all in the cooler while they were still alive. She didn't eat too many, I think because of that, but none of the other kids would even try them (they all enjoyed hot dogs).
Avery had a day out of school so Mom and I took the kids to Beaver's Bend State Park in Broken Bow. It was beautiful. We probably hiked 10 miles over the 2 days we were there and the kids did so well (Ben only had to be carried a couple times). Avery's favorite part was crossing the streams, I think. They got to roast hot dogs and marshmallows over the campfire. The weather was incredible and the state park was so pretty. I don't think we saw everything there is to do there by any means. Definitely a place we would return to!
To finish out the month, we took the kids by the Touch-a-Truck event at the local library. Of course Ben loved all the different vehicles and couldn't figure out where to look or go first. Avery loved climbing through the cars and trucks, too. Hats off to all the people that bring the vehicles out for the kids to see, including police, fire, storm trackers, city vehicles, and lots more.
I think that's the highlights of the past month!! I'm going to try to get back to more frequent blogging so I don't have to do massive recaps!