You know it's summer time here! Lots of juicy fruits, lots of swimming in the pool and definately lots of bbqing going on (much too hot to cook inside). It's been close to 100 here. We went up to Julian on the 4th to see their parade and it was 99 degrees there. We ended up heading out a little early, it was just too hot and not enough shade up there. But, it was a nice little parade. Lots of their historical society members dressed up as soldiers, miners, ladies of the evening, and more. Also, Ramona's rodeo princesses on horseback, lots of classic cars, marching bands, girl scouts. It was fun, but would have been even better had it been a little bit cooler. We came home and cooled off in the pool. Then, later in the evening went to the high school for fireworks. My MIL Shirley and hubby Don drove down from Chino Valley, AZ to visit with us. The last couple of years we spent the 4th at their house, but this year we invited them down so we could see our hometown's fireworks. It was really nice. There were fun activities for the kids; throwing wet sponges at other kids (heads poking out of painted signs holes), horsehoe throwing, jumpy, and even a bang up an old car with a big hammer. Violet and her friend Cade tried that one. The next day my mom and dad came down with my brother Martin who is visiting from out of town and we all bbq'ed and swam. It was a little cooler, so was very comfortable and fun. The girls really enjoyed having both grandparents and uncle Martin visiting.
Last week, we went to Del Mar Fair where the girls had a great time riding all the rides, eating lots of yummy foods, and checking out the exhibits. It was Violet's first time on a roller coaster ride and both she and Olivia really had fun. They also went in the funhouses with all the mirrors and rocking steps and slides. We checked out the livestock animals and saw some local 4H pens set up. We went over to the photography exhibit, and I actually got a couple of ribbons for some pictures that I had put in. The kids were more excited about it than I was! It's a pretty nice fair. We left when the girls started getting tired and it started cooling off in the evening. They both won a couple of little stuffed animals when they threw darts at balloons. It was a really nice time.Violet got her face painted in some really beautiful colors.
We also went to a 2-day science camp at a friend's house where they made "blubber", created a volcano effect, made crystals, made boats out of a plastic substance tried them out in the water to see if they'd float (they didn't-too heavy), and several other activities.
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