So here it is... Lake Norman State Park (well, this is just a little section of it)
We were met by a beautiful butterfly... all the kids wanted to take him home, but I talked them out of it, since we didn't have our bug house.
Here we are getting into the good 'ol NC red clay... I told the kids there would be "real" clay there and they didn't believe me. At least until we got there.
They also heard some where that clay was great for the skin... that brought us to body painting again... They sure went hey wire here, maybe it was because they had the lake to wash off in after they were done??
Here is my hand, a mess from helping the kids dig up the clay. That stuff is hard in some places.
Here is our "clay" that we took home with us to play outside with. Hopefully I can get some pictures of that.
Digging up the clay.
This is the murky/clayie water we swim in.... I made sure the kids didn't wear their best bathing suits.. anything white turns that yucky reddish color...
Here are our towels all spread out... it is great when you watch the little ones just walk all over their friends towels with their dirty, sandy feet... To cute!
Digging in the beach dirt...
So we had a great day and loved our time at the beach... we ate on our towels, did all the things we talked about and then as it started to rain we were packing it in. The kids loved the sprinkles and we got home in time, before anyone got to wet.
On Thursday we did some more of our Under Water Theme...
We got some of those little pill looking things that grow as the water melts the outside. We found some sea animals and the kids loved the warm water and helping the animals hatch.
You have to love those little fingers in the water :)
We also set up a little water table for the little ones... look at that chubby little hand... she loved it!!
We had the little fishy and the big ones... but those big animals take FOREVER to get bigger. They finally started to get bigger, but the kids loved them.
Well, we are off tomorrow for vacation to the Mountains in NY. My boys and I can't wait... we need a little time for fishing, hiking, and some time as a family to regroup and get ready for the second half of the summer. We will miss our friends, and will be ready to get home and see them all!! Not sure if I will blog while I am away... but if not I will be back after vacation!!