~two and a half months in the life of a lifelong learner~ dragonflies to dragons

clearly, this is long overdue!


i’m writing this during the cold november rain, so it warms my heart a little to look back over summer sunshine and fun! and of course, learning.

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i’m mostly relying on photographic evidence to remind me of what we did all those long months ago… i know we took a wednesday morning off and went to the aquarium together for $5 local day, and enjoyed some time with the puffins, the sea otters, the seals and sea lions, and of course, caught a few pokemon. we hiked around the community college enjoying nature (and pokemon) as well.

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rich motivated quinn to help pick up the apples in the orchard by referring to them as pokeballs needing harvesting.

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checking out marine mammal artifacts and parts at an aquarium exhibit.

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karate in street clothes; karate with mama; karate on the beach

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soccer and kids camping with friends!

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pear upside down cake, baked with pokeballs pears from the yard.

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designing, building, painting, and playing with his new minecraft lego habitat. there was also extra paint that got used for an art project on a board.

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happily lugging around a chunk of conglomerate.

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a found duck, found bird prints, little green crab, and whales lurking in the surf zone.

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someone was waiting for mama, so he found a comfortable perch underneath a waterfall to ponder life.


borrowed baby to read to. love that he got to spend part of his summer with camp boss, and baby koala bear.

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art projects, mapping for pokemon go irl game, photography practice, and a certified cherry pitting specialist.


first day of fourth grade!

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second week of fourth grade… in new york! studying many things…

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…like barn repair, pomology, minecraft, tree climbing…


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…basketball, grandson stuff, cousin stuff, more tree climbing…

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…more pomology, more tree climbing, mushrooms…

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…the oregon trail, certified soap assistant technician, kickball…


i loved walking in from a walk to find the two self-motivated learners camped on the porch making games and identifying apples.

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fun with food… bulbasaur apple pie, biscuits and jam, certified carrot crinkle cutting technician.


he is listening to percy jackson while reading mokie and bik. certified literary multitasking technician.

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karate and more karate. a fun-filled day camp day of karate in corvallis, complete with broken boards and traditional trip to laughing planet. quinn also earned another tip on his blue belt.

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bayou and beach walks…

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and a harrowing dungeons and dragon mission completed! his character finally excavated the dragon skeleton i hid for him months and months ago, and hatched his found dragon egg. he also obtained some dragon-hide pants and boots, and other miscellaneous dragon-related items, as well as slaying all orcs in hickory glen. as soon as he had unearthed the skeleton, i realized i had not foreseen and built into the dungeon all the eventual needs: “now i need to look for wood and metal ore to build a museum for the dragon skeleton!” see, i’m learning all the time, too.

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