I was excited to get our new National Park quarters from Grandma Jo and Grandpa Howie when we saw them over in Orlando this week. I set right to work reading about the new parks and quarters and putting them in my big book.
This week was jam packed with 4-H. We helped out with the St Petersburg Science Festival School Days program with Mr. Sandy.
I talked with youth about the four principles of flight. I had a lot of fun but learned that talking in front of noisy kids is very hard!
The next day Mom and I went to a local church carnival to do a craft and spread the word about 4-H. Mom let (made) me run the booth unless it was really busy, then she helped out.
Soon I was a pro at guiding little kids through the puffer fish craft project.
Up next was a field trip to PJs Oyster Bar to learn about seafood.
We learned about the origins and preparation for lots of fishy products.
What a great club! I love our new club a lot!
On the way home we stopped at Ward’s Seafood Market to try to ID fish in the displays. I did fairly well.
Some fried shrimp as a reward for a great behavior and long day.
We took a few days off of life and headed to Turkey Lake Park in Orlando for camping. We were going to head to the Key Largo but the drive was daunting and Dad had to work some.
We arrived and set up camp and headed to the Orlando Eye. Our Legoland passes get us in for free right now. Dad had never been so it was great to have him with us. There was virtually no line!
I love the view from up high!
The passes also get us into the Sea Life Aquarium. This moray eel was super playful and we got a really close look from inside of the bubble.
And the trifecta wrapped up with a trip to the wax museum (also free) and me meeting my idol, Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory!
Oh, and Katness… I do enjoy Katness! (Hunger Games)
Dad had to work the next day so Mom took us to Universal and we did all the “kid things”. This included the Hippogryph coaster many many times.
We practiced out wand skills around the Harry Potter areas.
I love the stage shows!
More spell casting.
Butter beer! I really worked up an appetite for butter beer!
We visited Disney Springs (former;y known and Downtown Disney) and saw all the cool halloween decorations.
We enjoyed the next day with Dad and Mom at Universal and then headed home to unpack and put Luna back in storage for a few weeks.
We participated in the county workshop for National Youth Science Day – Drone Discovery. We enjoyed learning about drones and all the legal aspects.
I thought it was neat how they have developed over the years but was a bit nervous with all the military and spying applications.
We talked about the principles of flight and did some outdoor activities.
Back inside we made gliders out of foam plates.
It was quite a good turnout for a school day!
Mom left town to go to 4H Rock Eagle Southeast Leadership Conference. We had fun with Dad while Mom played with snakes, went hiking and learned a LOT about being a 4-H club leader!
Back to diving. We are learning fall in dives and the first step is to learn to go backwards into the pool. They put us on tumble mats and tip us up slowly until we fall in. It was scary but so much fun!
We also participated in out club sock drive. We collided 74 pairs between Emmerson and I!
Wrapping up the buys week with 4-H Pinellas County Marine Clinic. We saw some cool samples, took a hike, played Marine Jeopardy and even got to go dip netting.
Mom also set up a mock contest. This was fun and challenging.
I led the activity and played Alex Trebek until Mom put me on a team to balance to contest a little.
Studying with friends.
As I mentioned, I am LOVING 4-H again! I am so glad that we made the club changes that we did.
We wasted no time getting back into life and new experiences upon arrival at home. We have started a diving program at the local pool. We are working on both 1 and 3 meter boards. I am terribly nervous but doing my best.
I am already diving head first off the low board.
We started our new 4-H group, Earth Explorers. I am the new Vice President. It is a smaller group and we are focused on marine and forest ecology.
We tried out a log rolling class.
I got some hair cut off and then temporarily painted red and blue.
Diving is a few times a week. I am really enjoying it.
I also started up my first high school level class. I am taking biology through FLVS.
Oh and I got to see the doctor and become a human pin cushion! I got all my 11 year old shots and my arms and so painful and swollen. The whole process was a nightmare for me and mom. It took several nurses, a doctor and Mom to get me through the process. I was NOT happy.
We also enjoyed some time at National Night Out. We got new bike helmets for free. Now we can have a set in the motorhome and a set at home!