Thus Ends July

This is several days late, but better late than never! πŸ™‚

My summer seems kinda run together, so I’m not quite sure what all happened in July. Thankfully I have pictures to look back over to see when we did what, and so I shall write about our adventures in July.

Let’s see… well, our garden has been thriving.

The Garden

The pumpkin, cantaloupe and honeydew plants exploded and our garden is quite puffy with green leaves. We got a record zucchini a few days ago – it was eight pounds and about nineteen inches long! We also have tons of gorgeous zinnias that have been harvested many times but still look as cheery as ever!



Independence Day

On the third of July we went to see some fireworks with our cousins and grandparents. Sadly they were behind the mountain for some reason so we didn’t get to see many. We did get to make some words with sparklers which was really fun! The pictures below were taken by my aunt whose photography website is here. I did the backwards Y (there is another picture where it’s corrected, but I don’t have it on hand sadly) and the S.

sparkler word 2sparkler word1

On the fourth of July we went to our friends house and played baseball, ate food, played with pop-its/had a pop-it war, did an Independence Day quiz, played Bean Boozled, walked around their neighborhood while looking at fireworks, and played a tiring (but quite fun) version of Ninja.

The Snapping Turtle

We found a snapping turtle in our driveway around the middle of July. Maggie was trying to bark in it’s face and then leap back before it could bite her, and it just stared grumpily at us while we took pictures. It was rather an ugly beast.



We got our free 7 11 slurpees in the evening of July 11th. They were out of most everything, and so I got a cotton candy slurpee. It was pretty sugary and not the best thing I’ve ever tasted, but it was still fun. I also learned that apparently you can take any size of cup into 7 11 and fill it up on July 11th for free.


Praying Mantises

We studied praying mantises in Nature Study and I took some pictures of a little praying mantis that we captured. After I finished taking pictures he leapt onto my nose which was a little startling! πŸ˜›


ATC Party

We had an Artist Trading Card party with some friends a few weeks ago. We had already cut out several blank ATCs and had various art supplies laid out on the table. We found some art inspiration on Pinterest and put a slideshow on our laptop with those photos. (Oh, by the way, Hayley‘s hosting another ATC trade! Read about it here.)


Camping Trip

We went on a short camping trip with my dad’s side of the family later on in July. We ate snacks, played games, made bonfires, swam, and did many other things. It rained really hard one day that we were there. We fled to a shelter/pavilion nearby and played Uno and Apples to Apples.


Sorry for the bad quality – I didn’t realize that my camera was still on the night setting. πŸ˜›


Other Stuff

We also played with the bunnies (who are growing rapidly), watched three black swallowtail butterflies hatch, I climbed a (small) silo, and got scolded by two hummingbirds while I was taking pictures in our mimosa tree.





That’s what happened in July! We’re going to Florida in August, my birthday is at the end of the month, and it’s the last month of summer break. We’ll also hopefully have the bunnies sold by September.

what did you do in july?

what are some of your plans for august?

megan signoff

47 thoughts on “Thus Ends July

  1. Looks like you had an awesome summer! In July we went on a road trip out west. It was the first time I’ve ever left the south! Oooh, what are you going to do in Florida?


    Wow, the ATC party looks so fun. πŸ˜€
    The last picture in the post is so pretty!
    In July, I flew to Texas and swam a LOT. XD I’m not sure what our plans for August are! Maude’s birthday is in a few weeks, so I’ll be celebrating that. πŸ˜›

    -Clara ❀


  3. Those sparklers are so cool, Megan! Also, they made for beautiful pictures. πŸ™‚
    Allison told me that you were going to have an ATC party, and it looks like it was a lot of fun! I think it’s such a fun idea. πŸ™‚
    July was a busy month for me, and it seemed to just fly by! I took tons of pictures, especially of the apples on our apple trees and deer. I also learned a couple songs on the violin and I read a lot of books. πŸ™‚
    I hope to do a lot of things in August, so I finish the summer strong.


    1. Thank you! Yeah, I really like those pictures.
      It was a lot of fun! πŸ™‚
      Ooh, neat! Our apple tree is starting to have pinkish apples now. It usually doesn’t do very well, but this year I think we might actually have a few apples to eat!

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  4. Sounds like you had a busy month! I’ve always wanted to do that with sparklers. On July 1st for Canada day our dad bought some giant ones and we lit them up.


  5. Great pictures! Looks like you had a pretty eventful July! What a humongous zucchini!! How does one eat such a large zucchini!? (well, cut it up, I imagine XD .) Those sparkler pictures are really cool, and your praying mantis picture is amazing! πŸ˜€ . I totally forgot about 7/11! Maybe next year…

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    1. Thanks Gracie! It was pretty eventful. πŸ™‚
      Yeah, it’s huge! We’re actually not going to eat it because they don’t taste very good when they’re that big.
      Thank you! Yeah, we nearly forgot about it too!


  6. This was a great post, Megan! Ha ha, that zucchini is HUGE. I love the sparkler pictures, the ATC party was so fun, and the bunnies are adorable! πŸ˜€


  7. Wow! How fun, your July sounds like so much fun! I’ve always wondered, is Bean Boozled creepy? Are the bad flavors really what they are listed as? Anyway, I loved the sparkler photos, they were epic! I hope you have a great time in Florida! In September we’re going to Oregon! To the coast! I’m so excited! πŸ˜€


    1. It was fun! No, it’s not really. And yep, the bad flavors taste just like the things smell. Skunk and barf are my least favorite ones I think.
      Thanks! I think my aunt did a pretty good job on them. XD
      We had an AMAZING time. IT WAS SO FUN! XD
      Ooh, that sounds awesome! We went there in 2013, but we didn’t stay long. πŸ˜‰


  8. Loved this! Your garden really did do well! The sparkler letters are so cool, wow – whoever wrote them must have messy handwriting, hmm? XD The bunnies are sooo cute, your photography is amazing and TEACH ME THAT VERSION OF NINJA PLEASEE I LOVE NINJA!!! That snapping turtle is HUGE! And grumpy… XD This comment was really randommm, but then again so was your post, heehee. I love this kind o’ post.
    -Sara β™₯️


    1. Thanks, Sara! Yeah, it did! πŸ™‚ Haha! It was kinda hard to make the letter the exact same way BACKWARDS about five times. XD
      Hehe! It’s pretty simple – there are no turns, and you try to get the person’s arms (shoulder and below) with your hand and you can run around. When you get an arm chopped off you put it behind your back and when you lose both you’re out. It’s a much more tiring version of Ninja. πŸ˜‰
      Hehe! Thanks again, Sara!


      1. You’re so very welcome! About five times?? XD
        Haha, that sounds like fun! No turns, huh? That sounds crazy. XD Thanks so much for taking the time to tell me how! I will definitely try it the next chance I get. πŸ˜‰


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