We stopped at Dierbergs this morning…I think Chickadee has some kind of stuffed elephant radar, because she spotted this guy from across the store! It was really hard not to bring him home with us…they looked so cute together!
It’s Vacation Bible School week at our church! Chickadee has been having a great time with her Sunday school friends…and with Hubert the Hound, who has been making appearances during the lessons. Today she got to paint a clay cross she made earlier in the week, which was a lot of fun…she’s been looking forward to getting into the paints ever since she found about them!
She also loves learning all the songs and the signs that go with them…she’s really good at remembering and doing the signs!
Today Chickadee went with her big sisters to see the pediatrician for their regularly-scheduled well child exams. Everyone loves the fish tank in the waiting room…it’s straight out of Finding Nemo!
Chickadee is very healthy (and the doctor was super impressed with her verbal skills…shocking!), and still tiny for her age, as opposed to her big sisters, who are the top of the growth charts. She has always been petite, though, so that’s just who she is! She sang the Doc McStuffins “Time for a Checkup” song for the doctor, which was very amusing. And like Stuffy the dragon, she was very brave when she had to have two shots!
For the third summer in a row, “The Bigs” attended Kantorei Kamp at Hope Lutheran Church in St. Louis. It is definitely the highlight of June!
The sang for three different services at three different locations for camp. On Thursday, they assisted with chapel at Concordia Seminary St. Louis, where they sang a verse of “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word,” in addition to other pieces:
On Friday, they assisted with chapel at the LC-MS International Center, where they sang some of the pieces they had done at the Seminary, and some they hadn’t. My favorite of these was “Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart.”
Another of their pieces, “For You, O Lord, Have Delivered My Soul From Death,” is based on Psalm 116.
They also sang Cantate Domino, which they have sung in the past:
They worked on a sung version of the Choristers’ Prayer at camp, although they didn’t sing it publicly. I got to hear it while I was waiting for them to finish up one day, though!
They sang all of the pieces they did for both chapel services for the Divine Service at Hope this morning, and they also sang a verse of Hope’s 100th anniversary hymn, “As Stone on Living Stone Is Set.”
And they even got to play “Lord of All Hopefulness” on handbells!
It was a fun week for everybody, even Chickadee, who got to spend a lot of time with just me this week. And she turned into something of the camp mascot…she even got her own T-shirt!
This is the last year all four of “The Bigs” will get to participate in Kantorei Kamp, because Turkey has aged (and voice-changed) out of it. The rest of the children are already looking forward to next year’s camp, though!
Today, Chickadee and I got to accompany The Bigs to Concordia Seminary, where they were singing for chapel with their Kantorei Kamp. And since it’s the 22nd, Dolly came along, as well. It’s been three months since she had her picture (intentionally) taken with Chickadee!
After The Bigs were back at camp, Chickadee and I went down to the Delmar Loop to look for the eight brightly decorated pianos that are out on the sidewalks as part of “Make Music St. Louis.” She really enjoyed playing a bit here and there as we walked!
That’s just a tiny glimpse of the fun the two of us have been having this week while her siblings are at Kantorei Kamp. We’ve also visited the St. Louis Zoo, been to the Missouri Botanical Garden, went swimming at the YMCA, rode the St. Louis Carousel at Faust Park, enjoyed a walk through the Butterfly House, attended Matins at Hope, played at the playground (before it got too hot!), shopped at the American Girl Store, toured the Route 66 exhibit at the Missouri History Museum one more time, and went out to lunch at Three Kings Public House. It’s been a busy week, but we’re not done yet…there are a few more fun activities on the schedule for tomorrow!