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This Moment {Venus Transit Edition} and Snapshot Summary, June 1-7, Camp Bergenholtz, week 2

{this moment}A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments at SouleMama.  

Snapshot Summary, June 1-7
Homegrown Learners
Bristol, TN
 at Sycamore Shoals State Park, Elizabethton TN
which not only celebrated the native Cherokees, but all Native Americans.
This was a day to get laundry done, clean the house and the like. The boys enjoyed Scribblenauts on the iPad.

 Monday and Tuesday
4 and 5
We traveled past the Cherokee National Forest...
Western Theme Park
in Blowing Rock, NC.
We went to a Venus Transit party hosted by Bays Mountain Astronomy Club and ETSU Department of Physics.  There were a lot of people there and lots of telescopes with special filters set up, and the astronomers took their time to answer questions. We went back a few times to check the telescopes for the progression of the transitSuch an alignment is so rare that it won't happen again until the year 2117.
Morristown, TN
A feed-animals-out-the-window-of-your-car zoo.
We didn't have lunch until very late this day (about 3:30 or 4:00) because of staying late at the park, so we had milkshakes from Sonic (after 8:00 they are half price!) for dinner this night. Milkshakes for dinner, why not? The boys were thrilled, of course.


We made these goblets. I had thought they could all make them, but it turned out to take a bit more patience than the little boys had. They sketched designs on paper for theirs for me to make.


  1. The Venus transit party sounds so cool!!! AND -- we love Blowing Rock! I'm wishing I was with you. Thanks for linking!

  2. Darn! You are all having one wonderful week, Phyllis! Love seeing what you are up to. We also watched, from our backyard and a home made paper viewer, Venus slowly and gracefully sliding across our view :) NASA also had a great website that we could view this piece of history live on.

  3. I cannot believe all the wonderful things that happened in just one week! Amazing:)

  4. So, I kept scrolling down your post and soaking up all the fun you have had and it just kept going and going! One mighty fabulous week you have, bejeweled, birthdayed and more. Wonderful Camp Bergenholtz! That cake looks so wonderful.

  5. a beautiful glimpse as usual!

    here is our moment::

  6. Wow! Y'all have been busy! We missed the powpow that is always near here on Mother's Day weekend, but they have another in the fall, and I hope to make it to that one.

  7. What a fantastic week. I love all of the places you are going. What an awesome summer you all are having.
    Blessings Dawn

  8. Wow! What a wonderful week! Those goblets are very pretty.
    By the way, milkshakes for dinner sounds like a great plan :)


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