We went to Hudson Grotto for our first certification dives. I geared up and actually got in the water. I didn’t like the tannin water color and clarity and had a little panic. I opted to not do my dive today. I will get certified it will just take a little longer. Mom, Dad and B got theirs done! Mom wasn’t happy with the water either but she got through it. School is chugging along. I have pre-algebra, 8th grade science, business keyboarding, civics and more writing language arts stuff. I am really enjoying my academics this year. I love when B takes time to show me fun things that he is learning too! We do a Wildlife Wednesday video seminar every month and this month it was on sea turtles. I love these breaks from the other school work. We made a cat trap. We trapped Thunder almost immediately! I had my first live lesson for 8th grade science and it was painful. It was an introduction to chemistry, which I already know a lot of. My teacher actually texted me during the lesson and asked me to not answer more questions and let the other kids have a shot. We had a Not Back to School party at Airheads. I loved all the new climbing walls and ninja warrior courses. We read all the political ads that came in the mail all week and picked quickly who we would not vote for just based on the ads and the slander and nastiness the ads had. We found some old smoke bombs and other fireworks and had fun playing “paint the driveway with smoke”. I had a make-up SCUBA lesson to build my confidence before the next dive. We are working on a Wildlife Science book for 4-H this year. So we have been monitoring the bird feeders. I am the club treasurer again this year. We wrapped up the next dive at Rainbow River! I just need one more little dive soon and I will be SCUBA certified. We saw huge gar, hungry fish and so many other cool things in the river. I really am loving SCUBA! Mr. Keith has been an AWESOME instructor!