Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Fun Things to do in the Month of August

August is the last full month of summer (Autumn begins September 22nd), so it's time to kick it in full gear and ENJOY!  Here is a list of fun things to do this month.
1.  Go to a drive-in movie: fill a cooler with drinks and snacks, throw a couple of folding chairs and blankets in the trunk, and watch a movie under the stars;
2.  Get up a little earlier and enjoy coffee, tea or orange juice on the front porch;  
3.  Go on a picnic in the park: choose a new park you've never been to before, explore;
4.  Visit your local Zoo;
5.  Go white water rafting;
6.  Make a meal using veggies from your garden;
7.  Make S'mores and root beer floats;
8.  Go miniature golfing;
9.  Go to an amusement park;
10. Take a ride on a boat; and (every child's favorite NOT);
11. Get ready to go back to school.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Why Document Your Day, Your Week, Your Life? – A REMINDER

"but the biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three on them sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4, and 1. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in a hurry to get on to the next things: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less."
— Anna Quindlen 
I was not a very good document keeper this past July.  I was truly enjoying each day, spending each evening sitting on our front porch, Elliot riding his bike or playing in his sandbox, Amelia in her ball pit or playpen, adults playing Trips & Runs, Yahtzee, Scrabble or Clue.  Or time spent in the backyard, Elliot in his little pool, me cutting the grass or pulling weeds.  Just outside – enjoying
But I, as keeper of our memories, I published no photos, I have no words written down to coincide with each day.  How will the children know? 
So here I am – back.  Back to my blog to record our days.  Our precious moments.  Our every days.

Welcome August!  How will we enjoy you?

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Childrens' Bucket Lists

We are planning on my daughter and her two sons spending many summer days with us this year.  In anticipation of sharing summer with the boys, I downloaded this Summer Bucket List template from Activities for Kids website.  Along with the templates, I wrote a short note about how I wanted the boys to write down what most they would like to do this summer, i.e., places to go, crafts to make, games to play, foods to eat, just anything that would “make” their summer.  I wrote that they were to sign and date their lists, doodle in the margins, color it, just have fun.

I also let them know that while we might not be able to do everything on their bucket lists, we would most certainly try to do most of them.  I also included a self-addressed, stamped envelope.  

I received their lists in the mail over the weekend.  Here are the results: 

Elliot gave his bucket list verbally - he wants to go to the beach.

We have are looking forward to the boys and Amanda staying and have lined up a trip to Kennywood and to the Zoo for their June stay.  Along with a hike, a movie and plenty of science experiments, puzzles and games.  Bring on Summer!

What's on YOUR children's bucket lists??  

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

School's Out! Bring on the Summer Reading Challenge!

Today is the boys' (BB & JJ) last day of school for the season. I've been on a mission to find the neatest ideas to keep them busy (while making fabulous memories) while they are off.  
I absolutely loved this idea found at Wife Mommy Me – A Summer Reading Bingo Board, and while a lovely free printable is offered, I wanted a more personalized board to fit each boys’ interests.  We have one hooked on dinosaurs, one on wrestling and one on trains.  
As the boys’ ages range from 9 to 4 I also googled “summer reading challenges” for more ideas and ended up on this Pinterest board. Oh! the creativity and inspiration! A super special thank you to all of you who share your inspiration and creativity. I appreciate you.
After spending an obscene amount of time (I can browse all day) looking through all these fabulous ideas, this is the Bingo Board I made for the boys (they will each have their own).  Note: the finished board is much larger.

2017 Summer Reading
BINGO Board


read
about
trains

browse through a kid’s cookbook
then è
ê
make a snack from the book

read a book about plants, then è
ê
plant a flower in a pot, watch it grow

read
in
bed

read
about
trucks and cars,
then è
ê
draw a town on poster board, drive toy cars over the roads

read
about
animals,
then è
ê
visit
the
zoo

visit
the library,
then è
ê
get a
library
card

FREE
SPACE


read a scary story,
then è
ê
make a scary mask

write
and illustrate a mini book,
then è
ê
have a book party and read your book
out loud

read
about
dinosaurs,
then è
ê
visit
the
museum

make a
bookmark;
use it in your book

visit
the
bookstore,
then è
ê
buy a new book, to add to your collection

read under a starry sky

watch a
movie based on a book,
then è
ê
read
the
book
Instructions: read a book, complete an activity.  Put a X through the square as you complete each challenge.
NOTE: Supplies for all activities will be provided by Grammy.


My bet is Brendan will try to fill his in the first week, so I made sure to add things that would need to be done in a group, and places we would need to travel to.  I also want this challenge to last over the three vacation months.  

For the “write and illustrate a mini book,” I used the Mini Book Template found at Teacher Idea Factory.  

I am loving this idea!!  I am so looking forward to this summer with the boys.

I would love to hear YOUR ideas for summer fun for the kiddies! Please share.

Enjoying every day,

Trish

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Welcome June!

Summer has Arrived!
Welcome June!  Home to Flag Day, Father’s Day, Summer Solstice, Picnics, Pool Parties, Grilling and BBQ, Weddings, Graduations and Traveling.
The last day of school for BB and JJ is June 9th and then the party begins!  In May, I sent the boys “bucket lists” to fill out with activities and trips they’d be interested in this summer.  I received them back over the weekend and will share them here later this week.  Looks like we are going to be super busy this summer!!
I am so excited for this month.  Although I work away from home, I want to make so many good memories with the Kiddies before they go back to school. 
In other news that has absolutely nothing to do with the first day of June, I watched the last three episodes of Big Little Lies.  WOWSA!  That’s all I’m saying.  I also watched The Wizard of Lies starring Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfieffer, which was very good.  I am just finishing up reading Asylum by Jeannette De Beauvoir and eager to begin Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson.  I also need to crochet about three dozen stars. 

What plans do you have for this summer?