Kids Summer Reading Club, May 2017

When some of my favorite blogging friends announced a Kids Summer Reading Club, I knew we needed to join the fun. Marissa always has been my little book-worm. Girlfriend LOVES to read, just like I did when I was her age. It isn’t abnormal for her to walk around with her nose stuck in a book or for me to catch her staying up WAY past her bedtime because “Mommy, it was just so good I couldn’t stop reading.”

This months book was The Baby-sitters Club, Kristy’s Great Idea. This book was two firsts for Marissa. #1 It was her first ever Babysitters Club book. #2 It was also her very first graphic novel. Both firsts seemed to be a hit, she loved it. It only took her one afternoon/ evening to read it and she liked it so much she decided to read it again. I definitely see us picking up some more of these on our next trip to the library! 

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Summer Learning Fun!

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School may be out for summer, but that doesn’t mean that the learning ends!

Over the years I have experimented time and time again with summer learning. There has been everything from great success stories to complete failures. I have absolutely bored my kids to death and sparked new interests. We have put the focus too much on learning forgetting to make things fun and we have gone days on end with no learning at all.

5 years later, I feel like we are finally in a system that has balance. Today I want to show you a few ways that we plan to have fun with summer learning this year.

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Summer Reading Fun

School may be officially over but that doesn’t mean the learning stops. At The Newman Family Independent Learning Center, (#lolololol) we believe that education is something that doesn’t end over summer break. Sure, it may seem like we live at the pool (because we kind of do) but I try to keep our morning activities full of hidden learning time. I love it when the girls are learning without even realizing it. Ever since my girls were itty-bitty I have been scheming up plans to continue educating them over summer break and today I want to share one of my favorites ways with you. 

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Summer Bucket List 2016: The Grand Finale

We did it!

Somehow with only days to spare we finished our 2016 summer bucket list. 

Final Summer List

When I made this list I knew that crossing everything off was totally possible, but I didn’t fully expect for that to happen. I printed it off and hung it up in our school room where we could all see it. It turns out that was just the motivation we needed. With both of the girls reading they were constantly checking in on our progress and asking to mark things off. That made ALL the difference. It was no longer completely on me to plan, schedule, and inspire everyone to join the fun. We did lose some momentum after school started again, but once we found our new routine we easily finished up our list.

Here are the final things we crossed off.

Make & sail newspaper boats

One Saturday when Russ was working the girls and I took a walk to our local nature center with plans to cross two things off our list. First up was making newspaper boats. I had no idea how easy it was to make these, Marissa even mastered it too.

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After we sailed boats I tried to teach the girls the “fine art” of rock skipping. Yeah, that didn’t go so well. I am terrible at skipping rocks and they thought it was more fun to just chuck them in as hard as they could. Sorry little fishies. The girls had so much fun down by the creek and have been begging to take another hike. 

bl rockRide bikes to get ice cream

The weekend before vacation I suffered a terrible allergy attack. But when the girls kept asking and I knew it was our last chance I decided to go for it anyways. We rode about 1/2 a mile away to Braums for an ice cream cone right before super time. If that isn’t one of the best parts of summer I don’t know what is!

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Flashlight tag

I am kind of thankful I saved this one for the end of summer when sunset happened a lot earlier than 6 weeks ago. We stayed up late one Friday night to play flashlight tag which some how ended up turning into flashlight hide and seek. The girls thought it was the best night ever. Marissa is completely convinced that “Flashlight Fridays” should be a real thing around our house. 

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Family vacation

After months of anticipation family vacation finally became a reality. We left on Sept 10th, 2016 and spent a week in Orange Beach, AL. It was amazing and every bit worth the wait. I’ll be doing some recaps in the upcoming weeks. 

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Build a sand castle

Since this was both girls first trip to the beach I knew a highlight would be sand castle building. We buried each other, dug huge holes, built walls and even made a fort. They loved it. 

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The summer of 2016 was another amazing summer.

Every year as the girls get older a part of me is a little sad, I hear the time ticking away. But watching them grow and seeing how every year gets just a little sweeter has been so rewarding. So I embrace our current season of life and thank God for another summer full of memories made with my girls.

What was the best part of your summer?

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Labor Day Weekend Recap 2016

It was the four-day weekend that I have looked forward to for weeks… and then the great allergy debacle of 2016 happened. At first it was one sneeze followed by another. Next came itchy eyes and an itchy throat. Then my nose poured like a faucet, I lost the ability to breathe and in desperation I turned to a medicine that might end up giving me nose bleeds. All of this while praying for even the slightest bit of relief to come. 

This is so not what I had in mind when I thought about our weekend. But it wasn’t a total bust. Life carries on and things get done, in between the sneezes that is.

Labor Day

Here is a glimpse at what our weekend looked like.

Friday collageFriday was:
No school
Grocery shopping
Working on travel books
Finding the perfect utility vest
A family movie night
And an impromptu dance party

Saturday collage

Saturday was:
An earthquake
Being able to fall back to sleep after said earthquake
Scones for breakfast
Yard work
An afternoon date
Starbucks
A new swimsuit
Dinner out with Russ’ parents
And co-op supply shopping

Sunday collage

Sunday was:
Church
A pre-lunch run
A very, very lazy afternoon
Ravioli for dinner
Allergy medicine when things got desperate
Time with friends
And back yard movies

Monday

Monday was:
Sleeping in
Catching up on all things blog related
Cleaning my friends salon room
A smoothie for lunch
A new nose ring
Clearance earrings
Finding a black and white striped tank on clearance
Bike rides
Ice cream
And snuggles on the couch

I definitely didn’t feel on top of things this weekend, but I am pretty sure that things couldn’t have possibly gone any better outside of not having the worst allergy attack of my life. Pray this passes soon friends. 

How was your long weekend?

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Summer Bucket List: Update #2

The last week of our summer break may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that the summer fun is over. We still have a lot of things to cross off this years bucket list. When I decided on a large list I knew marking them all off would take some effort and work, but so far it has been totally worth it.

Here is a look at our progress.

Bucket List Update #2

We have marked of 5 more things since our first bucket list check in. That means we are almost half way done with 11 of 23 items finished.

Go skating

I hoped to sneak this in there once a month, but the girls love to swim so much we almost always end up at the pool instead. However on one rainy afternoon I surprised the girls with a trip to the skating rink. They did so much better than the first time we went. I think we will be spending a lot more time there in the future. 

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I couldn’t completely turn them loose, but they made about 80% or more of our dinner with no help. On the menu was black and white brownies, chili dogs, chips and peas. Not the healthiest meal but they were SO proud. Marissa immediately requested that we make this a monthly thing. I think we totally will.

kids cookBuild a fort

One day I handed the girls a pile of blankets and turned them loose to build a fort. They draped one blanket over 4 chairs and called it good. So I challenged them to think BIGGER and we came up with this. I would also like to add that I may or may not have taken a really short cat nap in it while the girls were playing with something else. 

Fort

Eat watermelon & spit seeds

I knew our list wouldn’t be complete without watermelon, especially seeing we have our very own watermelon patch in our garden this year. The planting, waiting, watching and waiting some more made the watermelon taste even better too. The girls were giddy when we were finally able to harvest our first two melons. It was definitely worth the wait!

WatermelonScavenger Hunt

We have done so many different scavenger hunts over the years. This time I wanted to think outside of our normal, so we ended up at the grocery store! It was different, cool, and so much fun. This was a HUGE hit with the girls and they really want to go back. The only problem is there aren’t to many grocery store scavenger hunt printables out there… guess I know what I need to work on making.

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Y’all I think we are totally gonna finish our list!
We still have like 7 weeks to go!

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How is your summer bucket list progress going?

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