Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Ideas for your summer tree might include:
*Cover your tree with foam, cardstock or silk flowers.
**Add a foam flower every day of the summer until it's in full bloom, later trading it for fall apples.
***Writing on the foam flowers, listing a family activity on each flower. Let kids chose at random for some spontaneous fun ideas! Ideas may include: Visit a Museum, Go to the Park, Swim at a Beach, Visit a Shrine, Stop by Grandmas, Bring a snack to your parish office, Camping in the Backyard…
My kids would peek at each one when I wasn't looking to have their favorites picked the next day! :) If you put them in a basket and add the activity flower as you do them, by the end of the summer they will have a tree blooming with all the things they did on their Summer Vacation!
Since mine are all on the tree, I think I'll write on them as we do something. Then next year, I can reuse them. So what have we done this summer, thus far? Not finishing up the school books as I had intended… we've done some unschooling instead.
Saw God's Creation, Ate from His bounty, Visited the Sick, Took care of His creatures, frolicked in His ever-changing weather, Slept in His peace, Learned how to do His will, Took care of God's little children, Connected with His Saints, Sat in Wonder of everyday miracles and simple pleasures, Enjoyed others creativity, Honored Our Parents, Treasured our Temple of the Holy Spirit, and Made others Smile! See below…
Field Trip to CR Dam / Osprey Lesson, Field Trip to Benihana's Tepenyaki Food,
Visit Grandma after her Stroke, Take care of a puppy for a week,
Splash in the Rain, Scooters in the Park, Family Sleepover,
Catholic Home Educators Conference, Baptism - First Godchild,
4H Kids Woodshop Class - created/lead by mom and dad,
See the fireworks, Visit the Lego Store at MOA,
Spent Father's Day at the local Art Soup Festival with Tom's Parents,
Joined Gymnastics - the older 4 kids,
Sat in Papa's Seat to watch the others…
Just to name a few! We also plan to Welcome the newborn, Defend our Faith, Pray for Our Leaders, Visit our Elders and other relatives, Connect with friends old and new, and Share God's love with all we meet.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS SUMMER?
Once the Legos come out, they're out. It's hard to get them back in the bin and on the shelf. Luckily they have not entered into my walkway and into my foot. I was pondered the idea that each new parent should have to cross the Walk of Toys just like tribes walk across hot coals.
Happy Birthday to our son, Stanley, who is 8 this month. He wanted to have a Lego birthday. On the day we took everyone to the Lego store in the Mall of America. Turns out it was a special weekend for LEGOs! Full displays, Lego Master Builders on site teaching and activities, and special deals in the store!
BE A MASTER BUILDER
LEGO STORE DISPLAYS
LEGO CLUB DISPLAYS (click image to enlarge)
We are now looking to buy 3-5 lbs of random legos…
Followed by a BIRTHDAY PARTY with his friends.
They built whatever they wanted, and played a game of Creationary (Lego Pictionary). Decoration ideas I found online made it simple, but I tweaked a few things.
Click the mini coloring book to print your own, put together by me.
Below are some random ideas I pulled off Google Images…
Back-at-home-mom.com had some printables for water bottle labels, cupcake or table confetti, and more. BigDandMe.com has an awesome Lego Bingo printable. LivingLocurto.com made these cute cake pops. KidsActivitiesBlog.com thought up Lego Candy using candy dots on paper and cutting different sizes. Many moms, including me added circles on squares in all areas to look like Lego bricks. Just adding cupcakes to the top of a square sheet cake and frosting it over in bright colors gives it the look of a Lego brick.
His gift was the Avengers mega lego kit. Pretty cool, very fragile.
Turns out Florida and California have LEGOLAND themed parks! Definitely a must when we visit there again.
Homegrown Catholics - Our homeschooling experience
As a child, I wore a mustard seed with a bible verse [Mark 30-32]around my neck. I pondered the fragility and potential of that little seed. What amazing potential did I have, and now what of the potential of our children!? In high school, my favorite quote was: "When you take the time to do the things you have to do when you have to do them; the time will come when you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them!" - Zig Zigler
So we're taking the time to enrich our childrens' lives, so that they can someday be sent into the world not just as educated citizens - but more so messengers of God. It often takes all my energy and will power to get out of bed each day and have everyone at home depending upon me to entertain with lessons and activities. But I know the end result will be our confidence in knowing we did everything we could to give our children the best Catholic Education WE could provide.
I don't know that I'll ever retire from being a teacher to my family, and I don't want to wait until my husband retires and our children are all grown before we really live our life. Homeschooling allows us to live now, love better now, and give praise and thanks to God now for all that we currently enjoy.
Homegrown Catholics blog is a place for us to share this journey with you. Let it be a resource of renewal and inspiration!
Melissa & Tom
and our growing family
*Visit my other blog for more straight forward journaling about my life Growing in Grace, my Catholic Journey, and my take on world issues. My personal journey to evangelize despite opposition.
*To view samples of what I sew and craft for homework and sale, go to Modest Mommies.