Sunday, August 29, 2010

Summer wrap-up

So, next Tuesday (September 7), Kid Jedi will be returning to school.  We will be on a new schedule this year with me substituting as much as possible this year and sending him to our school's before/after care program.  It's difficult for me to enter this year and not be completely available for him as I have been every day of his life so far, but it's time to enter a new season of our life.

We are entering into the last week of summer vacation, and as usual we will try to pack as much summer fun into it as we can.  The plan is to go to the pool as much as we can, especially with a heatwave coming on this week.  The hubby took him to HersheyPark yesterday and they stayed the whole day...literally, they got there less than 1 hour after opening and didn't leave until the park closed at 10.  There's one of Kid Jedi's classmates that we haven't had a chance to have a playdate with, so I'll try to call his Mom this week and schedule that as well as another little girl he wants to get together with.  Fortunately all our school shopping is done, so we can dedicate next week to fun.

Kid Jedi had the chance to meet his teacher last week.  Our class lists aren't actually posted yet, they won't be until this coming Friday, but we requested this teacher since she really works with her students on social etiquette which Kid Jedi really needs.  Prior to meeting her, he said he wanted the other 1st grade teacher, but now he's really happy with her.

So, here's to a fun last week of summer and a great first week of school...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Five Favorite Family Time Activities

The busier we get in life, the more important it is to schedule family activities. Whether you have a small family or a large family, finding time to spend together is not always easy. Five activities we do together are:

  1. Heading to Amusement Parks, though this is more fun for Kid Jedi and the hubby, I enjoy taking pictures and seeing the joy in Kid Jedi's face.
  2. Playing board games, our current favorites are Sorry, Lego Race and Battleship.
  3. Watching movies, Kid Jedi has recently decided we need to have family movie night where he picks a movie and we all watch together, it's nice because we all stop running to watch the movie.
  4. We play outside whenever we can, this summer with the heat and humidity, it hasn't been as much as we like but we head outside, have adventures, kick the soccer ball around, etc.
  5. Kid Jedi's favorite, as you know if you read my blog at all, is to all play with Lego bricks together. I'm not just saying this because of the blogging program that inspired this post, we have thousands (really) of Lego bricks and 30-40 kits that are put together.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and LEGO blogging program, making me eligible to get a prize pack. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Lost Summer

Somehow, summer is almost over. I know in some areas, school is already starting. I have a cousin in Georgia who is starting school today. But here, it seems like we barely started summer and now we have 3 weeks left until the kiddos are back in school. Granted, this winter we had lots of this stuff.

So, we didn't get out of school until June 24, but still. I guess we filled up our summer with lots of activities.

Kid Jedi spent his first weekend down the shore with my parents (he stayed Saturday night through Tuesday), and then we had Backyard Bible Bash for 3 days.

Then, well, it was 4th of July already and Summer Reading at the Library every Wednesday started. Then starting July 12 we had a Nature Camp at our town's lake. Kid Jedi loved it, except for the heat and he thought all the hikes were going to be the same so he didn't want to do that the second day...oh, and they didn't tell me for the 1st 2 days that he was hitting one of the older kids that was helping out so I couldn't stop him from doing that, though it did stop as soon as I told him no hitting. But I have no pictures of camp.
Finally, we had a whole week off (except for summer reading at the library) but I had to study for my English Subject Matter Praxis II test. Then we had fun at VBS.

That was a fun, but exhausting week...we even had 5 children ask Jesus into their hearts. Kid Jedi wanted to do it too, but he did that last year at VBS, so Pastor Dan wants to sit with him and explain what he can do next. I love our church!!

Finally...our summer can begin. We have been to the swim club a handful of times, between being busy and the unbearable heat, it hasn't happened. The amusement parks that we have season passes to, also a bust this year. We did spend time down the shore with my parents last week and will be going again the end of this week to do some trick-or-treating at their campground.

It just seems like this is the summer that never was...well, we have 3 weeks - I guess we'll be busy having fun!!