Sunday, June 23, 2013

Summer Bucket List Week 2

This week has been filled with fabulous summer fun.  Here are Summer Bucket List items # 8 through #16.

The most important thing we did this week was celebrate my baby sister's 21st birthday!  Isn't she beautiful! We went out to eat to Genghis Grille, a Mongolian Barbecue.  It was so yummy.  Afterwards we went back to my parents' house for cheesecake.

Molly started swim lessons this week at our pool.  She has fabulous teachers and two of her friends are in her class.  She was a little nervous about jumping off the diving board, but by the last day, she went off without holding the teacher's hand when she jumped.  My favorite part of her week of swim lessons was when Andrew got all of his friends to cheer for her as she tried to jump off the diving board.  He had 6 -10 kids chanting her name.  She loved it!  

I took the kiddos bowling one rainy afternoon this week.  It was so fun.  We used the bumpers, of course, and Molly used the cool ramp most of the time.  I love this first picture of Ryan tilting to the side, willing his ball to move to the left...a universal bowling technique.   (AMF is offering 2 free games for children every day all summer)!

We drove to Greensboro and went out to breakfast with Nanie Too-Too at IHOP.  Then we went back to her house afterwards and the kids helped water her plants.

For Andrew's birthday, in DECEMBER, I gave him this awesome Snap Circuits kit.  I knew he would love them.  Well, for 6 months I have been trying to get him to play with them, and he has outright refused, whined, said he didn't want to do them, that it sounded boring.  Ryan however really wanted to do them.  So he put it on our Summer Bucket List.  We pulled them out during quiet time at the beginning of the week.  And I was right!  Andrew did love them.  And so does Ryan.  And Molly.  And Chad.  We have played with them almost EVERY DAY this week!

We got to have a play date with our cousins from Pinehurst this weekend.  We met up in Greensboro at a park.  We visited a Veteran's Memorial, ate a picnic, and went on a nature hike together.

After the park, we headed to a place I have been wanting to take the kids for over two years, Artquest.  The museum is as fabulous as I thought it would be.  There are three rooms set up with art supplies that the children are free to use in anyway they choose.  There was a puppet theater and costumes which the children used to put on a play.  There were building blocks, weaving looms, clay, paint, fabric, and fort building supplies.    All 7 children, ages 1 to 9 found plenty to enjoy and had a great time.  We will definitely go back!    (I am in love with this first picture)!

We are a little late this year getting our garden planted, but we finally did this weekend.  We have three square foot gardens, one for each child.  We headed to the nursery and the children each chose flowers, fruits, and vegetables to plant in their box.  Taking care of their gardens will now be part of their morning responsibilities, too.  Right now they are very excited about their gardens.  We will see how long it takes until the novelty wears off.

To end our fun week, Chad had the kids help him wash the van....with the help of their water guns.

Of course we did all the normal stuff this week, too.  We went to the pool every day, did our "schedule," read lots of books, and  just had fun hanging out together.  I love summer!

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