Saturday, July 21, 2012

100 Things to Do This Summer!

Preston at the splash pad at the zoo (late May)
At the beginning of each summer, I think "what am I going to do with the kids all summer long?"  As much as I love to hang out with my kids, we all like a routine and we all like to be kept busy, so it can become challenging.  I was lucky to get Bennett in the Homewood Day Camp (which she LOVES)!   She attends that camp Monday-Friday from 9-2, and they have each day planned with different activities.  In addition, they have one field trip each week.  I am not sure if Bennett likes the actual field trip, or riding the bus to their destination more!
However, Pres is at that "young" age where camp programs are limited.  So, though he was enrolled in camp the entire month of June through our church, it was only Monday, Wednesday and Friday for a half day.  On those other days, we typically went swimming or to the library if they had a fun activity.

Swimming with cousins!
Now we are midway through July, and the summer is flying by.  We haven't really had much of a chance to be bored.  It has been awesome that we have had new neighbors with a 6 year old girl move in too!  Between camps, the occasional playdates, and now neighborhood fun....the summer has been going quickly and everyone has been entertained!  We just returned from a week at the beach and wrapped up Vacation Bible School at our church this week (our first time).  Both kids were able to participate, and I taught incoming first graders, and it was a lot of fun for all of us.

Next week is Bennett's last week of day camp, and then we'll really be looking for things to fill our days.  Since I know my kids need to stay active, I decided to print a list off my new favorite website of "100 Things to Do in the Summer with Kids."  We have checked off about a quarter of the items so far, but our goal is to have at least 50% completed by the time the kids go back to school.  I know that doesn't sound like much, but the list has a lot of crazy things on it, and ones that aren't really age appropriate for our kids.  It has been fun to cross things off, so we'll see how far we get with the list over the next four weeks.
Learning about cows during one of the library programs

With the school year starting a couple of weeks later, that buys us some time to tackle it!  Here are a few photos showing the kids doing some of the activities this summer, and when they start school, I'll post some additional photos with an updated list (to see if we hit our goal of 50%).

dress up (a VERY common occurence) w/ Caroline

Blowing Bubbles (making bubble snakes)

Bennett was better at it than Pres

Pres bowling for his first time!
Fun at the beach
Watching fireworks on July 4th
Water balloon fight!
Bennett bowling (her 2nd time this summer)
Top 100 Things to Do This Summer (as of 7/20/12)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Just Me and My Boys!

After dropping off Bennett at day camp, Preston and I hit the gym.  He loves to go with me because he loves playing in their "soft play" area.  However, today he was meeting some of his friends (the Tanner trio), and that made it even better!  When we left the gym, the sun was trying to peek through the clouds, so we decided to capitalize on it and go for a bike ride.  Of course Preston wanted a destination, so we biked over to Shades Cahaba Elementary School.

The path (as Preston calls it) there takes us through a tunnel underneath the one busy intersection that we would otherwise cross.  Spencer accompanied us, and we walked/ran next to Pres as he biked all the way there (probably a little over a half a mile).  There was a slight breeze, but we were all sweating by the time we got there.  Pres did a beeline for the jungle gym firetruck, while Spence and I tried to stay cool in the shade.

On Steve's way home from work, he swung by to give Spence a lift home (my old boy just can't hang like he used to).  He was more than happy to get in the air conditioned car and head home.  Pres wasn't ready to leave though, so we played more.  He convinced me to pretend like we were firemen.  We rode on the truck, ran around the playground and climbed up trees (AKA... the top of the jungle gym) to "save animals that are stuck."  We had a great time playing make believe together.

Since I knew we still needed to get home, I talked Pres into leaving before he was completely exhausted.  We took a different "path" home and he pedaled so fast.  The little guy wore me out since I practically ran beside him the entire way! 

When we got home, we rehydrated and then this is what I found...

I guess both of my boys were exhausted!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Beach Trip 2012

After creating the memories we did last summer with our children and friends, we decided that we had to plan another beach trip for this summer.  Since we had a slightly smaller group, we began looking for a different house, one a little closer to Seaside.  We succeeded with one still south of 30A, and just a 1/2 mile east of Seaside.  It worked out perfectly for our group, and we all had a great time.

The kids had friends to play with each day, yet we had plenty of family time.  The weather was nice all week, with a little rain here and there, but not enough to ever stifle our fun.  We built sand castles, looked for seashells, played in the ocean, swam in our pool, hunted for crabs, took in a concert in Seaside with the kids, saw Madagascar 3, rode bikes and ate out several times at some of our favorite places! 

Here are some of my favorite photos from last week (in no particular order)....

Good friends equals good times!  Thanks to the Neeses and Frys for the memories!