Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Childrens' Bucket Lists

We are planning on my daughter and her two sons spending many summer days with us this year.  In anticipation of sharing summer with the boys, I downloaded this Summer Bucket List template from Activities for Kids website.  Along with the templates, I wrote a short note about how I wanted the boys to write down what most they would like to do this summer, i.e., places to go, crafts to make, games to play, foods to eat, just anything that would “make” their summer.  I wrote that they were to sign and date their lists, doodle in the margins, color it, just have fun.

I also let them know that while we might not be able to do everything on their bucket lists, we would most certainly try to do most of them.  I also included a self-addressed, stamped envelope.  

I received their lists in the mail over the weekend.  Here are the results: 

Elliot gave his bucket list verbally - he wants to go to the beach.

We have are looking forward to the boys and Amanda staying and have lined up a trip to Kennywood and to the Zoo for their June stay.  Along with a hike, a movie and plenty of science experiments, puzzles and games.  Bring on Summer!

What's on YOUR children's bucket lists??  

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

School's Out! Bring on the Summer Reading Challenge!

Today is the boys' (BB & JJ) last day of school for the season. I've been on a mission to find the neatest ideas to keep them busy (while making fabulous memories) while they are off.  
I absolutely loved this idea found at Wife Mommy Me – A Summer Reading Bingo Board, and while a lovely free printable is offered, I wanted a more personalized board to fit each boys’ interests.  We have one hooked on dinosaurs, one on wrestling and one on trains.  
As the boys’ ages range from 9 to 4 I also googled “summer reading challenges” for more ideas and ended up on this Pinterest board. Oh! the creativity and inspiration! A super special thank you to all of you who share your inspiration and creativity. I appreciate you.
After spending an obscene amount of time (I can browse all day) looking through all these fabulous ideas, this is the Bingo Board I made for the boys (they will each have their own).  Note: the finished board is much larger.

2017 Summer Reading


browse through a kid’s cookbook
then è
make a snack from the book

read a book about plants, then è
plant a flower in a pot, watch it grow


trucks and cars,
then è
draw a town on poster board, drive toy cars over the roads

then è

the library,
then è
get a


read a scary story,
then è
make a scary mask

and illustrate a mini book,
then è
have a book party and read your book
out loud

then è

make a
use it in your book

then è
buy a new book, to add to your collection

read under a starry sky

watch a
movie based on a book,
then è
Instructions: read a book, complete an activity.  Put a X through the square as you complete each challenge.
NOTE: Supplies for all activities will be provided by Grammy.

My bet is Brendan will try to fill his in the first week, so I made sure to add things that would need to be done in a group, and places we would need to travel to.  I also want this challenge to last over the three vacation months.  

For the “write and illustrate a mini book,” I used the Mini Book Template found at Teacher Idea Factory.  

I am loving this idea!!  I am so looking forward to this summer with the boys.

I would love to hear YOUR ideas for summer fun for the kiddies! Please share.

Enjoying every day,


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Welcome June!

Summer has Arrived!
Welcome June!  Home to Flag Day, Father’s Day, Summer Solstice, Picnics, Pool Parties, Grilling and BBQ, Weddings, Graduations and Traveling.
The last day of school for BB and JJ is June 9th and then the party begins!  In May, I sent the boys “bucket lists” to fill out with activities and trips they’d be interested in this summer.  I received them back over the weekend and will share them here later this week.  Looks like we are going to be super busy this summer!!
I am so excited for this month.  Although I work away from home, I want to make so many good memories with the Kiddies before they go back to school. 
In other news that has absolutely nothing to do with the first day of June, I watched the last three episodes of Big Little Lies.  WOWSA!  That’s all I’m saying.  I also watched The Wizard of Lies starring Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfieffer, which was very good.  I am just finishing up reading Asylum by Jeannette De Beauvoir and eager to begin Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson.  I also need to crochet about three dozen stars. 

What plans do you have for this summer?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

This Past Weekend. . .

This past weekend – Memorial Day weekend – was fantabulous!  Yes, it rained a lot.  BUT, the weather was GOOD and the sun did eventually shine.  Starting Friday (we were permitted to leave the office at 3:00!), I couldn’t wait to get home and begin the weekend.  Kayla and Amelia set off to Doug’s house and Elliot and I played trains, cleaned the living room and went to bed early. 
Ms. Amelia

Saturday morning, Mom joined us and we had breakfast at our favorite: Eat N Park – what else?? Elliot was good as gold again this weekend.  We took him to Barnes & Noble (Waterworks). They finally replaced their Thomas the Train table, which had an all NEW track and playsets.  E had a wonderful time.  After picking up a few things at the grocery store, we headed home to get started on cleaning out the room that is now Elliot’s.  It still needs painted because it is currently Barbie pink and purple (Kayla’s childhood bedroom).  Elliot wants blue with green stripes.  Oh my.

Sunday was busier than Saturday, with Mom and I cleaning out all the leaves that accumulated under the back porch.  Then we cleaned the front porch and yard and even though it was so overcast I cut the grass in back.  And then the sun came out.  We ate dinner on the porch.  Mom left for home and Elliot went into the tub. 

Monday, Elliot’s Dad and Gramma came and took them to their home for a cookout.  I did laundry and Mom came in for lunch.  Later, the Mister brought dinner.  Elliot came home. The Pens won (we didn’t see this as we turned in early). 

Elliot and his masterpiece

There is something to be said for three day weekends.  They’re heavenly!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spring Cleaning and Treasure Hunting, The Entry Way

Spring cleaning has been underway.  If you read Friday's post, you will know we are viewing spring cleaning as a treasure hunt.  You can read that post here.  We began with the entryway and although mostly pennies were found (under $1.00), I love how it turned out.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day to All!

Here’s wishing you a Mother’s Day 
That’s filled with every pleasure, 
And a future that’s as happy 
As the memories you treasure!
~ Anon

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!!!
and to all you other dear Mommies.

Enjoy YOUR day!!!!