Summer learning routine

Every summer since the boys started in school, I have a plan to avoid the “summer slump”. The boys are so used to this that they have even started setting their own goals for the summer! A’s major goal is to read, read, read. J wants to learn to tie his shoes (we’ve attempted this several times without success), write correctly with his pencil (more on that in a minute), and learn his math facts fast! Here are a few more of our summer learning plans.

First, back to J’s writing. I noticed about a year ago that J tended to hold his pencil oddly. We tried several things to help him, and figured as he continued to write it would begin to work itself out. However, it hasn’t, and so we really need to get him back on track so he doesn’t get behind in the classroom. My Mom gave me a pencil grip corrector and a writing tablet and we are slowly beginning the process of helping him re-learn how to hold his pencil to write. I’m very thankful that he is super pumped about this because it is not an easy process.

Second, is finally nailing down shoe tying for BOTH kids. I really feel like I knew how to do this in kindergarten, but good gracious it’s been difficult to teach them. J really wants to learn, and A could really care less, but they are both going to learn because their shoes for fall will be lace-ups. In part because they stay on their feet better (if they are tied). J desperately wants shoes like these:

So that’s one of our end goals for the summer.

Third, J has the goal of nailing down his math facts (addition and subtraction), and I want him to be able to do it without using his fingers to count. We already have addition and subtraction cards like these:

But I also have plans to get this fun little math matching game:

While I’m working on math facts with J, A will be working through some Khan Academy math programs.

Now that we’ve covered J (and some A) goals, here are a few of my learning goals for the summer! First up, I’m planning to sign up for a free two months of Skillshare and take this class with the boys:

The boys love drawing, and so I thought it would be fun to test our hand at some drawings and watercolors.

Second, A is all about math and storytelling write now so we have plans for this Pixar in a Box series on just that idea.

And third, a brand new Magic Treehouse Book on Benjamin Franklin comes out in July. So I’ve got a book club lesson plan for the boys:

And that’s it! The boys have two weeks of swim lessons, a week of FCA camp, and we’ve got a beach vacation as well, so in between all of that we are going to sleep in, go to the pool, catch up on all the reading, and eat all the popsicles! If you want to check out last year’s learning plan it’s here.

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Easter Baskets

 

I kept it really simple this year for Easter baskets. Honestly, in part because the boys are getting older and I’m running out of ideas! Here is a quick breakdown of what I have in their baskets (more like buckets):

1. Kids read truth Hebrews Bible Study, for the boys to work on (with my help).

2. Summer pajamas.

3. Star Wars t-shirt.

4. Tenzi dice game.

5. Easter bunnies. These bunnies are adorable and I got them from one of our local shops (Sweet Pineapple):

6. Pokémon cards, lined sticky notes, jelly bellies, and a chocolate bunny.

We also filled the boys’ eggs with Easter Tsum Tsums and candy:

We also had to fill six eggs for an egg hunt at J’s school:

Usually we wait until the last minute to fill baskets and eggs, but this year we filled everything ahead! The boys are going to be quite excited!

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This and That

B and I started out our weekend with a Friday lunch at a local pizza place:

Earth and Stone pizza. Y’all. Their pizza is so good! Check it out:

And I indulged and got a Piper and Leaf sweet front porch tea:

Then we headed to The Deep and picked up graphic novels for B and then to Ulta so I could pick up some items I had run out of and I got shade matched for the new NARS sheer glow I’ve been wanting to try:

It’s even better than I was expecting it to be! It matches my skin flawlessly and stayed on all day (note: I was also wearing Beneft 15 hour primer).

On Saturday, J had a birthday party at Spirited Art:

Which has an awesome color wall:

Then we headed to the library to pick up some books we had on hold:

 

And find a couple of extra ones as well:

And then on Sunday the sun finally came out and we spent as much time outside as we could:

And now it’s back to school and one more week until Spring Break!

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Are you ready for some football?

J’s football party was such a blast! We spent our Saturday afternoon jumping sky high at a trampoline park and then spent our Sunday eating queso, tacos, and watching The Super Bowl. It’s hard to believe that my baby is seven! There are times when he seems so very grown-up, but then other times he’s still our silly boy, looking for a laugh and playing with his peeps. In a way this party celebrated that milestone, he picked the theme, the party place, and I just supplied the decorations, and food.

One of my favorite current decorations are the banners on the fireplace:

J’s favorites were definitely the table decor, that included inflatable footballs, a Super Bowl ring, and a golden football that one of B’s co-workers made:

The treat bags for J’s birthday were a hit! I went super simple, just a squishy football, football straws, a football pencil, and a container of mini m&ms:

And that was it! Here’s to a great seventh year, J!

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This and That

This dress arrived on my doorstep this week and I’m in love! It fits perfectly, and can easily be worn for work or that date night that people talk about.


J and I finished the puzzle we’ve been working on…

And so I found him the next day with all of his imaginext items out, now that he isn’t getting up to work on the puzzle. I guess he hasn’t outgrown them quite yet:

My favorite blood orange margarita is in season at our favorite taco place:

And like everyone else in America, I’m currently finding the joy of organizing in my house (although let’s be honest, I’ve always found joy in organizing):

While I didn’t pile all my clothes on my bed, I’ve gone through all of my items in my closet and drawers, and I’m slowly dealing with the other clutter drawers in our house. I’ve also got the boys cleaning their drawers out as well! By the end of the year our house is going to be at a super organized level.

And finally, I put up our Valentines decorations, so our house feels very festive!

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J’s Super Bowl Extravaganza

In less than two weeks, my baby will be seven. Seven! Both boys were born (by coincidence) on major football weekends. A’s Birthday usually falls on a weekend in October where there are critical college football games, and J was born the weekend of the Super Bowl. This was the first year that J really connected that his birthday was on Super Bowl Sunday, and he was ecstatic. I probably would’ve been annoyed if my birthdate aligned with a huge football game, but not J. He was pumped and immediately asked for a football themed party. I’ve been rounding up football decorations and party supplies, so I thought I’d share what I found so far…

The tablecover, banner, and squishy footballs are Amazon buys. I found that it was a better deal to get all the tableware (plates, napkins, straws, football cutouts), the pencils, and football candles are from Party City because they have smaller quantities. I picked up the football T-shirt from Gap online (sold out, but I also loved this one), and the football washi tape is from Hobby Lobby. I also picked up this sign from Hobby Lobby:

And I’m going to pick up some ring pops to add to the treat bags, and maybe football wristbands because J is obsessed with them:

 

 

He’s already so pumped! It’s going to be a great birthday/Super Bowl!

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This and That

This is how the boys usually wake up during the week:

 

This is A helping me shop at Whole Foods, one of our new favorite stops:

These are the puzzle pieces of our popsicle puzzle that we are currently working on:

These are the watermelon margaritas B and I had with our nachos and tacos Friday night:

This is the great shrimp lo mein B made this Saturday night:

And this is the Mickey from Mickey’s 90th Birthday Tsum Tsum set that A got for J’s upcoming birthday:

Birthday Tsum Tsums will make for a very excited seven year old!

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Recently…

We’ve been enjoying our last chances to “drive over the mountain” before it closes for an entire year and every errand is going to take a lot longer (as is our drive to work…bring on the podcasts!).

I’ve been crafting and drawing in my art journal to deal with my current prednisone always on brain (one of the side effects of having asthma with kids who give you germs in the south in the winter).

We picked up McDonald’s for lunch on Saturday after J’s game and J chose hot cakes, because obviously.

I was reminiscing of my sister and I making sugar cookies when we were little, just the two of us. It’s funny now because sugar cookie making usually consists of five fairly loud kids. I probably shouldn’t include fairly.

We had an early riser this week. That’s not typical during the school week, they like to save their early rising for the weekend, ha!

And finally, you know when you are eating and suddenly have this uncomfortable feeling someone is watching you? That’s Dasher.

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This and that

This weekend we visited Santa and the boys shared what they would like for Christmas…

This is my favorite nail combination (I do polish x 2, top coat, glitter coat and let my nails dry for about ten minutes in between the polish coats, top coat, and glitter coat)….

My favorite frozen Rhodes rolls hack is to put two freezer rolls in a greased muffin tin, and then let them rise all afternoon, then bake at 350 for fifteen minutes:

I took this picture of A by my favorite tree on campus when we were walking to my class last week:

And finally two of my current favorite things, my Magnolia Journal and a Gingerbread Spiced Latte:

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