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Time to Move Onwards and Upwards

June 11, 2009
Graduations of All Shapes and Sizes… WHA??

The 6th graders had a full blown graduation ceremony. Complete with the superintendent speaking, awards given out, class officers recognized and of course the presentation of the diplomas..



Graduating on to… Jr. High.. WhaHoo!?

I think I spent more time IN the school this past week than not. I’m not totally complaining here. But? Wow, they couldn’t possibly have gotten any work done the past two weeks!

  • Trips to the local pool, for both kids.
  • One kid’s class ‘won’ the end of the year pizza party complete with a limo ride?!
  • A talent show for the upper grades.
  • A talent show for the lower grades.
  • A baby shower during class for the student teacher (I know. Don’t ask.)
  • 6th grade graduation.
  • A family invited BBQ on the last day of school.

And DO NOT get me started about Preschool Graduation…. are they serious?


{Note: This is not my kid’s graduation. Decked out in cap & gown. Oh my.}
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Boredom Buster: THE SCHEDULE….

July 17, 2008

The last post in my little Beat the Heat and the Boredom (with a stick) series!


How do I incorporate all those great things my very own kids came up with in the great LIST of Summer 2008? Here’s how. Remember the KID’s are in charge of most of this!

There’s only one real hard and fast rule.
The television and computer are limited to 1/2 hour per kid. So in my house, that could mean 1.5 hours of total TV time if they all agree to the same show! (This was the alternate plan, the first plan involved putting cable on hold. They were happy to agree to this plan, believe me!)

Mid-Morning is Movie day: (Our local Dollar Theater has 50 cent Mondays. We saw Speed Racer this week. And we don’t even care if we’ve seen the show before or not! For 50 cents, and free a/c we don’t care! And I’m totally cheap, no way am I paying $20 for popcorn and soda, we bring our own water and small snacks.) Check you local Cinemarks for Movie Deals.
Then we spend the rest of the afternoon using the list as a guide.
Mondays are also Planning Days:
Plan out various activities for the rest of the week. Any recipes for the cooking time, calling friends for playdate days and items needed for kid’s camp.

Early morning: Tennis–we make use of free courts in local parks. None of us knows what we are doing, but that’s the best part. And when we get tired out, we head to the swings and the little stream that runs near the park.
The rest of the day we fill in with items from our 4 hour list, and if playdates have been made they join in!

Pool Day–We try out a new pool each week. There are 6-8 county pools to pick from and
even a few friends with backyard pools to mooch off! We never get bored! (And the kids are beat by the time we get home, they don’t need entertaining at that point.)

Early Morning: Hikes and Walks. Plenty of local trails to mix it up! Some allow bikes, we LOVE that. Fill in the rest of the day from THE LIST and/or host a kid’s camp. This week we are having a ‘sidewalk chalk art show’.

Mid Morning: Park day and then over to adjacent library for our weekly ‘fix’. Fill in the day from THE LIST and have a Lemonade Stand! Especially good if they can use whatever they made from cooking time at the stand.

I know everyone is going to say what a lot of work… But seriously the kids do a lot of this. And remember I get as much as 4 hours of ‘work’ time. So it’s totally worth it to drag ’em off in the mornings knowing I get creative, happy kids come afternoon, with very little TV as babysitter!

The weekends you ask? What the heck is Dad for, after all?