Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I recently read a magazine article (Nick Jr. or Family Fun probably) and it sounded very fun. I like hobbies with minimal expense that the whole family can enjoy and this seems to fit the bill. It seems that you create a rubber stamp for yourself or your family and have a journal for stamping in. People hide letterboxes with their stamp and journal in places like national and local parks and leave clues for finding it. When you find the box, you stamp their book with your stamp and your book with theirs and rehide it. It's modern day treasure hunting, and we've got several hidden near us!
Check out LetterboxingNorthAmerica for more information.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Here's the link for regal cinemas:
My mother and I
"the uncles", kids, and Pap (my Daddy)
Gramma, Rosie, Great-Gram (Anna), and Anna Kate
Wildwood Lake Sanctuary
The Walnut Street Bridge
The kids loved walking across this pedestrian bridge.
You can see the river through the grate under your feet.
Armed Forces Day at City Island
This blue 66 year old macaw did tricks for Anna Kate
and sat on her head. Her friend is 1 year old Skittles.
The kids enjoyed their traditional ride through Hershey's Chocolate World
and their first real trip to the park. Ethan rode four roller coasters.
We had a great time at Pappy and Gramma's house!
Friday, May 11, 2007
I've been madly trying to catch up everything that hasn't gotten done the past few months and pack too. Please continue to remember Brian in your prayers; he's still in a lot of pain, but the supplements came in yesterday and will hopefully help. I hate leaving him to begin with, and even worse when he's not feeling well. He'll join us Memorial Day weekend, if he can. He's not concerned - he's actually making lists of books to read and movies to watch in all of his spare time!
My parents are heading down to get us today. Please pray for safe travelling in all directions. Love to you all!
Friday, May 04, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Due to the passed-around eye infections, I finally barred them from going outside for the past two days (mostly,at least) to get a break from the pollen, and they are driving me nuts with their energy. I was finally ready to take on the strawberry patch or park tomorrow, only to find rain in the forecast for the next few days. It's raining now, and I'm sure that the strawberry patch will be a mud hole, but I'm dying for fresh berries and time is running out. Then I read this article at thegreenhour.org. So inspirational! The children love to run in the rain, their colds are cleared up, and the pollen will be washed away. I'm going to get out the rain coats and let them have fun and maybe if it's not raining all day, we'll pick strawberries in the mud too. -But only if I can figure out a way to keep my cleaned van clean.
Back to thegreenhour.org. This was my first visit, but it looks like a wonderful site. The NWF tends to be a liberal organization, but their children's publications (Animal Baby, Your Big Backyard, Ranger Rick) are wonderful and this new site was launched for, in their own words:
"The National Wildlife Federation recommends that parents give their kids a "Green Hour" every day, a time for unstructured play and interaction with the natural world. This can take place in a garden, a backyard, the park down the street, or any place that provides safe and accessible green spaces where children can learn and play.
To give parents and caregivers the information, tools, and inspiration to get their kids -- and themselves -- outside, NWF has created GREENHOUR.ORG, a website rich in family-friendly content and which hosts a supportive virtual community where families can learn, explore, and share their outdoor experiences and backyard adventures. "
I realized that I had some extras I was planning on getting rid of in the attic. We seem to always get so many for Christmas and birthdays and in between. I'm sure you all do the same thing, sorting through and taking out ones that are similar or not played with often. Well, now I let them take dolls and bears, and stuffed pillows like that outside. They pick them up and store them in a cloth laundry bag inside the playhouse on the deck. If they're dirty, I periodically wash them in hot water. If they're hopeless, I can throw them out without feeling badly, because they were headed out anyway.
Now the kids are happy to have dolls and animals to play with outside. And I'm happy that they're not ruining the toys that they sleep with at night.
- The Farmer in the Dell
- Freeze tag
- Pantomimes - my kids love to play this with us!
- Concentration - pat one leg, then the other, then snap each finger in a 1,2,3,4,rhythm. Then begin the game by assigning a number to each player. as the first person snaps she says her number (1), then another person's number (3) in her rhythym. Play continues without breaking the beat by missing your number or not saying someone else's. Whoever breaks the rhythm is out. Last kid snapping wins.
- Hand clapping games like "Oh Playmate, Come out and Play With Me" and "Hot Cross Buns" and "A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea"
- Kick the can
- Four square
- Jacks - we'd get brushburns on the side of our hands from playimg on the sidewalk
- Climbing trees
- Catching lightning bugs
- Blowing bubbles
- Ball tag
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007