Saturday, September 18, 2010

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Autumn is here. I've been baking like crazy. Trying to figure out how to replace my old gluten favorites has been a fun experiment. This week I've baked banana bread and pumpkin bars. They both turned out great and I can hardly keep myself from devouring the entire dish.
Tobin is off to a great start in first grade.
His new teacher is the most perfect fit for him!
We even set up a little homework space for him in our office.

This week I am going to tell you about our Summer of Joy: Unplugged.
Before summer was out Tobin and I made these herb gardens for his wonderful kindergarden teacher and the classroom aide. His school career got off to a great start.
I made a list the beginning of June about everything I wanted to do with the kids over the summer and we crossed off a lot.
  • Weekly trips to the library
  • Discover a new park each week
  • Field trips to Enchanted Forest, local festivals, the fair, farmers markets.
  • Summer Arts and crafts
  • Family camp out
  • Mondays were reserved for pajama days and putting the house back together.
  • We had family movie nights and bed time stories on our porch.
We got all that done!

What wasn't accomplished on my list:
  • End the world of whining
  • Learn to sew (although I did pretend to be a seamstress for a day and made these cafe curtains for my kitchen! Although it's not sewing when you use hem tape and an iron only.)
  • loose twenty lbs (But I have lost ten!!!)
  • Make the children start contributing to the family budget
  • Have the children memorize the periodic table of elements
None of those things got done. Bummer. But we did find our joy.


Stefanie said...

Okay a few things:

1. Love the new look of your dining area - curtains, of course the collage on the wall, and especially the furniture that used to be in the nursery!

2. 10 lbs is celebration period!

3. Sounds like your summer was super fun! Wish we were closer to have done more together with the kids.

4. His teacher uses a great math curriculum - my favorite - "Bridges!" Now Daph and Tobin can talk math - same program for both!

Meghan said...

I love your Monday pajama day idea! I think I might steal it!! Good job on the 10 lbs, that is soooo awesome! And, hem tap and an iron or not, those curtains are fab!

Crystal said...

10 pounds is soooo worth celebrating! Great post -- love it! We had a jam-packed summer, too.....just the way I like them.

Angela said...

It was great summer for you guys!

Rachel said...

I am so glad your new recipes worked out...and you lost weight too...not too shabby!
You are such a fabulous mom!! Your children are so luck to have you!!