Well, I guess now that fall has officially begun, summer is really over. We had a lot of fun these last few months, starting when school let out, until the last official day of the season…here’s a look back at some of the things we did!
We visited a lot of playgrounds:
And spray parks:
We saw a dock dogs competition:
We went to Grant’s Farm (twice!):
And had a few tea parties:
We saw a lot of baseball games:
We went to Eckert’s and picked blackberries:
We visited Six Flags St. Louis for the first time:
And celebrated the Fourth of July:
We visited the zoo:
And saw the new sea-lion exhibit for the first time!
Turkey played in his fourth season of baseball:
We celebrated some birthdays:
And had fun at VBS:
We volunteered at and/or visited the LCMS convention:
And toured the Gateway Arch for the very first time!
Bunny met a few famous people, who happened to be married to each other!
We went on a few road trips:
Ryan and I repainted the front room of our house…it looks so pretty in blue!
We visited the Art Museum:
A new school year began:
We toured the Science Center:
Some of us were just cute!
Did I mention baseball?
I worked hard to make this a fun summer, even though, as always, we didn’t go on a vacation. It’s going to be hard to top this amount of fun next summer!
No kindergartners this year, but we had so much fun with them last year, I decided to make schultüte again! Here’s a look at the contents:
Some of the items were the same as last year: crayons (regular, and special Crayola color packs), pencils (again, regular, plus an Angry Birds pencil), tape, and candy. I also found some new stuff, like scented markers, and some complementary stuff, like pins to go on last year’s lanyards, and something other than post-it notes for writing on. Such a simple, fun little way to get a new school year off to a great start!
Week one of the new school year is officially done! Turkey and Bunny began fourth grade, while Ladybug finally got an “official” start to Kindergarten. This week has been mostly review, even for Ladybug, who started doing some K work last January, so the most exciting part of the week was, of course, the first day itself.
One of the activities I planned for Monday was going to the library so the children could get their own library cards. Now, we’re no stranger to the library, as I have a card that we’ve all been using. And, to be honest, they technically still will be using my card, as their cards are linked to mine. But now each child has his or her own library card, and also the added responsibility of keeping track of what books they have out, and when the books are due.
On Monday we also had our first field trip of the year…we went apple picking. It was the perfect day to go–it was warm, but not hot; the public schools are back in session, but hadn’t been back long enough for there to be field trips going on, so the orchard was quiet; and the orchard had a special going of pick a pound, get a pound for free. Almost 12 pounds of apples, and one visit to the goats on the “farm” later, and we were done! Sadly, this was our first field trip without Moose…in the past, I’ve tried really hard to work around his school schedule, so that he could come with us. That’s just not always going to work though, so I’m consoling myself with the fact that he gets to go on field trips of his own without us.
It’s been a huge adjustment for me, trying to figure out how to teach two grades and take care of a baby. I knew it would be difficult; what I didn’t anticipate is just how exhausting it would be! Hopefully, in the weeks to come, as the routine becomes more familiar, I’ll be able to balance schoolwork and housework a little bit better, without feeling totally wrung out at the end of the day!
I decided to try out this German/Austrian first day of school tradition this year, and it was a lot of fun!
The items in the cones (which I made out of 12×12 scrapbook paper), were simple, and some of them we already had around the house: a pencil, new crayons, tape, colored pencils, stickers, a pencil sharpener (from Grandma and Grandpa), candies, a mini Post-It notepad, a Lego brick eraser, and a lanyard (to hold their new library cards). Don’t worry, I made one for Moose, too, to open when he got home from school!
It was like opening stockings on Christmas morning…the children were so excited to see what was in their present.
I think this may need to become a permanent tradition…I loved making the Schultüte, and the children loved opening them!