Since school has been out I've started establishing the summer routine or bits and pieces of a summer routine.
My objective: limit electronics
Each summer begins with a huge calendar from the last day of school to the first day of school.
Buddy loves calendars almost as much as I do. He likes routine, he likes knowing what's coming, what to expect and checks this and fills things in almost daily.
LG and Babe helped me with the coloring of the letters. : )
This year, I added a new thing for chores. To get the boys motivated and to not nag them constantly about picking up and doing their part. I started writing jobs on little fun post-its and putting them up by the calendar. We usually have one :15 minute cleaning session each day and then they can also choose to do any extras they want.
When they complete a job and its been inspected by M.E. they stick the post-it to their drawer. I got this little set of drawers at Hobby Lobby on clearance and loved it. Its perfect for M.E. when I find legos or the boys little stuff laying around I just toss it in their drawer. They also store their money and gems in here as well.
I've not decided exactly how much money each job is worth, but they are going to tally them until we leave for KY. It a good thing.
Another good thing is homework. I know its important for them to keep their little brains in shape and honestly they have completely complied with barely a word about it.
I got on the Saxon math homeschool website and there's sample lessons, so Buddy did one for his homework last week.
Thankfully, LG's teacher sent home a summer packet of work for him. He did three worksheet english and math. And he did fabulous.
Of course, Babe needed some homework too. So he worked in an preschool workbook, also doing three sheets. He thought he was the coolest kid ever.
We also have joined the summer reading program and the Summer Bucket list challenge.
The events of May 20th are still with M.E. and everyone. I've said it before and I'll say it again, people in Oklahoma are the nicest people in the country. They are "GOOD PEOPLE" and it hurts to see them suffer.
Please continue to support and pray for them.
We have another Tor:Con of 7 today and it's scary to think it could happen all over again.
Its constantly on our minds and hearts. The Man had to go last week down to the University of Oklahoma which is due east of Moore. And he said the debris that was there from the Shawnee and Moore tornadoes were everywhere you looked. It was upsetting and surreal for him -- something we will never forget.
We are okay, physically. But our hearts are all heavy from what our neighbors to the south are having to go through in the aftermath of these deadly tornadoes.
I've always been a bit of a weather nut and the Man is to and so we have been glued to the tv both yesterday and today, not just for safety but for curiosity of the situation.
But tonight we had to turn the television off, remove ourselves for the surreal reality that those tornadoes could have been a 100 miles north. Watching the tornadoes live on the local news is a much different experience than seeing footage. Having the knowledge that this massive tornado is on the ground at this very minute and knowing there are schools in its path, knowing that school is still in session, knowing that there aren't many basement in schools or houses for that matter. This knowledge tore me up as I watched live and in real time-- knowing they couldn't survive an EF4 or greater above ground. 200 mph winds are just too strong.
Why do we not have basements here? I don't know a single family that has a basement.
The Man had a long talk with Buddy and LG about what we saw on tv, what happened. I gave them super long and extra tight hugs. I pray I get to again tomorrow.
Please pray for those victims in Moore, Oklahoma and the victims yesterday in Shawnee, pray for those moms and dads, and children, pray that God will wrap his arms around them.
To my family and friends, thank you for praying for our safety. We love you all!
For the last year, he has played up on a 5th grade team. That team is getting a new coach and making some changes and Buddy hasn't been real happy there, so he needs a change.
We decided he needed to play with his own age group and have more fun and playing time.
So we have begun the great soccer team search.
Multiple teams. Multiple practices. Buddy's opinion. My Opinion. The Man's opinion. Lots to take in.
He practiced this week in another league.
This coach makes the team run. Buddy was told to run a mile with the team. He struggled. City life at its worst. He was third to last and not happy about it. But he ran the whole way, no walking. I know what we will be doing in KY. RUNNING!
He's really liking this team and we think its mostly because his friend Zkid is signing with them. I say, yay to that. I'd love to have another family from our school on the team. Plus D will help with Babe. :)
They did some pretty cool drills and Buddy hung in there.
I think this might be the team, and of course the practice fields are the furtherest from my house. ugh! But if Buddy's happy then I'm happy!
I hope he likes it. The team try outs are next week. Lots of big discussions.
1 - May is always busy, so here's some randomness from the last few days.
2 - On Thursday, prior to the shower/anti-mohawk incident, LG and I went with his class to the planetarium. We had a really good time and I had to take this pic. This is Einstein obviously, but its made of squares from 12,000 rubic cubes. An Eagle scout project. TOO RAD!
3 - Friday night, Buddy had one of his best games ever. Getting a couple of hits and such good looks at the ball. It was a great game, and I would have loved to recap it, but I've slept a couple times since then and I did lots of talking (imagine that) during the game so I don't have the details.
4 - Another wonderful picture of LG's new hair cut. This is from my phone and for some strange reason its all squashed... Technology and I have a love/hate relationship.
5 - We rented the movie The Odd Life of Timothy Green over the weekend. If you have not seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it. We all LOVED it. Wonderful family movie about family and parenting and love.
6 - LG is just so cool. Just Sayin'
7 - LG got a big hit in his game on Saturday. Struck out twice, but managed this one big hit. Awesome.
8 - There were so random little pop-up thunderstorms on Saturday. We managed to get a downpour, some lightning and hail all while the sun was still shining. Weird but cool.
9 - We had no obligations on Saturday after the baseball game and it was so nice to just be a family.
10 - My mother's day present from the Man! Oh how I love it.
We saw this vintage card catalog from the University of Illinois a couple weeks ago (day before Babe's burn) and I fell in love with it. But after Babe's burn, I never thought about it again. The Man didn't forget. (sorry for the squashed picture again technology)
11 - I spent Sunday, filling about a third of the drawers with my PL embellishments and supplies. I'm so in love with it. Its PERFECT. Thanks Hun. I love you!
12 - Monday the van wouldn't start. The interiors lights had been left on all weekend and we didn't know it. Luckily a jump and idle fixed it. Nothing like panicking first thing in the morning before school.
13 - 6 days of school left. Just so you know.
14 - Tuesday the boys had a spring concert. Here's LG with his class waiting to take the stage. He sang Over the Rainbow from the Wizard of Oz. So cute.
15 - Buddy waiting. He's thrilled... his class sang Moon River. I think he knew about 10 words. haha
16 - I have a long story about Hobby Lobby. I'll try to post another day. It was awesome and I met a project life design team member. Oh My Stars!!!!!!!!!!!
17 - LG's last scouts for the year was last night. He'll advance in August but is done for the summer. He really enjoys scouts.
18 - I just realized there's nothing about Babe. hmmm.. Babe is wild, exciting, whining, loving school, and busy. Typical toddler with a stubborn streak!
19 - The Man is good and started construction on a deck. More details to come.