Friday, July 22, 2011

Hot Summer Days

As the summer days dwindle we find ourselves searching for new ways to pass these dog days. Things that keep us cool and things that entertain boys. An afternoon in the sprinkler is always required or a dip in the community pool. But sometimes we need a new idea.

Our latest activity we learned at our local library during one of their fabulous summer reading program events. The theme was "Games from Around the World". Do you remember playing hopscotch on the grade school playground? We love this variation on the game originating from France. It's called Escargot ("snail").

You'll need a large concrete area and chalk (or for indoor play painters tape works well). View the instructions for playing Escargot here.

Sidewalk Chalk
and here we goLink

The boys even talked Daddy into playing. We had a full evening playing and laughing and exercising!

You might also be interested in these other variations of this classic playground game.

Our next activity: Giant Bubbles! (thanks to our friend at Cilicia's Home and Hearth for sharing this activity from Design Dazzle with us!) and some rubberband shooters 'cause we are boys and it's fun!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Simplifying Summer

Simplifying our summer has been a mission of mine. A summer with simple adventure and meaningful moments...moments that enrich mind, body, spirit, soul. A summer of Popsicles, library books, and little day trips. A summer of quiet contentment, of exploring the nature around us. A summer without stress and over booked schedules. A summer of soaking up these moments of here and now, reveling in the glory of God's gifts... of these two boys who are growing up faster than I want.

So we Slow Down....

"Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. "(James 4:14)

A couple hours fun

Rockets Red Glare

At a "Little House"

History Lesson

A nature walk

Rock hopping

Gone fishin'

A blue beauty

Just coolin' off

Looking for ways to entertain? Check out "Bits of Summer Fun" by Laura Winslow for more great ideas to fill your summer with simple fun.