I swear I intend to catch up but we really followed through on our pledge to make every day count in May as much as possible. Living in the moment and finding the amazing in every second!!!
We are very blessed with our main penpal… Gammie has become instrumental in our writing and letter practice. We get more letters some months than we can almost keep up with but every one is answered! This newest installment came not only with letters but with a rainy day (and we have had a few) fun craft using pom poms.
She has added a new incentive for our school work… sending the girls their own work pages to mail back to her. Echo calls it doing her mail and I am happy to say she was VERY interested in doing it. We actually budgeted in curriculum overview books for the kids this month which includes one for her that she will start later in June or July.
There was also a new card game … whack a mole in card form?? The kids LOVED it!
Geocaching is going to be life changing for this family! Now even and every day trip to the store could be expanded to include a treasure hunt as well! We quickly are doing up all the local (walking distance) ones.
And on these outings we are finding more and more examples of winter being truly done and gone. After such a horrible winter each and every little indication is so AMAZING!!
Tuesday Trinity was teaching Echo how to concentrate on her pages…
Zander finished ANOTHER journal. Each book has higher expectations of the writer. This newest book means he has to have a title for every entry, the date and around 7 sentences! Anything to get the creative writing juices flowing! Well done Zander!
Another chapter of Treasure Island later…
And later in the day we made another trek out into the parks of Minnesota to find more Geocaching locations. This time we took Echo and while she and Mommy did not venture into the wooded area we did enjoy our walk. And met a nice puppy.
Wednesday was full of paper work.
With the boys in the pool in the evening. I am not sure when we will sign them up for the next series of sessions but man are they improving. We honestly cannot afford the large number of sports a lot of kids are in right now but what we do do seems to be so appreciated lately that I feel like as long as we keep taking advantage of what we can afford and maybe create our own opportunities we will do just fine!
On Thursday we were indoors and watching BBC nature shows. The kids made a lovely poster after.
The boys assembled some amazing Texas mini lapbooks. The links to these will be in my Texas Resource entry at the end of May.
More Wild Kratts…
And a Dirty Jobs about mosquitoes (I had to share Gavin’s picture… that is one HAPPY insect).
Emanuel learned about South Africa as well.
On Friday since everyone BUT the kids and I were out and about I snuck out with Ken and brought them home CHOCOLATE DONUTS! Yup we miss our Tim Hortons!!!
And I mean we REALLY love the geocaching. I would totally suggest it to any family (or person for that matter) that wants something to do that is really on your own terms. We have downloaded an app for our smart phone but you can get a GPS unit (we want one one day). We have been picking an area that has multiple caches to find and do our best to get them all. We have our own special bag of things we need (that is still evolving and I will share the total list in the future I promise) and try to keep the kids as involved as possible.
Nature was out full force as well. Amazingly enough all this was close to Sam’s (ok so we combined a good trip Geocaching with shopping…). A Saturday well done.
Spring has sprung full force here… and this is our best year yet for taking advantage of it!