Thursday, August 1, 2013

Summer Bucket List- Checking it off...

Checking off more on our Summer Bucket List. Above is a picture of the girls during our Bubble Packing Popping Relay. Piglet wanted to win so bad she bruised her little bum. Poor kiddo. But they girls had soo much fun. I had bubbles from packages, lots of them. So I had them run back and forth to grab bubbles to sit on them. They We were all giggling like crazy.
Pixie couldn't quite pop them by sitting on them so she stomped on them.
We also played more hopscotch. I had bubble wrap for that. Unfortunately I didn't have any no skid cabinet stuff to put under it and tape didn't work to keep the bubble wrap from slipping. We did make it work though, and didn't have any slipping bubble wrap. Or injury. So much fun though.
We've also been working on learning, you know Heartschooling. Really. Museums, science, writing, history. Grew some rock crystals.
One of the things that has been...I don't know how to describe it. Diva is reading Huckleberry Finn, we've talked about the time, the writing, slaves. Answered questions. This week we had the opportunity to meet a long time friend of mine in DC we went to the Smithsonian (I love this city).  We visited the exhibits on the Emancipation Proclamation and The March at the Museum of American History. The history, being with the girls. Obviously I had to make the experience age appropriate for each of the girls. But for each of them, they learned something. The more I think about it, I can't even put into words all that we discussed there and at home later. What we saw, what we read. How it made the girls feel.The older girls, Pixie is just four. She learned about things a little more superficially. The compassion the older girls felt and learned was priceless. No, one afternoon going through an exhibit doesn't make one an expert or highly learned on a subject. But it was another layer in the foundation of compassion, love, kindness, and truth that we as parents are building. For me, all I could think was 100 years and 50 years is just too close. It wasn't that long ago. Does that mean that progress is slow? I don't know. I'm not a pessimist. Really. I'm a ... realist. This isn't home. Sigh.
Anyway, we're having a fun summer here at home. Checked Shawarma off our list. We wanted to  try it because the Avengers is one of our favorite movies. It was good.
 To see pictures of us and our Summer Bucket List Fun, check Instagram HERE.
What about you, do you have a bucket list this summer? What should I add to ours?
Here are more Summer Bucket List posts.

Water Balloon Fight- DONE, I ambushed the girls one day after I sent them outside with a picnic lunch and toys.
Play board games/Legos/Dolls etc together- DONE GAMES, Legos, dolls...
Fire Works - DONE! We got to watch these in DC
S'mores- DONE! More than once Smalls ...
Swimming- DONE! We've gone swimming a couple of times.
Dancing in the rainYUP, DONE!
Painting- DONE! 
Ride our bikes- DONE! Well, we haven't done this one all together, but separately we have. OK, except me. Can't cross this off yet.
Aquarium- DONE! Love the National Aquarium!
Sushi- DONE! Um. Yes of course. A couple times already. 
Yes, of course... again. :)
Heartschooling- DONE and doing! Museums, library, aquarium, reading, weather lab, experiments, cooking, and more museums. 
Finish Math- Working on it!
Memorize Verse- Working on it!
American GirlDONE, and maybe again for tea next week.  DONE again, for dinner. And again for a look around.
Splash Pad- DONE, have the sunburn to prove it. It was so SO fun we're going back soon.
Botanical Gardens
Pixie Pictures
Piglet Pictures
Diva Pictures
Attend a summer concert- DONE (NKOTB for me), and the girls put on a concert for me with a dog guitar and recorder. Also with some music app on a tablet.
Blow BubblesDONE!
Make PopsiclesDone!
Make ice cream
Get ice cream outDONE
Strawberry Pie
Go to the creek- DONE, the girls swam in that craziness too.
Donate to Purple Heart- DONE! And will do again before school starts.
Dance like David DancedDONE! And will keep doing!  Did some more serious dancing in the mirror room at Ripley's Believe it or Not. Had a Toby Mac dance party in the living room (7/24), that's how we roll.
Pizza Box S'mores 
Hopscotch- DONE! Sure did. In the sprinklers.
Pick Your Own FarmDONE! I'll be posting a cobbler recipe and pictures soon. RECIPE is UP!
Afternoon Tea
Road Trip 
Break Ground
Nap in a fort DONE!
Water Gun FightDONE, and hopscotch in the water.
Picnic At the Park- DONE! This is kind of silly because we do this a lot, I pack lunches at least 2-3 times a week and we head out.
Ice Cream in a bag
Write or dictate a story draw pictures
Drive Through Difference DONE!! I always love doing this.
Leave flowers on someone's doorstep
Donate books to the Clinic
Wash the car- DONE, DH and the girls... and a power washer 
Birthday parties!- ONE down, TWO to go!
Train Ride- DONE, and will again since all three girl's have opted to have parties at this park.
Carousel- DONE, and will again since all three girl's have opted to have parties at this park.
Play dates
Get a Family Photo
Art- DONE, painted, crafted, cut paper, colored, shaped dough into beads and jewelry...
Donate Toys- DONE, a couple of times already, YAY.
Find bugs, but let them goDONE, even with Pixie squealing.
Ball Game- Haven't gone to watch a ball game but ball games have been played.
LibraryEvery week or so, so far!
Play marbles- Done!
Bleach or Sharpie some shirts
Lincoln Memorial
Smithsonian- DONE!  DONE again!
Library of Congress
White House
Get a twisted shaped balloon madeDONE
Ripley's Believe It Or Not- DONE, so FUN! The Mirror Maze, dancing in the mirror room.
Harbor- DONE, walked around, had lunch, good times.
Make a pie crust- DONE! Success, with home rendered lard and butter.
Ikea- DONE, Pixie got into a ball pit brawl and got a shiner. Both her and another little girl were put on time out, because there's no throwing balls in the ball pit, good news is that they are play fighting, not fighting. This was on the girl's bucket list which is funny, but we went to Ikea!
Shawarma- Tried it, like it, thanks Avengers!
Bubble Wrap hopscotch -CHECK
Packing Bubble Relay- CHECK

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