2012-06-09-18.30.13

Super Summer Challenge and Super Summer Fun

The girls and their Super Summer Challenge chart. The Super Summer Challenge is a simple program to get the kiddles excited about new goals for the summer. I’ve posted about it before, you can click on the ‘tag’ at the bottom of this post for more information.

 A close up so you can read our ‘challenges’. Cadrian, who’s 3, has a chart now too. He’s not quite understanding the whole program, so his is more for fun. Kevin and I haven’t decided exactly what we’re going to do for their big reward at the end of the summer.

 Our Super Summer Fun list… This is just a list of the things we want to do before the end of the summer. We brainstormed earlier and everyone, including my mom and aunt ;-), contributed ideas for the list. Brielle and I made this super snazzy poster. I deferred to her opinions so it didn’t turn out exactly like I thought it was going to, but we’re pleased nevertheless.

It’s great to have a visual for ideas of things to do, whether it’s more of a “contribution to my home” type of activity or pure fun. The chiddlers (and I ) have a lot to look forward to! It’s going to be a Super Summer!

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We’re still alive…

It has been a busy month. I wish I could blog  every day because so much happens that I want to share with others or even just keep for myself for the future. I love looking back at my old posts and rediscovering those moments. I love reminiscing happenings I had long forgotten. I want to blog for myself and for my babies and for my family and friends who don’t see us on a regular basis, but sometimes, it just gets to be “one more thing” and gets to be too much.

Christmas was wonderful. We had a crazy week after Christmas with family here from out of town and many for dinner every night. I loved it but it was tiring at the same time.

The week after New Year’s was tiring for other reasons. My best friend’s mom died suddenly and my heart just hurt for her and her family. I didn’t do much other than love them the best I could and be there and listen but it was a wearying week just the same. I can’t imagine how exhausted she was.

I just haven’t been feeling the best or having the energy and motivation to do much more than the bare necessities (assuming food is a necessity, and a path through the house). Sometimes it takes all my energy just to answer the phone.  I’m so thankful that even though I haven’t been running my home the ways I would ideally want to, I have been able to be so patient and loving to my chiddlers, and this last month has been probably my most mellow yet (i.e. no loss of temper).

We’re redoing the guest room and making some big changes in its hospitality.

The girls and I are taking the train this week to see my sister and family in Colorado. I am so excited to be able to surprise them. It’s their Super Summer Challenge Surprise. We’ll be out there for five days. It will be a wonderful trip, if I can find the wherewithal to get ready for it. 🙂

We had five inches of snow yesterday so now I have to help the chiddlers get ready to go o!ut in it to play

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Jul-25-2010-003

Children’s Day

‘Cause it’s all about them.

Children’s Day has been a huge hit and huge motivator this summer. I’m loving it even though I’m getting more and more cumbersome and all I really want to do is sit in the A/C with the fan blowing on me and watch some brain free TV online or read some brain free novel.
But, I can’t, so I make the best of it.
Today, we went to church, where donut holes and God were involved. How can you go wrong?
Then we had lunch at Sonic. Yummaroo!
Then we went to Miss Effie’s.

Cadrian would have been fine right here. Friendly kitties are all he really needs for a good time. But I dragged him on to the rest of the fun.

He really really really wanted to go into the chicken pen, but I managed to talk him out of it every time.
This is a corn crib turned gazebo, but I really need one at our farm for Baby Jail.
We savored homemade cake and ice cream–proceeds going to the local food pantry. Mmmmm….angel food. Mmmmm…ice cream. But I digress.
Aviana met a kindred spirit in Abi, who let her spin a little, and she and Aviana sat side by side for a little finger knitting.

I had to keep dashing off to find this one who couldn’t resist the appeal of the chickens. And ducks.

But in the end, we got some gorgeous flowers picked and no one (namely me) fainted from the heat.

You’d think that would be a big enough of an event for someone due to have Baby # 4 in 41 days (give or take) but no!
There’s more!

My parent’s church threw an awesome picnic we then attended. Food galore! Down home cookin’ to die for (or at least get up out of the lawn chair for!) Friendly fun people! Games!

Like a tug o’war!

Bounce houses!


Trikes!


Three legged races!

And more–

The girls went to spend the night at Gigi and Opa’s and Cadrian and I returned home grubby, exhausted and happy.

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Jun-19-2010-0042

Today in Bullets

*The girls earned “Children’s Day” from their Super Summer Challenge. We went to the Juneteenth Festival/the Healthy Lifestyle Fair/the Farmer’s Market.

*They made friends with a pot bellied pig, this calf, an alpaca and a girl named Haylee.

*I was plumb worn out by the time we got back home.

*And I really don’t need anyone asking me if I’m having twins. Maybe I should get a tee shirt saying as much.

*I have lovely pink streaks so you can see where the SPF 30 was applied and where I missed.

*After quiet time, they played with squirt bottles of water and generally entertained themselves until Kevin gave us all four-wheeler rides.

*Watched some months old home video. Our life is so much sweeter the second time around.

*Spent a little time on our exercise balls.

*Cadrian is healing nicely, and hardly even whines during bandage changes anymore.

*After reading from The Wizard of Oz and The Magician’s Nephew, (Incidentally, what do you think of the name Digory?) popped my sweet girls into bed.

*Ordered the rest of our homeschool materials for this coming year.

*Spoke with my sister who is getting settled in CO.

*Checked into the HSLDA.

*Cut Kevin’s hair.

Yep, that about sums it up.

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Jun-01-2010-051

Super Summer Challenge

Week 1

If you click on the above picture, you can enlarge it to see what tasks are on the girls’ lists for the summer. We have four categories, with specific objectives within each category. Some are habits I want to instill (such as clearing their dishes without being reminded), some are fun things they want to learn (such as knitting), some are fun things they want to do anyway (like swimming lessons or camping). Some of their tasks are one time only point earners, like Four Day Club (kind of like VBS), while others earn them points every time they do it, like unloading the dishwasher, or playing with their brother.

For more ideas, please order the book. It’s $10 well spent!

We keep track of points by slipping a paperclip into a peanut butter jar my ever loving husband drilled a hole in the top of. They have a weekly goal of 23 points and if they make it, they earn Children’s Day on Saturday.

This first Children’s Day involved making cards for Opa’s birthday, going to the Farmer’s Market, playing at the playground, stopping at the health food store and then going to the airport to meet our friend’s new daughter who just arrived home from Bulgaria!

So really, not much different than a typical day, but shhh… don’t tell them that. It’s such a motivator, in fact, that when Brielle was asked Saturday morning to unload the dishwasher, she replied with, “I already have enough points for Children’s Day, I don’t need to do that.”

Indeed!
Sassy Little Smarty Pants.

We then color the chart, one box for each paper clip in the jar, and then start the week over with an empty jar. Aviana wanted to be sure you know that Brielle really doesn’t have that many points, she just had a little trouble either with the one to one correlation concept, or more likely, stopping coloring.

To quote the Super Summer Challenge website: The Challenge takes a few hours to prepare and gives your family three months of fun, learning and growing. The SSC helps them learn to enjoy being productive, to work toward a goal and reap the reward, to be content at home. It gives them satisfaction, builds self-esteem, helps them be well-rounded, motivates them, forms positive life-long habits, eliminates nagging, and so much more!

I encourage you to give it a try!

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