Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Fun Link ups and. . . . . What We've Been Up To This Week

Thumbnail image for The Homeschool Mother’s Journal – Summer Edition   The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week… we've been catching up with more cousins! We had the opportunity to take off with my sister & her wonderful babes for a few days in Naples. Lots of fun in the sun- and silly cousin stuff.

In our homeschool this week… homeschool? Well, we worked on perfecting our swimming skills- that's PE!

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… Relax- especially if you are just beginning your homeschool journey and especially during the summer! Enjoy the kids & learn along the way-

I am inspired by… Nature! We love to get outside & take many of our educational cues from the great outdoors. It can be a wonderful "jumping off point" for curriculum.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… We've been spending time at the local pool, Sanibel Island, Naples & Miromar, and of course Boca Grande.

My favorite thing this week was… Visiting family. Watching cousins play together!

What’s working/not working for us… Being outside and staying active!

Questions/thoughts I have… Wishing for a date night & although I have enjoyed some mini-vacations with the boys I am looking forward to some time with the whole family when daddy isn't so busy working!

Things I’m working on… Very excited about the "Virtual Travel Kit" that I am working on for our summer geography lessons. We are going to "travel" (with passports and all) to a couple of different countries each week- including crafts from each country and some fantastic food as well!
I’m reading… A lot of blogs and magazines!
I’m cooking… Found a great recipe for "ice cream bread" (you heard me)
Can't wait to try it! Posted by "Popsicles and Pigtales" -

I’m praying for… Amy - from Amy's Assorted Adventures - 
Amy is a missionary who runs the Kazembe Orphanage in Africa- she has recently lost one of the babies and then her brother was killed in an accident. My children and I are praying for their mission and for their family.  This is a picture of baby Nicholas who has now gone to be with Jesus. . . the post is attached if you click on the picture- please take a moment to learn more about this mission and the little lives it touches.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share
See above!

Another Great blog hop:

June is "National Great Outdoors Month" and this week is "Fishing and Boating Week"

I think we have this one covered! Click the picture for some great tips on fishing with kids!

Outdoor Play - Blog Hop
   Mama Pea Pod- Outdoor Play link up is a great way to share your adventures in the great outdoors! For our entry this week - well, see the above post and here are a couple more pictures of the boys swimming and playing (yes, we are water logged and lovin it!) :



They are ACTUALLY turning into little green frogs/fish!

And last but not least:

 Anna: The Imagination Tree
* Rachel : Quirky Momma

* Jamie : hands on : as we grow

* Rachele : Messy Kids

* Jenny : Let the Children Play

Our Play:
We really didn't do anything BUT play this week and you've seen some of our outdoor photo's -
here are a few of the things we did inside this week (yes, we really do stop and dry out sometimes)!


On our little "mini vacation" - we stayed at the Hilton Homewood Suites-
 it was a great deal for the money as it included a full kitchen plus breakfast AND dinner each night!

The cousins enjoyed movie time each night before bed. They played board games.

The boys LOVED the fish aquarium in the front lobby. We used the ice cube tray to make "treats"-
We didn't have popsicle sticks- so my 6 yr old suggested that we use his army men instead! It worked like a charm & the boys liked their little popsicles even more for it!

They needed the refreshment - after a rigorous game of "hotel mini-golf"!


We made an obstacle course- under the chair- around the flip-flops- through the table legs.......

Oh, AND ........ W. lost his first tooth!

Another great week with the boys! Hope you had a fabulous one too!

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The Fifth Street Mama said...

I must check out that ice cream bread recipe... sounds very interesting. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.

Kelli Robin said...

Hey Girl,

Sounds like you guys are taking full advantage of your summer. My poor kiddos, have been stuck at home a lot. I really need to find some great activities that they can do at home. I have been summer cleaning, trying to purge the house. I should really write a post about it. I love your Mother's Journal summing up your week. Would you mind if I copy you and start doing one of my own?

Ice cream bread, huh? Sounds yummy, you must tell me about it. I have am trying really hard to switch our house to a raw eating environment. It is really difficult, but my body really needs some healing time and my kids need me to be healthier too.

Well, this has gotten really long, so I will say lator tator. Hope you and yours are doing well.

Kelli -

Life in a Barn said...

I missed the army men popsicles last time, those are awesome.

Amy said...

Thank you so much for your prayers. I appreciate them more than I can even express.

Rose @ Walnut Acre said...

Looks like a really fun week. :-)

Ashley Key said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! I know this new homeschooling experience will be something I'll have to work at and grow into but I'm so excited to get started! Seeing your pictures is such an encouragement to me! Your kids look like they're having a blast! I'm looking forward to that :)

Jen said...

thanks for visitng my blog :)

catching up with family is cool and fun. My sister also a blogger lives way up north. I miss her

your "Virtual Travel Kit" sounds way cool!!!!!!!!!

so sad to read about that missionary

Im gonna start following you too :)

Mrs. C said...

Sounds like a great week! Have a good weekend!

Anonymous said...

Ice Cream bread-yum! We have been enjoying a lot of nature too-but it's been a little more difficult since the heat has arrived. I will be praying for your friend Amy-how heartbreaking.

Ingi said...

Hi Kelli, love your blog - nice photography! Loving the summer photos - and the SAND! So white! And I'm sure we can do the virtual vacation thing!

Tonya said...

The army men ice pops are something my boys could seriously get into!

Mama Pea Pod said...

Thanks for linking up to Outdoor Play! Looks like you are all having a fabulous summer!

Hope to see you again tomorrow for this week's blog hop/linky.

Bobbi said...

First, I wanted to say I really like your blog! It's great how much you enjoy spending time with your boys. I enjoy spending time with my girls, too. I think that is one of the side effects of homeschooling. Or, maybe homeschooling is a side effect of liking to be with your kids.
I love the virtual travel thing. We actually did this a couple years ago with the My Father's World curriculum. I still have it, and if you are interested I could send you a lot of stuff (free, if you just pay the shipping). You can contact me through my blog if you want it. Thanks!