Friday, May 31, 2013

Summer Fun, Week One

Dear Ian,

Now that school is out, you and I have a lot of time on our hands.  Daddy too, since he is at home with us for a bit this summer as well.  So in order to keep us from losing our minds with all this togetherness and to stave off cabin fever, your Momma has come up with our Summer Fun Chain.  I sorta borrowed the paper chain idea from a friend, but since we make paper chains for EVERYTHING, it figured it would work out ok.  You even helped me cut out and decorate the chain links.  Anyhoo.  On each link of the chain is an activity that we fulfill.  There's one per day, and for every one link that has something that we have to pay for, there are four links of free fun.  I'm trying to be economical and entertaining.  It was fun to come up with each idea.

Here's our awesome paper chain.  It looks awfully short, but keep in mind that the links are for weekdays only, so we are missing a few days worth due to weekends.

Anyhoo, the events this week kicked off with going to the beach on Monday for Memorial Day.  We packed up and headed off to Carabelle beach with Issa and her mom and dad.  You are at an awesome age for the beach.  You entertained yourself quite a bit, played with Issa, and I actually got to sit and watch.  It was kind of nice.  And you had so much fun. 
 Floating in your floatie
 Braving the waves
Haha! This wave knocked you over shortly after I got this picture!

Day two of our first week of fun was actually helpful to Mommy and Daddy; you and I washed my car, and I must say, we did a pretty awesome job.  I worked hard to teach you our routine of "wash a panel, rinse a panel," and for the most part, it worked pretty well.  We only got slightly soaked, but that happened toward the end of the washing when you decided it would be fun to spray Mommy.  And of course I had to fire back.  After Imola (our car) was all clean and dry, we had to wait for ourselves to dry before we went inside.  So Momma taught you a fun oldie-but-goodie game: hopscotch!  You really got into it, too.
 Hosing off the front of the car
 Scrubbing away!
 Here you are playing hopscotch.  You had a lot more fun with this than I expected!
Our Wednesday activity, I'm sad to say, I dont have any photos from.  I had to go to work for my last day of school for meetings and such, so you spent the morning with Grandma Brooks, and she took you to fulfill the chain activity for the day.  The two of you went to the library to check out new books!  And you are super excited about your selection, which includes Grandma B.'s very favorite, The Cat in the Hat.  Please know I'm being sarcastic there.  Grandma hid her copy somewhere in her house, and then you go off and check it out at the library.  I personally think that hilarious! 
Thursday we tried something totally new for you, but it's one of my very favorite things.  We went bowling!  I found this cool website that lets us sign up for two free games of bowling every day during the summer for kids 12 and under.  It is super cool!  Every week I get our coupons, so I have at least one bowling day a week planned for us this summer.  And you had a complete blast today.  Ever since we left the bowling alley, you've been telling Daddy and me how much fun you had. 
 An action shot of you rolling your bowling ball.  After a few attempts like this, you figured out your own style of running up and hurling the ball down the lane.  It worked out pretty well for you.  And we also had the bumpers put up, so you had a pretty good pin count for the day.
You with your arm raised in victory as the pins started to fall. 
Here are your bowler stats for today's games.  Your average isn't bad for a first timer!  First game was a 56, and the second was a 75.  What makes this Momma proud is the split conversion you had.  It was a little 8-10 split, but you got it!  It was really quite impressive!  Maybe the PBA is for you!
And this brings us to Friday morning.  You and I visited Firefly Pottery where you got to select a piece of pottery and paint it.  You chose a mug, and you picked purple, blue and yellow paint for your decorating.  You were very serious about your work; and you did it all on your own.  Momma didn't help do one little thing.  You also selected a neat piece to decorate for Papa for a Father's Day gift, but we didn't take pictures of it so we wouldn't ruin the surprise. 
 A very serious little artist, hard at work

Concentrating hard and making a masterpiece.
 We will get to pick up your pieces pretty soon, and when we do, I will make sure to get a  shot of your final products.  Except for Papa's, of course, unless it's after Father's Day. 
So that was week one of our Summer Fun chain.  And I think we have gotten off to a great start.  Next week looks like it's going to be as much fun, and I cant wait! 
Love you lots!

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