Archive | August, 2013

School Lunch (8/29)

31 Aug

I am making a concerted effort this year to make lunches for my two school girls that are fun, and offer a variety of nutrients to get them through their day in a healthy way. I am prepping almost everything the night before, which gives me more time to be creative. Both girls, 4th grade and Kindergarten, get the same lunch which keeps things simple for me.

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Today’s lunch included homemade Whole Wheat Waffles served plain (leftover from dinner the night before), an organic unsweetened Apple Sauce cup, raw almonds, and a macaroon.

Independence Day

14 Aug

The fourth of July has come and gone, but I still want to write about how we spent our day. The fourth of July has always been a quintessential part of summer vacation for our family. I have so many memories of July 4th holidays spent with family and friends growing up, and now with my own family and the traditions we love.

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We start our day with the parade our little town puts on…this year was the best we have seen yet. My oldest has even been in the parade a few times with her Girl Scout Troop. Here in Texas it is usually pretty darn HOT in July, but this year we had the best weather…it actually felt nice sitting outside.

After the parade we head home for a nice relaxing day. For dinner, my husband dusts off the grill. This year we went with a healthier version of the typical July 4th fare. Organic Applegate beef hot dogs on the grill, Ezekiel 4:9 whole grain pocket bread, raw sharp cheddar cheese, Garden of Eatin’ organic blue corn chips, locally made salsa, organic fruit salad (bananas, plums, peaches), and Maine Root root beer. What a treat!

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At dusk we load up our lawn chairs, and head down the street to watch the fireworks show that our town puts on. This year was another good July 4th for my family, with many fun memories made, and I am grateful that we have the ability to enjoy celebrating our independence thanks to the brave men and women who fought for our freedom!

What did your family do to celebrate this fourth of July?

Summer Reading Programs

13 Aug

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I had intended to write about summer reading programs at the beginning of summer, but what can I say…time got away from me! ๐Ÿ™‚ In June I read through this post about some of the free programs available this summer, and in the end decided to have my daughters participate in the program that Half Price Books stores were offering.

We kept a daily log (that we printed off the Half Price Books website) of each girl’s reading minutes. The girls had to read a minimum of 300 minutes (or be read to, for the younger kids like my Kindergartener) during the month of June, and again during the month of July. Each month we turned in their reading logs and they received a $5 gift certificate to Half Price Books.

My 8 year old read over twice the required reading minutes, and we read to my 5 year old over 400 minutes each month. My 8 year old was able to purchase three books and two bookmarks with the gift certificates she earned, and my 5 year old purchased two books and two bookmarks.

I think it was a successful program, and we were happy with the outcome! Did your children participate in any summer reading programs this year? What were your favorites?

Home Study Field Trip – July

1 Aug

We recently spent a week in Oklahoma visiting my Grandmother, and I took advantage of the different scenery and planned our home-study field trip for July to take place there. We visited the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, and it turned out to be a fantastic choice for a field trip.

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The Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art โ€” Gilcrease Museum โ€” opened in Tulsa on May 3, 1949. Collector and oilman Thomas Gilcrease (1890-1962) created this private museum.

Gilcrease Museum is one of the country’s best facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history. The museum’s charm, beauty and art collections draw thousands of visitors from around the world to the Osage hills for a glimpse into the past. Gilcrease Museum houses the world’s largest, most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West. The museum also offers an unparalleled collection of Native American art and artifacts, as well as historical manuscripts, documents and maps.

The museum, and gardens and grounds surrounding it, took several hours to go through. We planned a little poorly and arrived at 11:00, and by 2:00 we were about to pass out from hunger (having not eaten since breakfast) and for that reason we went through the last part of the museum very quickly. I wish we had arrived an hour earlier and then we would have had plenty of time to look at everything.

After lunch I had the girls do the worksheets I had printed at home on education.com, and brought with us on our trip. It pays to plan ahead!

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