I first read about the idea of Backwards Dinner Night over at Keeper of the Home, and I knew my girls would love it. I didn’t tell them anything until right before dinner, when I told everyone to go turn their shirts backward because things were about to get a little crazy. 🙂
As you can see our plates were upside down, silverware turned sideways, and dinner started with dessert. I don’t usually serve several courses when it is just us, but it made this activity more fun. We had dessert, then the main course, then an appetizer. The girls had a blast, and us adults had fun too!
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.
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!
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?
In June I took my girls to the Dallas Arboretum for our home-study field trip, and my mom went with us. I had pre-purchased our tickets through Groupon for a great deal, only $6 per person instead of the regular price of $15. We did have to pay for parking in addition to that, which was $10.
We had never been to the Arboretum, and aside from the summer temperatures it was really nice. I would like to go back in the fall or spring, when we can enjoy the weather more! There was a lot to look at, including a little village where I took this picture, and it took us several hours to get through most of it. Toward the end we were so hot and tired, we just went as fast as we could!
I brought along worksheets from education.com for the girls to do while we ate lunch.
I have an acquaintance here in our town that, together with her husband, made the decision last year to travel the United States for a year as a family. They sold their house and most of their belongings, bought an RV, and pulled their two elementary school age boys out of public school. They have been on the road ever since! They are homeschooling the boys, and learning by seeing and doing. They are experiencing the world first hand, and it is inspiring.
I recently discovered a blogger whose family has just embarked on a similar journey, although for them it is traveling around the world. They have four young children, two elementary school age and two younger, and will be home-schooling them as they travel. I will be following their adventures on their blog.
I find this life-style so attractive and inspiring. I love traveling, seeing new places, and experiencing new things with my family. I have issues with the public school system in Texas, and in the United States in general, so home-school (or some other alternative) is more appealing to me than in the past. However, I don’t know if we could ever take that leap ourselves…seems so crazy to even think about!
Are you a family that home-schools your children while traveling? Would you be interested in this kind of life adventure?