Bobby had the opportunity to go to Advanced Placement training for a week in Atlanta in order to be certified to teach an Advanced Placement Human Geography course in the future. Since we are a one car household, that meant the kids and I were stuck at the house for a week. Amelie and I made a menu of fun foods that we usually don't eat and made sure we were well stocked before Bobby left. We also made a trip to Walmart for some art supplies and a plastic golf set to have some activities to keep us occupied too. Our washing machine happened to need to be replaced while Bobby was away so I asked the delivery guys if we could keep the box. Having the large appliance box was a huge score as it was a fort, a slide, a way to torture your sibling, and so much more. The weather was beautiful so we enjoyed time in our yard and Mr. Rob & Mrs. Gayle's yard. One day, I started punting the football to Liam and then chasing him once he got the football. This turned into a favorite game that we played a lot. We added the component that whoever wasn't being chased had to block me. Amelie and Liam took turns at which role they were playing. For the record, I do not want Liam to ever play football…soccer is okay…not football. They also liked to race and have me count out loud. Amelie worked to improve her time. I love her hard work ethic and determination once she sets her mind to something. We Skyped with Bobby every evening. We missed him a lot and were so thankful to see him (and the car for freedoms sake) again! If I had to be stuck somewhere, I could not have asked for a better spot!
|A little finger painting on the back deck. I wanted both kids to be naked for ease of cleaning up afterwards. However, before I could get to Liam he had already coated his hands in paint so we just went with it. :)|
|They loved taking a bath afterwards and watching all of the colored water as we got all of the paint off.|
|Amelie produced a lot of art. This picture is of us hiking on a mountain. If you look closely, you will see our family, trees, a bird, a cloud, and a bear.|
|I made colored frosting (food coloring, powdered sugar, and milk) and allowed them to frost vanilla wafers and graham crackers. Amelie made different landscapes with these shapes (houses, trees, etc).|
|Once Liam awoke from his nap, Amelie explained to him what to do. |
He didn't really care about decorating, but did enjoy eating his snack!
|Our nature scavenger hunt was a lot of fun. We found various things in various numbers in Mrs. Gayle's yard. Once we got back to our deck we organized 1 - 15, glued it down, and then Amelie numbered them.|
|Our inspiration came from the Richard Scarry book shown above.|
|Eating watermelon and playing in the hammock.|
|Liam with Mrs. Gayle. We didn't get any pictures with Mr. Rob.|
|Mr. Rob found this strawberry and left it for Amelie and Liam with a special note. :)|