This week has been a pretty busy week for us. We usually don’t have much going on out of the norm, but we had some fun activities this week.
Sunday was Parker’s birthday. My oldest is now 10, hard to believe. Saturday night we had movie night and watched Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You. Sunday morning Delilah and I set up balloons at Parker’s door and set up a camera to capture the excitement. We had to wait quite some time because Parker loves to sleep. While we waited we made green velvet cupcakes and tried to put Ayden down for a nap about 3 times. Ayden did not want to nap that day I guess, but ended up falling asleep, snuggling mommy, just in time for us to finish up the orange flavored frosting for the cupcakes. We finally convinced Parker to come out of his room but he slowly opened his door and was behind the door so we didn’t get to see his reaction to the balloons. Per Parker’s request I made coconut shrimp and chicken along with fried rice for dinner. Parker loves shrimp but not all the family members can have it or like it.
Very early Monday morning my husband went out of town on a business trip for the whole week. My husband travels often for work. When he is gone it is like a mini vacation for the kids and I because I don’t have to cook as often, or clean, but the house is usually tidy when he gets back. I usually spend a lot more time playing with the kids when he is gone, but we usually end up staying up too late because we have fun after Ayden goes to bed so the kids have my attention better. This week there has been a lot of playing ROBLOX Pokémon: Brick Bronze and watching the Pokémon show. Monday was also Martin Luther King Jr Day. We talked a little about who he was and what he stood for, which the kids already know a lot on the slave and segregation topics. I printed off some Martin Luther King Jr word searches and put them on the dining table where everyone can see them. At their leisure the kids will look at the sheets and work on them if interested. I forgot to save the link to the word searches so if I figure it out then I will put them on Pinterest for you.
Tuesday was a very fun and exciting day. For the afternoon we went to an arcade and pizza place to celebrate Parker’s birthday. Parker invited a couple of friends to go along with us to make it his birthday party. We ate pizza and cupcakes and played lots of arcade games. Ayden even had so much fun he fell asleep. After spending about 3.5 hrs there we left and ended up taking the friends back to our house. There the kids played video games together on the WiiU. It ended up being a very fun day for all.
Wednesday I tried something different with my grocery pick up. I usually go pick up the groceries in the late afternoon, it worked best for naps and different times people wake up. This day I wanted to try something new. I got up early, before Ayden, showered and was ready for the day. We picked up the groceries before Ayden’s typical snack and nap time. Since we don’t have to get out of the car I don’t have to make sure the kids are ready for the day, they just have to have some sort of clothing on and jump in the car. The getting everyone out of bed and making sure Ayden isn’t ready for a nap before my scheduled pick up time can be tricky.
Thursday we spent some of the day cleaning up the first level of the house a little because I was hosting our homeschool groups Mom’s Night. I also made some yummy banana peanut butter oatmeal muffins. I have been meaning to make those for the longest time but finally did it so I would have a snack for the meeting, now we have a yummy snack for the week. In the evening some moms from our homeschool group came over and talked about whatever came up. My older kids stayed upstairs and played on their computers while Ayden played downstairs with the moms. Roxy, our energetic chocolate lab, loved having company. She kept trying to get the ladies to pet her constantly. There were also a couple of new babies here and I think Roxy was jealous they were getting all the attention.
This morning, Friday, I got up and ready because we were supposed to go to our homeschool group. Neither kid really wanted to go so we are just staying home today. It becomes no fun for any of us if the kids aren't having fun and don’t want to be there. The kids don’t really enjoy the structured homeschool group days. When they are with their friends they would much rather play games and chat. Our old homeschool group in Michigan met up for game days and park days so lesson days aren’t what they are used to or enjoy. Since I’m up and ready for the day I may get something done today, we shall see. So far I am just getting this typed out on my iPad so I can set up the post on my computer when Ayden goes for a nap.
Throughout the week I have been slowly organizing our new living room shelf unit. It will have all of the learning materials, crafty stuff, card games, puzzles, writing stuff, coloring stuff, etc. I can’t wait to unpack more and see what I can find. We have been looking for the paints and brushes since we moved into the house, but can’t seem to find them. Delilah really wants to paint again, my little artist.
Well, there is a glimpse of the fun out of the norm that we had this past week. Stay tuned for next weeks fun happenings!
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