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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Summer Boredom?

We are blessed to have a witty 5-year old in our family, who doesn't let us get too bored.
She has a few ideas on what to do when you are bored

( ♫ There's 104 days of summer vacation
And school comes along just to end it
So the annual problem for our generation
Is finding a good way to spend it♫)

Here is what you need:
  • a ball
  • some pennies
  • some kids
  • some time
Game 1: Put pennies on your arm and walk across the room-see if you can keep them balanced. Whoever has the most, wins. (Change up how pennies are placed for varieties sake)

Game 2: Put pennies in between your toes and walk across the room. This one can get some giggles. Feel free to try in between more than just 2 toes...tonight was our first night, so we will try more next time.

Game 3: Stack the Pennies (self-explanatory-if you need an explanation, don't be shy)

Game 4: Balance the ball on your head and walk around-don't let the ball fall!

Game 5: Hot potato: Use the same ball used in Game 4 (or a bean bag works too) throw from one person to another because it is a "hot potato"- the idea is to get rid of it. Usually, you have music and someone turning it on and off, but primary and nursery songs sung by the children (or adults) work as well if that is not an option

Other Games include
  • Hide and Seek
  • Ring around the Rosie
  • Duck Duck Goose
  • Tag (make sure you have plenty of space)
I hope these ideas will help your family not get the Summer Boredom Bug.

(Disclaimer: All ideas came straight from my daughter. Also, Netflix helps kill the boredom too)


Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Nationals Baseball Game

Ben and I got tickets to a Nationals Game. An hour before the game it was raining/thundering/lightning like crazy, so I figured they would cancel...not so. The field was clear and perfect.

We invited our next-door neighbors to go along and found a babysitter for the kids. Our neighbors both grew up in DC, so they gave us the scoop on everything DC and baseball.

I have no pictures of the metro ride home...just imagine being "packed in like sardines," or if you want to go there, it was tight like unto a dish. 

Oh, and they won 4-3.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Trip to the Museum

Grandma Margaret brought my nieces out for a visit. Many hours of traveling with 2 little girls, but it was super fun to see them and we were so glad!

This meant a fashion show, trips to the park, outing to the movies (Madagascar 3) AND a pizza party, all squished into 36ish hours.

Mom got to stay a little longer, so we took Grandma to downtown DC to visit the sites. We had a lot of fun!

Ever heard of the Hope Diamond? Wondered what it looks like 2 feet away? Well, wonder no more! And enjoy the imperfections of taking pictures with an ipod.
It was really pretty.
 K's favorite display, the butterfly
 This large elephant greets you in the lobby

Pretty photography-Japanese Maple Tree (description in picture below)

Ginormous snake!!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Storm-kicked out of the house for 5 days!

It was a dark and dreary Friday night in Maryland.
It had been an unbelievably record breaking hot and humid day (record 101, temperature was 104!)
With all of this heat, who would have thought there would be a storm that would displace so many?

{Looking out the window...rain, thunder, lightning}
{The next morning-our van got hammered by falling tree branches}

{We couldn't quite get to the garage, which is more of a shed}

{The trash and recycling spewed about}

It was so crazy! Luckily the kids slept through it. Power lines were almost literally wrapped around our car, scary! We cleaned up the mess and left to a friend's since our electricity (specifically air conditioning!) was out. It took 5 days to get it back on!