Test. Test. Test.
A couple of weeks ago I was approached about sharing an educational web site on my blog with all my readers. Below is one activity you can find on the web site. I encourage anyone with kids to take a look and try a few activities this summer. Summertime is a great time to rest and relax but dont’ let your kids be educationally lazy. Encourage your kids to read for 20 minutes a day during the summer. I know it can be hard to try to come up with activities and worksheets, so go to this web site and check it out. I think you’ll see that there’s a wealth of resources at the touch of a button. Education.com
Activity: Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest
Fifth Grade Holidays & Seasons Activities: Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest
Turn any sunny summer day into a fun and special occasion by having a watermelon seed spitting contest! It’s remarkable that some fresh watermelon and just a few other items could be used to create an afternoon of fun for the entire family while activating math and measurement skills!
What You Need:
Watermelon (not seedless!)
What You Do:
Invite your child to gather the ingredients for the seed spitting contest. He can get started creating a scorecard to keep track of each participant’s seed spitting distance.
Help your child use a large knife to cut the watermelon into several slices, making sure each one has lots and lots of seeds.
Remember, watermelon seeds can be a choking hazard, so make sure those participating in the seed spitting contest are over three years of age!
Now your child can find the perfect spot for the seed spitting contest—a driveway works wonderfully. He can use a piece of chalk to mark where the participants should stand.
Each person can take a turn standing on the line while eating a slice of watermelon, and spitting the seeds. Your child can use the measuring tape to measure and mark the distances. Not only is he having fun participating in a game, but he’s also learning more about measurement.
Once everyone has had a turn, your child can announce the winner—and offer a special winning treat!
I hope this post has been beneficial and I hope you take a look at the web site.
I love this time of the year, so today I’m blogging about all my favorite things about summer.
☀️t-shirts, shorts, and flip flops — I hate jackets but I also hate being cold; I love summer because I don’t have to be all bundled up.
☀️ice cream — During the summer, it is my opinion that ice cream should be served with every meal. 😉
☀️VBS (vacation bible school) — I loved VBS when I was a kid and it makes me so happy that my kids love VBS now.
☀️no schedule— actually, I have a love/hate relationship with schedules. I like the structure of schedules but I also love not having to live by the clock.
☀️longer days— You just got to love longer days to play outside.
☀️swimming — I don’t get to go swimming now that I have kids but I enjoy watching my kids play in the water and having fun. 💦
☀️the beach — There’s not too many places in the world that are more beautiful, peaceful, and relaxing than a beautiful beach. 🌊
☀️vacation — If I could, I’d go on vacation every month. I enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle of every day life.
☀️shaved ice — I like coconut shaved ice (the clear one not the blue one).
☀️trying new things — I love new adventures and trying something new and, for me, the summer is the best time for that!
☀️no school — I mean, come on, what’s better than not having to get up and go to school??? Oh, I know 🙋🏻🙋🏻🙋🏻🙋🏻 not having to get up and go to work for 2.5 months (that is…if you are a teacher 😜). When I taught, the summer was the best time to recharge my battery and get some much needed rest.
☀️flowers — I love beautiful flowers in the summertime. 🌺
☀️fresh veggies — There is no comparison between home grown veggies vs. store bought veggies.
So those are some of my favorite things about summer. Now tell some of yours.
Six years ago today, I found out I was pregnant with Brady. My initial reaction was, here we go again. I know, I know, I sound like the most ungrateful woman in the world, but before you start thinking bad things about me, you have to understand that I went through a lot before that pregnancy test. This was not my first, second, or even my third pregnancy; Brady was my fourth pregnancy and the last three had ended in complete and total heartbreak and devastation. I was honestly to the point where I didn’t even want to try to get pregnant anymore, I was seriously ready to start the adoption process. Thankfully, we did try again and everything turned out wonderful. We did get our happy ending. We got our rainbow baby after that dark storm of recurring miscarriages. We finally left the hospital with a big healthy baby boy instead of broken hearts and empty hands.
I wish I could go back to myself six years ago and tell myself that everything is going to be okay this time. I wish I could tell myself the relax and enjoy this pregnancy because it’s going to be the only “normal” pregnancy I’m ever going to experience. I wish I could tell myself not to stress because not only was I about to become a mom to Brady, but in a span of 2 years, I would become a mama to five more beautiful baby blessings.
Infertility and recurring miscarriages take a toll on a woman. It steals your joy because you’re so scared to be happy because of all the heartbreak you’ve experienced. I know, as well as anyone, that God doesn’t always say yes to our prayers. Sometimes He says no, sometimes He says not now, sometimes He says wait, wait some more, keep waiting, and sometimes He says yes. As hard as my journey to become a mom was, and sad, despressing, and heartbreaking it was, it also taught me a lot about myself. It made me lean on my faith and my family more than ever, which has made me a stronger and better person.
It’s hard to imagine that Brady has been in our lives for 6 years now. I’m so blessed to be his mama.
Three years ago today, we brought our precious Mia home from the Baylor NICU. I was surprised Mia was the third baby to come home because she struggled so much for the first 2 months of life, but once the doctors figured out she had a narrow airway, and she had a couple of surgeries to stretch her airway, she started to do so much better.
Mia is my spunky child. She is a fighter. And if you look up tough in the dictionary, there should be a picture of Mia, because she is so tough and so strong. She loves life and lives it to the fullest. She has the most hilarious laugh and usually always has a smile on her face. She bossy, but that’s what I’d expect from the oldest quint. Mia brings so much joy to everyone she’s around.
Happy 3rd Homecoming Day Mia! I’m so thankful God gave me you….you have brightened my life and brought me so much laughter and I can’t wait to see what wonderful things you do in this world with your life. You are truly an amazing little girl!
This week’s theme was USA. We celebrated Independence Day with our family. I also have our July Patriotic Artwork proudly displayed in the house. All in all, it was a great week celebrating the great USA.
This weekend flew by, as has this whole year! Brady had a birthday party to attend on Saturday, and afterward he and I met up with Steven and ran some errands and had dinner with a few family members. Sunday we went to church and then went to the park. And that about sums it up for us.
Tessa went shopping with Grandma.
The kids enjoyed playing outside in the pool and slip n’ slide.
Mia & Gracie got to run errands with Daddy.
It doesn’t happen very often anymore, but all 6 kids got to take a bath together. And they love making monster faces.
Sunday afternoon the kids enjoyed playing at the park with Gavin.