Thursday, March 28, 2013

Rainbow Stories & Tailoring our Schedules


It's amazing what a difference a little freedom to set your own schedule for your own family will make.   We are such a happier family now that the only one dictating our schedule is.. us!

We get to pick and choose which activities to fit into our day.  We decide what time we'll go to bed, what time we'll wake up and have gotten quite good at shifting things around when we want to make time for something that is important to us.



Our library had a special event called Rainbow Stories last night that my younger two sons wanted to attend.   Our library often hosts themed nights filled with fun activities and stories.

Our Children's librarians all dressed for rainbow night
During Rainbow stories the boys were able to:

  • Listen to Spring/rainbow stories
  • Make fruit loop necklaces
  • Paint with pudding
  • Sing songs
  • Get their faces painted
  • Decorate and eat graham crackers with colored frosting and sprinkles,  etc. 
 It was great.  

Evan was thrilled to run into one of his friends from school.  Alec was thrilled when everyone oohed and aahed over his pudding painting of the cheetah. 


Evan's painting came out looking like most of the other's with some blobs of paint here and there and dashes and lines where he just experimented with texture and color and I really wish I had brought a camera with me (these photos on the blog are from the librarian) because while his painting may not have looked like much to the casual observer, I was amazed at the story he told me his picture told.  

There was an orange dot to one side of the page that was the Magic Tree House and Jack and Annie were on the other side of the paper.  They had to make their way through all the dashes (which was a giant laser maze) in order to get back into the tree house safely.  They had been on a mission for Merlin trying to rescue him and they were all done but they had to fight their way through the maze in order to get into the house and get safely home.  It was a wonderful story!  

It was a great, free, family fun night!   

By the time we got home they all wanted a bit of time with Daddy, who will be working late for the next few nights and I couldn't say no!  

But I knew if they couldn't get up on time in the morning we could find time later in the day or on Friday to get our groceries done.  

Our schedule is usually pretty flexible and I just love that!
                      
The boys did get up in time so that we could get our groceries done before heading out to a homeschool gym day. 

I had the boys help me load up the car with a bunch of equipment.  We brought a Frisbee, a hula hoop, some balls, a bat, a soccer ball and other assorted toys to play with.  

We played at the gym for an hour running, batting, pitching, spinning in circles until we were dizzy and all the kids took turns spinning in a soft "drum/barrel."  They had a great time and worked off some of their energy.  I think they were bummed that only one other family showed up but they all played fairly nice together. 






We finished our Magic Tree House book on the way home and had some lunch while watching Liberty's Kids We the People.

After lunch the boys played outside and Alec toted his camera all around taking pictures of everyone and everything.

It was a nice, relaxing day and just what we needed after staying up late last night. 

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