School is out!!!
I want to shout it from the rooftops! Yesterday was Hank’s last day of classes. And while we still have his closing ceremony on Tuesday, he is done class until September. This was Hank’s first year of preschool and it was not without its challenges. My big guy grew up a LOT over this past school year. He has faced and conquered many obstacles and I am so very proud of him. But, Hank is a worrier. He is already worried about the next school year and what moving into a new classroom will mean. I’m going to do my Mama-best to shake off his worries and just focus on fun, fun, FUN for a few weeks.
This week I shared:
My May Book Review of last month’s reads.
My weekly Weekend Review chock full of celebrations and a family canoe trip.
You can also follow along on Instagram.
Here are a few of my favorites this week:
*Warning: This is a very long Friday Favorites. I’m making up for my lack of posting this week.
Please Touch Museum
During the week I picked the boys up and we headed into Philadelphia to visit the Please Touch Museum. This is a pretty popular place in the city but we had never been. I was completely impressed. It was very much like the other children’s museums we have been to in New Jersey and Delaware but on more of a grandiose scale and definitely more spaced out. I had worried that it would be crowded but the place is so large that there is room for everyone to play.
This was a random mailbox outside of a little play house that Reid WOULD.NOT.LEAVE. This boy would have spent all night playing with that mailbox.
The maze. Hank and I drive each other nuts with places like this. I want them to have fun, but I’m also not the parent that lets their kid run around in places where I can’t see them. When I am out with my kids, especially at crowded places like this, my eyes are on them the whole time. Hank sees all the kids running around without a care in the world and gets frustrated that I won’t let him run ahead.I always tell him he needs to stay close to his brother (I only have two eyes!) but Reid is happy just meandering at a snails pace. We had fun but mazes where I could easily lose my kid in a crowd give me hives.
They had an area sponsored by our local grocery chain. Now, Reid’s favorite thing in the world is going to the food store so he was in his glory. He wasn’t the only one though. This area was so packed with kids it looked like the grocery store the night before a blizzard. Food was flying off the shelves and people were in a panic.
Last Day of School
Can you believe how big he got?! I really didn’t believe he had grown (physically, I mean) until I was this. Emotional, social, and academic growth? This kid is killing it!
On Sunday we were able to take the boys out on the lake for a canoe ride. Granted, I am married to an avid outdoorsman, but something about paddling those calm waters speaks to my heart.
Hank’s Summer Bucket List
Hank did this in school on his last day. I agree, Hank. I very much agree.
LinkUp With My Girl Erin
My friend Erin over at Perfectly Port was hosting a fun link up today and I was so excited to join her. If you don’t know Erin, you have to check her out. She is an INCREDIBLE Mama with a heart for God. Her everyday spunk and kindness are inspirational and I love to read about her family adventures.
We are talking today about the top 10 things we have always wanted to do/try.
I have to admit, it was actually kind of hard to come up with 10 things! If I want to do something, I just do it. If something seems interesting to me, I give it a try. I’m really glad I did follow through with this though because it actually helped me set some goals for myself.
These are in no order:
Change my career: I kind of fell into my career. I took a job at my company as just a “job” almost 10 years ago. Years later I have risen up through the ranks, have a great staff and a nice office, but it was never my dream. I stayed there while Kevin was in grad school for financial reasons. It supported us well while he stopped working and went back to school full time, but then there was kids and…you know.
Pure Barre: Not as serious as the last one, eh? I was a dancer my entire life and I feel like I would LOVE Pure Barre. Unfortunately, there are no locations by me. The closest location is a little over 30 minutes away but it has a waitlist about 10 miles long. When I was in my late teens and early twenties I though NOTHING of running into the city to take a class. Now, the thought of city traffic & parking for a 45 minute class is exhausting to even think about. I will one day though.
Write a book: Any writers in the house? I have written short stories for many many years but have never set my mind to write anything longer. Even though I would write almost everyday (prior to having kids) I never felt like any of the stories were THE story, you know? Now I feel like I have more ideas but am majorly lacking on time.
Travel alone: No offense family. I love you and love to travel with you but I have always dreamed of going somewhere completely alone. Somewhere where I can go wherever the wind takes me, eat whatever I want, fall asleep however I like. I feel like this is a universal mom truth but I wanted this even before kids. To be honest, I know I’d miss them after the first hour.
Develop a crafty talent: I can crochet you a scarf, but it will probably have a ton of errors. I have a sewing machine, but I’m terrible at it. Back when my sweet grandmother could see better and wasn’t arthritic she would crochet the most gorgeous blankets. I still remember some of the stitches she taught me but I’d love to really develop a knack for it.
Volunteer abroad: I have always wanted to volunteer for one of the many causes I care about abroad. I see it as the perfect opportunity to really learn and understand a new culture while still using your time for the greater good. I wanted to do this prior to having kids but it didn’t work out. Now I am hoping to make it something we can do as a family once the kids get a little older.
Restore a boat: When I was younger my dad would take me to these huge lots of boats. I don’t even remember if he was buying boats at the time (we had a few different boats growing up) or what, I just remember hopping in and out of tons and tons of boats and falling in love. Some of them had such amazing detail. I still remember one where the kitchen table below deck was this gorgeous wood with a glossed map on top that I swore was a treasure map. I don’t think all of these boats were seaworthy but I wanted to adopt them all like some people want to take all of the puppies home from the shelter.
Tea at the Plaza: This is one that I don’t know why I haven’t done yet. I’ve been in the lobby of the Plaza, and I’ve been to NYC and Central Park more times than I can count. If I ever have a daughter I’ll make her go with me and live out my Eloise dreams.
Visit Denali & Acadia Nat’l Parks: Kevin and I dream of going to Alaska and really living out the Alaskan experience. This dream involves a lot of rigorous hiking that is NOT suitable for young children so we have to wait until the kids are a little older for this one. With Acadia, I want to camp where the sun hits the US first.
Ride an elephant: Elephants are my all time favorite animal. I would love to snuggle up close to an elephant sometime in this life. I have no justification for my love of elephants. I’ve loved them ever since I watched Rainbow Brite and the San Diego Zoo as a little kid. I was hooked.
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