Summer Reading Wrap-Up

This summer we started a new method for tracking reading.  Every time a (level-appropriate) book was read, the kids got a penny to use in the super ball machine.  After 20 books read, they got to choose a reward activity.  Well, the machine has gotten lighter and the jar of super balls has been growing more full.

As of today, we have read 91 books during this very busy summer.  And even though the summer is coming to close, I have a feeling they will reach 100 and get one last reward choice.  I truly have no idea what their last choice will be though.  I haven't been able to guess what they will agree on once so far, so why have it any different for the last one!

Reward #1 - Trip to the penny candy store (each pile represents $3)

Reward #2 - Night swimming at the local pool

Reward #3 - Out to dinner where I had to allow before dinner popcorn & post-dinner popsicles

Reward #4 - Sour Cream & Chive Fries at Saz's (they discovered their love for them at Summerfest)

I've loved seeing their choices and excitement about this method.  And I've loved seeing their reading choices change and their reading improve this summer.  Can't wait to see how this school year changes them yet again!

V-Stitch Work-In-Progress

I can't say that's I've worked much more on the v-stitch blanket, but it's a nice one to pick up here and there.  I find myself spending the most time picking out the colors and the order for them, so I've been doing a big batch all at once and then doing a row or two when I have a minute.  The downside is that I have a row of yarn balls sitting in the living room most of the time.  I guess the "blanket" is is shawl-size for Olivia now.

Wonder Woman

This past weekend, EJ went to a friend's birthday party with a mythical theme.  They were asked to dress up as a princess or a mythical animal or a fairy or a superhero.  EJ chose Wonder Woman and I worked to do a Wonder Woman outfit that was easy to play and get crazy in (and also used very little of my money to purchase).

The most essential purchase for a Wonder Woman costume is the wrist cuffs (at least in EJ's eyes) and I found them along with this awesome felt crown from Shoppe 3130.  We already owned the cape and EJ had the perfect shorts but she needed a red tank top.  However, the only red item in the girls' department was a thick polo shirt.  So we headed to the boys' department and bought a cheap t-shirt that I refashioned into a tank using this tutorial.  It worked really well but I also saw this tutorial that I thought would be helpful if I attempt making a tank again.

The costume was the perfect party play-wear and now she can be Wonder Woman whenever she wishes!