First Day of School 2014

They are off to the first day and it is super quiet around here.  Luckily we had a crazy, busy summer which means this house is seriously trashed.  It's not fun work, but it's keeping me busy and less sad to have no one to pick up at lunchtime today.

Speaking of lunch, I packed 3 lunches this morning.  Very weird to put them all into boxes instead of stashing Liv's in the fridge for later.  I decided to do something different with the girls' lunches and included a little joke with a note on the back (free printable here).  When I run out of these, I'm planning to include handwritten ones (using the ideas found here).  I hope it makes Liv have a happy lunchtime.  She was sad this morning that she won't be able to meet Grandma for lunch this year!

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.