For us, summer means multiple road trips so I thought I’d share a few audiobooks we have loved and will keep your kids entertained while on those long summer road trips:
- The Mouse and the Motorcycle
- A Bear Called Paddington
- The 101 Dalmatians
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Doctor Dolittle
- The Swiss Family Robinson
- How to Train Your Dragon
Also I highly recommend the app Libby by Overdrive. This free app lets you borrow digital media from your local library. You have to have a library card and a way to play them (iPad, Kindle, ect). It is great for road trips because you download the book so you don’t need wifi to play them.
Summer break means summer bucket lists! Here is ours:
- Visit ALL the family.
- Swim lessons. We have an outdoor pool near us and there is just something special about learning to swim outside in the summer.
- Go berry picking, hopefully more then once, because we can’t get enough strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries!
- Have a water balloon fight. This is top on Jaxon’s list.
- Participate in the library summer reading program (and get a free book).
- Make homemade ice cream, and enjoy it in a cone!
- See a movie at a drive-in, or more likely, fall asleep at a drive-in movie.
- Build an epic sandcastle, because beach trips are a given.
- Visit a new park.
- Trip to the zoo.
- Family hike…or two…or more.
- Eat breakfast out, breakfast is our favorite meal.
- Make friendship bracelets and give to all our friends.
- Go to a baseball game.
- Have root beer floats. Our kids have never had root beer floats!
- Ride a Ferris wheel.
- Go disc golfing, with grandpa.
- Complete a bug unit for summer school
- Make a campfire and roast marshmallows and if we are feeling extra adventurous, cook our whole dinner over the open fire.
- Read a chapter book as a family.
We had a lot of fun making this list together in our family journal (more on our family journal someday because I LOVE it). I hope our list can inspire you to make your own!
We stopped at two different used book stores/coffee shops on our drive, one even had a cat.
King of the Fox Club.
Lynn Canyon. A beautiful hike but way too over crowded. Would love to go back on a quiet weekday morning, not on Mother’s Day…
Oldhand Coffee, best coffee shop in Abbotsford.
Did the tourist trip to Stanley Park, as you can see, we weren’t too impressed (again, Mother’s Day is not the best for site seeing).
So here our my traveling to Canada tips: if traveling without one parent, have a letter from the parent who stayed home giving permission to travel.
Also skip Vancouver and visit a smaller town, like Abbotsford.
I like traveling with these two. They were beyond overtired by the time we got home but had so much fun.
Saw myself on Spencer’s Butte (All of me wants all of you)
Landscape changed my point of view.
We climbed Spencer’s Butte today.
Reason number 37 of why we homeschool, so we can run away to the woods on a beautiful day. There was jumping in puddles, lots of snack breaks (even shared with squirrels), and rock and stick collecting of course.
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Easter is tomorrow and this year I was careful about not getting carried away with adding cheap basket fillers of things we don’t really need or even want!
I think my favorite part is the flower press Anthony made for them. This project only took 20 minutes and just some scrap wood. And is perfect for spring!
You can use nicer wood, this wood is a bit splintery, but it’ll work!
We made two presses, one for each of the kids, so that’s why we have 8 bolts and wing nuts.
I need to add a couple of layers of cardboard but I just took out our recycling so I guess the kids might have to wait a couple of days to press everything they find.
Finding land is hard! Especially when you are looking for land that’s an 8 hour drive from where you currently live. And it’s hard to look when there is snow and you don’t have a truck. And 3 and 6-year-olds don’t quite get it. But we are learning a lot about what we like and what is most important to us.
These kids sure look at home out here.
A much needed break to throw all the sticks and rocks into the ocean. Fly a kite.
Write our names in the sand. Visit a lighthouse. Spent a lot of time thinking about where we are headed and what we want our lives to look like in a year or five years. This is a season of a lot of changes and it was nice to just take a few moments to just be. And there is really nowhere more beautiful then the Oregon coast to getaway to.
Explore the world. Yes, please.