Summer bucket list

Summer break means summer bucket lists! Here is ours:

  1. Visit ALL the family.
  2. Swim lessons. We have an outdoor pool near us and there is just something special about learning to swim outside in the summer.
  3. Go berry picking, hopefully more then once, because we can’t get enough strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries!
  4. Have a water balloon fight. This is top on Jaxon’s list.
  5. Participate in the library summer reading program (and get a free book).
  6. Make homemade ice cream, and enjoy it in a cone!
  7. See a movie at a drive-in, or more likely, fall asleep at a drive-in movie.
  8. Build an epic sandcastle, because beach trips are a given.
  9. Visit a new park.
  10. Trip to the zoo.
  11. Family hike…or two…or more.
  12. Eat breakfast out, breakfast is our favorite meal.
  13. Make friendship bracelets and give to all our friends.
  14. Go to a baseball game.
  15. Have root beer floats. Our kids have never had root beer floats!
  16. Ride a Ferris wheel.
  17. Go disc golfing, with grandpa.
  18. Complete a bug unit for summer school
  19. Make a campfire and roast marshmallows and if we are feeling extra adventurous, cook our whole dinner over the open fire.
  20. 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!

xoxo

Charissa

 

Oh Canada

Abbotsford, BC

 


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.

 

xoxo

Charissa

 

 

Yoga Books for Kids

6 yoga books for all ages

Six of our favorite yoga books. The top left is the easiest, for toddler’s (and Nellie’s favorite) and the bottom right is more for middle school or high school. We are not yoga experts but these books have made it fun and easy, the perfect way to start our day.

  1. Sleepy Little Yoga: A Toddler’s Sleepy Book of Yoga
  2. Babar’s Yoga for Elephants
  3. Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story
  4. Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story
  5. I Am Yoga
  6. Yoga For You


Do you do yoga with your kids? Any favorite books?

xoxo

Charissa

Money making ideas for the young entrepreneur

Why your kid needs to have a lemonade stand and four other money making ideas.

Lately Jaxon has been in to making money. My little entrepreneur. But all this money making has been a great opportunity to learn about money value (unschooling math), how hard work can get you what you want, responsibility, and so much more!

Here are five money making ideas to get your entrepreneur started:


1. Lemonade stand. Fairly basic and kind of common. My kids like to add mint leaves to their lemonade. Also this drink stand I found on clearance has been a great way for them not to overfill or spill cups of lemonade…as much. Here is a similar one.

2. Sell plants. Herb seeds and some recycled yogurt containers = an easy and useful product to sell. Also you can buy one strawberry plant or succulent, learn about propagation (earth science class!) and sell the new plants you grew!


3. Yard sale. This doubles as a good way to declutter! I try and mostly just give a bit of guidance when pricing items, like $20 is a bit much for a used toy, but then its fun to see them work out a price with their “customers”.

4. Service, like shoveling snow or raking leaves or weeding or picking up pine cones or….I think you get the idea.


5. Plant sit. Water a neighbor’s garden or house plants while they are on vacation. And I have the perfect book to inspire you: The Plant Sitter by Gene Zion. So this is a bit of a tease, because this book is no longer made. It’s in the $50 range on Amazon used books! But that also tells you how good it is! My parents still have this book (and aren’t aloud to sell it) and it was a favorite growing up. Gene Zion, the one who wrote Harry the Dirty Dog, is the author of this charming children’s story.

 xoxo
Charissa

Spencer’s Butte

Saw myself on Spencer’s Butte (All of me wants all of you)
Landscape changed my point of view.

-Sufjan Stevens

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.

xoxo

Charissa
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Kindergarten read alouds

Jaxon is in kindergarten this year and reading books aloud is our favorite part of the day.

These are our mouse books! Ok, Charlotte’s web has a rat in it but we are counting it.

Stuart Little, E. B. White

Very different from the movie, Stuart is more of a tiny man then a little boy, but a fun easy to understand story.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Beverly Cleary

Jaxon loved this book. It’s a fun mouse adventure and is about being responsible. We have listened to the audio books of the other two in this series (Runaway Ralph and Ralph S. Mouse) and also loved them both.

The Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo

A brave mouse who falls in love with a princess. Once again, better then the movie.

Miss Bianca in the Salt Mines, Margery Sharp

Miss Bianca is the mouse from the Rescuers and this is a charming well written story. I found this book in a Little Free Library and at the time didn’t know what it was, but I’m very glad I got it!

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

This is the book we are currently reading so to be honest I don’t know how it ends! But it’s a lovely story of a mother mouse try to take care of her family. With owls and crows and rats and a mean cat.

Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White

I’m sure the most well known. And now, thanks to this book, Jaxon has a “best friend” who is a spider named popcorn.

Did we miss any good mouse book?!?

xoxo

Charissa

Flower Press

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.

xoxo

Charissa

On the hunt for land

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.

xoxo

Charissa

The beach is always a good idea.

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.

xoxo

Charissa