I can always tell when we've had a busy month because the number of blog posts dwindles. This has been such a wonderful month, filled with wonderful adventures.
Week One: Chicago Land
|Lincoln Park. Yes, that is the John Hancock in the background.|
We skipped G-Bear's last day of school to accompany T on the long drive to Chicago for a course he was teaching. While he was busy in the labs, the kids and I ventured to the Lego Discovery Center (worthy of a post of its own) and built with Legos,
|First Lego car, and yes, Mom helped.|
|Love that Millennium Falcon, E-Bear!|
and more Legos in our hotel room.
|Surfs Up, with Legos, that is.|
We also drank bottomless root beer with "Uncle" Tony at the Eleven City Diner and played with our friends at the Lincoln Park Zoo. We had a wonderful time.
Weeks Two and Three: Swimming Lessons
Gertie the Guppie once again made an appearance in our lives for two weeks of swimming lessons. Buddy Bear joined the Jellyfish group, E-Bear joined the Sunfish and G-Bear joined the Catfish. The kids braved the 60 degree mornings like champions. Everyone improved, both in following instructions and in their swimming skills. I watched Buddy Bear come into his own singing to Gertie and even put his face into the water unprompted. I watched E-Bear do under water bobs like a champ. And I watched G-Bear backstroke across the pools and try a dive or two. J-Bear spent her time toddling around the deck with me, holding my hand and trying her hardest to learn walk (thank goodness for those kneelers!). She even learned the Gertie song too, and joined in by blowing bubbles with her lips just like the swimmers!
We celebrated at the end of the week by heading up to MoMo and Papa's cabin.
MoMo was a champ and got the pontoon in the water.
We all enjoyed our time on the water
and in the forest.
What a way to relax and revive.
Week Four: Catholic Kids Camp (Vacation Bible School)
When we got back, it was time for Catholic Kids Camp! We all got to participate this year, G-Bear and E-Bear as campers, and Buddy Bear and J-Bear as un-official campers in a childcare class with me. We did crafts, sang songs, enjoyed circle time and Bible stories and playground time each day. All the kids were so proud of their hard work and had so much fun praising God with their friends. Proud smiles abounded at the sing along at the end of the week.
I really must recommend Lacy Rabideau's Catholic Preschool Curriculum from Catholic Icing. I used many of her ideas for Circle Time and for our crafts, all of which worked really well for our group of 1-4 year olds.
In between our big events, we have had plenty of other little adventures.
We visit the visiting Handmaids nearly every evening.
We even got to treat them to ice cream one evening.
We've played plenty of catch and ball.
We can't stay off our bikes.
E-Bear asks to ride his two-wheeler every afternoon.
Day by day, we're growing a green, green garden,
|From the front yard.|
|Our bouquet of front yard flowers.|
|The bouquet E-Bear picked for me.|
and a new boulevard of green, green grass.
The kids have been a huge help to T, who reseeded our boulevard.
It is hard to believe that only a few weeks ago it looked like a scraggly weed garden.
Everyday we make time for learning time, playtime and piano practice.
And each weekend you can still find us with MoMo, Papa and GG on the patio for brunch.
These are sweet and wonderful summer days.
Thank you, Lord, for a wonderful June!