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Happy New Year…

December 31, 2012

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WOW!  Is it New Year’s Eve already? 

I looked back at my past couple of posts (yes, it has been a while Winking smile)  and I realized that I started off in a similar manner…  “The time has flown by…”  “Can you believe summer is already over…” 

I really can not believe how fast 2012 feels to have past.  I was just talking with our family at breakfast and they said the same thing.  The time just feels to move faster and faster the older we get!

2012 has been a great year.  I want to touch on just a few of the highlights from our year. 

1. We changed churches at the end of 2011 and have found a new home in 2012

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The Lord moved us to a new church in December of 2011.  Change isn’t always easy; however, the Lord is gracious and we quickly found a new home.  Not only did the Lord change our church home but the areas of ministry.

We have found our niche in Children’s ministries and we are being grown and stretched through it.  Hubby has started teaching in Children’s church and is AMAZING at it.  He isn’t convinced yet, but I’m telling you that you would think he had been doing it for years!

We have had the opportunity to go out into neighborhoods and do Block Parties.  These are neighborhood outreaches.  The best part is that we are able to take Julie and Captain America with us.  I love how they come home pumped up!

During the summer the kids and I participated in Kids Summit.  It is a week long day camp for kids, very similar to VBS.  We had an amazing time.  I led a group of 10, 11, and 12 year olds.  In the past I have worked with little kids, 4 and under.  So moving to the older kids was a bit uneasy, but so rewarding in the end!  The kids had a great time and I was moved by the kids in my class. 

2. We completed our 2nd year of homeschooling.

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Yep! 2 years of homeschooling.  I would have never imagined in January of 2010 that I would ever homeschool.  Our journey began that August and just keeps getting better and better.  I love being home with our kids each day.  I love seeing our kids grow, change, mature and the best part…  I get to be a part of it all!!! 

3. We started Classical Conversations for the 2012-2013 school year

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Oh My Goodness…  This has been the most amazing change to our homeschooling.  I am SOLD that Classically training and educating my children is the way for US!  Julie and Captain America are thriving in CC (aka Classical Conversations Smile).  When I went to practicum in July, there were testimonies of how children were making connections during school work and outside of school work to information studied and learned in their CC memory work.  I will not lie, when I heard this I though, “Wow that it amazing, but really will it happen with our children?!?!”

Well, let me tell you it has.  As we read the Bible, watch programs on TV, read books, etc. I often hear, “Mom we know about the Mediterranean Sea,”  “Mom we know about the Great Pyramids.”  The list goes on and on and it is so exciting to see connections being made and the children knowing where the Mediterranean Sea is, where the Red Sea is, etc..

Not only did we sign up for CC, I signed up to be a Tutor.  I really could not imagine doing CC without Tutoring.  For me, it holds me accountable and I like it.  I am learning so much along the way as well!  It really is true when they say you get 2 educations for the price of one!!!  I love being in the trenches learning with my kids.

4.  I am blessed with amazing Sisters that I have made this year

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I have the HONOR of partnering with these amazing ladies each week as we all work together at CC to train and educate our children.  These are not just friends but they have become sisters.  My words are few, because I stand in awe of each and every one of them.  They inspire me to be my best.  Each one encourages and supports the other and it is unbelievable. 

Thank you to each and every one of you.  I love each of you!

5.  Reunion time with my Mom

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I had the opportunity to meet my mom in Colorado Springs, CO in October of this year.   We had some quality time together.  We attended my Dad’s 50th class reunion at the Air Force Academy.  It is a great time.  I enjoyed meeting my Dad’s classmates and getting to hear stories about my Dad. 

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It was awfully COLD though.  The day of the football game the high was about 34 degrees.  We sat in snow flurries and bitterly cold winds.  This southern girl is just not cut out for weather like that!

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These are my Top 5 memories from 2012.  I could post 20 or more, but these are the ones that stick out in the forefront of my mind.  2012 has been amazing.  From change to growth, I am blessed and grateful for it all.

I am looking ahead to 2013 and am excited to see all that the Lord has in store for my family and I.  It is going to be a great year.  I hope to be here a little bit more, but I will wait and see how the Lord leads me!

 

Happy New Year to you and yours!

 

Blessings,

Tirzah, Hubby, Julie and Captain America

Dangerous Feelings…

August 16, 2012

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Sometimes people do things that hurt.  It may be something that hurts our feelings or it may hit deeper and even make us angry.  We may be compelled to go to the person and talk to them.  Sometimes it may not be the other person but really our selves.  ~Ouch, yeah I know~

Before we do anything, we need to STOP and get with the Lord.  We  need to check the little voices in our head and be sure we are listening to the voice of the Lord.  Remember, it will align with God’s Word.

I recently experienced a situation that started as disappointment.  That disappointment turned into hurt and quickly the hurt turned into anger.  It happened in less than 12 hours and most of those I was sleeping!  When I woke up, I realized I was angry ~and hurt~ and disappointed.  Not a good way to star the day!  I recognized it and immediately realized it needed to be dealt with.  Not with the person, but with the Lord.  Not that it was easy, but it was the best way to handle it.

The Lord was so sweet and delivered a devotion to my inbox with this verse from James 1:19-20, “My dear brothers take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”

This verse has come up before in my life. (You can read about it here) This time God was dealing with the anger part though… He actually revealed two areas of my life that I was harboring anger.  One I knew and was aware of, the second I didn’t even realize.  Anger is quick to come in and the world will tell you it’s okay to be angry.  That little voice that says…”He/She did this…,” “He/She didn’t think about you…,” “Are you going to let them treat you that way?,” “A real friend doesn’t do that…,” and the list can go on and on and on.  That little voice delivering all of those messages is the enemy.  The enemy is crafty and he will not give up until we take authority over him.  He will keep on and keep on and keep on until we tell him to STOP.

God has given us authority over the enemy.  We have to take it and use it.  Tell the enemy to shut up and flee from  you.  James 4:7 tells us, “Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”  We must submit to the Lord first and then take authority over the devil and tell him to flee.  It may take repeating it over and over and over, but it will happen.  Submitting to the Lord and living a righteous life is so much better  than living a life full of bitterness and anger. 

Dear Lord,

I confess my anger and sin to you.  Lord, I submit to you and ask you to take the anger away.  I ask for your peace and joy.  Enemy, I resist you in the name of Jesus and command you to flee from me.  Lord I ask that your Spirit fill me with love and understanding.  I forgive _________. and ask you to help me show unconditional love to them.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Do Hard Things…

August 14, 2012

Hello to everyone!  Wow, the summer has flown by.  I can not believe we are just a week away from starting school.  I would really like to know where the summer has gone!!  Winking smile  

First, I want to thank each of you for hanging around and waiting for me to get my blogging bug back!  I really needed the time off to focus on the kids, our family, and enjoying the summer break!  I have lots in my mind to share.  The challenge now is to get it all typed up!!  It will come.  I’m working on my schedule for the year and blogging will be a part of it!!! 

This summer we have travelled with Hubby for work, visited friends/family, attended VBS, participated in Practicums, and have been training and preparing for the upcoming school year.  It has been a busy, but very fun and enjoyable summer.

The kids and I are embarking on a new adventure this school year.  One that we are very excited about.  We have enrolled in one of our local Classical Conversations Communities.  We heard about Classical Conversations last year; however, it wasn’t the right time for us to join.  We went to a couple of open houses and Julie especially fell in love with the program.  I am looking forward to this new chapter in our homeschool career.  I am also looking forward to seeing the kids grow in the community. 

I want to share this e-mail that my director, Yvette, shared with us.  It embraces our motto for the year, “Do hard thing until they become easy.”  Learning a new model of education is not the easiest task.  It requires putting off your old self and embracing the new.  Sound familiar?  Much like our Salvation and our need to put off our old self and embrace our new self.   The benefits and rewards are great and worth the sacrifice and effort though. 

This e-mail summed up so much for me, that I just had to share it with you.  Take a minute to read and absorb it. 

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Do Hard Things

When is the last time you expected a teenager to do something great?

In today’s culture the "teen years" are, at best, "low expectations!" Teenagers seem to be caught in some kind of virtual unreality that often leads them into trouble. In fact, if you Google the word "teen," you’re likely to find categories like: teens and drugs, teens and drinking, teens and rebellion, etc.

In their book, Do Hard Things, teen brothers Alex and Brett Harris contend that the primary culprit for such problems is low expectations. They point out that many teens and adults believe that adolescence is a time to "have fun"–and if we give teenagers anything to do, it’s little more than homework, a few household chores, and the admonition to stay out of trouble. But we rarely give these young people a challenge that pushes them to grow up into responsible adulthood.

The Harris brothers have a completely different perspective. They are challenging their peers to "do hard things"–by stepping out of comfort zones, dreaming big about careers and how to live out their faith, and tackling opportunities that even adults would find daunting.

And the results have been extraordinary. Teens are organizing political campaigns, starting new ministries to fight human trafficking and homelessness, and initiating dialogues with thousands of other teens around the world to do more of the same.


The Apostle Paul wrote: "When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became a man, I gave up childish ways." William Carey wrote, "Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God!" Let’s start challenging our teens to live extraordinary lives through the strength of a God who is able to do exceeding abundantly far more than we could ask or think!

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I may not have teenagers yet; however, I want to work on equipping my children to “Do Hard Things” and to do them well.  My heart’s desire is that they will “Do Hard Things” no matter the cost.  I don’t just desire this for my children but for myself as well.  We are raising the next generation and we must equip and empower them to stand for what they believe in.  We all have opinions, the question is what are we going to do with them. 

Are you willing to “Do Hard Things?”  Are you willing to stand for what you believe in?  

I want to “Do Hard Things.”  I want to be bold for my faith and my beliefs.  My prayer for each of you is that you will choose to “Do Hard Things” and that you will be bold for your faith and beliefs.  We serve a mighty God who tells us in Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Go out and “Do Hard Things!”

Blessings,

Tirzah

 

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Clean Eating… What is it? Why Eat Clean? How?

June 15, 2012

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Clean eating, I’ve mentioned it a couple of times lately but what is it?  Well, it depends on who you talk to.  For me it is eliminating most packaged food from our home and eating real foods.  Yes, this does require a bit more planning and cooking on my part; however, the rewards are worth it.  I have the peace of mind knowing that the food my family is eating is good for them.  I know that they are getting the health benefits from eating foods rich in nutrients and vitamins.  We are becoming healthier and stronger.  As my friend says, we can pay for it now (with healthy foods) or pay for it later by paying doctors to take care of us.  (This doesn’t guarantee that we won’t have any health problems in the future, but it is a way to help prevent illness in our bodies.)

Why the change of lifestyle  you ask?  Well, I’ll be honest it started with the fact that I gained the 20lbs I took off 2 years ago.  I wasn’t happy and my pants were getting way too tight.  The sad thing is that this isn’t what jumped-started my desire.  Another of my friends introduced me to the Eat Clean Diet books by Tosca Reno.  This really got me motivated.  As I was reading Tosca’s books, this verse in 1 Corinthians kept coming to mind:

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your bodies.”                       1 Corinthians 6:19-20

The combination of knowledge and the Word of God really got me fired up.  I have eaten clean before but was not able to stick with it for various reasons.  I am back on track and we are doing good.  With a combination of good food and exercise I am feeling better than I have in 2 years.  I haven’t lost a lot of weight but the inches are melting off and I’ll be honest with you, having my pants fit better (some are even getting too big) is so much more important than a number on a scale.  Always remember that muscle weighs more than fat.  If you are building muscle you may gain a little weight, but that is OK. 

Has this change been easy?  Nope, it is not always easy.  Eating clean is the easy part, but my mind tends to get me held up.  I have come to realize that I have to keep this area of my life surrendered to the Lord.  When I don’t, the enemy comes in and MESSES with my head.  BAD… it isn’t pretty and getting out of it is a fight.  It is a fight definitely worth fighting though.  See, the enemy doesn’t want us taking care of our temple and he doesn’t want us feeling good.  Why?  Because when we feel good and we are healthy we are able to do so much more for the kingdom.

So, where do you start?  I recommend reading up on eating clean and gaining knowledge.  I highly recommend any of the books by Tosca Reno.  Here are just a couple of the books.  I picked mine first up at the library and then bought them from Amazon because they are such great references.

 

The Eat Clean Diet Book

Eat Clean for Family 

(I am not compensated in anyway for providing these links.  I am just providing for reference)

Get busy reading and start making changes that Tosca recommends.   The best place to start is in your pantry.  Go through and get rid of anything that is processed, has ingredients that you can not read, white sugar, soda pop, sugary drinks, etc.  Tosca has a great way of presenting the how-to’s of eating clean.  Unlike other diet plans, this is a How-To plan, not a You Can’t plan. 

I have found a couple of websites that have been incredibly helpful to me as well.  There are meal plans, recipes, suggestions on getting started, healthy substitutions and SO much more. 

Tiffany at The Gracious Pantry

Susan at Fit Family Meals

If you have ever had the desire to get healthy and stay healthy, than this is definitely the plan you are looking for.  There are no quick fixes and no gimmicks.  This is NOT a diet, it is a lifestyle change.  It will make you feel better, give you more energy, and improve your health.  Decide what will work best for you, small changes or jumping in with both feet, and get started today.  

As I can, I will be posting on how we are doing with our lifestyle change.  I am going to try to makeover some of our favorite recipes and I’ll share them with  you as well. 

Blessings to each of you,

Tirzah

Power Packed Pancakes…

May 30, 2012

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I am working really hard to change the way my family and I eat.  This has meant that I find new recipes or change up my old recipes by making healthier substitutions.  One of my first modifications was to our pancakes.  I love some good breakfast food, but I just don’t want it loaded down with empty calories and overly processed ingredients.

When I first made these I did not think the kids would eat them.  They are not as light and fluffy as they are used to.  Actually they are quite thick and dense.  Boy was I surprised.  They both ate 3 pancakes each and then told me they were stuffed.  I was so excited.  I learned that I shouldn’t second guess my children because they will always surprise me! 

These pancakes are full of healthy grains and packed with protein.  I’ve made them twice now and both times the kids ate their fair share!

Power Packed Pancakes

[Wet Ingredients]

1 1/2 cups Almond Milk or Skim Milk

1/2 cup     Liquid Egg

2 Tbsp.     Canola or Olive Oil

1/2 cup     Fat Free Cottage Cheese

1 tsp.         Vanilla or Almond Extract

[Dry Ingredients]

1 1/4 cup   Whole Wheat Flour (I use Whole Wheat Pastry Flour)

3/4 cup     Power Flour (see below for this recipe)

1/4 cup     Wheat Bran

1/4 cup     Ground Flax Seed

1 Tbsp.      Baking Powder

1/4 tsp.     Salt (I use sea salt)

1/4 tsp.     Nutmeg or Cinnamon

2 Tbsp.     Stevia

Directions:

1.  Preheat a non-stick griddle to medium high heat.

2.  Put all wet ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

3.  In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients

4.  Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Using a whisk, mix until well blended. 

5.  Using a 1/4 measuring cup pour batter onto the griddle.  Cook until slightly brown and then flip.  Once browned on the second side remove from griddle. 

**Note** These take a bit longer to cook than traditional pancakes, be patient it is worth the wait!

6.  Serve with fresh fruit on top and Agave Nectar.  For an even healthier version, omit the Agave Nectar and top with about 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. 

For the kids I topped theirs with fresh cut strawberries, a little Agave Nectar and a little bit of fat-free Whipped Cream.  They thought this was the best!  (Yes I’m trying to eat clean and remove most processed foods, but a little encouragement from Whipped Cream doesn’t hurt now and then!)

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I found this recipe for Power Flour in Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Cookbook.  I was unable to find kamut flour at our health food store so I omitted it. 

Power Flour

1/4 cup    Barley Flour

1/4 cup    Brown Rice Flour

1/4 cup    Amaranth Flour

1/4 cup    Spelt Flour

1/4 cup    Kamut Flour

1/4 cup    Whole What Flour (again I used Whole Wheat Pastry Flour)

Mix all ingredients together in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

I have used Power Flour in a number of recipes.  Substituting 1/2 of the called for flour with and equal amount of Power Flour.  For example, if the recipe calls for 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour I will use 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour and 1/2 cup Power Flour.   In the original pancake recipe it called for 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour and 3/4 cup whole wheat flour.  Since we are omitting white flour from our diet I substituted whole wheat flour for the all purpose flour and used power flour for the original amount of whole wheat flour.  You can adjust your recipes to your liking.  Experiment and find what works best for you.  I do not find that it adds a different flavor to our food either.  It is just full of good nutrients, fiber and protein!

I’m off to do more experimenting!

Have a blessed day,

Tirzah

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Changes…

May 29, 2012

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Ch-Ch-Ch Changes…  (You’re probably singing and thinking of Shrek now! Winking smile)  If you have been with me for a while, you are probably wondering what in the world has happened to Momto2Monkeys.  She was posting everyday and she has barely posted anything in a couple of weeks.  Yes, that is the truth.  I posted last week about the season being a little over whelming and having to take some time to wait and pray.

I have done that and I have heard from the Lord.  First let me say I am not going anywhere, I’m still here.  The Lord did reveal to me a few things.  First, my blog was starting to consume me.  I was so worried about how many hits, page views, if there were any comments, yadda yadda yadda.  This is not where the Lord wants me.  When I started this blog, it was out of obedience to Him, not me.  Does it really matter how many hits or page views I have had?  Nope, it really doesn’t. 

The second thing that the Lord showed me was that I have been allowing my blog to take time away from my children and family.  That was enough right there to make me want to stop and shut the whole thing down.  The Lord told me that I don’t have to shut it down, but I have to stop allowing my blog to become a distraction that pulls me away from my calling and purpose in life.  Raising, nurturing, and educating our children. 

The computer (okay, technology) is something that I have struggled with for quite some time.  I know that it is a struggle for many moms.  It is so easy for us to get consumed by the computer, the iPad, the iPhone, or whatever else it may be and neglect our children.  Has your child ever come to you while on one of these devices and asked you for help, asked you for a snack, asked you to play with them?  Have you responded in a manner similar to, “Just a minute, let me just finish what I am doing.”  I have, and unfortunately that minute turns into 30-45 minutes.  Our time with our children is short.  Yep, short is what I said.  Eighteen years is going to fly by and the last thing I want my children to remember was that Mom was always too busy on the computer to help me, play with me, be with me.

So, I have to make some changes.  I have to get my priorities straight and I need to make sure that I am focusing on my children and my family first.  I’ll still be posting but not as often.  My hope is to post 2-3 times per week; however, if that doesn’t happen, I’m okay with that.  God has given me an opportunity to share His love and mercy here on a piece of cyber space.  I want to be obedient to His calling.  I also want to be obedient to the calling He has placed on my life to raise and nurture our children.  I am blessed to be home and I prayed for a very long time to be home with our children.  Now that I am, it is my job and my responsibility and one that I don’t take lightly. 

I pray that you will stay with me and that you will understand the slight changes that I am having to make.  My time with my precious angels is short and I don’t want to miss a minute of it by being consumed by technology or anything else for that matter!

I look forward to sharing my heart with  you and what the Lord places on it.  I also look forward to continuing to share recipes and life stories with you. 

I appreciate each and every one of you and am blessed to have you following along!

Blessings,

Tirzah

 

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MOM… I’m Bored

May 21, 2012

Oh, there are two words that every mom dreads when she hears them.  I am blessed to be with my kids all day, but the words, “I’m bored,” are two words that I absolutely dread to hear.  I want to look at my kids and say, “Are you serious, with all the toys you have you are bored?  Really, use your imagination and be creative.”  Oh wait, I have told them to use their imagination and to be creative.

Summer is coming and school is almost done.  So, what are we going to do to combat the dreaded words?  Well, I saw this idea on Pinterest and actually combined the ideas of three pins plus a few of my own to create our basket of activity sticks.

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In the first pin, a template is offered that can be printed, cut and taped onto popsicle sticks.  I have a very large box of popsicle sticks, so I just wrote directly onto the sticks.  As you can see, I have quite a stack of activities for the kids to do.  I duplicated the physical activities such as go on a bike ride, play water tag, play baseball, play soccer, etc.  I want to encourage as much physical activity as possible.  There are a lot of indoor activities as well.  This is great for us since we live in the South and it does get terribly hot here in the summer.  Some days are so hot it is just unbearable to go outside. 

How are we going to use them?  Glad you asked!!!  I have more than enough to do 1, if not 2, a day from now until we go back to school in August.  So, when those afternoon blues hit and the kids are following me around like lost puppy dogs or getting on each other’s nerves, I will pull out the basket.  They will close their eyes and pull a stick.  As long as circumstances permit they will get to do the activity listed on the stick.  Once the activity is done, the stick will be moved into another basket.  I’d like to see them get to do most of the activities in the basket!  I may will put the physical activities back into the pull basket, as it is so important for them to go outside and play!!! 

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So, to help you create your own list or basket of activities, I figured I’d help you out by providing a list for you.  Why not make it easy!!  Note, I did not use all of the ideas from the above pins, so stop by and check those out to get more ideas!

The list is long, but here we go…

Make a bead creation

Play Lava Floor

Build with Lincoln Logs

Play with Pattern Blocks

Make Land Art

Have a Water Bottle Spray Fight

Paint with Marbles

Balloons

Play Balloon Tennis

Play Red Light Green Light

Play Simon Says

Play with Geo Boards

Design Funny Bookmarks

Make a List of Your Favorite Toys

Make up a Dance

Lacing Beads

Paint

Pretend to be Wild Animals

Listen to an Audio Book

Read a book

Make Surprise Happy Notes for Neighbors

Act out a Story

Paper Mache

Draw with Stencils

Draw with Place and Trace Animals

Play School

Create a Silly Holiday

Have Races (run, crab walk, crawl, skip, etc.)

Go for a Bike Ride

Pretend to be Airplanes

Play with the Learning Palette

Do-A-Dot Pages

Swiffer the Floors (yep, there are some cleaning sticks in there!)

Run Around the House 5 Times

Play Up the River (a board game)

Color on the Color Roll

Play Mailman

Make a Popsicle Stick Puzzle

Math Games

Play with Play-doh

Play Dress Up

Make a Card

Invent a New Toy

Do a 3 Legged Race

Play Soccer

Make Giant Bubbles – Bubble Snakes

Write Your Name as Art

Pretend to Be at the Beach

Jump Rope

Water Slide

Take Photos of Plants in the Yard

Draw a Planet

Make a Jigsaw Puzzle

Play Just Dance Kids on Wii

Draw a Picture and Color it

File Folder Game

Vacuum

Paint with Q-Tips

Play Dominoes

Look at a Map

Paint like Michelangelo

Play Freeze Dance

Sword Fight with Pool Noodles

Make an Obstacle Course with Crepe Paper

Draw your shadows with Sidewalk Chalk

Do Exercises

Make an Outdoor Obstacle Course

Make Up a New Game

Learn About a Job

Brush the Dog (and then sweep afterwards!)

Organize Your Toys

Workbook or Worksheet

Play Wii Active

Re-Read a Favorite Book

Color in a Coloring Book

Read About a Famous Person

Make a Town with Sidewalk Chalk

Plan a Party

Clean Up Yard

Make a Lego City

Play Hullabaloo

Make Something from a Paper Roll

Make a Hop Scotch Board

Make a Mask

Do an Indoor ABC Hunt

Write a Story about Your Family

Play Leap Frog

Play Marbles

Play Leap Frog Box of Games

Do Math Mats

Spelling Words

Take Pictures of Emotions

Collect Bugs

Take the Dog for a Walk

Count Cars as they Drive By (We live near the interstate, that should be interesting!)

Make a Poster

Find 5 Books to Read

Play with the Sprinkler Ball

Make a Craft with Toilet Paper

Use Nature to Create Pictures

Make a Monochromatic Masterpiece

Lacing Cards

Find 5 Toys to Give to Needy Children

Create a Dinner Menu

Play Follow the Leader

Build the Highest Block Tower You Can

Play Catch

Play Water Tag / Chase

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Play Sound Hounds (another game we own)

Make Sun Catchers

Make Something out of Cotton Balls and Q-Tips

Blow Bubbles

Spray Each Other with the Hose

Summersault in Yard

Play Wheel Barrow

Play Hair Salon

Create a Clapping Game

Make Letters on Geo Boards

Make a Fort

Play with Tangrams

Have a Puppet Show

Play with Pattern Blocks

Make a Pipe Cleaner Sculpture

Draw with Sidewalk Chalk – Free Drawing

Take a Nap (It will be interesting to see how this one goes over!)

Ride Your Bikes

Walk Around the Block

Do Puzzles

Write a New Ending to a Favorite Book

Play Baseball

Write a Play

Play Spelling City

Take Funny Pictures

Dust

Play a Game

Make a Snack and Eat It

Make a Circus

Color

Look at the Clouds and find shapes or figures

Play with the Globe

Do a puzzle

Write a Letter

Look for Birds

Color on a T-Shirt

Play in Bath Tub

Do a Craft from the Craft Drawer

Play Soccer

Play with Rubber Stamps

Play Ball

Do a Word Search

Look at Baby Pictures

Play Solitaire

Sort Beads

Play Vet

Learn About an Animal

Make a Rock Pet

Read a Bible Story

Invent Something New

Water Paint

Read a Book to the Dog

Sing Songs

Go on a Number Hunt

Stack Cups

Write a Story

Make a Crossword Puzzle

Make an ABC Book

Make Pirate Hats

Make Paper Airplanes

Work on Memory Verses

Finger Paint

Clean Windows

Re-Arrange Bedroom (I may regret this one!)

Act Out a Bible Story

Create a Comic Strip

Build with Blocks

Play House

Play Restaurant

Count to 100 by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s

Build a Train Track

Pretend You are a Famous Person

Play Bingo

Play Starfall.com

Play Boggle

Play a Dice Game

Write a Story

So, you made it through the list!  Told you it was a long one!!  There are so many ideas there.  The best part is that this isn’t all of the ideas that I found.  WOW… is all I have to say!  This should keep the kids busy for a while!  I’m going to set some ground rules as I role it out. 

     1.  It is optional that Mommy play… Sometimes I just have things to do!

     2.  There will be a minimum time of 30 minutes that the activity has to be done.  Exception to this rule: if activity really does not warrant 30 minutes than another stick may be chosen after the first activity is completed!

     3.  Most importantly HAVE FUN!!!

What are your plans for the summer?  Can you add any activities to my list above?  I’d love to hear your ideas.  Leave a comment below and share them with us.

I pray your summer is blessed and full of fun!

Blessings,

Tirzah

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