Tuesday, June 11, 2013

First Day of Summer 2013

The weather wasn't cooperating with us again. It was overcast and slightly rainy. On those kinds of days it is hard to limit James' beloved iPad, TV, and Wii time, but I started a "coupon" system. He has a certain amount of coupons for the day, each worth 30 minutes of tech time. On the days that we are about and about it shouldn't be a problem.

I did set up an art project for James. Tia Kiki admired the castle drawing from his last week or so of kindergarten so James did make another castle for Kiki's birthday! She should receive it before her birthday :)


Tia Kiki and Tio Berto on the iPad for inspiration.

We ran a bunch of errands to Target, CVS, the eye doctor, and UPS so I rewarded us with a quick trip to James' favorite frozen yogurt place. Yum. It was also to celebrate the First Day of Summer!



On Sunday night I researched the free/available summer events offered through the schools, the library system, the city of Blaine, etc. I saw that for Monday 6/10 there was a Summer Reading Bubble Festival at our nearby library. James was super excited when I read the description to him. He most wanted to stand inside a giant bubble!

First, there were several bubble stations to try household items to make bubbles. Before any of the stations, the adult took a looooooooong time to explain to the kids the science behind the bubbles. It was very poorly organized, which was too bad but luckily I have a patient, polite boy. Once we hit the stations the kids were okay.




The teen helpers were a good idea. This kid took his job too seriously and was a bit awkward. The parents around me were all chuckling too, when he was telling the kids to move it along. Move it along. Don't hog up my station.


James spies the giant bubbles!


His turn to stand in the bubble.





It was hit or miss whether you'd be the one to stand in the greatest bubble or just an attempt at one.


James only got half bubbles, but he was still thrilled.


James' friend Clayton was behind us in line and he got a great one!


Bubble wrap art


Later, at home. I promised James that I would make him a paper airplane and then I remembered the SW paper flyer book from Tia Kiki and Tio Berto. I had stashed it away for the future, after Christmas. It was kind of like a present again after all this time!

So I patiently went through the step by step instructions, with James watching, and I made his first aircraft.

It flew beautifully!






So it's not a paper airplane, but a Naboo Starfighter. Pretty cool!


After dinner the boys were all out again! It's like an internal summoning or something... they all just end up outside at the same time!




This time James didn't have too much patience for soccer. He grabbed his kite and was content to run with it. It was kind of odd timing but he had fun with it.


As Jim handled bedtime with James, I saw an egret on our pond. I took this picture and edited the light a bit. I like the effect. It fit my mood.


Yay for a good first day of summer!


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