Tuesday, August 26, 2014

summer break 2014 recap

summer break recap
This year, like last year (see 2013's summer break activities here), we did one, fun activity together every day for my daughters' summer break. The point was to keep busy and avoid a "bummer summer" as Judy Moody would say (Evie, who's 8, is currently reading the series). I documented our various projects/fun outings together and shared them here on Saturdays and sometimes more detailed projects within the week. See all of our 2014 summer break activities here. Read more about how this project got started here.

We had an awesome summer break. Sure, there were times they got bored. Sure, there were times they got into arguments. Sure, there were days with too much tv. Sure, some days all I wanted to do was nap all afternoon (do teenagers do that still? I want in on those kind of naps). The days that shine through though are the ones filled with laughter, the ones with ice cream melting too quickly and getting all over tiny faces, the ones with big smiles at our latest painting project, the ones with eyes gleaming at a growing garden, the ones with sisters forming friendships. Summer break is over, but we are taking our memories and favorite moments (and repeating our favorites next summer).

If you weren't able to follow along, this is a list of highlights by week:

Every Tuesday we went to the library and every Friday we went to get a frozen treat.
Week 1's highlights included making a summer calendar, making a summer manifesto, and planting vegetable (and watermelon seeds) for a late summer harvest). Click 
here for additional pictures and links.
Week 2's highlights included ribbon weavings, paper rockets, and a sofa fort. Click here for additional pictures and links.
Week 3's highlights included making silly faces using potato stamps and Spanish lessons. Click here for additional pictures and links.
Week 4's highlights included making terrarium planters and bug patterned tote bags. Click here for additional pictures and links.
Week 5's highlights included working in our garden, baking pies, and celebrating the 4th of July. Click here for additional pictures and links.
Week 6's highlights included our growing garden and bug patterned tote bags. Click here for additional pictures and links.
Week 7's highlights included attending VBS at church and banana splits at a local diner. Click here for additional pictures and links.
Week 8's highlights included a trip to the park to ride scooters and a discussion of our perfect outfits. Click here for more pictures and links.
Week 9's highlights included celebrating a couple birthdays, playing a new, thrifted game, and stargazing. Click here for more pictures and links.
Week 10's highlights included a stay at The Saguaro Palm Springs and back to school shopping. Click here for more pictures and links.
Week 11's highlights include making a picnic blanket together and a back to school dinner. Click here for more pictures and links.

Summer break is over, but summer isn't. We're determined to get to the beach at least once this summer! ;)

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