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Summer of Sanity - Week 1 - Transportation

I'm not going to lose it. I will make it to August. I will. I will. I will.

I decided to spice up the crazy schedule this week and sign the boys up for swim lessons for the month. (What the hell was I thinking??) The only spot open of course was at dinner time 2x a week. So, with tee-ball, that makes 4x a week we are gone during dinner time. Awesome, not.  I'm really trying to hold it all together here.  Everything just seems to take forever to do, like getting out the door, cooking lunch, etc. No matter how prepared I am.

Let's see here, my 3 year old has no care or concern for my sticker charts and I can't seem to find what motivates him to listen--yet. The screen time sticker chart has been a savior and he is at least responding well to that. I have figured out that my reaction of yelling doesn't cut it. My 6 year old has the idea that this is the summer of independence but is responding nicely to the charts. His biggest behavior issue is trying to parent his younger brother. Then there is Cora. Ah, she is the reason we have 3 kids. They all start out so sweet and innocent. She is so calm and just goes with the flow. Thank God she is a good sleeper.

Week's Theme: Transportation

This week the main attraction was a mid-week field trip to the National Air Force Museum. Good choice considering that D-Day's 70th Anniversary was this week. I planned the trip for day that called for rain and it was a mini-monsoon so that was good planning on my part to spend it inside the museum.  The museum is huge and the boys loved it.  There are lots of interactive displays, history, and oh yeah just about every single thing that's ever been shot into the air.  They even got to see the new exhibit of the space shuttle's crew compartment trainer.  We ended the visit trying Astronaut Ice Cream which is always a treat.  This place was great for all ages.  Even Cora enjoyed herself being pushed in the stroller (super stroller friendly place) as she gazed above at all the planes hanging like giant mobiles.  Oh and the best part is the museum is FREE!

I had lots of plans for crafts, but in the end all they made was a building out of an old box for cars and then colored some cars and put them on construction paper.  Type in Transportation in Pinterest and you'll find many more creative ideas.

And read these books which we already owned:

The Berenstain Bears: We Love Trucks

Can You See What I See?: Trucks & Cars
Richard Scarry's A Day at the Airport

The week also consisted of a picnic play date and a trip to the library where we stocked up on book's for our Summer Reading Challenge besides the usual daily activities.

Next week's theme is Oceans and I'm hoping it goes a little smoother than this week.  Momma just needs to get herself in a better place.

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