Scotland, and a short break

This week, we will be “traveling” to Scotland, home of rolling green hills, men wearing skirts, and Nessy.

Also, on Thursday, Friday, (and Saturday), we will be at our bible fellowship’s Children’s Camp, so I don’t have anything scheduled for those days. However, I will list a few additional activities and interesting links under the calendar for anyone interested. Just don’t expect to see any pictures of those in the album at the end of summer (because we’re not doing them!).

So, here it is!









The Bluebells of Scotland

Clap Yer Handies

Ally Bally Bee

Children’s Fellowship Summer Camp


Tell Loch Ness Monster stories

Tell “Once Upon a Time” stories

Robert the Bruce and the Spider


Go “fishing” in Loch Ness

Make a castle board game

Dancing to Scottish music


Make kilts from paper bags

Sink or Float experiments

Make spiders from playdough

Extra Activities:

Make a Nessy puppet

Build “Hadrian’s Wall” with blocks

Golf 🙂

Have a HIghland Games competition

Bake Scottish Shortbread

Have fun this week, and we’ll see you when we get back from our other camp adventure!



Look what came in the mail!


In the mailbox this morning was one of those great offers from Highlights Magazine, for a series featuring world travel. I always enjoyed reading (and coloring in) these magazines as a kid (*ahem adult*). And it will be exciting to share these moments with my little ones.
Of course the magazines are developmentally inappropriate for Monkey Nose right now, but the package included these stickers! What amazing timing! It almost seems like the people over at Highlights were reading my blog.
Well, almost 😉


G’day, Mate!

This week, we’re traveling to Australia, the land of The Wiggles, kangaroos, and Vegemite. Today is a rainy day here, so we’re taking advantage of being stuck inside and watching one of my favorite movies, The Rescuers Down Under. I’ve literally been looking for an excuse to watch this movie ever since I discovered it’s on Netflix!

So, here’s the calendar of this week’s activities, and the appropriate links for instructions or whatever. Instead of listing specific books, I gave ideas for topics instead, and you can pick whatever you like (or can find at your local bookstore or library). We went to the library Tuesday, and Monkey Nose had a blast picking out books on ocean animals of all kinds, including sharks since that’s what we were looking for. She really is interested in all sorts of animals, and prefers non-fiction books with lots of pictures.

7/8-7/12/13 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Songs Willoughby Wallaby Woo Kookaburra Waltzing Matilda The Sailor Went to Sea Aiken Drum
Story The Sandcastle that Max Built Books about sharks Books about the beach Movie Day: The Rescuers Down Under Make a Memory Book
Games Make a sand center Shark Play Poem Make colored sand for sand center Hopping like a kangaroo Australian Animal Memory
Art/Science Spatter paint boomerangs Shark hats Sharks and minnows experiment Aboriginal bark paintings Koala door hanger

We had such a great time with the Sharks and Minnows experiment (I had printed out a clip art of a shark, glued it to a piece of card stock and a popsicle stick,  then painted it with dish soap) that MN insisted on repeating the project in the bath last night 🙂

We’ve decided to make a memory book with pictures from our projects and adventures this summer, and will add to it every Friday, instead of reading a specific book. You can do something like this using a notebook or a small photo album, or you can get fancy and design a photo book on Shutterfly (or your preferred picture website). Or, you can skip it all together and just read more books together. Whatever floats your book.

Also, here’s a link for a traditional Aboriginal song, that you may or may not find inappropriate for your child. I thought it was great and showed MN the YouTube video, but it’s up to you. My Boomerang Won’t Come Back

And, lastly, click on the hyperlink for The Sandcastle that Max Built to find a Google Doc with the words and some clip art . You can find or draw your own pictures if you don’t like mine. I won’t be offended, I promise!

Have a fun trip!

United States of America

Okay, okay, I know. I promised weekly updates, and it’s been 3 weeks! But in my defense, they have been a very busy 3 weeks 🙂 We have been blueberry picking at Earth Friendly Organic Farms , to the Firefly Festival at Terhune Farms, announced that WE’RE HAVING ANOTHER BABY, and tried (and failed) at a round of potty training for Monkey Nose. So, in the meantime, the whole summer camp project had gotten swept under the rug.

Well, now it’s back out, and we’re going to keep at it. It’s even on my “Summer Project To-Do List”, so it has to get done!

Last week, we stared our traveling with a little “staycation” right here in the USA, which seemed appropriate, it being the 4th of July and all. Here’s the calendar of projects and whatnot from that “trip”:

7/1-7/5/13 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Songs Yankee Doodle Wave a Little Flag Colors of Our Flag Independence Day Down at the Flagpole
Story America the Beautiful: Pop up book A is for Abigail This Land is Your Land Fourth of July Mice America the Beautiful
Games Patriotic Parade (make instruments) Ribbon Wand dancing Online Eagle puzzle Field Trip to the Spray Ground Park Bubble Play Day
Art/Science Make a Flag Patriotic Teddy Bear Bald Eagle Fireworks Painting Bubble Art

Many of the links here will bring you to other blogs that inspired my ideas. The links for books will lead you to (not affiliate links), but I usually take Monkey Nose to the library for these sorts of things. We read a lot, and while I have quite an extensive picture book collection, it would just get too expensive to pay for every book we read!

And just for the fun of it, here’s a picture of Monkey Nose and a friend at the Spray Park in Monroe, NJ.


Firefly Festival

About two weeks ago, we went out to Terhune Farms in Princeton, for their Firefly Festival with some friends. We had a great time eating farm fresh barbecue, dodging through occasional downpours, making buggy antennae and wings,

coloring firefly wings

coloring firefly wings

going on a tractor ride,

on the tractor ride

on the tractor ride

listening to kid-friendly music by the talented Miss Amy,  climbing all over farm equipment,

driving the John Deere with Jeremiah

driving the John Deere with Jeremiah

going through a gymnastics obstacle course,

Monkey Nose climbing with gymnastics instructor

Monkey Nose climbing with gymnastics instructor

and feeding some sheep and ducks. Oh, and just as the sun was setting, a beautiful double rainbow appeared over the field.

Double rainbow over sheep field

Double rainbow over sheep field

It was a great day!



Get a FREE copy of The Steady Mom’s Freedom Guide!

I was referred to this page by a friend, and now I’m paying it forward. From now until 7am tomorrow (July 9), you can download a free copy of this blogger’s book on homeschooling. I haven’t read it, but I am always searching for good resources on homeschooling. After I’ve read it, I’ll update with a review. If you read it too, feel free to comment with your thoughts. Homeschooling is really customizable, and there’s no “one size fits all”, but we can all learn from each other’s experiences and hopefully meet the needs of our children.

Breaking News!

On Father’s Day, (June 16, 2013) Busy Papa and I announced to our family that

We are currently 4 months along, due at the end of November (after Thanksgiving), and feeling great, although a little stretched out!

We will be announcing “boy or girl” as soon as we find out, and may even ask some input on names, especially considering how long Monkey Nose went without a name 🙂

Thanks for sharing in this special time with us!

We are eternally blessed, and looking forward with great excitement to all that this new adventure will have in store. And, hey, maybe I won’t be quite so bored anymore…

(p.s. – photo credit, because I’m not that creative.