Summer Family Adventures

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Summer Family Adventures

June 2017

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our Summer Family Adventures.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List.

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Here is our family "Bucket List" for the summer

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Summer Goals:

Each month we will have a different themed adventure map illustrated by my husband. Weekly projects will be outlined on the map and detailed on the blog  This month, he crated a silly snake that will later be used for a fun game board.

This week's daily challenge

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Daily we ask the kids to:

Week 1 Adventures

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Monday: Science Experiment- make parchment paper. Click this link to see a video of how we created our paper.  It was a quick, easy and fun craft that took no more then 15 minuets.

Tuesday: Writing- from yesterday’s paper making the kids created stories and scrolls.

Wednesday: Art Class– a local artist and friend hosts an class for kids Wednesday and Thursday mornings.  We are headed over to the Chill in the morning , where she’s teaching, to paint.

Thursday: Sports Day This summer the two younger kids are enjoying a few summer gymnastic lessons while the oldest loves her martial arts.  Today is also the oldest birthday!

Friday: Cooking with Math. We will be baking a cake for her birthday party with the kids help.  However if you are looking for a terrific resource projects with easy steps for grades pk-2, check out “On My Own: Art, Cooking & Life Skills“. We will be using this resource throughout the summer.

Family Adventure

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Blueberries and blackberries are ready to be picked.  We hope to fill a couple buckets of fresh fruit.  We may also make a quick stop at the local beach to enjoy the beach, before we move.

 

Rainbows and Butterflies

Hawaii is stunning, with gorgeous cove like beaches and heavenly painted sunsets that begged to be watched, visiting the island of Kaua’i is comparable to entering a dreamland. Stunning views and a multitude of places to explore, the geography is a travelers paradise.  With many captivating memories imprinted into our family’s experiences, the two weeks were amazing.  However, not all of our trip was filled with rainbows and butterflies.  During these moments we tried to keep a positive attitude and roll with the tide.

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With a bad storm hammering much of the east coast, our connecting flights were tricky and our luggage was delayed by a few days. Upon reaching the island, we were utterly thankful to have arrived safe, sound and on the same day! Additionally, my husband traveled this leg with us and having an extra set of hands made an enormous difference. The stress evaporated making the traveling journey enjoyable. The first few days, frolicking around Kaua’i in winter travel clothes was a challenge. However, we were thankful to have a laundry machine and extra essential items brought by my parents and sister’s family. Ultimately, a quick shop for swimsuits for the kids and a summer dress for me, made the rest of the wait so much easier.

Normally a healthy eater, avoiding sugars and complex carbs, and addicted to my five days of workouts I unconsciously took a break during our two-week vacation. During our trip I overindulged with sweeties and enjoyed delicious dinners out (Who doesn’t love decadent macadamia-nut ice cream tucked inside a heap of mango flavored shaved ice). Moments of guilt plagued my conscience as I used swimming and basic hiking as my daily workouts. However, I could not seem to stop the sweet cravings and time away from my exercise.  Where as before I would allow my lapse to gnaw at me, this time I am not allowing myself to dwell.  Living in the moment and learning moderation is key as I move beyond the guilt.  Bouncing back to healthy eating and workouts came as we returned and wouldn’t you know, I feel more energized and empowered.

Our last couple days on the island, the dreaded stomach bug hit our family.   By this time, my husband and already left for home, everyone was sick and we were facing an overnight flight home.  All but one of my babies had their personal day of rest and I was dreading the upcoming trip, where I was sure my five-year old would come down with the flu. Three flights later and 11 hours in the air, my girl still didn’t show any signs of tummy trouble -and I watched her like a hawk.  Amazingly and ironic since she struggles with G.I. issues, she is the only one not to come down with the flu out of 15 people. We are immensely thankful to have made it home without her getting ill.

Are these the memories that I am going to let define a lovely family vacation?  No!! Memorable moments, yes, I can call them that but I have a choice now to turn them into fantastic self-growth lessons, learning opportunities and a chance to focus on all the amazing time we spent as a family. Looking back on the trip, we were able to see a great deal, spend much-needed time with each other and turn this vacation into a cherished memory. Within the next few blog posts I will explore some of our must see places on Kaua’i, discuss learning without walls, and share projects developed on the island.  There is so much to do and see in the paradise of Kaua’i Hawaii!

Finally, a shout out to my parents!  This trip would not have been possible with our my their support.  We are so very thankful for the gift of tickets, a place to stay, abundance of food and all your help with the kids (especially the  much-needed date night out)!  Thank you so much for all you do for us and our family!  You are both a blessing and an inspiration.

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Happy New Year!

I am very thankful for 2016 and the joy it brought our family.  As 2017 dawns, I am excited for the new adventures and possibilities the new year brings! A special thank you to all who follow my blog!! On the horizon is new and intriguing possibilities and I am ready to take the leap of faith to bring forth these ideas to share!

Ringing in 2017, I have complied our first menu of the year. Over the last couple weeks without my menu, I have been negligent on sticking to plan.   My body has certainly felt the difference and I am so ready to be back on Trim Healthy Mama and  back to feeling healthy, full of energy and loving my food!  For our full menu, click on this link.

During the Christmas season, I had quite a sweet tooth, so I’m putting some delicious cookies back on the menu! Cream Cheese Cookies by Low Carb Yum is my first choice for a small but tasty treat.  Add a cup of tea or coffee and be intentional about enjoying some me time, now that sounds like a perfect way to enjoy my first week of January!  Another dessert/snack I’ll be creating is Chocolate Covered Pecan Balls  by Just a Pinch .  What girl doesn’t love chocolate?  I’ll have my pie and covered in chocolate!

For Dinners this week, here are our choices:

Monday:Spinach Casserole by Nana’s Little Kitchen (S)

Tuesday: Salisbury Steak (page 174 in the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook ) (S)

Wednesday:Black Bean Chicken Salad  by Working at Home School (E)

Thursday:  Bacon & Brie Frittata by All Day I Dream About Food (S)

 

Friday: Low Carb Perfect Pizza (S)

Saturday: Whole Roasted Chicken (I’ll create broth with extra bones) (E)

Sunday: Hot Dogs with Green Fries (Green Fries is on page 218 in the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook). (S)

Cheers to 2016 and welcome 2017!!!

Advent Adventures Day 25

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Merry Christmas

We conclude our advent adventures with Day 25. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2016: Family Holiday Activity, Random Acts of Kindness and Workout Challenge.

Day 25 Tasks:

Family Holiday Activity

Celebrate Christmas

Today is Christmas!!!  We are thankful for our faith in the Lord and the blessings He has provided our family. Many wonderful wishes to you and your family!!

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Random Acts of Kindness

 Pray for Someone

 

Today we will be intentional about our thoughts and pray for others who needs an extra boost of love.

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Workout Challenge

25 pushups, 25 burpees, six 25 second side planks, six 25 second bridges & 25 jumping jacks

Head into overtime and blast out this short but sweet, challenge .  Today is the conclusion of the Workout Challenge!

 

Advent Adventures Day 24

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We continue our advent adventures with Day 24. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2016: Family Holiday Activity, Random Acts of Kindness and Workout Challenge.

Day 24 Tasks:

Family Holiday Activity

Read the Night Before Christmas

Today is Christmas Eve and what better time to read Denslow’s Night Before Christmas?  A tradition that has been in my family for as long as I can remember, this book classic tale is a favorite for our family.  With stunning pictures and a sweet story, The Night Before Christmas is sure to captive your little elves.

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Random Acts of Kindness

 Make a New Friend

Say hello and strike up a conversation today make a new friend.  Looking for location to meet someone new, head to a local dog park, dine in a warm coffee shop,  strike up a conversation doing some last minute shopping or message someone Merry Christmas wishes on Facebook.

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Workout Challenge

24 Pile Squats, 24 pushups, 24 skaters & hold 6 stretches for 24 seconds

Short but sweet, add this challenge the holiday season.  Only 1 day until Christmas and conclusion of the Workout Challenge!

Advent Adventures Day 23

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We continue our advent adventures with Day 23. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2016: Family Holiday Activity, Random Acts of Kindness and Workout Challenge.

Day 23 Tasks:

Family Holiday Activity

Make Cookies for Santa

Time to make some delicious cookies for Santa!  Looking for a healthy option for this year’s plate?  Try this delicious version of Trim Healthy Mama sugar-free “sugar” cookies from Mrs. Criddles Kitchen.

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Random Acts of Kindness

Put Extra money in a Strangers Parking Meter

Treat someone to some extra time on their parking meter, today add an extra quarter or two.

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Workout Challenge

23 Jumping jacks, 23 butt kicks, 23 frog jumps & one 23 second plank

Short but sweet, add this challenge the holiday season.  Only 2 days until Christmas and conclusion of the Workout Challenge!

Advent Adventures Day 22

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We continue our advent adventures with Day 22. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2016: Family Holiday Activity, Random Acts of Kindness and Workout Challenge.

Day 22 Tasks:

Family Holiday Activity

Have a Pajama Dance Party

Grab your favorite pajamas, put on Christmas music and enjoy a dance party with your family.

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Random Acts of Kindness

Double Tip at a Restaurant or Coffee House

Make a service workers day, give them a treat this holiday season and add a little extra to their tip.

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Workout Challenge

22 Crab Toe Touches & 22 Spinal Balance Stretches

Another core day to strengthen and stretch your abdominal muscles .  Only 3 days until Christmas and conclusion of the Workout Challenge!

Advent Adventures Day 21

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We continue our advent adventures with Day 21. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2016: Family Holiday Activity, Random Acts of Kindness and Workout Challenge.

Day 21 Tasks:

Family Holiday Activity

Sing Christmas Carols with your Family

Time for a little song and a whole lot of family fun adding music for a fun sing a long. Looking for the lyrics to Christmas songs, check out a couple of these websites.

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Christmas Carols 

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Random Acts of Kindness

Thank a Service Member or First Responder

We are so thankful for all our first responders and service members so today we are giving back to our community.  A simple thank you wi help but we wish to bring some treats for them to enjoy.

Workout Challenge

21 Burpees  & 21 Pushups

Today is a workout in itself cardio and strength in one fun round.  Only 4 days until Christmas and conclusion of the Workout Challenge!

 

Advent Adventures Day 20

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We continue our advent adventures with Day 20. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2016: Family Holiday Activity, Random Acts of Kindness and Workout Challenge.

Day 20 Tasks:

Family Holiday Activity

See Christmas Lights

Track down a fun display or light show in your area and enjoy a festive ride through town checking out the holiday cheer.

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Sioux Falls Christmas Lanes  

Winter Wonderland at Falls Park 

Random Acts of Kindness

Babysit for Free: Kindness in the form of parent’s day out or date night

Have family in town visiting, reward them today with a little free time.
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Workout Challenge

Six 20- second wall sits & Six 20-second planks (any style)

Today add legs and core to your daily routine!  Only 5 days until Christmas and conclusion of the Workout Challenge!

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Advent Adventures Day 19

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We continue our advent adventures with Day 19. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2016: Family Holiday Activity, Random Acts of Kindness and Workout Challenge.

Day 19 Tasks:

Family Holiday Activity/ Random Acts of Kindness

Write down what you most love about each family member

Paper, pens, stickers and notecards are ready for this fun family activity.  Today we are writing what we love most about each family member.  Because we have arrived home for the holidays, the list of people, to write about, has grown.  What better way to show you care then a handwritten note to make them smile.

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Workout Challenge

19 Skaters Bounds & 19 Squat and Press

Add a little weights and a smidge of cardio for a quick addition to your routine today.