June 19, 2012

What are you doing this summer?

The aged old question of "what are you doing to do this summer?"
Teachers asked this question of us when we were school children, as a way to get us to either write or share with classmates.
So I asked myself..."what are we going to do this summer?"
I but some thought into it and came up with some classic summer activities that I would love to do with the boys this summer. But I also reflected on the cool things we have done in years past.
Cray fishing in the river.
Going to the beach.
Seeing the fireworks on the fourth of July
Going to NYC
Using a Slip & Slide
Hiking to Camp Site (LOL Read my post from last year click here! http://robertsrockfarm.blogspot.com/2011/07/our-first-backpacking-camping-tripwas.html
Going to Scout Camp
Visit an Amusement Park
Aquarium & Every Playground in a 20 mile radius
Children Museums
Splash Pads
Street Fests

So what can I do this summer to top what we have already done?
Well I already started! The other day I introduced Magic Shell Ice Cram topper to our boys! They loved it! It seemed to be a cool addition to our evening ice cream treat.

This summer I also what to firefly catching, drive in movie night, flea markets & beach trips.
Camping at various campgrounds! Tubing in the river.  More Hikes! Picnic Lunches. Trips to Maine and the Finger Lakes. I am looking forward to water gun & balloon fights! Making homemade Ice Cream & Popsicles. I would love to teach the boys to cook more than - NOTHING! Hanging out with friends.

Dr. Seuss National Memorial in Springfield MA. Never Been and I can not wait!

Many Visits to Old Sturbridge Village - Since have a membership
Maybe another great visit to East Beach - Newport RI

A trip to Port Jefferson, NY - on the Ferry from CT! We went once when the children were super little and now I can not wait to bring them back!
Maybe sell lemonade like we did last year!
A tag sale might be in the works too!

A few visits to the New England Air Museum - With another membership we see something different every time.

But beyond all these things I want to have fun with the boys and I would love some suggestions of what you are doing this summer!

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June 3, 2012

Chaplin Road Race - 5k June 2nd 2012

So we "ran" the Chaplin Elementary PTO 10th Annual 5K Road Race yesterday June 2nd. I say "RAN" because we did not RUN the race, in fact I barely walked the race due to the slow pace of our 7year old who had never "run as road race before.  He wanted the really cool shirts, and the one and only way I was going to let him have a really cool shirt, would be to "run" the race.  So about a month ago I registered three of us to run the race because Troy would be working that Saturday.  As time got closer I reminded our 7 year old over and over that he must walk/run the race.  Then came Saturday, with such a beautiful forecast that I wanted to stay home and pull the covers over my head.  But NOPE I had to get up and get us all to the school for 8:35 and ready to run the race.

On your Mark Get Set GO!  at 9am we were off and "running" - ahead of the game was our 10 year old, who did his own thing, unlike last year.  He and I walked most of the race and I let him beat his mom over the finish line! But this year I walked 99% of the race in the pouring rain with our 7 year old 1st grader.  He was a trooper, jumping in pretty much every puddle along the race route.  He would speed up and run ahead of me, just to slow down to an almost painful pace.  But we made the best of it and in the end I only lost by a minute to him and over 9 minutes to our 10 year old. Oh and I lost a fair amount of money to an incentive of Ice Cream at our local Friendly's.  Which they cashed in asap after the road race.
(after the race medals and rain soaked hair)

Soaked to the bone, wrinkled toes, cool tee shirts and the fact that we all completed a 5K, the day was a success and I hope we do it again next year as a family.  Maybe just a bit faster! Want more info on this Annual Road Fundraiser please follow this link...http://chaplinschool.org/ptoevents.html

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