Monday, August 23, 2010

One Last Week


You know the song... "There's 104 days of summer vacation and school comes along just to end it...."  Ok, maybe not....theme song to Phineas & Ferb?  The show that I heard EVERY morning at 8:00 am?? Hmm...maybe you don't have a 7 & 9 year old, but it's a fun cartoon about making the most of it.   Summer vacation, that is.  And the Texas Darlings set out to have an incredible summer, making the most of the 90+ days we had. I'd say we accomplished that.

With one week left, I wanted to surprise the kids with a little fun each day of our last week of summer break.    It all started with a countdown....
And each morning of last week, I handed the kids a card with our "surprise of the day" written on it....

Monday:
Back 2 School!!
Let's remember what it's like to...
HAVE A FUN LUNCH...
at Gattiland!!

For the record, I can't stand this place (think Chuck-e-Cheese for the older kids) and the fact that "mom's eat free" made it twice as busy as normal.  Anything for the kiddos....

Tuesday:
Back 2 School!!
Let's remember what it's like to...
HAVE A FUN RECESS...
at the Rockin' River Water Park!!

This little gem is a parks & rec water park that is 5 mins from the house- it was wonderful!!  We only went this one time and I am kicking myself that we didn't go more than that!!  Next summer....

Wednesday:
Back 2 School!!
Let's remember what it's like to...
GO ONE A FIELD TRIP...
to the Big Top Candy Shop!!

So, we might be stretchin' this one a bit.  Originally, I had planned on taking them bowling on Wednesday, but we spent 3 hours up at school working on PTA stuff and them met a dear friend for a late lunch near downtown Austin.  So, we ran out of time to bowl and this momma improvised.  The kids were thrilled- they love this candy shop on South Congress.  It's AMAZING!!  They got to filla  bag with all their favorite candy! Yum!!

Thursday:
Meet the Teachers!
Bubba & Mrs. K (on the left)
Sissy and Mrs. H & Ms. G
(4th grade team teaches)

There is a TON of excitement wrapped up int he Thursday before school starts.  The Welcome Walk is this night - all the teachers go to each of their students homes' to introduce themselves.  This is how the kids find out who they have for the year.  It is a wonderful tradition and my kids love it.  Sissy sat on the stairs patiently waiting for her teachers.  The only hard thing this year was that I was in charge of mapping all the teachers routes (whew!).  Luckily, I had several helpers and we got it done in a few hours.  Judging by my kids smiles and all the happy face book posts about the night, it was well worth it!

Friday:
Back 2 School!!
Let's remember what it's like to...
GET UP EARLY FOR SCHOOL...
with Round Rock Donuts!!

This local donut shop is a big treat for the kids, so it was pretty easy to get them up & moving!!

We don't start back until tomorrow, so today is our last official day of summer vacation.  I was feeling pretty ready for the kiddos to go back to school last week - they are really sick of one another and it shows!!  But today, I find myself a little sad for it all to be over so quickly.  We have a fun day planned- lunch (kid's choice) out and a movie in the man cave.  We are going to watch The Lightening Thief....we read the book together this summer and it will be the perfect way to finish our summer!!

Good Bye Summer.  It was great!!


14 comments:

Lyndsay said...

You are going to have to write a manuel for me so that when my kids are big enough I'll have great ideas for their summer break too!

Mocha with Linda said...

What fun! My kids start tomorrow, and today is our annual back-to-school breakfast at IHOP. It's the last time I'll take both kids. Began this tradition when my boy was starting elementary school, and now he's a senior. Sigh.

Enjoy every minute of these young years with your kids.

Charon Benton said...

THat sounds like so much fun! What a good Momma you are!! I did a few fun things with my boys too, during the summer!

Connie W said...

You are the best MOM ever! Will you adopt me?

The teachers come to your house? That is so cool!

Vivienne said...

What great ideas you have!!!!! I love that the teachers come to the kids. How exciting!

Kelly @ Blessed Mommy, Blessed Wife said...

What an awesome idea! This is getting filed away for next summer :) We started back to school today...boo!!!

Lindsay said...

What a fun way to round out the summer!! Those donuts look amazing! Did you guys do your 100 books in the summer? You will have to post about that soon :-)

He & Me + 3 said...

What a great idea. I might have to snatch it. OK?

Miller Racing Family said...

Looks like a great way to wrap of the summer. I totally understand about the sadness of the summer leaving. I hate how we have to have a schedule now. But Trey is loving school so that helps, so far no fighting to get him up in the morning.
Hope school goes well!

Anonymous said...

Wish I could have been there for that last week before school!
Good Luck Kiddos!
Enjoy some peace, MOM!
Illinois Grandma Jan

Shawn said...

What a great idea, you are such a super rock star of a mom!

We go back tomorrow/today too. Why am I sitting here at 12:30 instead of sleeping? I am going to be hurting in the morning!

shortmama said...

How fun!

Kelli said...

We watched that show just this evening...I can relate! What a fun way to end the summer...yum donuts and that water park does look like a lot of fun. Tomorrow is our big day...second grade!

Jessica said...

I have NEVER heard of that! Teachers coming to your door?! I bet that's a long night for them, but how COOL it must be for the kiddos!!

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