Friday Frivolity, Strange Stock Photos Edition

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At last week's party, we welcomed the summer in our own funny, frivolous way.

This week, we've been combing collections of stock photos to find some of the strangest stuff out there:  



Latticed Learning: Summertime

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We made it through our initial term of Latticed Learning fun!

As you could probably tell, this concept has been a work in progress all year, but I can definitely say that the whole she-bang was a huge success for us.  Gv and I had a blast playing together with these themes the whole time!

If you've missed any of the fun, you can find all of the weekly posts here.

At the moment, the page is arranged by week (I mention the Bible story and focus topic for each one), but now that we've finished, my plan is to re-arrange the page a bit so you can more easily find the topics you're looking for.


We'll start back up with our Latticed Learning again in the fall, but until then, Gv and I will be playing around with these topics:

Poetry

Folklore (fairy tales, fables, tall tales, myths, legends & sayings)

Classic children's books (think book spotlights like we did with 5 Frogs on a Log or with our Monthly Crafting Book Club activities).


I'm not entirely sure how involved we'll get in activities for these topics - we might just read the stories and then spend time exploring them further next year - but I figured these choices would be easy to cart around with us all summer, especially since we have so many anthology volumes that include these types of works.



What's your favorite thing that we did this year?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.


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Passport to Fun - India

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You'll remember that I came up with a pretty awesome idea for G's Christmas gift this year.

If you're new here and don't know what I'm talking about, then feel free to wander on over to this post to read all about it.

I'll wait.

5 After 5, Things You Couldn't Pay Me to Do Edition

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was 5 of your favorite snack foods and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is now a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List 5 things you couldn't be paid to do


There are some things I'd choose to do, some things I would only do if I had a really, really good reason, and then some things you couldn't pay me to do!

What types of things are these?  Well, usually the kind of stuff that pops up on shows like The Amazing Race.

Whenever I watch that show, I keep up a constant stream of (one-sided) dialogue with the contestants - "Come oooon, it's no big deal - get over it and just eat the bug!" or "Uh, yeah, there's no way you could pay me even a million dollars to do that!"

Here's what tops my list of "no ways":


Friday Frivolity, Summer Edition

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At last week's party, we focused on everything Dad.

By this point in the year, summer is in full-swing pretty much everywhere, so today we're taking time to embrace those lazy-hazy-crazy-days:  


Latticed Learning, End of Year Fun

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Welcome back to another installment of Latticed Learning!  Today I'll be sharing a bonus week of our journey with you.  

We've been winding down our year of learning for a while, but officially ended with Week 36 last week.

However, Gv's birthday just happened to coincide with our playgroup/co-op gathering this week, so I decided to add a bit of birthday fun to the day, Latticed Learning-style.


The Princess and the Pony Book Activities {& Free Printable!}

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My bloggy pal Hilary over at Raising Fairies and Knights started a fun new Monthly Crafting Book Club this year - a challenge to create activities to go along with some of the most beloved children's books out there.

We're halfway through the year already and have really had some great fun:


January - Animal Action Dice Game for the book Barnyard Dance.
February - Cause & Effect Box for If You Give a Moose a Muffin.
March - an alphabetical scavenger hunt for Dr. Seuss's ABC.
April - handwashing fun to go along with The Piggy in the Puddle.
May - 5 Little Monkeys Fold 'Em Up for Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.

Now it's June, and for the second time this year, we didn't already own the chosen book, (we hadn't even heard of it before!)  The Princess and the Pony.


Not a problem, of course, because we love the library, but once again I was meeting a book for the first time and then needing to create an activity to match.


Project Snapshot, Week 129

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The goal of this post is to capture a memory from the past week, either with a camera, words, or both.  Time passes in the blink of an eye and this will create a collection of treasured memories from throughout the year.

My Snapshot(s)



We made photo gifts for our Father's Day presents this year. 

Papa got a series of four photos in which Gv spelled out "Papa" on the canvas and this is the one G got to stick on his desk at work. 

This little girl has the best Father and Grandpa around!


What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear about it!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.


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5 After 5, Snack Foods Edition

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was 5 of the most popular travel destinations you've visited and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is now a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List 5 of your favorite snack foods


My favorite snacks foods pretty much all fall into the salty/crunchy category.  It's the same for G - which is both a good and a bad thing:  good because we need fewer snack varieties around the house, bad because we're both after the same thing!

So, what do we fight over the most around here?


Friday Frivolity, Dads Edition

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At last week's party, we geared up for all those summer vacations by talking travel.

This weekend is Father's Day, so we're putting the focus on Dad. 

My list is all about zany things that dads say.