Friday, August 30, 2013

First Week of 2nd Grade Lunches

Boogs' lunches are inspired by the books we read together at bedtime, for homework, or just for fun. I usually use a book we read the previous day for the next day's lunch. I post a week of lunches at a time, usually on Fridays. You can click the "lunches" label at the end of this post to see the story themed lunches we have made in the past.  All of this week's lunches were inspired by back-to-school stories.

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
Sarah is not ready for her first day at a new school. She hides under her blankets and kind of feels sick. Sarah delays leaving the house as much as she can. She imagines her class will be filled with wild kids who like to pick on each other. When Sarah finally arrives, the nice principal takes her to her new classroom. The last page of the book has a little surprise ending that lets you know everyone can have the jitters. Boogs has had a bad case of the jitters this year. When we saw the class list, Boogs realized that none of his best buds were going to be in his class. It made him really sad and nervous about 2nd grade. I am hoping his second week of school will be much calmer than this week. 

In the Laptop Lunchbox: Babybel Sarah hiding under an almond butter & jelly blanket sandwich, "JITTERS" cut out of fruit leather, dried apricot, Chex Mix, apple, baby spinach, cucumber in the shape of apples, carrot hearts, and salad dressing.

Troll Teacher by Vivian Vande Velde
Miss Turtledove is a teacher and a troll! She eats chalk and backpacks, throws things, runs her fingers down the chalkboard and many other troll-like things. No one but the children seem to realize Miss Turtledove is a real troll. She eventually leaves the school. At the end of the book, Elizabeth  discovers that the replacement teacher looks like a vampire. Boogs said this book was okay but not great. He let me know that his new teacher is definitely not a troll. He said she is really nice but he still does not want to go to school. (sigh) 

In the ELB Lunchbox: ham & cheese inside spinach tortilla Troll with ham hair, candy eyes, sunflower seed nose & cheese teeth, dried apricots, Pirates Booty, mango, and broccoli.

Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10 by Judy Finchler
A little boy and his classmates thought their teachers lived at school. They imagined what all of the teachers were doing in the school building after school - eating dinner in the cafeteria, playing in the gym, and sleeping on bunk beds in the Teachers' Lounge. When Miss Malarkey moved into the same apartment building as one of her students, the student learned the truth. Boogs read this book to me and let me know that he never believed teachers lived at school. He said he has always known better than that! 

In the ELB Lunchbox: salami & cheese Miss Malarkey sandwich, pita chips books, okra chips, salad with radish stars, and grapes with letter picks from All Things For Sale.

Froggy Goes To School by Jonathan London
On the first day of school, Froggy woke up late and ran to the bus stop. Oops! He forgot to put on clothes and was only in his underwear. What a terrible beginning to a new school year! Luckily, it was all just a bad dream. Froggy's father woke him on time and he had a wonderful first day of school. 

In the ELB Lunchbox: salami & cheese CuteZcute Froggy, tomatoes with S S radishes for Swamp School, Pringles, marshmallow with Froggy's underwear, carrots with hummus, blueberries, and plums.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
Details of this lunch are in my First Day of 2nd Grade post.

Boogs told me he is ready to read something else beside back-to-school stories. Good, because I have already picked out a couple of good, non-school related books for next week.

Be sure to check out the wonderful sites I link to on my sidebar! If you want to see more book inspired lunches, click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post or go to My Story Themed Lunches board on Pinterest. I would love for you to leave a comment to let me know you stopped by.

Monday, August 26, 2013

First Day of 2nd Grade

How is my little boy a great big 2nd grader???
The night before Boogs started Kindergarten, we read The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.  It has become a night-before-school-starts tradition. I started making story themed lunches on the first day of Kindergarten and have made one almost every school day since then. Boogs asked me to keep making them for 2nd grade. He also wanted to continue our tradition of having the first lunch of the new school year themed to The Kissing Hand.
In the Laptop lunchbox: sausage & cheese hearts, mini Sunbutter & jelly hand sandwich, Momables recipe No-Bake Energy Bites shaped into hearts, salad with heart radishes, yogurt, berries, and a marshmallow with 2nd grade written with a Foodwriter marker.

After school, we kept up our tradition of going to the book store to get a new book for the new school year. Boogs loves picking out books.
 He had to read through quite a few before he found the perfect book to take home - Skylander Giants.
This is the first year that Boogs was sad for the new school year to begin. During Open House last week, he discovered that his 3 best buds were not going to be in his class. He said he had a good day but was still missing his friends. I love my little sweetie with all my heart. I wish him the best 2nd grade school year EVER!

Kindergarten Kissing Hand Lunch
 1st Grade Kissing Hand Lunch

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Be sure to check out the wonderful sites I link to on my sidebar! If you want to see more book inspired lunches, click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post or go to My Story Themed Lunches board on Pinterest. I would love for you to leave a comment to let me know you stopped by.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Last Week of Summer 2013

We began our last week of summer in Arkansas at the Crater of Diamonds State Park. I wrote about it here.

Boogs was pretty tired after we returned home and wanted to hang out at the house for most of the week. We did make it to our library's Explorer's Club on Thursday. The theme this week was back-to-school. The kiddos made pencil decorations with pipe cleaners. That evening we went to Boogs' school to meet his new teacher and drop off his school supplies. I forgot to bring my camera. Boogs is very sad that none of his K/1st grade buds are in his class. It was a very upsetting discovery.

On Friday, we spent most of our morning at the car dealership waiting for a second key to be made for my car. Then we spent the afternoon at the pool. Boogs talked me into jumping off the high dive. Yikes! He is very brave to keep going off of the high dive again and again. I did not really enjoy it.

Friday night, Boogs went to his first (non-family) sleepover. He had a blast. His friend's mom sent me this picture:
He LOVES Monopoly! Boogs told me they flew a remote control helicopter, held a bearded dragon, played games, did a science experiment, made mini-pizzas, and they started watching Spy Kids at 9 p.m. They went to bed around 11. Yay for a successful sleepover!

We spent the rest of the weekend running a few errands, hanging out together, and relaxing before our busy school year begins.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Crater of Diamonds Trip

Boogs and I had a great time taking a little trip with D and the four J boys to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. Five boys in the car for 6 hours led to a noisy drive. Luckily, they had books, crayons, and each other to occupy themselves.
We stayed at the Diamonds Old West Cabins in Murfreesburo. The boys loved being in the jail house cabin. On day two, they put me in jail and tried to keep me there.


We went to dig for diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park three times during our stay in Arkansas.
The diamond fields were huge. There was plenty of room to dig. We spent about two hours in the fields on our first evening. It was pretty late by the time we had dinner and got everyone settled for the night.

The boys were up bright and early the next morning. Boogs said they planned a jailbreak at sunrise. I don't think J2 was ready for the morning to begin.
We enjoyed the wooden playscape near our cabin until we discovered several large wasp nests in the bottom part of the boat.

We made it to the fields by nine in the morning for another round of diamond hunting. We found quartz, glass, volcanic rock, and LOTS of jasper. The boys were disappointed that the diamonds were so hard to find. We stopping digging and went to lunch. While we were at lunch, someone found a diamond right where we had been digging.

Boogs and J3 had more fun making clay figures at the sluicing tub than actually digging for diamonds. They played with the clay for hours.

The state park had a really neat pool. Boogs, J2, and J2's cousin really enjoyed it while the other boys took a nap.

We spent part of the afternoon at the mini golf course. It was nice to have it all to ourselves. We thought the 93 degree weather was perfectly cool after having been in 103 to 107 degree temps last week in Texas.

 We went back to the fields in the late afternoon for more digging.

 Boogs and J3 pretended to sleep on the front porch after our long day.

The ride home was pretty quiet. The boys slept off and on for several hours. 
 Thanks D for inviting us on this great adventure! We can't wait for the next trip together.

Tenth Week of Summer

Our 10th week of summer was filled with time in the pool, diving class, playdates, library time, and new car shopping.

Boogs went off the high dive as often as he could.

He learned how to jump backwards off the board without hitting his face. This made me a bit nervous.
On the last day of diving class, the coaches threw towels for the kids to catch as they jumped off the diving board. Boogs loved it!

 A couple of weeks ago, I did this to my car:
I accidentally backed into a tree. Unfortunately, the body shop and insurance company decided that the damage was enough to consider my car a total loss. Ouch! We were not really prepared to purchase a new car, but we did. Here is my new car. I hope it lasts 12 years like my old one did.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Ninth Week of Summer

We spent a lot of this week in the pool. Boogs had diving class Monday thru Thursday. We had a playdate at a pool on Friday. Guess what we did on Saturday? We spent the day with friends in their backyard pool. We are managing to stay cool in the 100+ degree Texas heat.