Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Celebrating Summer Solstice

Today was summer solstice, which means it’s the longest day of the year. It also marks the first official day of summer! Even though we've been enjoying summer break for a few weeks now, I still thought it would be fun to celebrate the official beginning of summer!

The boys helped me make this "Cool Summer Chart" yesterday afternoon.

Each number has a fun activity tucked inside. Every morning when the kids wake up, they will take turns pulling out the slips of paper and discover what our fun activity will be for that day.  Today we opened day one--since today is officially day one of summer!!

Today's slip read..."Celebrate Summer Solstice"

And this is how we celebrated...

Sophie was the first one up this morning, so she helped me make everyone a "Sunny Day Breakfast"!

Sunshine pancakes, fruit, turkey bacon, and eggs--cooked sunny side up--of course, were on the menu.

 After breakfast, we beat the heat by heading to the Y pool with our good friends. 

We enjoyed several hours of fun in the sun before heading home for naps! 

While the babies napped, the boys and I got busy in the kitchen.

They helped me make strawberry shortcake, which we planned to enjoy later in the evening. 

Nothing says summer like homemade shortcake

topped with cool whip and fresh strawberries-right;)

While our cake was baking in the oven...
 the kids had fun making a tissue paper stain glass window
 We hung them in the window

and the kids loved how pretty they looked as the sun shone through. 

 And because we were celebrating the L-O-N-G-E-S-T day of the year,

we decided to head outside again after dinner,

and enjoy some time at our neighborhood park. 

After getting nice and sweaty from playing at park, 
we walked home and everyone jumped right in the tub!

We got in our cozy pj's and ended our summer fun day by indulging in our strawberry shortcake!

 Happy Summer Solstice Everyone!


Terri said...

You are absolutely the most fun mom ever! I love all your creative ideas. This afternoon, I pulled my kids out of the playroom and we sat around for 30 minutes TRYING to think of something fun we could all go do. Finally, we ended up at Cold Stone, and then enjoyed our ice cream by the outdoor fountains. It was fun! I am curious, though, as to what all your little slips say!!!!! I need more ideas! Blessings!

The Bahtijars said...

what a fun flled day!! very neat to see all your fun ideas :)

paige said...

Please let me move in with you ;-)

Kimberly said...

Your children are the cutest. Is that your dog? he got so big.

Christin {at} Carolina City Girl said...

and i thought summer days couldn't get any better -- how fun is this?? oh to be a kid again :)

Heidi said...

I absolutely LOVE all of your kid friendly activities!! I cannot wait until I have a child so I can do some of them. You're so creative!

John said...

I know a lot of folks who don’t eat eggs (they’re allergic, for health reasons, or concerns about animal cruelty). Here’s an awesome site that gives tips on cooking and baking without eggs: http://EggFreeLiving.com

Brian & Ashley said...

You're so creative! Hope you don't mind if I steal some of your ideas one day. Keep us updated on all that's written on the slips.

Kristi (Turley) Jackson said...

Jenny, I just realized you were "back" yesterday and I've never been so excited! Something told me to just check your blog and there you are! I love your blog & can't tell you how you've encouraged me when I've needed it most! Welcome back - I've missed you so!

Brittany and Charlie-Social Butterfly said...

Love the calendar! So cute:)

Meg said...

Oh my heart you are totally mother of the year!! :) I LOVE all of your ideas and you inspire me to do daily activities with my two kiddos!! How do you come up with all of this stuff? do you have any websites that you frequent or do you just come up with it all on your own? You are amazing in the fun department!! :)

Ashley said...

What did you use to make the ice cream calendar? and what are some of the activities? I love it!!...and would love to do this with my boys! :)

Melanie said...

Ditto what Terri said! You are so fun & creative & intentional with your kids! LOVE the ice cream chart, sounds so fun...I agree, share more ideas!!

Courtney said...

I think that sounds like the best way to celebrate the summer soltice. Strawberry shortcake is one of my favorite summer desserts.

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

You are such a fun mom! Your kids are going to have wonderful memories!