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This Beautiful Moment, At the Park in the Evening Edition and Snapshot Summary June 20-26 {Week 36}

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments at SouleMama.

Snapshot Summary June 20-26

We learned about Hawaii and made a page in our Postcard-Geography album.
Our dinner included Kabobs with pineapple and Pina-Colada milkshakes.

We made Watercress Sandwiches for lunch and an Edible Sand dessert which crossed another item off our Summer Bucket list.

We learned about Russia during the reigns of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great.
 I made Rainbow Fruit Pops to celebrate the first day of summer.

Book give-away in the morning. In the afternoon, we completed a picture study of Bruegel's The Hunters in the Snow and made very un-snow pictures -bubbles with chalk pastels.
Then the boys went to the park and blew their own bubbles.
We pulled out a set of washable Tattoo markers and stamps...
and also set up a Gem Mine in the backyard.

We "planted" mini-cup mint gardens, which were actually a variation on the dirt cup desserts.
We enjoyed these cheater mini Eclairs after a day of holding a Yard Sale Free and filling a dumpster. It was moving to see so many needy people so excited to get our household items. Through this move, I have really seen how many things we have that we don't really need.
"John replied, 'If you have two shirts, give one to the poor..." Luke 3:11
Steven spent the day cleaning out the attic so we can fill it with what we want to move with us when we move.

What we are Reading this Week:


  1. First off I love your new summer fun banner at top. Plus your beautiful moment photo - the way the sun shows it is a lovely long day of summer! And, you just can't go wrong with edible sand, bubbles, fruit pops and tattoos. Another week full of wow!

  2. Beautiful park photo...we love Indian in the Cupboard...

  3. You always get up to so much fun learning! I loved the Indian in the Cupboard - one of my favourites!

  4. Love the one of your son and the frust popsicle! :) LOL!

  5. Great week as always!

    I just read about this fun bubble experiment- use the dish-soap/glycerin recipe and pour it in a small round baby pool. Place goggles on a young person and have them stand in the middle of the pool- then place a hula hoop over his head and set it in the bubble mix so that he is standing in the middle of the hoop. Then pull the hula hoop over his head and you have a kid in a bubble! There is some scientific purpose to this that escapes me right now- I just thought my boys would find it hilarious to do that. Now to find the right size pool and hula hoop...

    We love Indian in the Cupboard!! Fun read.

  6. Awesome week!! I want to come and do school at your house. So many yummy treats.

    Just popping in from the wrap-up.

  7. Looks like it was a very busy week!


  8. The Hawaii study makes me excited to start geography with my little ones.

  9. Great week! I love the fact that you had a FREE yard sale! Our church does that too. You always do the most fun things. I didn't realize you were moving. Did I know that? Soon? Long distance? Good luck with that, moving can be the pits! :)

  10. OK! I am just amazed at everyhting you all do! Love that you got to give stuff to people in need. What a wonderful week!

  11. coming here via the comment you left on my blog post about accordion elephant book.

    Loving the beautiful moments you have shared on your blog. What a fun family you all are... :)


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