Friday, July 1, 2011

Summer Journals

The two Biggers have been keeping official Summer Journals. What started out as an every-day sort of thing has become a "thrice-weekly-if-we're-lucky" sort of thing, and that's just fine with me.

Summertime is for easing up, you know.

They write the date up at the top, then draw a picture of something they did that day. Calvin is disgruntled over the fact that I require him to include words, too.

This weekend we're lazing around in Ohio, at my parents' house. Calvin has taken to calling it his "Vacation Home".

I remembered to pack the journals, so we'll be filling pages with corn-on-the-cob eating and trampoline jumping and golf-cart riding and fireworks watching.

And so the paper-chain of childhood memories grows...

Happy long-weekend, Friends.

38 comments:

  1. Love this idea, Shannan! Have FUN and have a great 4th! One of my very favorite holidays!!

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  2. Awwww..

    So cute, as per usual!

    Have a great weekend!

    Love the journals. They will be happy in years to come that you had them do this.

    I think I may have already mentioned how I keep my nephews' letters/notes? I have two angry ones from a year ago saying "I said I wanted to go play in the basment! Andrew!" <---that was how he spelled it back then. I envision you telling Calvin "Write down your annoyances in the journal! yayy!" or not.

    You're a great mommy!!

    xo~

    TT

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  3. I'm sure you'll be watching the Tipp or Troy fireworks, but if you wanna head down to my neck of the woods (Waynesville) our fireworks are tomorrow!!
    Happy 4th!!!

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  4. Love and Fun and all that stuff to you.

    Talk to you when we all get back!

    xxoo

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  5. sounds like a lovely weekend in store!

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  6. Wow, what a lovely idea! So beautiful to look back on in years to come. Thanks! Xxx

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  7. at first I read, "happy weekend, francis" and wondered who francis was.
    That is a brilliant idea. I love that you guys have a vacation home! I might steal it (the journal idea, not the home) from you. Although Q is obsessed with dragons and rainbows, so maybe our summer will be a little...fantastic.

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  8. may the paper chain grow lots this weekend! enjoy the vacation home, you cutie pies.
    xo

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  9. So so cute! My kiddos all did this one summer and pressed flowers and leaves in there too (and glued sand from the beach!). They got all mangy by summer's end but I loooove them still. Have a happy happy time in Ohio at the Vacation House!

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  10. That's a really cute idea! Happy journal-ling kiddos!

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  11. Aww, these journals will be wonderful to look back on :)

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  12. Hope y'all have a blast! Doin' a whole lotta NOTHING!!!! At that 'vacation home' of yours!

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  13. Have a great time at home! Love that you're instilling some pen to paper memory making for the kiddos--here's hoping that never becomes a lost art. ENJOY and Happy 4th!

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  14. Have I told you lately how much I adore your blog posts? And honestly, I want to LIVE at your house, I can feel the Love and Homeyness through the photos!

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  15. i can't wait til my kids know how to write; i can't wait to "make" them keep a journal. i'm going to go ga ga over their cute little messy handwriting. can't wait. enjoy your vacation home. ; )

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  16. I love long weekends and family time at the "vacation home!" (cute)

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  17. Dear Jesus,
    Can you please, please,
    PRETTY please
    help me to think of clever ideas like flower patch farm girl?
    Thank you.
    Amen.


    Calvin cracks me up. Who needs words.
    I DO need those pretty flowers though. Mama Mia that is lovely.

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  18. I'm loving Calvin's "vacation home". Once we came home from our vacation, my 4-yr-old pretends our house is a different hotel every day. He also pretends we live in a different state. Love their imaginations :) Have a great 4th weekend!

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  19. Relish every blessing of being home this weekend. Come back and tell us all about it. Just please don't make me cry.

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  20. Such a great idea especially for kids learning to write. But hey pictures say a thousand words!

    Happy 4th!

    megan

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  21. have a great holiday weekend!

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  22. Great idea!

    Have fun this weekend!

    Happy 4th :)

    XOXO,
    Angie from OHIO

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  23. I meant to have the boys update their blogs this week. I haven't given them summer journals but rather try to remember to remind them about their blogs. Don't you just love keeping them busy with fun little projects? I still have my journal from when I was about 6 yrs. old. Have a fun fourth! xoxo, Jess

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  24. Happy 4th to you and yours!
    Enjoy your time with your family..

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  25. In kindergarten we do this same thing all year....great to start it at home for Ruby. What a great idea...just one of your many!

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  26. Your kids are ridiculously cute. :) My mom had us write summer journals when we were kids too.

    In other news: I think that you look remarkably like Princess Charlene of Monaco.

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  27. oh yum. love the paper chain imagery, and the journals, and you.

    ps i'm brimming grateful for your prayers. bless you.

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  28. Next time you come to Pleasant Hill, come see my littles from China in Ludlow Falls - we have Suri alpacas and chickens and bees....enjoy your folks and Happy 4th! Love your writing - wanna be like you when I grow up!
    Laura

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  29. i love that your children do this. happy long weekend friend.

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  30. i do some creative work in summer time, and play games much, and every evening i do swimming almost one and half hour daily.

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  31. what a fun idea! thanks for a sweet glimpse into a happy childhood summer :)

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  32. Help kids create this simple journal craft to keep track of the family vacation, camp, playing with friends and just plain downtime.

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  33. What a great idea! I’m thinking it might be nice to send my kindergartners off with one before summer vacation.

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  34. I like to use paper that is blank on the top half of the page for my children under 10 years old, as they enjoy illustrating their writing every day. Older children can write on lined paper and insert blank pages for drawing whenever they want to.

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  35. Everyone loves summer vocation.I like your blog and get best idea to spend summer vocation.Thanks.

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