Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Day 86.. RV Dreaming

We took our first camping trip with the kids in May. They fell in love with all the RV'S that were in the park. They kept saying wouldn't it be great to have one, wonder what they look like inside?? Etc Etc.

Tonight for fun we took them window shopping for an RV at Camper City in Buford. They LOVED it and were so excited to get to see the insides of the different makes and models. We found a favorite, a Sandpiper, with 4 bunk beds and a master bedroom. By the end they were contemplating selling everything we own, buying an RV and travelling the country. So fun to listen to them get excited.

Brainstorming, pipe dreaming, call it what you will it is exciting to think about a different life other than the one you have. Thank you Ben at Camper City for letting them run around and see all the different makes/models. To say they had fun is putting it mildly. I am sure we will be back.

We ended the night with a SMORES dessert to go along with our camping theme of the evening!! FUN!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Day 85... Take a Class!!

I think anytime you start a new class it is fun. Today we started our 2011/2012 home school co/op classes. The kids were very excited to start the new year. Jack, Maddie and Carson will be taking PE, American History, and Art. Makenna will take Art, Poetry and Cross Stitch!! It was great today to see old friends and to try to make some new ones. Going to be a fun semester

Monday, August 29, 2011

Day 84... National Science Discovery Van

Today the kids were lucky enough to get to go on a Field Trip to see the National Science Discovery Van that is ran by the Army. I am not sure who had more fun the kids or daddy!!

National Science Discovery Van!
Jack was chosen to show how a person can become a Tesla Coil.
Carson touching a plasma ball filled with noble gasses.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Day 83... World of Coca Cola

A big THANK YOU to World of Coca Cola for sponsoring day 83 of fun!! The Greeneteam was so excited to get to visit. They all loved it and so did John and I.

We started off with a guide who told some of the History of the different Coke Memorabilia. It was really neat to see signs from all over the world. We left this room and headed into see a short movie about the Happiness Factory. I especially loved the dancing penguins, cute.

Next we headed to see the 7ft Polar Bear. The kids loved him and the photographers were kind enough to take a photo on my camera of all 6 of us!! We then toured the Bottle Works bottling area. The kids really liked watching Fizzy Bot the robot!!

One of my favorite places was Milestones of Refreshment. This is a gallery that takes you through the History of Coca-Cola. I could have spent a lot longer in here looking at everything in detail. I think John and I will have to go without the kids sometime so that we can take our time reading everything.

We headed upstairs to the Pop Culture Gallery where Maddie was thrilled to find the couch from 2005's American Idol. We then headed to The Secret Formula 4D movie theater. This movie was so well done. We all absolutely loved it!! FUN!!

Last we headed to the Taste It Room. The boys were dying to get in and taste soda's from around the world. The girls loved this room too as there was plenty of lemonade and fruit punch. They all thought the Freestyle Coke Machine was the coolest thing ever. I wouldn't be surprised to see it as a WISH on the Christmas list!!

On our way towards the gift store they gave us each an 8 oz bottle of Coke to take home. The kids loved getting a free souvenir. The gift store was loaded with such great coca-cola items. T-shirts, hats, banks, cookbooks, bags, coolers you name it they pretty much had it.

It took us about 2.5 hours to go through The World of Coca-Cola. I would highly recommend it for family fun. It was neat to see people from all over the world touring such a universal company!!

World of Coca Cola is located at 121 Baker Street in Atlanta, Georgia. They are open 7 days a week closed only for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Day 82.... Inflatable Waterslide!!

Tonight we are having fun on an inflatable water slide at a friends house. Gotta love a private water slide!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Day 81... Tennis Anyone???

Tonight the Greeneteam had their first Tennis lesson from Dad. We have wanted to teach the kids for a long time but it just never happens. Tonight it did! Yeah!! By the end they were all doing better and were starting to get the hang of it. I enjoyed watching John teach them something completely new. The kids all had fun, showed improvement, and were interested in playing.

I think from here on out we will make it a one on one lesson. They will feel like they are being focused on and it will be easier on John. Would love to someday see the 4 of them playing on the court together.

We picked up used tennis rackets at the Thrift store a year or so ago for a few dollars each. Try there first before shopping for new ones. I figure if they get good, and really enjoy it we can always upgrade later.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Day 80... Divide and Conquer

Sometimes the FUN of the day is dictated by the events that happen during the day. This was one of those times. During Science class the boys had some questions that required THE TALK. (You know the one.) I did my best with the topic but felt like they needed a guys night with their dad to finish up any unanswered questions. Fun for John right??

When John got home we decided that he would have a boys night at home with pizza, Mario Kart, and the "Double Digit Man Talk." I would take the girls for a girls night out. Sometimes it is just easier to divide and conquer. Tonight was one of those nights. Lots of fun and one we will certainly remember.

Girls ready for a night out.
Boys ready for a guys night in.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Day 79....Urban Madness

Tonight we took a large piece of butcher paper and turned it into an urban cityscape. It took us about 90 minutes to complete the project. We worked in teams of two and then all conglomerated on where to put everything at the end. This was such a fun project as we used paint, glue, construction paper,and cotton balls.

We used our normal family method of deciding what to do by letting each person pick an idea/ theme. Our choices.. Tron, The Ocean, A garden, Candy Land, Washington DC, and a city. We put them all in a bowl and we keep picking until only 1 thing is left. Tonights winner was Jackson's idea of a city. We loved how it turned out!! Lots of fun.

URBAN MADNESS... an art project by the Greeneteam
John and Carson were our sky men and Cloud fluffers. John also drew most of the cars and double bus.
The Building Crew Jack and Makenna.
Maddie and I were the Street Crew!! Our job the road, cars, and street signs.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Day 78...Pajama Party

A pajama party was in store for fun today. It was my 43rd Birthday and I felt like breaking all the rules so we did. We stayed in P.J's all day, hung out in the parlor, ordered delivery for lunch, read, played games, knit, played the Wii and snuggled. It was a great Birthday. Very relaxing and exactly what I needed!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Day 77.... Making Mom's Birthday Cake!!

The completed cake with birthday candle.
Slice of the cake. Scale of 1-10 we would all give it a 10. Both for easiness and for taste. Love that it can be changed by the topping you put on it. If we were to tweak it in any way it would probably be to put some of the topping in the middle too. For $5 this semi home made ice cream cake was excellent!! It truly is a go to recipe!! Fabulous!!

Making a Birthday cake for me was on the agenda for the kids and daddy tonight. The kids did not want me to see it and they wanted to try to do it themselves. I am not a big dessert person so told John to try an ice cream cake. This recipe looked amazingly simple. Whether or not it will be delicious remains to be seen.

This is another semi-homemade idea using Mayfield Ice cream sandwiches as the base. You make your own whip cream and then layer the sandwiches, and whip cream in a loaf pan. At the end top with chocolate chips cut up. I think that John and the kids chose snickers to top the cake with instead. Freeze the cake at least a few hours before use.

The only problem with tonight's fun is that we are saving the cake for tomorrow my actual Birthday!! Sorry Greeneteam some things have to wait!!

I will be sure to update this post with a picture and a taste rating on the cake!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Day 76.. Gwinnett Environmental &Heritage Center

FUN at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center was on the agenda for today. It was an open house for Home Educators and admission was free. They had experiments in their state of the art laboratory. Samples for the Science class curriculum by grade, snacks, and door prizes. The Greeneteam was lucky enough to be a winner!! They won a 1 year membership to the center. How FUN is that??

A new planetarium is opening in September as well as a rope and zip line course. They offer wonderful home school classes, summer camps, nature trails and so much more!!

GHEC is located near The Mall of Georgia in Buford.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Day 75... Slimy Saturday

John was in charge of fun tonight. He made SLIME with the Greeneteam!!

The recipe: 1/2 cup Elmers Glue
1/2 cup water
Color this solution with food coloring of your choice! In another cup you dissolve 1 tsp of Borax into 1 cup of water. Then pour the Borax mixture into the glue mixture and stir. The slime will almost appear instantly. Pull it out of cup and start playing!! Fun!