Big Vehicle Day 

This summer, I didn’t create an official summer bucket list, but we’ve had plenty of summer fun. We’ve enjoyed library story time each week, which includes stories and songs followed by a literature based craft.  Last week, story time was cancelled for Big Vehicle Day at the library.  Since there are typically about 20 kids at story time (with four being mine), I wasn’t expecting much from the event.  I anticipated a slightly larger crowd than the regulars, and a parking lot with perhaps a garbage truck, school bus, and a construction vehicle.  I grossly underestimated the library!  Big Vehicle Day was quite an event.  Upon or arrival, I instantly regretted not making the kids dress alike as I spied a sea of preschoolers and their parents scattered around a lineup of vehicles.  Since it was a sweltering hot Texas day, we did a quick stroll past each vehicle, and then each child choose one vehicle to explore further.  We saw everything from mounted police to a street sweeper and an ambulance.

It was no surprise that the girls chose to check out the pink glitzy limo from a local children’s salon.   The kids had never seen a limo before and were thoroughly impressed with the sparkling interior lights and countless drink holders.  Harper was underwhelmed, however. As we exited the limo, the girls had a shiny star painted on their cheeks and fairy glitter spritzed in their hair.  The boys opted out of this sparkle treatment.


Mason chose to tour a recreational vehicle and Harper wanted to check out the wrecker.  Since we couldn’t go inside the wrecker, Harper was allowed a second choice.  He quickly settled on the Dan Dipert tour bus, which turned out to be a lovely reprieve from the heat with its blasting air conditioner.



Before heading home, I thought it was important for the kids to thank the police officers and see one of the squad cars.  Much to my chagrin, the kids were totally uninterested in seeing any of the police vehicles, aside from the horses.  Since my uncle is a fire chief, they’ve seen the inside of many fire rescue vehicles and have even used the radio in the chief’s car.  I can only assume the police cars didn’t seem novel, that or it was just too hot. Sydney was the only one to go inside the squad car, but all four obliged me for a photo with one of the officers.



#backtheblue #DallasStrong


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Summer Reading Club {Summer Bucket List}

Starting in June, we went to the library every Wednesday morning for preschool story time.  Following story time, we headed to the children’s section where we spent about thirty minutes perusing books.  Before leaving, each child chose two books and a DVD to borrow for the week (thankfully our library system allows each borrower to check out 99 items).  To protect our loaner materials, we kept them in a basket on top of the refrigerator out of reach for little hands.

 We keep libarary books in a large basket on top of the refrigerator and only get them down when there is adequate supervision.

Since library story time typically includes a craft, we haven’t done many projects at home this summer. I really enjoy crafts with the kids so I came up with one to accompany our book/ DVD rental of  Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type.  We made a cow using a paper plate, googly eyes, scraps of construction paper and glue sticks.   The majority of the crafts done at the library involve glue sticks so I thought a little practice at home was appropriate.

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type Craft

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type Craft

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type Craft

I always love how when given the same materials, each child’s artwork is unique.

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type Craft

Every night before bed, we choose two of the books to read on the sofa.  Sitting on the sofa gives everyone a decent view of the pictures.

Daddies Do it Different

For every 15 minutes we read to the kids, they earned a check on their Summer Reading Club chart.  Each time they filled a row on the chart, they earned a bag of prizes from the library.  We didn’t quite fill up the entire chart before the Summer Reading Club was finished, but they earned plenty of trinkets and had fun doing it.  Even though the Summer Reading Club ended, we still visit the library regularly and read daily to help the quads build vocabulary, develop early literacy skills, and use their imaginations.  Today I stumbled upon an article on Huffington Post about how reading to young children impacts brain development.

  1. Movies
  2. Sea Life Aquarium
  3. Train ride
  4. Fire station tour
  5. Library story time
  6. Sprayground
  7. Zoo
  8. Bahama Buck’s
  9. Frozen yogurt
  10. Community pool
  11. Grill dinner outside
  12. Water Table
  13. Inflatable Pool
  14. Sprinklers
  15. Ice Cream
  16. Indoor playgrounds
  17. Lee’s Grilled Cheese
  18. Blow bubbles
  19. Chalk drawings
  20. Board games
  21. Play dates
  22. Summer Reading Club
  23. Dance classes
  24. Fireworks
  25. Sleep over with grandparents
  26. Nature Walks
  27. Bounce house
  28. Popsicles
  29. S’mores
  30. Sparklers
  31. Water pistol duels

hugs, Amber

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