Peach Park, AL

A couple of weeks ago we went on another fun adventure. Kevin, Crystal and the kiddos invited us to meet up with them at Peach Park. I was excited to see that this place was only about 30 mins from Montgomery. The weather looked like it was going to be perfect and we are pretty free with our Sundays besides RE and Mass.

The drive up was pretty easy. I took the normal approach of not telling the kids where we were going or who would be there. They were very excited to see our friends. Kevin, Crystal and their kiddos are always a fun bunch to be around. We explored the garden with it’s cute pond, swings, and giant peach sculpture. When there are 10 kids around it doesn’t take long before there’s running and laughing going on. After the kids short lived exploration of the garden we headed to the playground. There is a really kewl barn area with slides, places to hide and climb. The kids tried out every piece of playground equipment there before complaining about being thristy or needing a bathroom break.

That’s when we decided it was time for a trip to the bathrooms/water fountain. Then all 14 of us got in line for a scoop of ice cream. I chose peach cheesecake because well cheesecake. The kids all scarfed down their ice cream before heading back to the water fountain for another drink of water. Then off to play again in the garden or swing on the swings. George sat back and did his normal thing of being the quiet guy while Kevin, Crystal, and I sat and chatted about what the kids had been up to..

We couldn’t stay too long because George had work in the morning and we had school. I like to stick to our schedule. So we said goodbye to our friends with plans to get together again soon. It was a fun afternoon at a peach themed park.

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The Wizard Always Wins

Yep. We bought a new board game. This purchase was made at Target after I watched this review from Dice Tower. It looked like a perfect game to add to our growing collection. I want to put a warning in this game share. PLEASE DO NOT walk into Target/Walmart or anywhere and just buy a board game on a whim. I know that Target has some games coming out that look really good in the store but Please take the time to watch or read reviews. A few minutes can save you alot of money and help you pick a game that will fit your family. If you would like suggestions on what games to buy please check out our other posts or send me an email: adventureswithsix@gmail.com

The Wizard Always Wins is a 2-5 player. The suggested age is 10+. As usual Duke and Bubbles have been able to play just fine. Duke needs a little help to keep him focused on what’s happening as he would rather play with his brothers.  This is a fun and easy game to teach/ learn.  A game can take about 30 minutes or less. This goal of the game is simple become the wizard and choose your gem from the bag.

Does this game have any educational benefits? Yes. There is counting and reading, you know the basics. There is also alot of strategizing. You take turns picking 1 of 7 characters and do their special action. You collect tokens and cards to create sets in order to purchase your gems to put in the bag. The more gems you have in the bag the better chance you have to win as the wizard. The kids got pretty competitive and were pretty upset when Dad won twice. Our kiddos loved it enough to ask to play the next morning. Jem was lucky enough to win our morning game. This really is a fun an easy family friendly game.

If you purchase The Wizard Always Wins or others we have talked about please share your experiences in the comments.

 

 

 

Baptism Dinner 2017

I always start planning for our special dinner by asking the kids what they would like to eat. Jem will always ask for Lasagna with a few of the kids agreeing. Thankfully this year Bubbles and Pippi had other ideas.  Bubbles first thought was ribs. This kid defintely takes after her Dad. She is the one who will order ribs when we go to a steak house or bbq restuarant. It doesn’t take much to get Duke on board. Then I had to come up with another meat that the rest of us could enjoy. I’m a huge fan of bbq chicken. I also thought it would be an easy thing to cook. Pippi’s big request was homemade crockpot macaroni and cheese. I also thought it might be nice to have some fresh corn on the cob. We also like to take the chance to try out a new recipe or two.

We came up with a full menu:

Ribs

BBQ Chicken

Mac and Cheese

Corn on the cob

Green beans

Pretzel Bites

Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars

The thing I love most about this meal is that it’s become a family tradition in a couple of ways. Yes, We sing Happy Birthday to each kid and they blow out their Baptism candle. Yes, we celebrate in August/September because there aren’t any major holidays. But my favorite is that most of us work together to cook the meal. I’m sure that doesn’t sound like a big deal to most. I have 3 girls who are more than capable of cooking/baking and they love to do it.

A couple days before our dinner we came up with a plan:

Jem: Make Chocolate PB Dream Bars Saturday morning,  4pm cook green beans,  4pm Help Mom shuck and cook corn on the cob

Pippi: 2-3 hours before 5pm put Macaroni and Cheese in the crockpot, 11am put BBQ Chicken in crockpot (it’s so nice to have 2 crockpots)

Bubbles: Make Pretzel Bites with Mom Friday Night, Help Dad make Ribs 2-3 hours before 5pm

This plan worked out really well. The girls are becoming really good cooks/bakers. It really helps on those days when I’m feeling really bad. The girls are great to step in and cook dinner.

We invited our friend Leslie and her girls over to enjoy the fruits of our labor and to see what a Montee tradition looks like. The food was delicious. The girls and George did a great job. The Pretzel Bites were very popular. The kids had a great time running around and playing. I am very thankful we were able to share such a fun and special tradition with our amazing new friends.

If you are interested in any of the recipes please email me at adventureswithsix@gmail.com

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Curriculum Recap 2017-2018

 

 

Duke, 2nd Grade:

English 2 for Young Catholics

Spectrum Spelling Grade 2

50 States and where to find them

Art Treasury

History 3 for Young Catholics

Catholic Heritage Handwriting Series Level 2: Finding the Way

Behold and See 4

Skills For Success : Human Body Grades 2-3

Teaching Textbooks 3 or Math for Young Catholics 3

Hayes Music Puzzlers Grades 1-2

 

Bubbles, 3rd Grade:

English 3 for Young Catholics

History 3 for Young Catholics

Behold and See 4

Skills For Success : Human Body Grades 2-3

50 States and where to find them

Teaching Textbooks 4

Art Treasury

Spelling 3 for Young Catholics

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Family Edition

http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com

http://www.biblestoryprintables.com

http://www.christianpreshoolprintables.com

http://www.k5learning.com

 

Jem, 6th Grade:

Behold and See 6

Handwriting 5 for Young Catholics

The Rosary in Art

Roots of English

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Family Edition

English 6 for Young Catholics

America’s Catholic Heritage

Teaching Textbooks 6

 

Pippi, 7th Grade:

Behold and See 6

Handwriting 5 for Young Catholics

The Rosary in Art

Roots of English

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Family Edition

English 6 for Young Catholics

America’s Catholic Heritage

Teaching Textbooks 7

Curriculum Share 2017-2018

 

 

Duke, 2nd Grade:

English 2 for Young Catholics

Spectrum Spelling Grade 2

50 States and where to find them

Art Treasury

History 3 for Young Catholics

Catholic Heritage Handwriting Series Level 2: Finding the Way

Behold and See 4

Skills For Success : Human Body Grades 2-3

Teaching Textbooks 3 or Math for Young Catholics 3

Hayes Music Puzzlers Grades 1-2

 

Bubbles, 3rd Grade:

English 3 for Young Catholics

History 3 for Young Catholics

Behold and See 4

Skills For Success : Human Body Grades 2-3

50 States and where to find them

Teaching Textbooks 4

Art Treasury

Spelling 3 for Young Catholics

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Family Edition

http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com

http://www.biblestoryprintables.com

http://www.christianpreshoolprintables.com

http://www.k5learning.com

 

Jem, 6th Grade:

Behold and See 6

Handwriting 5 for Young Catholics

The Rosary in Art

Roots of English

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Family Edition

English 6 for Young Catholics

America’s Catholic Heritage

Teaching Textbooks 6

 

Pippi, 7th Grade:

Behold and See 6

Handwriting 5 for Young Catholics

The Rosary in Art

Roots of English

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Family Edition

English 6 for Young Catholics

America’s Catholic Heritage

Teaching Textbooks 7