Monday, July 30, 2012

Back to School Celebration

Last year we started a new Hart tradition.  The night before the first day of school, we did a big "fancy" Back to School Celebration.  My boys have always been a little antsy over the start of the new school year, and I thought it might help them with the first day of school jitters.  Well, they loved it and we decided it would become an annual thing.  Even though we now homeschool, we still wanted to have a big celebration to kick off the 2012-2013 school year.  So tonight we had that celebration.  

If you have read any of my previous blog posts, you know that I LOVE parties and I LOVE to decorate and I LOVE crafts, but mostly I LOVE MY FAMILY, and I LOVE to make them feel SPECIAL.  I thank God every day for giving me a fabulous husband and these three amazing children. 

Happy Back to School 2012-2013 Dinner

This year, my theme revolved around school supplies.  I took 2 sheets of regular notebook paper, and laminated them together to give us these cute placemats.  The name plates were from Wal-Mart, but i am sure you could create and print your own.  

I used my red dishes that my mother in law got me a couple of years ago, and I found some red napkins to match at Wal-mart.  Then I took a normal drinking straw and printed these cute Back to School Flags and stapled them around the straws.  (I was going to post the link to the Flags, but it isn't working..sorry)

Next I tied the straw and napkin together with some cute school ribbon I had in my scrapbook stash.
On top of the napkin I made Rolo Pencils and I tucked in a Library Card Menu.  I also found some school themed lunch box joke notes and scattered them around the table as well.  

Now to the Centerpiece and display....

This was so much fun.  On the very bottom is a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper.  Next I bought 4 composition notebooks at Wal-Mart (I love back to school prices on school supplies)  I bought a Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow and then stacked them so that you could see all the colors.  Then I had a jar of chalk, a bottle of White Out, a bottle of glue, a couple of apples, and a Hall Pass (again from Wal-Mart).  In the very center is my cute little flower arrangement I made....thanks to these instructions.. this is also where I got the idea for the Hall Pass.

What classroom is complete without some paper airplanes flying through the we had 3 hanging from our light fixture above the table.   


The Menu:  


Parmesan Potatoes (ignore the typo on the menu card)

We had a lot of fun celebrating the start of the school year.  Tomorrow we hit the books full time.  I can't believe that I have a 
3rd Grader

and a
5th Grader

Where does the time go?

and of course we can't forget the Sassy 2 year old!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Hart Family Olympics--Murray 2012

Since we began homeschooling last year, I have tried to pull events from life into our curriculum as much as possible.  So, as the Olympics approach, I decided that we would do a unit on the Olympics.  We have spent this week talking about Olympic History, the Modern Olympics, the events that are going to be in London, the number of countries represented, etc.  I also wanted us to do a few fun activities associated with the Olympics and thus the idea for the Hart Family Olympics was born. 

I made us a torch out of a paper towel tube, a paper plate and tissue paper, so easy, and I thought it turned out cute! 

To kick of our Olympic Games, we started with an opening ceremony.  The boys each took a lap around the yard carrying our torch.  After they were finished it took its place atop the swing set where it remained through the Olympics.


Our first event was the Javelin Throw...using pool noodles.  
Everyone was given 3 throws to see who could throw it the farthest.  
To keep it fair, it was kid vs. kid and it was Dad vs. Mom.

 Mom and Dad didn't participate in all the events, but we took our turn at Javelin...
and guess what?  


Up next was the Shot Put...with water balloons. 

Little Miss had her turn!



The Discus Throw was next.  
Our Discus wouldn't have met the weight requirements being used in London, 
but Frisbee throwing is a lot of fun! 

Since it was miserably hot, we tried to keep the running events to a minimum, but what would the Olympics be without running...especially in the eyes of a former track running Mom.  This was our version of Hurdles...pool noodles stretched across the yard.  They had to run down and back and the fastest time won.   





Then by adding a stick horse, we had a Steeple Chase

His horse was named "Lightening"

And this horse is "Thunder"...yes it is the same horse, but different rider, means different name.

And she gave hers a very original name "Neigh"!

Our final event of the day was Archery, using a water sling shot and inner tube....
Dad's face became the target :)




And since no Olympics is complete without the Closing Ceremonies, we had our gold medals and Olive Wreath Crowns to be awarded to all the winners!  



It was a fun day and the boys are looking forward to watching the Olympics, but also to finishing our unit on the Olympics.