A Lesson in Patriotism


Each week Rylie’s homework assignment requires her to learn a new vocabulary word. This week we chose patriotism. A big word for a three year old. Right now she understands it as wearing red, white and blue, celebrating her freedom by running through thousands of American Flags and letting red, white and blue balloons float into the air and clapping for them. If only it were that simple. I suppose we will continue to work on the importance of this day and this concept over the next few years.

Museum Day at i.d.e.a.

idea Museum

It was such a busy day yesterday. We explored the jungle, went black light camping, made crafts from recycled materials, planted flowers, harvested corn and took center stage in a geisha performance. I’m certain we did more but that list alone exhausts me.

Visiting the i.d.e.a. museum in Mesa, AZ was one of the most fun things we’ve done in a while. I’m certainly not opposed to making a mess someplace other than my own house for the low price of $8 a person.

Phoenix Secrets – Enchanted Island at Encanto Park


Despite her lack of enthusiasm, I can assure you this kid is a thrill seeker! I was excited to find this new little treasure right in the heart of Phoenix. Enchanted Island at Encanto Park. We’ve been cooped up inside for far too long this summer and Rylie and I are ready to get out and be adventurous. With the cooler weather coming, my guess is that we’ll be spending a lot of time at this fun park geared toward littles of (mostly) her size. We just need a few more inches to get on the “dinosaur” (AKA dragon roller coaster).I think this is a good first step toward the fun we’ll be having next month on her first trip to Disney.


By the end of the night, her hands were in the air… unprompted


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