Monday, November 21, 2011

imageWe are a rare family in the Silicon Valley that doesn’t sign up their child for a million of afterschool activities. We keep our weekends free to enjoy trips, playdates and hanging out as a family. We happen to believe in the value of free time which is even more precious for children who spend most of their time in schools:Nov19_CookiesTrying out a new cookie recipe – you can’t go wrong in our house with Chocolate Chocolate Chip cookies. Big hit!

Nov19_NecklaceWhile the cookies were baking, Anna was working on a friendship necklace from the kit she got for her birthday. She loves alphabet beads.

Nov19_BikesGetting out the house just in time before the rains hit. Our neighborhood is very colorful right now, but most leaves are still on the trees.

Nov19_FloweDrawing flowers from observations like Georgia O’Keefe. It was harder than Anna thought!

Nov19_Book

Making a mini-book using the last of Melissa and Doug Sticker Collection, a present from the last year. It was a great gift, by the way (hint, hint Smile)

Nov19_MSBDisappearing with new Magic School Bus books that I got during the last library sale – she finally laid her hands on them and read about 10 of them in one sitting.

Nov19_BooksWhile she was busy doing things of her choosing, I was sorting through our Christmas books and hiding them. I have a lot of plans for December!

14 comments:

Mom and Kiddo said...

We don't have after school activities, but that is mostly because I am cheap. But also, I find just running around in the park to be much more useful at expelling pent up energy... even in winter!

Mom and Kiddo said...

P.S. Thanks for linking up! :)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I'm looking forward to seeing your plans with the books. I'm gathering a similar stack right now, too :)

Christy said...

I am interested in your plans for the hidden books too!!!

My kids each have activities, but we always spend Sunday together as a family.

Ticia said...

I'm going to be doing similar with our Christmas books soon. I need to plan out what we're going to do!

MaryAnne said...

You have a great collection of Christmas books!

And wow, those Melissa & Doug stickers are a fantastic price on Amazon right now!!!

Debbie said...

I agree with free time weekends. They are the BEST!

Kim said...

Looks like a fun weekend! We try to keep one weekend day free, and have lots of down time on weekday afternoons..

Elise said...

I am intrigued by the plans you have for your Christmas books. I love Christmas books and can't help myself when I see the classic ones in the store with beautiful illustrations. I just bought The Nutcracker this morning.

Alphabet beads would be fun. Making personalised gifts and friendship bracelets would be rewarding.

I will need to check out Anna's sticker book. It looks like something that will need to be in our Christmas stockings!

Kelly said...

It sounds like a perfect Saturday! We have the kids signed up for a few specific activities, but I completely agree that kids and families need free time. I can't wait to see your December plans! For that matter, I can't wait for this time of year!!
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Susan said...

Looks like a great weekend! I agree with you about the value of free time.

Jillian said...

We tried out soccer this year and I will agree... free play is important and hard to get if you are running to practice!

I love the picture of your daughter reading in the laundry basket. Does that mean you already have the laundry put away?

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I think the best place to read a book is in a basket!

MommyLabs said...

I totally agree with you about keeping weekends free and spending some time outdoors, in nature, or at home - with family.
We have a similar culture here - kids being sent off to every possible hobby class in town - even on week days - right after they've had lunch after school, they're out! Gosh, my heart goes out to those kids..

Can't wait to all that you have planned for December :)