"…And she smiles at the future." ~Proverbs 31:25

Good, clean fun

Shhhhh…..Can you keep a secret?

The kiddos in one of our homeschool groups enjoyed a fun, end-of-the-school-year party last week. Since our family does school year round, I made sure to keep that “end-of-the-year” part quiet (and you will, too, right?!) but we were all about the party part! Here are the kids that were present that day, after they were all thoroughly slimed from the games we played:

We started the event by loading them up on pizza…

…followed by some red velvet cupcakes to celebrate our sweet friend’s birthday. (Happy birthday, Ellen!)

Then we headed outside for some silly games, beginning with the old standby—sack races.

We started with the littlest racers…

…who really had absolutely no idea what was going on…

…followed by the bigger kids…

…and then, even the teens got in on the action. Those teens can jump, too!

Actually, the adults got in on this activity, as well. I will not be posting pictures of our race. (Let’s just leave it at that.)

Next up were some funny relays.

Next it was time to pass out the eggs. Again, the little ones didn’t have a clue what was up, but they’re such good sports they just went along anyway!

And they are ready for the spoon relay!

Then it was time for the egg toss. Of all the games we played, I can’t say for sure which was the most fun for the kids…but this one definitely provided me with the most hilarious pictures. They started out close together…

…and gradually spread apart. Notice their funny faces as they try to catch their eggs!

Look at E’s face (and look at her hands to see why)!

After the egg toss, it was time to cool down with some snow cones before our next round of games.

This is where things started to get really messy. Thankfully, the moms who planned it had the foresight to bring old T-shirts for the kids to wear. We started with a couple of brave volunteers:

Then we added a very willing decorating committee…

Time for some new volunteers…

I knew it wouldn’t take much looking on my part to find someone who was eating the ammunition. Yep—that would be K.

So, what do you do with a face like this?

You trust your friends to lend a helping hand…

Finally, we broke out the Silly String. I should add that by this point the kids were soaked and slimed from the shaving cream and the water used attempting to wash it off, as well as some raw egg here and there…all of which made a nice, sticky canvas for the Silly String…

Apparently, a couple of the boys found the discarded shaving cream cans, too.

I loved watching siblings play together. I loved watching kids of such different ages enjoying each other, helping each other, and loving each other. I loved the big smiles on the faces of parents and children alike. I loved that it was all good, clean fun.

Here we all are…hot, sweaty, and exhausted. And happy. And very, very thankful.

Not because the school year is over…but because we were able to experience it. Together.

Thanks for stopping by!


Comments on: "Good, clean fun" (8)

  1. Janice Hahn said:

    I had fun just looking at and reading this!!! (I’m so thankful that our grandchildren are being brought up this way. Keep up the good work!) Janice http://www.freehomebiblestudy.org


  2. We missed a great time, but hopefully we’ll reap the benefits of those wonderful swimming lessons! Two more weeks and then we’re done…. I hope.

  3. leahcoats said:

    What fun!!! My kiddos would have loved this!! 🙂 So you homeschool year round? Do you do all the subjects?

    • Yes, we’ve found it much easier to just go year round in everything. It’s so hot here in the summer that I’d rather be inside doing school then, leaving us some random weeks in the spring and fall when the weather is actually nice to go do fun things outside. Plus, it eliminates the need for all that review time and they’re going to have to do SOMETHING in the summer anyway! It also allows me days off here and there throughout the year to catch up on house, laundry, and my own personal sanity. Works great for us!

  4. Amy, you all were having so much fun – I wanted to jump in and join you! What great ideas for summer fun outside! Who needs a television or video games?!!!

    • Karen, although I can’t take credit for the ideas, I agree with you 100% that it was many times better than TV! I loved watching all the kids (and adults) laughing together. And yes…I wish you could have joined us! 🙂

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