Summer’s End

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Summer came to a close for us last weekend.

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Will planted carrots, chives, sweet potatoes, lettuce, and pumpkins.  We’ll plant more greens as it cools off.  Lettuce can be planted in Houston throughout the fall and should produce all winter.  Here’s hoping!

The twins and I finally recycled our huge box of broken crayons.

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A craft project that actually worked!  I couldn’t believe it.

My instinct on the last weekend of summer was just to work work work to get everything done I won’t have time for during the school year, but Nathaniel broke rank and suggested we spend Labor Day actually resting and celebrating.  So, we had a Narnia feast!

We started by watching The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe film as a family.  We’ve read the book to the kids a couple times and listened to the audiobook in the car but still one of the little ones said, “I had no idea all that was happening while we were just driving around in our van!!”

Then we had a scavenger hunt.  The children had to travel through different rooms of the house and follow clues to find the gifts Father Christmas gave the Pevensies.

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Along the way they had tea with Mr. Tumnus, Turkish Delight with the White Witch, sardines with Mr. Beaver, and a fight with a Minotaur.

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At the end of it all they found Peter’s sword and defeated the Witch with the help of Aslan aka Cora.  Then at dinner each child received an animal from Narnia to keep by their school desk

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and remind them to be courageous and persistent in seeking the good.

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Nathaniel’s great idea was a huge hit and a happy end to a blessed season.

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