Foil River

One of the summer activities we have been looking forward to trying out is making a foil river.  I've seen it many times posted on Pinterest, so it was something we had to do!

I got a roll of foil at the dollar store.  I meant to pick up some rubber ducks to send down our river, but had forgotten so I found some plastic caps, small tupperware covers, wine cork and other little trinkets.  As it turned out, part of the fun was trying to figure out what would go down the river smoothly and what needed a little help.

I unrolled the entire 25 foot foil roll and folded it in half the long way to make it sturdier.  We then folded up the edges and the boys took turns getting buckets of water to pour at the top of the foil river.
Overall, it took about 10 minutes to set up and the boys played for about thirty minutes. It was a great way to cool down on a hot day as well as having fun while learning about water and waves.

Dylan pouring water down our river

Tyler trying various trinkets in the river

This boat was too big but with help from Tyler it worked great!

Summer Fun Chart - A Good Behavior Chart

I spent a lot of time one night searching on the Internet for just the right chart for Dylan to help with summer behavior. A new chart is something that Dylan really enjoys.  After quite a bit of looking and not finding exactly what I was wanted, I created my own chart.  This is Dylan's Summer Fun Chart.

On the left side of the page, there are specific behaviors such as: I listened the 1st time, I didn't whine, I played nicely with my brother, I played on my own, I helped and I was good at a store.  Each time I caught her doing one of the above, I would tell him he can have a sticker.  After he gets ten stars on each, he gets a reward.  The rewards are mainly activities that I found on Pinterest and other websites.  I posted the rewards, so he knows exactly what to expect.   Some of the rewards are salt painting, foil river and making sidewalk chalk paint.  I also told him that once he filled in the entire chart, I would take him and his brother to Chuck E Cheese for some games.  He was so excited, he started exhibiting some great behavior and the stars started rolling in!   

Santa's Village Review - Jefferson, NH

Recently we went to visit Santa's Village in Jefferson, NH.  We have done Storyland twice with Dylan in prior years and were looking for something similar but also new and have heard many good things about Santa's Village.  Okay, truth be told, I have been before but it was at least thirty-five years ago so I don't remember too much about it except through family pictures!

Our boys, ages (almost) two and six throughly enjoyed the day, as we did as well.  I wouldn't have thought that the Christmas theme and songs would be so much fun in a hot 85 degree day!

Tyler at the front entrance - wet after drinking a bottle of water.

Dylan as the gingerbread boy!

When we first got there, we rode the carousel and then headed off in a direction not really knowing where we were going.  As it ended up, we were heading towards the splash park.  Although, we were having fun on the rides, we quickly changed into our suits and enjoyed the splash area and water slides as it had just opened and not many were in that area.   Hubby and I took turns; one with the little guy and one of us going down the water slides with our older son.  Boy, did that bring back memories as I haven't been down a water slide in ages!  Fun!  I will caution other moms that if you do not like fast amusement park rides, then you may want to avoid the red water slide!  Oh boy, not only was it in the dark with neon lights, it was so fast, it knocked me backwards banging my head onto the slide and I couldn't sit back up until the ride was done.  My son, the roller coaster ride seeker loved the red slide!

A view of the splash park area

Enjoying the splash park before lunch was a wise ideas as we only hung out for an hour because we were looking forward to seeing more of the park and getting hungry for lunch.  We had a delicious pizza at Nick's Pizza Emporium.   Fueled by being cooled down at the water area and food in our bellies, we were ready to enjoy the rest of the day.

The Sleigh ride and Pixie Mix were our littlest guys favorite rides and our 6 year old pretty much loved everything else!   

Parking and strollers are FREE!  However if you want a stroller for two kids to sit side by side, get there early.  We got there 15 minutes after opening and they were already gone.  I was scouring the internet for a picture of the strollers at Santa's Village but didn't find one, so I am including one here in case anyone else is wondering what they look like.  Easy to stroll and push and a large pocket on the back, made it an ideal stroller for our two year old.  

The single push strollers - free to use at Santa's Village

The entertainment theaters were great for our younger child to take a rest.  Feeding the reindeers, (yes Santa's reindeers are there) a sand craft and decorating gingerbread cookies was an additional cost but worth it in my opinion as it just added to the experience.  Will definitely be going again next year! 

The Pixie Mix - brothers enjoying a ride together

Dylan feeding the Santa's reindeers