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Join us in June, 2015 for Summer of Funner Nights

Please join us in June, 2014 for Summer of Funner Nights….But in the meantime, check out our Archives and our Sister Site: The Lunchbox Season! Quick Links _______________  :  :   Summer of Funner : The Lunchbox Season :  In Defense of Burning

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Thanks for a Fabulous Summer! Now, Get Ready for The Lunchbox Season!

We did it! We had another fabulous Summer of Funner! And, if you have a glance below, you’ll notice that we accomplished almost everything on our Love-to-Do List!! Now, what to do with your September? Be sure to check out our sister site, The Lunchbox Season for “all of the things!” Summer of Funner 2014: Love-to-do-List ✓ Backyard […]

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End of Summer Blind Tasting Picnic

A few years ago, we had “Crazy Fruit Day” in which we decided to do a blind sampling of all of the strange fruits we picked up in Chinatown. It was so much fun, we decided that we needed to do yet another blind tasting challenge this summer! This time around, we decided to have an […]

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Kid-Drawn “Cyborg Stories”

Although we’re nearing the end of the summer, I introduced the kids to a new art-meets-books project yesterday.  It’s one I hope to revive in various forms as we move into The Lunchbox Season: Kid-Drawn Stories. What did I do?   I asked the kids to draw a picture or series of pictures that told a story […]

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A Summer Instrument

One of our Summer 2014 Love-to-do-List goals was to “Learn a New Instrument.”  No one was more successful at this “Summer Instrument” project than Bea, who took 8 weeks [and counting] of viola lessons in preparation for her entrance into a new school. Here’s a video of her first few notes at the end of June: […]

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Film Fest Wrap-Up

Our Family Film Fest is over for the Summer! Here’s a look at the films we caught this summer to go along with our theme of Super-Anatomy in Space and Time! First Views Dark Passage [1947] The Man Without a Body [1957] The Goonies [1985] Unbreakable [2000] Treasure Island [1950] Treasure Island [1972] Treasure Island [1990] […]

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Summer Giving: Supporting the War Amps CHAMP Program

Last night, we began to celebrate my successful recovery from a broken hand by making a contribution to the War Amps of Canada, specifically their CHAMP program.  The War Amps is a registered Canadian charity begun in 1918 as a way of supporting amputee veterans of the First World War. Today, the organization helps not […]

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FORTnight! Our Two-Week Backyard Campout Begins

What? The summer is coming to a close? Shhh….Don’t tell the kids. For the last two weeks of the season, we’re setting up the tent in the backyard and letting the kids sleep out of doors whenever it suits their fancy! Actually, Bea put up our tent almost all by herself!  So, what did we […]

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Three Surrealist Games for Kids

It’s been a little cold and grey, so I thought I’d get the kids interested in some indoor fun. Since we love surrealist games, I thought I’d come up with a few variations on old favourites. Here are the Three Surrealist Games for Kids we played! Exquisite Corpse  Supplies Blank Paper Pen, Pencil, Crayons or Markers Method […]

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Summer Books: Kid-Drawn, “Modern” Sense and Sensibility Comics

Anyone who saw last year’s Chaucer Comics would know how much we love to make comic books out of classic literature!  Today, I gave the kids and guest a few blank sheets of paper and asked them to come up with a quick six-panel modernized scene from Sense and Sensibility. Here are the kids’ Sense and Sensibility […]

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