WHERE: Up north. So, we were back from our quick trip to Michigan where I had a delightful time with Jeff and the munchkin – but I thought I should do something with the older munchkins, too. So, we decided to do an alphabet day.
WHAT: As we left the house, we said we wouldn’t come back until we did something that started with every letter of the alphabet – that didn’t mean a HUGE something, but just something.
KID FACTOR: You could do this with younger kids, but they might get tired doing 26 letters, so I would condense it to something like – “Do something that starts with each of the letters of your name.”
TWEEN/TEEN FACTOR: Both times I’ve done this I’ve done it with tweens/teens and I think all three kids involved had a lot of fun – at least they said and acted like they did, so I’m guessing they did. The fun part with older kids is that they can help think up things to do with the different letters or they’ll see something unusual and plug it into one of the letters.
I will not post pictures about all our activities – but will list what we did.
A – AUSTRALIAN BLACK SWAN FEEDING
B – BREAKING RULES (this had something to do with unnamed munchkin hitting her golf ball in the water and then the two of them attempting to get to it – which the sign clearly said NOT to do.)
C – CHRISTMAS SHOPPING (can’t tell you who it’s for or what we bought)
D – DEAD MANNEQUIN WATCHING (so we’re walking down the street and suddenly this mannequin falls over right in front of us.)
E – EYE ARTIST BOOKMARK (the lady in the gallery gave one of the munckins a bookmark – more about that later.
F – FLOWER BUYING
G – GIVING FLOWERS (this was very cool. We bought a bouquet of flowers and then went to a nearby nursing home and asked the receptionist to give them to a resident who was lonely and didn’t have family or friends to do things for her. We were met with a cheerful, “I sure will.”)
H – HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MUNCHKIN. (The entire day was a celebration of the munchkin’s big day.)
I – ICE CREAM EATING. (In her defense, she wasn’t eating two cones, but rather holding her sister’s while her sister went to get some water.)
J – JOURNAL BUYING – the birthday munchkin liked a journal (which she had seen and admired before), so it became her birthday gift.
K – KEEPING SMILES ON OUR FACE ALL DAY!
L – LOSING A BALL (already explained)
M – MINI GOLF
N – NATURE LOVER’S DEER CROSSING (where we actually saw a deer)
O – OUTSIDE DINING AT ISLAND CAFE
P – PENNY SQUASHING
Q – QUESTIONING why there’s a crop of porta-potties growing in this field.
R – RECOGNIZING AN ARTIST (as soon as we walked into the gallery and saw the display of animal eyes – one of the munchkins said, “I know who painted those!” and then correctly identified the artist. The owner was impressed. Here’s the munchkin with the artist’s book.
S – SAW OUR GREAT GRANDPARENTS HOUSE.
T- TENNIS COURT ACTION (the older munchkin had practice at the courts every morning)
U – UNIQUE SIGN (We were just wondering how frozen custard parked.)
V – VIEWING DONKEYS
W – WALMART SHOPPING
X – XM SIRIUS LISTENING
Y – YELLOW FLOWER BUYING (No, we didn’t cheat – we bought more flowers for the munchkin mom.)
Z – ZOO PARKING LOT VISIT (We didn’t go into the zoo, but we did see their donkeys and swans.)
Great fun was had by all.