Next week Mr. Ferrero Rocher and I are taking off leaving the kids behind and spending five days all to ourselves. I'm very excited but there is a lot that needs to get done before we take off. One of the top priorities is getting Easter baskets put together so I don't have to scramble to do them when we get back next Friday. So here's a peek at what's going in the children's baskets this year. See if you can spot a theme.
1. Once I saw these fake eggs over at My Ice Cream Diary I knew I had to make some for my little chicks.
2. Tradition holds we must include Cadbury Creme Eggs.
3. I don't particularly care for the sugar laden colored PEEPS but my girls love them. It's a good thing they come in so many different colors. I hate hearing "so and so took my PEEP!" Having different colors keeps that from happening.
4. Nature Journals. I've been inspired reading about the Green Hour Challenge on various blogs. I've always wanted to start nature journals with the girls as part of our curriculum. Now is the time! I ordered some plain chipboard covered journals from here. We will each decorate our own to take with us on our nature walks.
5. In order to draw what we see on our walks I'm including real graphite drawing pencils.
6. Colored pencils are also in the baskets so we can add a touch of color to our drawings. My favorite are Prismacolor pencils.
7. National Audubon Western Region Bird Identification Book - so we can learn to identify all the species in our area.
8. National Audubon Wildflower Identification book s o I can finally learn the names of those prickly plants that grow along our fence line.
9. I am designing satchels for each girl to carry their nature journals, pencils, and identification books with us on our nature walks. The satchels will have individual slots for the pencils much like a crayon roll.
10. We all love to garden. A variety of seed packets will be tucked in here and there.
11. Somehow between last summer and now we seem to have lost most of our gardening gloves. They are a must for keeping hands blister and dirt free.
12. I love these Easter Egg Sidewalk chalks from Skip to My Lou.
13. Of course I have to include a lot of chocolate candy. DUH!
For the next several days I will be posting about the World Congress of Families. This year it is being held in Sydney, Australia. Remember how we helped to raise funds for Angela to attend? She is sending daily reports of the presentations, interviews she is able to have, and more. I am excited to share with you what she is experiencing. There are so many around the world - politicians, religious leaders, community organizers, trained professionals, and others - who are dedicated to defending the family. I will try to post each day's events in order so you are not reading them backwards as you scroll down. I have broken up Angela's summaries into several posts so it isn't overwhelming to see a HUGE post. Remember, if you have any questions you would like her to ask when she gives her interviews, leave them in the comments and I will pass them along to her.