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Summer Sort-of Plans

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It has often been said,


If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!


That being said, this list is not a list of must – do’s, but rather a list of something – to – do’s. The idea is that this is a list of activities we would like to do this summer. If it doesn’t happen, that’s okay.  We’re not on a timeline or a deadline, we’re having summer break.

These are thought and planned out for the day when we just need an idea for something different to do.  Some will require more time and money than others, some will require going out in our backyard.  But they are planned, so that they’re ready to use.

  1. Go to July’s 2nd Saturday Community Market
  2. Go to July’s Kid’s Workshop @ Home Depot
  3. Picture Scavenger Hunt in the Woods
  4. Find a New Playground
  5. Go to the Beach
  6. Picture Scavenger Hunt Downtown
  7. Go to the Pool
  8. Play with Sprinkler in the Backyard
  9. Make Home Made Paints and Create Masterpiece
  10. Go Fishing
  11. Go to August’s 2nd Saturday Community Market
  12. Go to August’s Kid’s Workshop @ Home Depot
  13. Go to the Zoo
  14. Go to the Natural History Museum
  15. Help on a Farm (or a few)

Summer is a time for relaxation and exploration.  Summer is a time to find new things and have fun.  This list is just an a list of ideas to keep the fun happening.  If we’re enjoying ourselves without it, then we don’t have to do a single thing on it.  But it’s a plan if we need one.







Do you have plan for summer with your kids or do you just go with whatever comes along?

Let Mud Happen


Let Mud Happen

Today my children and I went for a hike.  We went to our local dam that has a 1 mile walking / biking / jogging / whatever path from one end to the other.  Then you can either go left or right at the end and walk the woods back in a loop to the parking lot, or you can turn around and walk a mile back across the dam.

We arrived at the dam and Ewok got out with her back pack and camera and was all excited to get going.



Tank doesn’t walk yet, and the wooded paths are not stroller friendly, so I strapped him to my back and we took off behind her.



I love walking the dam.  The sights are so beautiful.




Ewok enjoys this part of the hike as well. She takes photos, she runs up and then back to me.  You can even catch her hoping from time to time.



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When we get to the end of the dam we take he path to the right.  This is our current favorite…because it leads to a play ground.  It’s fun for Ewok and it’s a break for me.  That means I get to take Tank off of my back and talk to him instead of him just drooling on my shoulder.



Spring in Northwestern, PA tends to look a bit like fall when all the snow melts.  There are dead dry leaves everywhere and all the leaves are missing from the trees.


In a few weeks this will change.  I love this place because you can watch the seasons change, and it is beautiful no matter what time of the year you come.





She discovered moss for the first time today and so we had to stop and investigate it.



This is Ewok relaying her “findings” about the moss to me.  So serious!






Spring is muddy and that makes it fun for kids, well at least for Ewok.



Peek-a-boo i’m still on this trip!




This is proof kids do not need toys.  Give them dirt, and sticks and let them push the sticks through the dirt and poke the mud, and let them have fun!





Climbing is also fun! Accidents can happen but if you never let anything happen then nothing will.

Nothing at all. Dirt happens, scrapes happen, but so does fun and learning and that is what is important.








He loved being along for the ride.




Take time for exploration, even at the end of the hike and all you want to do is get back to the car.








Muddy puddles are fun too.


Let them explore, let them climb, let them collect, let them get dirty!

Make them take their muddy boots off before getting in the care (I did).


Let mud happen!

Oh and don’t say you’re kids can’t do it…


My 4 year old completed a 2.5 mile hike today.

If you encourage them, they will do it, specially if you make it fun.


2013 Family Summer Bucket List

This summer I am off work because of Maternity leave.  This time I have at home I plan to be well spent.  I want to improve myself, my house hold, offer fun activities and enrichment activities for Alayna, and really connect with my husband since a new baby in the household can drastically alter the dynamics.

I’ve made a list of 100 goals for this Summer and I will edit and cross off the ones we complete as it happens.  Some of meant just for me.  Some are meant for just Alayna.  Many are for Alayna and I to do together, some are for us as an entire family, and then a few are just for my husband and myself. (R is for me, A for my daughter, AK for my son, M for my husband, and F is for family)

Here are our summer goals of “Bucket List”

1. Practice yoga (include Alayna) (r & a)

2. Study book of Titus (r)

3. Study Days of Creation (a)

4. Go on a Picnic (f)

5. Carnegie Natural History Museum (f)

6. Fireman’s Beach (f)

7. Carnegie Science Center (f)

8. Farmer’s Market (f)

9. See Monster’s University (f)

10. Tye Dye Craft (r & a)

11. Summer Reading Program (a)

12. See Despicable Me 2 (f)

13. Have an unplugged day – full 24 h (f)

14. Water Balloon Fight (r & a)

15. Host a Ladies Night (r)

16. Host a summer pot luck (f)

17. Plan Ewok’s Birthday Party (r)

18. Photo Walk (r & a)  check out our Photo Hike Scavenger Hunt

19. Homemade Milkshakes (f)

20. Science Activity – Mentos and Diet Coke (r & a)

21. Game Night (f)

22. Find a Pen Pal (r)

23. Have a at home spa night with Ewok (r & a)

24. Make our own face paint (r & a) — Homemade Face Paint Activity

25. Finish Ewok’s Baby Book (r)

26. Create Wedding Album (r)

27. Create Tank’s Baby Book (r)

28. Make Homemade Sidewalk Paint (r & a)

29. Treasure Hunt in the Sandbox (a)

30. Find a Teaching Job (r)

31. Finish reading “A wife after God’s own heart” (r)

32. Learn story of Jonah (a)

33. Learn to tell time (a)

34. Learn to sew (r)

35. Camp -out in living room (f)

36. Learn to count money (a)

37. Read “Made to Crave” (r)

38. Learn fruit of the spirit (a)

39. Learn Planets (a)

40. Sink – or – Float experiments (r & a)Science Experiments — Density

41. Keep science Journal (a)

42. Learn to read (a)

43. Build a barometer (r & a)

44. Create a Compost Bin (r & a)

45. Read “Not a Fan” (r)

46. Learn about Noah’s Ark (a)

47. Start Family Prayer time (f)

48. Learn different kinds of clouds (r & a)

49. Read “No Other Gods” (r)

50. Problem Solving Activities (a)

51. Try a vegetarian meal (f)

52. Begin personal Meditation / Prayer time (r)

53. Create a work out schedule (r)

54. Plan a date night (m & r)

55. Begin Adoption Process – Mike adopting Ewok (f)

56. Daddy/ daughter date night (m & a)

57. Read “stressed-less living” (r)

58. Learn about the Armor of God (a)

59. Get a gym membership (f)

60. Blog 2x a week for a month (r)

61. Have a tea party – invite grandma’s (a)

62. Make a new recipe (r)

63. Study book of Numbers (r)

64. Plan for Christmas (r)

65. Make Rainbow cupcakes (r & a)

66. Make homemade Ice cream (r & a)

67. Make a musical instrument (r & a)

68. Draw a Picture for a friend (a)

69. Scavenger Hunt (a)Photo Hike Scavenger Hunt

70. Hopscotch (r & a)

71. Koolaid Ice cubes & sprite (f)

72. Make bird feeders (r & a)

73. M&M’s & hot water — science (r & a)

74. Density Experiment (r & a)Science Experiments — Density

75. Make a treasure map & go on a hunt (r & a)

76. Learn to write Last name (a)

77. Visit the Aviary (f)

78. Go to town Fair (f)

79. Go to County Fair(f)

80. Ride the Incline (f)

81. Paint with Shaving Cream (r & a)

82. Have summer photo shoot (f)

83. Try a new recipe – Italian (f)

84. Eat more fruits and veggies (f)

85. Try new recipe – spanish (f)

86. Exercise 5x per week (r)

87. Try new recipe – oriental (f)

88. Reach top level at Reading Program (a)

89. Make rootbeer floats (f)

90. Study Galatians (r)

91. Eat Healthier (f)

92. Help cook dinner (a)

93. Improve Photography Skills (r)

94. Bouncing egg experiment (r & a)

95. Submit photos for town fair (r)  — Fair week surprised me missed my opportunity

96. Snowball fight in the summer (r & a)

97. Create Family Cookbook (r & a)

98. Submit photos for county fair (r)

99. Create a hanky-quilt (r & a)

100. Romantic Dinner (m & r)

Some have all ready been done even before I had the chance to post our list.  For many of them I will be posting separate blogs and linking them back to this one as we complete the activities.

I wonder how many out of a 100 we can accomplish!

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