Saturday, July 11, 2015

Summer Fun Update II

It's about this time each summer that I realize we won't do the rest of the things on the list.  We did the easiest or most fun stuff first and now we're just kind of coasting.  But, in case I really need some ideas, here's the to-do list, if we like.
  • *Beach trip in city
  • *Putt-putt golf
  • *Baseball game
  • Party/activity in honor of Aunt Sis
  • Go swimming at Y with friends
  • Go to outdoor concert
  • Have a barbecue (after bricking fire pit)
  • Raise butterflies
  • Have a lemonade stand (cookies for cancer?)
  • Mario kart-athon
  • Movie night
  • Old tv show marathon (ours or theirs)
  • *Go to Renaissance festival
  • *Go to zoo
  • Stargazing at observatory
  • *Biking
  • *Go to nature center
  • *Go to aquarium
  • *Go to bird festvial
  • Try a new craft/art project
  • Learn to cook weekly dinners
  • Make ice cube candles
  • Make soap
  • Activity kit day
  • Host a sleepover with friends.  
  • Learn how to work washer/dryer
  • Make popsicles.
  • Hang pictures.
  • Make friendship bread starter and share--Sis says "no."
  • Make homemade virgin pina coladas
  • Make blankets for cat shelter
  • Learn a new game
  • Learn a new magic/card trick
  • *Go letterboxing or geocaching locally
  • Start afternoon tea party tradition ("Tea Tuesdays")
  • Practice making lemon curd and clotted cream
  • Pajamas day
  • No electricity day
  • Kite flying
  • Wash car
  • Buy new couches?
  • Community service project (volunteer with cats?)
  • Do nothing special

And this is why it's mid-July and we're tired already:


  • Meet friends at ice rink:  Yep, it's now a weekly event.
  • *Attend town festival in June/volunteer at historic house:  we did this before school was even out!
  • Family book club (we're reading Menagerie and also Redwall):  I started Menagerie over 4th of July weekend.  It was pretty good.  The kids haven't started Redwall yet.
  • Eat Dole Whip:  first night of summer, we got Dole Whip and Fluffernutter sundaes!
  • Make ice cream:  Strawberry Soda is great.  Peaches and Cream is great, too.
  • Picnic:  we had a deli picnic, but I hope to do something more sophisticated soon.
  • Watch some movie musicals:  we started by watching "Lost Broadway Treasures" and other compilations of famous songs.
  • Play in sprinkler:  and used it to make a slippery water slide!
  • *Go to culture festival (Scottish, Irish, Greek, etc.):  we loved the Greek festival food, as always!  
  • Decorate chalkboard for summer:  we started our own mini-drawings of Awesome Summer Things.
  • Celebrate 4th of July:  Yes, we did!
  • Celebrate Solstice:  they stayed up "all night," which was midnight for Sis and about an hour later for Bud.  I even played Mario Kart with them at midnight.
  • Celebrate Mama's birthday:  a weekend of take-out meals and movies!
  • Birthday party for kids:   Minions movie birthday party, with decorate-your-own-Minion jars and Minion cupcakes.
  • Learn how to clean bathrooms:  Bud earned a ticket for this already--on his own initiative!
  • Learn an ASL sign a day (or more)
  • Learn some computer coding using Scratch:  they have started making a cat draw stars around the earth.
  • Make shrub for 4th of July:  Bud and I really like it
  • Photos with public art around town ("benching," Bud called it)  We're about a third of the way done.


  • Attend friends' Friday Night Dance Party:  for first one, the kids swam and tried "kiddy crack" (butter-cinnamon-sugar spread on graham crackers); they also like badminton, or "chaosminton" with several shuttlecocks.
  • Explore new music genres together ("Music Mondays"):  we started with the 80s, then Celtic (Secret of Roan Inish soundtrack), Broadway, jazz, and patriotic.  Not sure what this week will be.
  • Research places to go in England, etc:  I'm reading Susan Branch's book about falling in love with the English countryside
  • Purge and donate toys and books:  doing really well with this; lots of donations.  Kids prepping to have room makeovers.
  • Do a 1000 piece puzzle:  Bud and Mama are our puzzlers--they've done cupcakes, Broadway, London, New York, among others.

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