100 Things to do This Summer: 2014

For the past few years, my kids now look forward to our 100 Things to do This Summer!  This year I worked to put a few new things in that I knew everyone would love! Hope you love our new list! I made the one I am sharing with you a bit more generic.  We plan to visit the Space and Rocket center and SciQuest.  I just put in those spots visit a museum of some kind!  See what is around your area!  We have membership to many of the area attractions so we can go often.  Also I made sure that some of the things on our list could “just be done.”  Like #70-blowing bubbles.  (make sure you keep bubbles on hand!)  Tomorrow I am going to post my 25 Things Mom need to do this Summer!

  1. Visit a children’s  museum
  2. Go swimming
  3. Explore a National Park
  4. Explore a cave
  5. Go fishing
  6. Go camping
  7. Make Rainbow Bubble Snakes
  8. Volunteer
  9. Play and learn at science museum
  10. Visit the Amish
  11. Explore something old
  12. Sing and dance
  13. Go canoeing
  14. Do nothing
  15. Make a kite
  16. Run through the sprinklers
  17. Catch lighting bugs
  18. Grow a salsa garden
  19. Grow flowers
  20. Goto the movies
  21. Read a lot
  22. Play catch
  23. Kick a soccer ball
  24. Go for evening walks
  25. Have a game night with friends
  26. Play video games
  27. Go visit a Botanical Gardens
  28. Water Paint
  29. Play miniature golf
  30. Create Lip Gloss
  31. See a water fall
  32. Have a tea party
  33. Swing High
  34. Look at the clouds
  35. Go on a picnic with friends
  36. Make a sand castle
  37. Go for ice cream in PJ’s
  38. Make magic Mud
  39. Make a Summer bag
  40. Start a summer  journal
  41. Skip count
  42. Go hiking
  43. Feed the birds
  44. Sing a song in church
  45. Go visit an Aquarium
  46. Learn to juggle
  47. Go to a farmers market
  48. Go on bike rides
  49. Play Go Fish
  50. Explode a 2 liter of coke with Mento’s
  51. Play hopscotch
  52. Build a house of cards
  53. Write a song
  54. Send Post Cards
  55. Cook dinner
  56. Tie die shirts
  57. Draw
  58. Goto the zoo
  59. Wonder about stuff
  60. Plan a BBQ picnic
  61. Make banana splits
  62. Sew
  63. Make popsicles
  64. Draw with sidewalk chalk
  65. Put together a puzzle
  66. Make play dough
  67. Each kid cooks dinner
  68. Make a self portrait
  69. Go Bowling
  70. Blow bubbles
  71. Have a water balloon fight
  72. Wash the car
  73. Set off fireworks
  74. Paint a rock
  75. Huge Slip n’ Slide
  76. Goto a county fair
  77. Attend a concert outside
  78. Make fresh OJ
  79. Find a fossil
  80. Send a care package
  81. Create a bird journal
  82. Make Jello Silly Putty
  83. Try something new
  84. Make a large checker board
  85. Jump on a trampoline
  86. Make something new
  87. Goto a water park
  88. Go out with daddy and mommy
  89. Build a fort
  90. Goto a VBS
  91. Make jewelry
  92. Have a marshmallow war
  93. Plan a party
  94. Write a book
  95. Call Grandparent
  96. Walk in grass barefoot
  97. Play on a playground
  98. Make homemade ice cream
  99. Take Sunday Drives
  100. Sleep in

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100 Things to do this Summer: We Crossed Off 8 & 59

Our summer is coming to a close and we crossed off 2 more items from our list- see the Statue of Liberty and The Liberty Bell.

Liberty-Freedom these are important words for kids to know and understand. We learned about them before we went.

We only saw the Statue of Liberty from the Disney Cruise Ship. The Liberty Bell we got to tour and see it. We saw much more of Indepence Hall than just the bell.

Both powerful symbols of our freedoms here in the USA and why we need to fight so hard to keep our freedom our fore fathers fought hard for!!

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100 Things to do This Summer-#71 {Horseback riding}

Summer is still in full swing for us this month. With the help of a friend from Robby’s baseball team, our kids were able to cross of #71 from the list of 100 Things to do This Summer-go horseback riding.  They have been bugging me to do this all summer!  Most places don’t allow young children to ride.  So this worked perfect for us!  Isaiah and Robby were hesitant to ride, Isaiah more than Robby, but with a little bribing and coaxing we were able to get them on.  AnnieQ was naturally attracted to the horses and had no problems riding.


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The Kids Veggie Garden -Despite all Odds

Our poor garden. I had grand plans for my garden this year. It is not a big garden.  I gave each kids some gardening tools for Easter time.  They grew their seeds inside and when it came time to plant them we gave each one some places to plant their plants.  I also planted 4 tomatoes plants, 1 cucumber plant, Robby got one pack of carrot seeds, and Isaiah planted lettuce.  I let AnnieQ plant flowers other places.  Soon the kids veggie garden was planted and now we just had to wait.

Soon after it just got soooo hot.  No rain.  Just hot.  110 degrees, 115 degrees.  Our garden suffered.  Then someone didn’t close the door and our HUGE puppy got in and dug….and then it rained and rained and rained…..sigh….so I just gave up looking.

Summer time is still looming around with the heat and mugginess.  Our “100 things to do sheet” fell to the floor today.  Robby picked it up and read it.  We had poorly neglected our list with many family issues going on, although we have gotten to more than half of it.  Robby read 19 and 20-the kids all looked at each other and said let’s go see.

But here is what the kids found today when they went out!

 

Kids Gardens

Kids gardens

kids garden

Kids gardens

I know it isn’t much this year.  Heat, lack of rain, then too much rain, attack of the HUGE puppy, momma giving up, but the kids veggie garden grew.  They got some cucumbers, some baby carrots, tomatoes, and even flowers!

Lesson learned:  Don’t give up on what seems hopeless.  I bet if I went out there and gave it some TLC we may get a whole lot more now!


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Tale of Two Summer Movies

I just got done taking my kids to see Ice Age 4 – 3D and last month we went and saw Madagascar 3 – 3D.

Each one a tale of talking animals.

Each one about a lost or misplaced family.

Each one about getting back to home-at what ever the cost.

Each one about fighting the bad guys to get there.

Each one about not giving up to get what you need.

Each one about finding love.

Each one about doing what is right to get where you need to be.

Each one funny.

Each one with great 3D effects.

Each one kept me on the edge of my seat.

Each one made me think past the story into my story, my life.

There was a point in Madagascar 3 where they were standing on the outside of the Zoo looking in.  It is not that the Zoo is a bad place.  I glanced at my kids and thought that is how I feel sometimes.  Standing on the outside looking in at something I thought I wanted, but really didn’t.   We tend to separate kids, siblings thinking that is how they learn and grow best.  For some it does.  Not for all.

I don’t want to be put into the “boxes” created.  If at 4 years old a child is not potty trained, but can read, should he not be allowed to be in a class to excel at reading?  But because he is not potty trained, he is held back.  Even within the church we tend to say everything follows the “box”.  Our last VBS, we did not stress about whether if some child came out of 5th grade or 6th.  If they wanted to come, they could.  I went to another  VBS and a friend came, and her daughter was told she could not go, because she was going into 6th grade, just 4 months older than my son going into 5th grade.  Those “boxes” are hurting us instead of helping us grow.

This is from RSA Animate-Changing Educate Paradigms.  It just made me think of this video.

Today walking out of Ice Age 4, the biggest thing I got out of, is family is family.  I loved how these movies are putting together families that are different.  For our kids they need to see that you can be a family even when you don’t all look the same or come from the same place.  Family is the people that know you and love you!  We are family or are we Ham and Cheese.  Go see Ice Age 4  to find out!


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Summer Survival:Reach for the Gold {5 in 5}

 

Welcome Back to 5 days of Summer Survival-Day 3. Do you still have  your stillness? On Monday I focused on mom’s stopping for a moment to find their stillness-make sure you read the post if you are just joining us!

Next Friday the world will be focused on London as the opening ceremony’s for the summer Olympics start.  For some this is not a big deal.  We are not big sports people when it comes to watching sports on TV.  But every olympics you can find us watching.  I don’t know why, but it is one of the few places that our world comes together.

My kids are already getting ready.  We watched the Gymnastic trails to see who the USA team was going to be.  My 5-year-old told me to sit back and enjoy, hours of this trail.  He was fascinated by what those girls could do!  And when it was the guys time, all he would say, “oh I can do that, that’s easy!”  I just had to laugh!

The one thing the olympics teach above all, is to reach for the gold.  If you don’t try, you will never know if you can do it.  Take your dream and run with it.  Your gold may not be what goes around the neck of the first place winners, put the knowledge that you did some amazing and you did you best to get their.

Things you can do to get ready for next Fridays big event!

  • Watch the Torch Relay
  • Goto the web pages for our USA teams and see who they are.
  • Go red, white and blue
  • Plan a party and invite some friends over.
  • Have your kids come up with their own floor routine.
  • Have a backyard olympics.  Our Journey Westward had a great water backyard olympics.
  • Study Ladder has some great (Free) resource to inspire kids for the Olympics.  (Did I mention Free!)
  • Our #  in our 100 things to do this summer was watch Olympics.
  • Here is my Pinterest board and my friend Penny’s board.
  • Coloring sheets
  • Make sure you download the London 2012:official app to keep up to date with all the action!  Team USA and NBC also have an App.  Search your phone apps.

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#39-Make Corn Starch Glob

Rain.
Lots of Rain.

List of a 100 things to do this summer.

Children going a little stir crazy.

Momma looks at list and #39 jumps out.

Simple. Corn starch and water.

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An Out of This World 4th of July

To be honest, waking up 4th of July, I didn’t know what we were doing.  For the first time in years we were not hosting a party.  Nothing needed to be cleaned nor had fireworks  been purchases.  I had seen a quick post from Rocket City Mom about what was going on around town and my husband mentioned something about fireworks being at the Space and Rocket Center this Year.  So I said go get us a ticket or parking pass.  Going to the Space and Rocket Center was on our list of 100 things to do this summer, so this worked well.

Around 6:00p.m., we packed up 5 kids, 3 blankets, grabbed dinner on the way and headed over.  Not having a clue what a unique evening was in store for us,  we made our way  in by making paper airplanes, drawing with chalk, made slim {sponsored by Sci Quest} and making rockets.  Our younger kids spent about an hour just in this area for kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After this we decided to claim our spot.

We heard rumors of this Lady Liberty Live  giving a performance at 7:30p.m.  Having no idea what it was about, but guessing it was something to do with the Statue of Liberty, we decided to walk back to see the show.  And that is when it happened.  Lady Liberty Live came out on stage, welcomed us…..and it started to rain, not just sprinkle, but poured.

 

Lady Liberty Live

 Now you have to understand how funny it was at this moment because we had just been put under a water restriction because of the lack of rain, and here it is, 4th of July and it is raining.  And I was standing under a space shuttle.  Yep, all of us crammed under there, finding this, just funny.

 

Space and Rocket Center

After the rain stopped Lady Liberty was able to go back on and perform.  My younger kids loved it!  (well ask Isaiah what he learned-she talked and it rains-he’s five)  They have given me facts about the Statue of Liberty ever since.  And since we are heading that way in a few months….it was perfect education for them.  (oh did I say education, I meant, umm:))

Oh remember those blankets we laid out in our spot now.  Wet.  More clouds were rolling in and I really didn’t know if we were going to get to see fireworks at all.  Soon an announcement came on warning everyone that another storm was coming, and you could take cover inside, but it would pass and the fireworks were still going to happen.

FINALLY, it was time.  We just picked a spot by one the large Saturn rockets above, the closest one.  Tired, wondering if it had been worth coming out, fireworks started.  Freedom was the theme.  With the fireworks behind the rocket I though YES, YES, YES, this was perfect.  What a better way to celebrate our nations freedom, than the freedom of us to boldly go where no man has gone before.   The freedom to give young boys and girls dreams of growing up to go into space.  But it wasn’t just space.  Some how the Space and Rocket Center has represented our country and all the great things she has done-all the things we have done.

We rose up.  We rose up to become a free people.  We rose up from slavery.  We rose up from wars.  We rose ups from depressions.  We rose up to space.  We rose up to protect lives.    While sin still plagues us every day, and hatred and moral decline  still tries to embrace our country, it is time we continue to rise up.  Our enemy prowls like a roaring lion.  Rise up America. Keep giving our children the freedom that our fore fathers gave them.  Keep giving our kids those freedoms to reach for the stars.

Our 4th of July ending with something like this.

 

 


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When you Fail at making Moon Sand you Sun Bath

We were to make Sand castles #37 off our 100 things to do this summer.

Not knowing some events happening I  don’t know if we were getting to Florida to make sand castles. So I thought let’s make moon sand! I looked up many recipes. About all the same. 2 cups corn starch/4 cups sand/ 1 cup water. I times this by 8. Not suggested. It didn’t turn out just right.  By the time I was done, we were just dumping in the left over sand, and corn starch and the kids wanted more sand, and we were just having fun!  After a house the sand was beginning to look more like moon sand.

For the last hour my two little ones have had a BLAST playing in this stuff, trying to make sand castles,  and I got my dose of Vitamin D-AKA Sun bathing.

So we sorta failed at making moon sand, learned to make small batches not large ones, but we had fun, momma got some sun and we have some cool sand to play with this summer!

Here is our fun!

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