Strawberry picking at Brown Farms

A friend of mine invited me to go strawberry picking this year.  I was thrilled cause every year I want to go, but don’t!  Something always happening!  And this morning when I got up I wasn’t sure if we would make it with the storms coming, but I went any way!  It was about 40 minutes drive to Browns Farm in New Market, AL.  (Check around where you live for you pick farms.)

I met two friends of mine and everyone was picking when we got there (didn’t time that right!)  Each boy got a gallon bucket and started picking.  If the weather didn’t look so bad out west, I would have gotten a few more gallons today, but I knew we didn’t have time.

The web site “You Pick Your Own” I have been using for years!  I learned how to make apple butter and apple sauce over 7 years ago with it.  It has many great ideas for canning and freezing.

It is good that kids learn where food comes from.  It doesn’t just come from the supermarket.  It also teaches them to support local farmers and business!

So our picking time was about 30 minutes and as we got into the cars it started to pour!

Here is our fun!

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Brown Farm

There is a flower and plant Nursery there, the rain came to fast, we didn’t get to go in this time!

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100 Things to do this Summer-2012 Edition


Here it is-the list for our 2012 summer. 100 things ranging from simple in your backyard lazy days, to-day trips, to nothing days, to trip far away. Check us out this summer as we have our summer adventures!

I started this list three years ago.  The first year we did many of them.  Last year we did a lot of them but I just didn’t post many of them.  This year I hope to take you all along for the ride!  I also look forward to seeing your list!  I included a file of our list that you can download (hopefully-email me if it doesn’t work and I will send it to you.)  You can make your own list up using ours as an example!

100 things to do this summer

100 things to do this summer: 2011
  1. Goto Space and Rocket center
  2. Go swimming (a lot)
  3. Go on a hike
  4. Visit Stone mountain in GA
  5. Explore a cave
  6. Go fishing
  7. Go camping
  8. Visit the Statue of Liberty
  9. Volunteer
  10. Goto Sci-Quest
  11. Visit the Amish
  12. Go to a zoo
  13. Sing and dance
  14. Go canoeing
  15. Go white water rafting
  16. Goto dentist and orthodontist
  17. Run through the sprinklers
  18. Catch lighting bugs
  19. Grow a veggie garden
  20. Grow flowers to cut
  21. Goto the movies
  22. Visit the library
  23. Play catch
  24. Kick a soccer ball
  25. Goto a football game
  26. Play paintball
  27. Play basketball
  28. Got to Botanical Gardens
  29. Goto a water park
  30. Play miniature golf
  31. Goto Six Flags
  32. See a water fall
  33. Have a tea party
  34. Swing
  35. Look at the clouds
  36. Go on a picnic
  37. Make a sand castle
  38. Go for ice cream in PJ’s
  39. Make corn starch glob
  40. Make a tee pee
  41. Write a writing journal
  42. Practice math
  43. Ride 4 wheelers
  44. Sing a song in church
  45. Go to the Aquarium
  46. Go to a farm
  47. Go to a farmers market
  48. Go on bike rides
  49. Put on a skit
  50. Explode a can of coke with Mentos
  51. Go to the arcade
  52. Goto a new movie
  53. “Daddy gets to pick” day
  54. Send Post Cards
  55. Cook dinner for someone
  56. Tie die shirts
  57. Watch the Olympics
  58. Play a new game
  59. See the Liberty Bell
  60. Clean our rooms
  61. Make root bear floats
  62. Knit something
  63. Make your own popsicles
  64. Draw with chalk on the sidewalk
  65. Put together a jigsaw puzzle
  66. Make play dough
  67. Each kid cook dinner
  68. Learn origami
  69. Go bowling
  70. Blow bubbles
  71. Go horse back riding
  72. Wash the car
  73. Set off fireworks
  74. Go to Camp Aunt Christie’s
  75. Take pictures
  76. Goto a county fair
  77. Goto a concert
  78. Make a lemonade stand
  79. Find a fossil
  80. Write a letter
  81. Watch birds
  82. Go to a Dr. Who Convention
  83. Learn how to play chess
  84. Make a large checker board
  85. Jump on a trampoline
  86. Go sailing
  87. Goto a museum
  88. Go out with daddy and mommy
  89. Nothing day
  90. Goto VBS
  91. Make a bracelet
  92. Have a sleep over
  93. Plan a Party
  94. Read books
  95. Talk on the phone
  96. Walk in grass barefoot
  97. Goto a park
  98. Make homemade ice cream
  99. Take a Sunday Drive
  100. Sleep in


Keep checking us out as I will continue to find more ideas about good deals in different places on our list!

Summer is almost here!


Graphics by JW 



Little Wonders' Days

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How to Wash a Puppy

We have a 6 month old puppy. Who got very stinky and dirty. So I had a better idea to wash her verses the shower. And all the kids could help!

Here is how we gave a puppy a bath











I’m out of here!  She really did jump out!  But it worked having the gate up!

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