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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Wordless Wednesday: Bricks 4 Kidz


Bricks 4 Kidz

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Free/$1 Movies this Summer

Who likes to  goto the movies?  We love the moves doing the summer time!  Especially the free ones and the $1 ones!

A few places have release their movie list (I will update as I get more info!)

  • Monaco has released their free movie schedule:  Every Monday & Wednesday | June – August at 10:00AM
  • Regal Movies will start their Summer express in June also, but will be charging a $1.
  • Carmike $1 movies has $1 or $1.50 movies all year long.  We have a popcorn bucket for them!  We bought it for about $17 back in Jan and can fill it for about $3 every time we go!

Graphics by JW 

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Sunset Swim Club Home-100 Things to do this Summer-#2

We joined the  Sunset Swim Club Home two summer ago.  Although a little pricey at the time I signed up, it was well worth the money for the summer. (A little over a $150 a month for us to swim and that included swim lessons.)  Swim lessons were about $60 each kid.  For us it is worth the investment.  Plus we have friends that join so that really made it worth the time.

We were going to join last year, but the club was taken out by the F5 tornadoes that came through.  So after rebuilding they are reopened.

Check them out.  We plan to rejoin.


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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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