Summer Fun-Making a TeePee in your Backyard

My kids love to make indoor forts, but I thought this year we would try something a little bit more creative.  Make a TeePee!  This kids bugged me last year about it, plus I can sneak in a little learning into summer…shhh…they will never know!

How to make a TeePee!  Sticks and Cloth!  I am know it sounds simple!  Here are some great sites to get some cool ideas from!  If you make one let me know!

I also learned that you can find plans as detailed as possible or simple as you choose!

Have Fun!  Check out all our other Summer Fun!





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Makings of a Strong Families: has a Sense of Play and Humor

5.  Has a Sense of Play and Humor

All can be perfectly quiet, calm and before they know it, momma is doing something silly!  You got to!  Kids love that stuff, when moms and dads can be silly!  Watch the smiles on their faces when parents get down and play with them.

When Robby was little he had lots of toys.  But the thing he loved best was when Dan got on the floor with him and played horse.  He loved that.  The smile beamed from his face!  Sadly many parents don’t take the time to get down and play with their kids.  We often are tired or busy.  But kids they want us to play with them.  They would rather us take a ball and throw it with them than sit and watch TV or computer.  Kids would rather sit around the table playing a board game or cards on an evening then all this other stuff we have them in.

Families have to play.  Together.

 I don’t always do a good job on the together part.  You often hear-go play-so I can get things done!

I remember one time we were outside working on some yard work.  Before I knew it we had a football game going on.  The kids ate that up!  More so cause daddy was the one running the football!  Kids love parents when they play!

Marriages do better when you can be silly every once and a while.  Or more.  Most marriages balance each other one, one a little bit more serious the other a little bit more silly.  Dan and I balance each other out!  I have the daily fun down better, he has the big fun down better.

Really as I type this Isaiah walks out with a huge bead necklace, going “look at me” and “shaking his booty!”  Where’s my camera?  Humor and Play!

Jeremy and I can go from having the most serious conversation about life, to have the funnest conventions about life.  Robby thinks we are funny.  Sometimes we are.  But in our house, you just got to find humor to make it through!

When was the last time you all had a belly aching almost peed in your pants laugh?  I remember years ago, I was at my granny and pop-pop’s house.  We were playing cards like we always did there.  My great Aunt Dinny was also there.  I don’t remember what happened, but she said or did something that we all laughed so hard.  We normally didn’t laugh like that together.  But that moment, I will always remember!  We always played together, but the humor was the bellying laughing kind.

I am going to write a book.  I have been saying this for 10 years now. It is going to be called “When All Else Fails There is Always Duct Tape.  Humorous Parenting Advice”

Have fun.  Play games.  Laugh.  Blow bubbles.  Tell knock knock jokes.

How is your family playing and finding humor in life.

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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!

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Change to our 100 things to do this summer-watch Olympics

It was pointed out to me that I had “Go camping” twice on our list of 100 Things to do this summer, so I changed one.  # 57 is now watch the Olympics!  Summer Olympics, how did I miss that this summer!  There are so many learning opportunities with the Olympics!  I already created a Pinterest board with ideas.

London 2012 –.

Team USA -Learn about all the sports that USA is involved in and who our athletes are.

Project Britain has some great ideas to do with your kids.

Sparkle Box has some amazing resources!  I love using them, plus they are UK based.


I would love to hear about your ideas!

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Kid’s Summer Scavenger Hunt

Summer is a fun time to relax, explore, create and have fun!  For some more summer fun, I decided to do a scavenger hunt for them.  I made it large enough to take the whole summer to find.  Then by the end of summer they can make a scrapbook of all the fun things they found!  My goal is to make them work together and always be on the look out for these items.

You can use our list or make up your own.  Share with us later how the hunt went!

Summer scavenger Hunt


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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!


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