Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Summer Fun

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I have asked each one of my kids, "What is the one thing you want to do before school starts back up?" and they have all said, "Nothing." Done and done. But seriously folks, I'm not telling you this to suggest that we have had such an awesome, event-filled summer that my kids can't even think of one more thing they want to do. It's also not that my kids are boring. They do stuff pretty much all day, every day, outside with their friends. I've been experimenting from year to year with more and less planning over the summer. But I've found that as my kids get older the structure starts getting filled in for you with scouts, lawn-mowing jobs, achievement days, and actual interests that my kids just want to pursue on their own.

So this summer I introduced a minimum of structure. Every Tuesday and Thursday we go to a movie at the Scera. We do "cleaning crew" Wednesday night. We also go to the library every week. I'm not going to lie to you. Sometimes the kids stay in the car while I get books for myself. We have meals together mostly but the kids have had lots of "late nights" with their friends and Sam enjoys riding his bike along the river trail to Macys to get hot wings with his friends. So sometimes he's not hungry.

Here's a sampling of the kinds of things the kids come up with on their own:

One day I went outside and Sam's friend had brought over his riding mower and they were driving it over a dirt hill and down the ravine in the empty lot next to our house. Boys will be boys! (Which is to say, boys will be reckless ding dongs.)

One day Maggie and her friend invented the game, "Here You Go" for Ellen.
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And every day Ben comes home soaking wet from head to toe, smelling of pond water.

So, yeah. They stay busy. But not too busy. You have to make sure your kids are bored right before school starts so they are excited to go back. It's not as easy as it sounds. You have to swallow your pride, big time. Every year regardless of what we have done over the summer--camping, trips, museums, once my kids went on a freaking dinosaur dig with archeologists from BYU for pete's sake--they always say that they did "nothing" over their summer break in that essay on the first day of school. Sometimes they do me the ultimate injustice of writing that they "watched TV all summer." That's when I decided Kindermusik probably wasn't worth the hassle.

And so, with one week left before school starts, I feel no pressure to make my kids' dreams come true because all they want to do is nothing. So that's what we're doing. It's going to make getting up and walking to the bus stop so exciting!

PS: Speaking of exciting, the $100 Visa Gift Card Give Away continues this week from 8/17/10 through 8/23/10. There will be another winner this week so leave a comment to enter. Comment on these posts for more chances to win.
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200 comments:

  1. Yeah. We spent this weekend 1) painting (and I HATE cleaning up paint crap) 2) going to the Hill Airforce Base Museum, and 3) going swimming at the beach at Pineview Resevoir.

    And last night my five year old asked me why we "never do anything fun."

    I'm taking a page from your book Kacy. Definitely.

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  2. ha ha ha, I love it!

    My older kids start school tomorrow, and as it was my first summer as a SAHM, we chose to do as few scheduled activities as possible. Even though we vacationed a bunch out of town as well, some of our best days were just spent staying at home.

    Thank you for being such an honest parent. So refreshing.

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  3. I've always been passionate about cereal. And gift cards. How cool would it be if Ellen was all "Here you go!" with a Visa Gift Card? Very cool.

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  4. If I had a $100 gift card I would use it to buy more shea-infused lounge socks which I wear everyday of the summer during my nap. And maybe more DVDs for Peter to watch during my nap.

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  5. Today I tried to take my kids to the splash park as our final fling before school starts next week. They sat next to me whining and saying they just wanted snacks. If I had $100 gift card I wouldn't spend any of it on them. Just saying.

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  6. Not even going to PRETEND that I'm going to go to any effort to make "their last week of summer" thrilling - just going to do my BEST to SURVIVE it without killing any of them! Just sayin'........and I feel that keeping all SIX of my children alive this ENTIRE summer pretty much deserves some sort of reward, don't you? ;)

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  7. Mmmm, pond water. Love that smell. Would also love to win the giftcard.

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  8. You are an inspiration to every mother. And I can't wait for the day when my little boy comes home smelling of pond water. Delightful.

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  9. I need me some money! Haha. My kids aren't in school yet, so I can't relate. But I DO want to win! Thanks!

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  10. A little bit of nothing sounds good to me! Maybe I'll do some of that myself, after I've made dinner, cleaned up dinner, gone to the store, done a load of laundry... or maybe not.

    I bet I could come up with a whole lot of the right kind of nothing to do with that gift card, though! Jussayinisall.

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  11. We too are not doing much of anything this last week before school starts. But if I win that gift card I'll be doing a whole lot of shopping.

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  12. My kids are lounging around right now, and would probably also say they watched TV all summer as well. I would love to win the gift card too!

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  13. Moms need to relax in the summer, too. We can't let the kids have all the fun. ;)

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  14. I have been working at Blayne's office so my kids have watched TV all summer long... I don't feel bad

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  15. I am a teacher so my summer is officially over. The teachers started back yesterday. :( Our last-minute adventure was to head down to San Antonio for the weekend and go to Sea World. It was a blast!
    annie@thepurcell.com

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  16. doing nothing sounds good :D the heat makes want to sleep all day. i've been stuffing myself with cherries and melons too.
    songyueyu at gmail

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  17. Summer fun at the beach is the plan for the family! With a $100.00 gift card it would be fun just to let the kids do what they want.

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  18. Love your blog, Kacy. Also, I love breakfast cereal.

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  19. We took a our kids on their first beach vacation. It was GREAT!!!:)

    jenny b
    jennyhasquads at yahoodotcom

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  20. To end the summer we look forward to getting together with a few other families for a BBQ - good food, good friends, good fun!

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  21. Since my daughter is not yet in school, summer has been like winter, only slightly warmer (actually for London it's been fairly warm). As for cereal, I love it and wish I had more US selections here. We do get cornflakes though, so that's nice.

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  22. Here's to the last few uneventful weeks of summer!

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  23. I'm really glad school had started. Now I can sit in my robe and read the internet (for like, 10 minutes, before the baby gets up), instead of being harrassed into swimming and libraries and indoor nerf wars and so forth. If I send the kids outside, they just come right back inside. It is 110 degrees out there!

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  24. we didn't do much this summer either and it was wonderful.

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  25. We are chillin' in our swim suits, eatin' cereal until our last hurrah in...wait for it...PROVO (I know you want to hang out with me, KC, and I will be in your hood hangin' with Bucherts, so say the word)on the 26th-29th. Then it's SCHOOL on the 31st. I love the Here You Go game, especially the operatic singing part.

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  26. Oh, yeah...I need that gift card for my PROVO TRIP!

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  27. If I win the $100 gift card I will restock my 72 hour kits... which consist primarily of cereal.

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  28. Nothing? Done. And Done. Now I feel totally justified for not enrolling Phoebe in that French Summer class. Thanks for that--As you know, I need consistent validation.

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  29. pond water and dirty boy head is always a great combination...

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  30. I feel very inadequate as a mother when my kids bring home school assignments referencing how much time they spend playing video games, or how much they love playing their DSI.

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  31. Thank you! I also plan to do nothing. And I couldn't be more thrilled!

    chelsea at rootsandrings dot com

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  32. My favorite is combating the I'm Boreds with a list of chores they can do! And then they grumble, go away to entertain themselves, and I have to do the chores anyway.

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  33. thankfully a couple of trips to Naples where my MIL lives makes it easy to visit the beach.

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  34. That is totally what I'm missing. Swallowing my pride and making the last bit of summer as boring as possible so school will sound fun! Another useful tip. Thanks! Yesterday my backyard was full of at least a dozen neighbor kids and throughout the day I heard "this is the best day ever!" alternating with "I'm so bored, there's nothing to do" from all the SAME kids. You just can't win. And here in Seattle, we don't go back to school until Sept 7th!

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  35. We've had a blissfully laid back summer. Camping here and there, an amusement park, a movie or two. And a lot of just hanging out together. Lovely!

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  36. This summer has been kinda blah around here. We went camping once and the water parks a lot, but other than that we didn't do much!
    The last few weeks will probably be about the same lol!

    fineinsanity {at} live {dot} com

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  37. we're moving the end of the summer, so our fun times are spent packing boxes for now. :-)

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

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  38. School will be starting soon here and I am kind of looking forward to some cooler weather and the fall leaves.

    shawn113(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  39. I'm hoping to go to the beach with my sister in law! Maybe we could leave the kids at home... :D

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  40. I have wanted to take the kids to the zoo all summer but haven't made it yet!

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  41. I don't want the summer to be over!!

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  42. I would of loved taking my kids to a Cottage on the lake for a week but that has not happened yet! Boo Hoo!
    gmissycat
    gmissycat@yahoo.com

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  43. wow, wish my kids lived by your kids, which shouldn't be too far away. we've been to the scera every wednesday.seems like your kids have made the most of their summer!
    colette@tervort.com

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  44. The kids start school Monday so we are already in our flurry of back to school supplies; grandkids meet their new teachers and see their new rooms on Friday; we wind up GP (Grandparent) camp Thursday so we can help give out school supplies at the Friday open house…

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  45. YOUR LITTLE GIRL IS BEAUTIFUL! I TRIPLE JUST WANNA RELAX. SEEMS LIKE I'VE BEEN RUNNING AROUND ALL SUMMER! kytah00@yahoo.com

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  46. I just finished school myself (after 9 years!) so I feel like my summer is just starting! Oh well.

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  47. Haha I agree with you. The last week before school my daughter just wanted to watch tv, play and play wii games which was fine by me and since she's gone for so many hours at school it was nice to just hang out. Like ya said get them bored so school will be exciting haha.
    disintegratingstarr@hotmail.com

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  48. I love nothing. We've done nothing all summer too. And I loved every minute!

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  49. I'm sad summer is ending.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  50. I have decided that my having a baby is the ultimate summer killer for our older kids. They are definitely ready to go back to school so that they actually get to leave the house sometimes!

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  51. Thanks for this giveaway! My last-days-of-summer plans are just to take an extra 2 days off from work, go swimming, and relax as much as possible.

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  52. That is my new favorite game. It will totally annoy Jooj, which, according to her, is what I have been doing all summer.

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  53. thanks for the chance, great giveaway
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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  54. We already had our major events of the summer so we are enjoying the rest of the beautiful weather and time with family :) And lots of local parks too!

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  55. I wish school started mid-September rather than next week because I would love to take a trip to the beach for a week or so. Thanks!

    parodi821 at yahoo dot com


    P.S. Totally cracking up re: your comment about your kids essays :-)

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  56. My kids were also pretty busy this summer and i think are secretly excited to go back to school. I wasn't as structured as you, and I think they need that structure they get from the daily schedule of going to school

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  57. We love summer and love doing anything outside. We will spend our last days of summer hiking, swimming, camping and just having fun!

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  58. I am preggie and cereal makes me puke but I would love a hundred bucks anyway!! Normally not a cereal hater, mb in ga

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  59. I agree , school starts very soon. I'll be going back to university in 3 weeks. (tears)

    akahenry@live.com

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  60. Hi. So, all my kids have been served for dinner - by yours truly:) - all summer is...wait for it....cereal.
    If I win, it will get eaten.

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  61. Doing nothing is the best thing about summer!

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  62. We have a pool that got a lot of use this summer.
    dlhaley(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

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  63. We are fitting in a trip to the zoo tomorrow. We will also fit in a few more trips to the city pool before it closes until next summer. We definitely will be spending time outside, since we are stuck inside for 4 long months of winter!
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  64. We aren't doing anything big- school shopping this weekend and hoping we can spend some quality lazy family time together this next week :)

    Thanks
    jotteson@frontiernet.net

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  65. We are going to squeeze in one more trip to the beach and a pseudo camping trip, camp fire, smores, ect but no staying the night. We have a newborn.
    mommycreations(at)gmail.com

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  66. Well, school starts Monday and we met the girls' teachers last night so I feel like summer is over! They have their last day of camp today and a pool party tonight and we'll just chill over the weekend. They're ready to go back to school!

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  67. We plan to have a state fair trip and more bike rides before summer ends.

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  68. Fun! I plan on going to the lake with my family and friends.


    lynnx512 at gmail dot com

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  69. We are going to camp out in the backyard and roast marshmellows over Labor Day Weekend for one last fling before school starts.

    avennett AT verizon DOT net

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  70. Went to Unity Music Festival last weekend. Now we're just trying to get the most use possible out of our swimming pool. Love taking it easy at home.

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  71. We are definetely going camping one last time this summer before going back to school!!! $100.00 would help out so much to get some stuff for my son before he goes back to school!!

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  72. I plan on taking my kids to the park this weekend, but just to get them out of the house so they stop fighting! School starts Tuesday, and I think we're all looking forward to having some routine back in our lives after a relaxing summer!!
    winnieayala at yahoo dot com

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  73. Yay! Love summer smells and sights. scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  74. We have a fun camping trip planned with some friends we didn't get to see much this summer. And I try to hit the park and the beach with the kids as much as I can!

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  75. I'm not sure why I try. I'm probably one of the most unlucky people around!!

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  76. I would love to spend the last days of summer relaxing in the sunshine with a good book and a cold beverage... and BBQ.... if someone else does the cooking and clean up!
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  77. I am heading down south to an outdoor concert and then hopefully get to spend a day outdoors at a lake or pool.

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  78. WE're ready for summer to end - just because the Texas heat is so overwhelming each day! I wish school had longer breaks in the fall or winter - so we could enjoy the outdoors more!

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  79. Since fall is my favorite time of year I am actually looking forward to the end of the heat of summer. The $100 GC is a great prize and would come in so handy now.

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  80. We are going to Boston to visit the kid's Nana. We will hit some historical sites.

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  81. We had a wonderful summer! We spent several weeks at the lake enjoying jet skiing, wakeboarding and swimming. School starts on Monday, so we might go to a movie this weekend. It is just too hot to do anything outdoors!
    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

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  82. We are going to try to get to the beach this weekend, and have a cook out with ice cream sundaes for dessert.

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  83. We have one more day trip to Old Orchard Beach Maine planned our end of the summer finale

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  84. We are going to try and head to Enchanted Rock state park tomorrow for one last hike. Can't believe they start school on Monday.

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  85. Our family of four will be taking a road trip from Arizona to Northern California to visit family! Enjoy your rest! I love that too!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  86. We plan to go to Disneyland in a few weeks. But for now, we are painting and still remodeling our new house.

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  87. another trip to the santa barbara zoo is planned
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  88. The kids want to go camping for one last weekend. If I had the gift card I would buy more books for them.

    LWons@HotMail.com

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  89. Just one more BBQ....and homemade ice cream
    *sniffle* bye bye, summer :(

    froggypartyof2@aol.com

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  90. We want to make it to the zoo yet this summer!

    kerin0874 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  91. HAPPY SUMMER!
    SNEAKING ONE MORE TRIP TO THE BEACH IS GREAT!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  92. We just got back from a fun trip to disneyland. honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

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  93. Hi Kacy, love the video, too cute. We're going on one little camping trip to end the summer with a bit of adventure. A little time at the lake and a LOT of s'mores, lol :)

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  94. I plan trips to the park or maybe a trip to the zoo. We have a few more BBQ's and they enjoy shopping for school things.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

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  95. we did absolutely nothing this summer but experienced everything- hard to explain but they made memories and had fun

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  96. We went to the beach today and got rained out!

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  97. in these last weeks we are visiting the grandparents

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  98. We dont' have any definate plans for the rest of the summer. Maybe a couple more trips to the drive-in theater on weekend nights or a trip to an area National Park.

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  99. Summertime is meant for relaxing :)

    iamcernetic AT gmail DOT com

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  100. Oh, our favorite thing for Summer is hanging out in the pool and playing in the water. I hope we can still do this for a few more weeks before the water gets too cold...

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  101. We ended our Summer by visiting the animal sanctuary that's a few miles away. It was delightful to be able to see, pet, and feed all the animals! I hope we can go back sometime.

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  102. That stinks when kids say, "we didn't do anything". Have a conversation the night before and say "let's remember what we did this summer". Maybe they'll remember it the next day. Maybe not, hmm.

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  103. thanks for the entry! we're planning one last trip to the beach and labor day bbq to round up the summer :)

    dreamzz12{at]aol{dot}com

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  104. My daughter and i are spending a weekend in Portland next week.
    pksanddancer(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  105. This is the last weekend before school starts so we took our little grandson to the movies and to Build a Bear where he made a back to school bear.
    We let him stay up late for the last time this summer.
    eswright18 at gmail.com

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  106. We are going on our last summer getaway to Myrtle Beach, SC.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  107. I want to keep enjoy enjoying nature as long as I can while the weather is still nice.

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  108. We only have a couple more weeks left. They've given me a list of things they "need" to do before they go back. Ha ha!

    katfam95 at aim dot com

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  109. We are going to the State Fair and not feel guilty about eating corn dogs, funnel cakes, and cotton candy:)

    I wish school started in September, not in August so summer could be stretched out a little more.

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  110. We have this awsome aquatic center with a huge pool, kids pool, and kids splace area and its only $2 per person!!! Fun and cheap!! Love to take my grandson on the weekends. School started 2 weeks ago for us.

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  111. https://twitter.com/fostertam/status/21846865829

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  112. We are boating until the temperatures and weather keeps us from doing so

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  113. We are taking the boys to visit with their grandfather before school starts.

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  114. Summer had a lot of lessons in life. It was a growing time, and that is a good thing.

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  115. We are trying to get one last long weekend of camping. Hard to believe summer is already coming to an end.

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  116. We still have a family picnic on the agenda.

    dawns_horizen@yahoo.com

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  117. Well sad to say my son is already back in school :( The last week before it started we took a trip to Florida and seen 3 of the beaches there.

    Lona728@ yahoo dot com

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  118. I took a trip to the San Diego Zoo and saw the pandas just before it was announced that two of them will be leaving for China before the end of the summer!

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  119. My Grandson came from Arizona and we showed him some good ole Michigan fun, zoo, camping and the best beaches!!
    jheavenly56@yahoo.com

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  120. we went to the beach this weekend, though they started school last week.

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  121. My girls are the same way I ask them what they want to do and they say watch tv or nothing. We did luckily get out to the park a few times and went on walks. My husband returned to work after being out for almost 2 years with a back injury so it was hard readjusting to being all by myself with 2 walkers and an infant. I'd love to win the card so that we can use it towards Xmas shopping since all the money my husband is making goes towards bills and back due stuff.
    sahmofdq@gmail.com

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  122. the pool is by far our favorite summer thing to do:)

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  123. We're going to the beach at the end of the summer - can't wait!!

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  124. With summer comming to an end I plan on spending as much time as I can at the beach. marybug2@yahoo.com

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  125. We're in the process of remodeling our teen daughter's bedroom, then it's back to school shopping and then... bring on Fall!! Yikes!!

    Many thanks!!

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  126. cedar point here we come! jozie1420@yahoo.com

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  127. We have started buying winter clothes (Alaska has a very short Fall season) and been enjoying the remaining summer days by biking on weekends and visiting parks.

    mandalarctic at gmail dot com

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  128. I'm just dreaming about next summer's vacation! Thank you!

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  129. We had a summer a great losses and I just hope to squeeze a bit of fun into these last few days. I am queenesperfect at yahoo.com

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  130. wE'RE ALSO RUNNING OUT OF TIME, BUT HOPEFULLY WE'LL GET SOME MORE HIKING OR SOMETHING IN.

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  131. Haha, I wish I could do some fun stuff in the final weeks of summer, but our Practicums have just started up, which kinda sucks for having fun :/ But it is what it is :D

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  132. This close to the end of summer, we don't like planning anything big. We're just too tired and worn out after our big camping trip.

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  133. I'd love to win this card. Our last hurrah will be a short trip to NYC.
    wolfcarol451(at)gmail(dot)com

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  134. Our summer is over. My son went back to college today

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  135. We are going to the beach at the end of this week...so I'm excited for that!

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  136. I'm excited now that summer is over and I have seven hours a day, to do the things I need or want to do. Yay!

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  137. tweet
    http://twitter.com/Grandma3710/status/21872865216

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  138. We're having a "Happy School Year" party

    hmb@fortaj.com

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  139. tweet -http://twitter.com/HMB99/status/21876909460

    hmb@fortaj.com

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  140. I like your attitude - if they are happy do not change it unless you have to.

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  141. We're gearing up to start our school year. We homescool.

    hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

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  142. I seriously felt guilty this year because my daughter did NOTHING...except stay up late, sleep in and hang out around the house. We had no big plans, not even the amusement park this year, and she seems to have survived. You're right, she's actually looking forward to the first day of school this Wednesday.

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  143. To me summer is over already because school has already started - plus its too darn hot to do anything!
    Thanks - Sarah Z
    believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

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  144. LOL! Loved your stories of the kids always doing "nothing" in the summer, no matter how much trouble you go to. I was the same way when I was a kid. We traveled and went camping all over the place, but I was bored with it all. Now I love to go sightseeing.

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  145. we like spending time at the beach. It's still pretty nice towards the end of summer here in sunny SoCal

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  146. My daughter lives 3 hours from us and I haven't been able to go to her house this summer, so if I had $100, I would have gas money to go see her. dpschad@yahoo.com

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  147. We want to spend more time at the pool
    brandileigh2003@yahoo.com
    http://twitter.com/brandileigh2003/status/21889701099

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  148. we are lucky enough to live at the beach in so. cal..we have a new adventure everyday at our footsteps

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  149. We had a low-key summer, and now the last week before school starts we are livin it up with family. Swimming, county fair, school shopping, yard sales, and just having FUN!!

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  150. We still plan on going to Gilroy Gardens
    cookiesandclogs[at]gmail[dot]com

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  151. I am going to have some cook outs.

    hellrzr(at)juno(dot)com

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  152. Going to the zoo when it cools down a little.

    teenytig@sbcglobal.net

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  153. Has your son brought home any frogs yet? haha
    We'd like to get in another family picnic to close out the summer.

    sailinaway@gmail.com

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  154. We have a trip to the zoo planned

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  155. We like to say goodbye to summer with a trip to the lake over Labor Day

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  156. I would like to take the kids to the camden aquarium
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  157. We are planning a trip to Grandmas house which is at the beach :)

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  158. We just went on our annual camping trip we take every year with 12 other families. It’s so much fun!! The adults and kids both really look forward to this trip every year!

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  159. My kids go back to school next week. We have a family trip planned for Labor Day weekend that should be fun though!

    tlannan30[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  160. School has started here so summer is officially over for us.

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  161. Somehow my kids always manage to be excited for school to start. What we did and didn't do that summer really doesn't seem to affect that.

    Love this giveaway. Thanks!

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  162. School started today here.
    I'd like to go garage selling and get to some auction yet if possible since I love both of those things!
    lighthousee27(at)gmail.com

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  163. Going to the beach! Love the sand between my toes!

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  164. Hope the pond isn't too deep. Thank you hosting this giveaway. Gift cards always come in handy.

    sharonaquilino at hotmail dot com

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  165. I want to get to the beach one more time before the summer ends!!
    drea8685@yahoo.com

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  166. My girls start school Wednesday and go to meet their teachers today. I'm excited and nervous for them. We had a pretty boring summer. My oldest daughter played summer challenge league ball so we had to stay close to home. They are probably ready for school. lol Thanks for the giveaway!

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  167. We're pretty much nothing left as well- work and hospital and staying local.

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  168. We enjoy spending time on the lake and soaking up the sun!

    Tarah
    tarah716[at]ymail.com

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  169. I would love to win a gift card. We aregoing to the beach this weekend for one last fun day in the sun.

    kerrie@mayansfamily.com

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  170. I want to get to the lake for at least one day.

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  171. Doing "nothing" is also very popular here!
    We'll be framing our swimming-pool-tanned faces with new hair cuts at a local salon. At home we'll have fun painting nails,as we finish out the summer.
    momznite_at_yahoo_daught_com

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  172. Nothing but simple things like having a cookout with the family and having some time to read boring for some but I like it! great giveaway thank you!
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  173. One of the best parts of summer is going out camping. We plan to go camping at least another time or two before the end of the season.

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  174. The end of summer makes me sad :( My kids are too big already! I will be taking them to the circus this weekend, yeah!

    justine417@comcast.net

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  175. It has been so tremendously hot here in Texas - we're just trying to stay cool for school!

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  176. Ha! I think part of summer fun is exactly that - late nights and coming home smelling like pond water!! ;-)

    Or, at least that was summer fun when I was younger!!

    I didn't need a ton of activity... summer was summer, long days to just ride my bike or swim in the pool. I think we plan too much for our kids nowadays.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mybabyblessings [at] gmail [dot] com

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  177. My parents are not doing well so we are driving there to help with some moving of items for them.

    spencer1953 at gmail dot com.

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  178. We're staying close to home and doing needed chores around the house. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

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  179. That's a great attitude, and a valid point you make, about resting so school is exciting. We'll take one last trip to the lake to celebrate our little one's birthday that's coming up, and then we're done with our Summer fun too, but oh what a Summer it was!!!

    msurosey@yahoo.com

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  180. ha, kids have trouble remembering all the wonderful things we parents do for them. here's hoping the essays are better this school year!

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  181. We love to go to the beach!

    mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

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  182. I tweeted http://twitter.com/JanetandMaya/status/21946006009

    mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

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  183. I blogged http://giveawaysonblogs.blogspot.com/2010/08/kelloggs-100-visa-gift-card-giveaway.html

    mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

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  184. The kids got to go to the city pool one last time before school started

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  185. tweet

    http://twitter.com/Ardy22/status/21946144193
    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  186. We are in year round school so our summer is broken up into a few weeks of school, a few weeks off, ect. We are hitting the beach one last time for a long weekend!
    hockeygalnc(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

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  187. We're heading to the lake for one last summer trip!

    elderberry44 AT yahoo.com

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  188. We are trying to finish moving into our house - it actually is pretty fun. The kids are loving getting into their rooms!

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  189. We are spending the Summer swimming at the pool

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  190. We just had a big family wedding, so that was the highlight of our summer.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    email in blogger profile.

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  191. I just got back from my trip to NYC and am planning on attending as many local festivals before summer ends.

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  192. Just attended a family wedding I hoped would be the highlight of the summer, but there was a disaster. I could use a pick me up.

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  193. My kids went back to school a long time ago. We didn't have a very long summer at all but we did do some fun things. The last big thing we did was head to the zoo.

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  194. A trip to the water park! Or building one in our yard with sprinklers and slip-n-slides... :)

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