What an amazing summer! It was full and busy without being burdensome. We’ve not accomplished everything on our list, but we surely did a lot of them! It has been a blast! Thought y’all might like an update and a few pictures. Here’s what we did:
1. Camp out in the backyard
2. Go to the beach
4. Visit a park we’ve never been to
5. Make snow cones
- Here’s a great tip that takes the guilt out of snow cones. Instead of buying the flavored syrups that are full of artificial colors and high-fructose-corn-syrup, we use frozen juice concentrates. We let them thaw and use them as the flavoring syrup on the ice. Last night, in fact, we had apple and cranberry snow cones!
- On the Fourth of July we had a BBQ and we made grown-up snow cones. Poured the makings of a margarita over the ice and added a sprinkling of coarse sea salt on top! Super fun!
6. Make ice cream
7. Make pie
- Made several different pies this summer: Peach with basil, berry, nutella cheesecakes and a lavender apricot tart.
8. Make strawberry rhubarb cake
- (This recipe from Farm Chicks is mouth-wateringly delicious. We made it at least twice this summer.)
10. Have a gin and tonic in the backyard while reading a book just for fun
- Whole Foods has an all natural and corn-syrup-free tonic water that is really delicious.
11. Give the kids chocolate milk at breakfast
- This was a great road-trip treat for the girls when we traveled to San Antonio.
12. Spend an entire day in our pajamas watching old movies
- Not as fun as you’d think. The day ended with Mommy saying, “If y’all cannot stop bickering we are never doing this again!” and then promptly sending everyone to bed. Live and learn.
16. Swim as often as possible
17. Boogie board with Daddy
- Not only did the girls get to boogie board with Daddy, he took us all paddle boarding at Mission Bay in San Diego.
19. Visit Papa and Nana
20. Spend lots of time with friends
- We even got to meet some of our readers and online friends who are now forever in real life friends!
21. Have a sleepover for the kids
22. Play baseball and soccer and basketball
23. Bake cupcakes
- Followed this recipe for Blue Moon Cupcakes. They are seriously yummy.
24. Have a bonfire in the backyard
25. Roast marshmallows
26. Make popsicles from aqua de jamaica27. Play outside all day and don’t come in until dark!
28. Fly kites at the beach
30. Have races with Belgee
31. Go on a family bike ride
32. Go on a hike and nature walk
37. Let the kids plan dinner
38. Go to the California Science Center
40. Concerts in the park!
41. Sleep in past 10, at least once!
43. Watch the Fourth of July fireworks from the backyard
44. Have a shrimp boil, New England Style
45. Project a movie outside and watch it under the stars
47. Read a book from breakfast until bedtime.
49. Make root beer floats
51. Play in the sprinklers (even the grown-ups!)
53. Safely land on Mars (Jordan’s project lands August 5th!)
54. Have dinner with nothing more than sweet corn on the cobb, tomatoes, bread, and a bottle of wine
56. Video chat with old friends on the other side of the country
58. Go canoeing
59. Have a family sing-along
60. Take a nap in a hammock
61. Finish just one sewing project . . . any sewing project
62. Make sun tea
63. Make iced coffee64. Have a clothing swap with girlfriends
67. Get up early and watch the sunrise
68. Watch the sunset over the ocean
69. Finish up a writing project in time for the new school year
- Coming soon! “A Time To Heal,” a guide to post-partum lying-in!
70. Have a good-bye blessing party for dear friends who are moving away
71. Look ahead to the Fall and think about what needs refreshing in our herbal medicine cabinet
- See our post, Your Natural Healing Cabinet, to find out what is in our “medicine cabinet” for Fall and Winter!
72. Make homemade bug repellent
- We share our recipes for repelling the bugs here.
73. Go camping in Sequoia
74. Make homemade teething biscuits for the baby
- We used Mama Natural’s recipe here. Note: the basic ones do not hold together very well at all. It was a dismal failure that ended up with me sweeping up a lot of crumbs. But, the banana and pumpkin ones are WONDERFUL. They hold together well and are very tasty.
77. Play hopscotch
80. Watch a meteor shower (in July!)
82. Make lemonade from the lemons in the backyard
84. Go antiquing
85. Explore a new town
88. Dance like nobody’s watching
89. Make chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches
91. Do sidewalk chalk art (even the grown-ups!)
93. Give our daughters pedicures
95. Do the summer reading program at the library
96. Visit a new Farmer’s Market
97. Have a water balloon/water gun fight
98. Have a watermelon seed spitting contest
99. Go on a road trip to The Reformation of Food and the Family conference
100. Read fairy-tales to the children, sitting in the tree house or in the garden
(Linked to Frugally Sustainable)