Here's how this year's list played out--some wins and some losses:
A---- park--This was a dud! The park I'd chosen looks more fun from the road than it is in reality. And the bugs were terrible. We only stayed about 5 minutes!
Bowling--This didn't happen. Our local bowling alley is closed for the months of July and August! We'll have to go when the weather cools off.
Camping--Eric took the older two to a new campground about an hour away. It was very hot the night they went, but they still had a good time. (Bonus: they also camped for two nights in Grammie and Pepaw's backyard.)
Dairy --Ice cream treats from a local spot
Entrepreneurial lemonade stand--Once again, our kids and the 2 neighbor kids next door had a whopping success--they made around $37 selling lemonade and homemade brownies. Everything cost a quarter, but they got a lot of tips. I talked the kids into donating $25 of the proceeds to a good cause.
Fishing day--Eric, Nathan, and Natalie attended this event, but pouring rain cut it short. They did fish quite a bit in Michigan, though, too.
Golf--I bought a discount certificate for half-price mini golfing at a place we'd never been before. Keeping it real--the beginning was fun, the middle was full of tears, and thankfully they rallied some by the end. It was a difficult course, so maybe we can find more suited to children later this summer. Naomi loved getting a plastic club and tagging along!
Habitat program--Held one morning at a local state park--so great they offer these educational programs at no cost!
Ice cube painting--Notsofun. I put a rainbow of water colors in ice cube trays and froze them. Then I set out butcher paper and the cubes on a hot day. It was very messy, and hard to use. We will not do this again!
Jump on neighbors' trampoline--Got to do this a couple times, and they loved it.
Kansas City--see here
Laundromat--We take our comforters for an annual cleaning, and made an outing out of it. I brought snacks and activities so the kids would have stuff to do while we waited. They loved putting the coins in and watching the timers and machines.
Marble water slide--A fun idea I found on-line where you slice open a pool noodle to create a marble track. Not real impressed with how it turned out. Oh, well, the pool noodle was free, so I spent nothing but a little time.
Nature center--A really cool place that we just learned about--we went with some friends and had a great outing.
Outdoor movie--The out door movie dates for these did not work for us, but I did take the kids to a free indoor movie (It was the girls' first theater experience!)
Play center--A friend of mine actually took Nathan and Natalie along with her kids one day, but I will take Naomi sometime this fall.
Quilt reading party--Never formally happened, but plenty of books were certainly read this summer!
Races--Eric, the older kids, and some friends went to a cool race track.
Stairwell slide (using a huge box)--Looked more fun than it was. When I was telling a friend, she suggested just using sleeping bags, so I'll keep that in mind for winter.
Trail ride--Didn't happen. The night I wanted to go ended up being super-hot.
Unique treats from a local Mexican bakery--Glad we did this. It was interesting to see what the kids picked out from racks of unfamiliar baked goods.
Visit a county fair--Our first-ever trip to our county's (super low-key) youth fair. I was glad to check it out. It wasn't amazingly fun, but we definitely enjoyed it more by going with some friends. And admission was free, though there are certainly plenty of other parts that cost money.
Water park--Didn't happen. It's over an hour away, and we just never had the time or energy to pull it off.
eXciting water games--We invited some friends over one hot afternoon and enjoyed doing water balloons and other water games.
Yogurt shop--Always a treat, though pricey!
Zoo--See water park. =) But I do plan on us going this fall.
So there you have it, more glimpses into our summer!