Summer Checklist – Update #3

We are just flying through this checklist. At least, it seems that way to me. We’ve been busy but I’ve also tried to keep things in balance. I’m trying very hard to not schedule too much each week. We need days where we don’t do a lot.

But, it’s also nice to get a few things done all in one day.

We’ve had many book focused days. On one of those book filled days, we went to story time at Whole Foods. It’s one of our favorite story time programs because you get the benefits of story time (books, music, a librarian who loves what she does) and the benefits of Whole Foods (they provide a snack for the kids after). After story time, we picked up some food for a picnic lunch. Yay for checking one more thing off the list.

After nap time, in which neither girl actually napped, we went to the library to make a craft and to grab some new books. Both girls are in our library’s summer reading program so we’ve been reading a lot throughout the day, not just at bed time. Although we will keep reading and we will keep going to the library, I’m going to go ahead and cross those off the list, too. 🙂

Checklist thus far:

 

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)

 

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Our Garden

This summer, as with every other summer, Ryan has worked hard to get our back yard into shape. The previous garden was removed over the course of the last couple years and grass has been planted. The previous owner had planted a huge garden in the back yard. It was nice but it was huge. It took up over half of the back yard’s space. And we have two little goofballs who need to have space to run around. We finally have a back yard for kids to play in!

This year, we added in a raised bed for some veggies. Some of the plants are doing really well in the raised bed. Although, I think that next year we might add a couple new beds so that the zucchini can have it’s own bed and so the corn can have it’s own bed, too since those two veggies are doing really well but are starting to crowd everything else.

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Photo Challenge – Curve

My girls and I took a trip to the Field Museum for their free admission day. It was a very fun day! I took a lot of pictures but this really caught my eye. This overlooks the main hall. If you take a couple steps toward the center of this opening, you can see right into the hall. And, you can see how many people are in line to get in. (So glad that we got there early!)

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Summer Checklist – Update #2

The last couple weeks have been pretty busy. We’ve been very go, go, go around here. On that one hand, it’s good to be busy and the girls like to do lots of stuff. But, sometimes, especially with younger kids, you just need to have a day when you do absolutely nothing. That’s what happened last week. Big girl and little girl were both fighting on the couch. Pushing, kicking. Big girl ran off to their bedroom and slammed the door. When she eventually came out, she had a book that she wanted me to read.

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She may not always have the words to fully explain how she’s feeling, but I got the gist of it pretty quickly. She was frustrated and I was pretty certain that it stemmed from a lack of sleep. So, as a group, we decided to make the day a pajama day. Couch time, coloring, movies, and pizza delivery for dinner.

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Sometimes you just need those kinds of days. Big girl loved pajama day! But now, she wants to have pajama day all of the time…..

 

Summer checklist update thus far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)

Summer Checklist – Update #1

We’ve been able to update our summer checklist some. One of our favorite things to do during the summer is to go and see a movie. During the summer months, many movie theaters have cheap matinees of older kids films.

One of my faves is Studio Movie Grill. Since most of the matinees are during lunch time, when we go there we can get lunch while seeing a movie. Saves time, the kids get to eat something that they want, the grown up food isn’t bad, and when we get home it’s time for nap. Yay!

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Current checklist:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day.

Summer Checklist

As I do each summer, I come up with a checklist of things that I would like to get done this summer. This year, however, the list wasn’t really done by me. Big girl has been working on her summer to-do list since probably February. There has been a lot of “Can we do/see/make that this summer?” I’m glad that much of this list will be easy to do and many things on the list are things that we’ll probably do many times this summer.So here’s our list:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day.

Fairy Fudge – Tinkerbell Birthday

Most times, when I see recipes posted on Facebook or in my email, I’ll look at them for a few seconds and think “Hmm, I should try this one” and then I never look at it again. This was not the case when I saw the recipe for 4-Ingredient Funfetti Fudge. It helped that I was in the process of planning little girl’s birthday party. It also helped that it only took 4 ingredients and it looks super easy to do.

It came together super quickly and it really was delicious. It was a big hit at the party. Be aware: you only need a tiny piece of this fudge because it is really sweet. I originally cut it into what I thought were small pieces but then went back and cut them smaller.

I also added way more sprinkles than the recipe called for. When it says to top with extra spinkles “if you like” well, I apparently liked that a lot because I basically poured most of the remainder of the jar on top. I think that it looked festive and actually gave the fudge a little crunch.

Mmmmmmmm.....sprinkles.....

Mmmmmmmm…..sprinkles…..