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Summertime Fun


Here’s the ultimate question: what do you remember most about your summers as a child?

Is it being chauffeured around town from one organized activity to the next? Did you spend an hour every day doing school packets for extra credit on the first day back? Did you get a couple hours at the park while Mom watched near-by lest anything happen?

If you’re my age, or born anytime before the mid to late 1980s, then probably not. Maybe you did do Little League or went on a scouting camp out, but you probably didn’t have a new activity to do every single day, the rest of the time spent supervised by an adult.

Melissa Fenton wrote an article, Top 10 Ways to Give Your Kid a 1970s Summer, at mommypage.com, and it’s pure genius.

She says, ” I am done with all the forced smile-inducing, uber planned and supervised, over-the-top summer life experiences I am supposed to provide for my kids.” [her emphasis]

I hear ya, Melissa. Although I was just a baby at the end of the 1970s, I strive to give my kids the kind of summers I had in the 80s/90s. Her top 10 list matches mine pretty darn close. I’ll let her explain: Read more…

FOBTY…summer drink

You Are a Banana Smoothie

You are friendly and popular without even trying to be. People just like you.
You are easy to be around and never offend everyone. You’re quite mild.

You have a warm demeanor, and many people find you to be inviting.
You are sympathetic and kind. You have a soft spot in your heart for everyone.

Pretty accurate, and yummy looking.
My favorite summer drink to make is a frozen fruit smoothie. Mostly OJ with about 1/4 pineapple juice and a plash of lemon or lime juice. Then add frozen peaches, strawberries and maybe some raspberries and blend. The frozen fruit thickens the drink so no need for ice. No yogurt or sugar either…it’s all fruit. I drool just thinking about it.

summer plans…

I have none. I plan to enjoy the lazy days of summer without having to get up early to take the kids to school and after school activities. We’ll open the pool and the kids will swim and I’ll tan and relax. I can’t wait.

scrapbook page of the day

This is one of my all time favorite layouts.  I took the picture on 6.6.06 (which I didn’t even realize until I went to scrap it, lol).  It was a fun day at Brady’s Run Park.  We let the kids play in the creek.  This is my middle daughter, Brenna, running back to the car.  I cropped the photo so that all the clutter at the top (the playground and parking lot) were out of the pic.  That gave it a panoramic feel.

Simple Joys

I just put it on the white background with the black border (top and bottom), the title and the little green circle stamps (the black border around is just for the site so you can see the edges).

I just loved how her pink dress pops against the bright green grass.

random thought of the day…7.28.08

Forgetting sunblock is a bad thing.

Thirty-one years old…you would think I would know better by now.  But no…………of all the days I forget sunblock today had to a real scorcher.  It didn’t feel that hot out but there were no clouds and after I got out of the pool I was drying on the lounge and it was just so nice and the kids went inside and I just laid there.

Yeah, dummy, guess what happens when you lay out in the blazing sun with now sunblock.  I’m a moron.  Now my back is itchy and my arms feel like they are on fire.  Blah.

scrapbook page of the day

Just finished this one.  I got the layout design at pencillines.com.  I usually don’t do real cluttered and/or bright layouts but I kind of had fun.  I learned how to use levels to fix my photos so I applied that knowledge to the papers as well.  The original colors were fine but I used a tattered paper template and that kind of faded/grayed thema  bit and they lost their vibrancy so I used levels to bring that back.

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