For more frugal or free ideas for summer check out this post.
It’s SUMMER!!!!! Yippee!!
At the beginning of the summer I asked the kids what they wanted to be sure to do before it’s cold again.
Their ideas are on here, plus other things that we’ve done in years past & will probably do again.
It doesn’t take money to have fun!. Here’a list of some of the things we do for fun… and they cost little to no money!
*BACKYARD WATER PARK– Besides the hose on the slide, we use zip ties to hold a fat pool noodle to the top of the swing set and then poked holes in it and slid the hose inside it. The kids would swing and it would “rain” on them! They thought it was great!
We make an afternoon of it! Park down the street & walk in the pretty city, play in the water, take silly pictures, eat the snacks we’ve packed then sit in the sunshine with the beach towels before we walk back to the car.
*SLIP & SLIDE -use an old shower curtain liner, a squirt of liquid dish soap & a hose. A hill isn’t even required.
*DISH PAN POOL FOR TODDLERS – back in the early 1980’s (hey, no comments!) I worked at daycare center. The toddlers loved it when filled dish pans with water and put them out on the sunny deck. Then gave them little cups & toys. Happiness!
*HOMEMADE ICE CREAM…. in a BAG!!! ice cream in a bag
*HOMEMADE SLURPEE I used this recipe but substituted generic Sprite instead of Club Soda
*THEME DAYS – Basically anything becomes special when you build on a theme. For example,declare that it’s “Bubble Day.” Eat pancakes made with club soda, make homemade bubbles and giant things to blow them through. Drink pop! (horror of horrors! NO! Your child won’t be permentantly damaged if they drink pop occasionally.) Have bubble blowing contests with bubble gum… And pour lots of bubble bath in the kiddie pool or bathtub! See, normal things are now totally special.
*CONCERTS and MOVIES in the PARK
So many parks have free things to offer in the summer. If you’re in The D check out these sites.
Campus Martius Park, free movie nights (thanks for this info, Nicole)
New Center Park, Jazz concerts and movie nights
*VISIT MUSEUMS on FREE DAYS
Detroit Institute of Art is free to Detroit residents on Fridays. Guess when we go? 🙂
Henry Ford Museum Free Days
Ann Arbor Museum Group Free Day (haven’t tried this one)
Adventure Pass through the library system Adventure Pass
Museums Days sponsored by Bank of America
*Neighborhood Art Show – There’s so many options. Ask your kids for ideas!
*MAKE A picnic BLANKET and use it!
(I haven’t done this, but it’s on my “to-do-someday” list.)
*LATE NIGHT SNACKS OUTSIDE – a regular snack is special if you get to stay up late and eat it outside. The whole neighbor is different when it’s dark (especially when you’re in Detroit! ha!)
*SCAVENGER HUNT in weird places… like in the grocery store or anywhere that it normally sorta boring. I’ve make up random scavenger hunts for the Free museums so that no one could say that it was “boring!” They had a great time & asked to do it again.
*LOCAL LAKES & BEACHES– ’nuff said! 🙂
*FREE KIDS BOWLING all summer at various bowling centers across the country
*SAVE FOR THE BIG REWARD – We live in Michigan where we get money for cans, so we’re collecting them saving “pop can return money for a museum membership that we really want to visit. Also, loose change and random money found in pockets, etc, is put into the little yellow container. Hopefully by the fall we’ll have enough for the membership & can enjoy it during the colder months.
What do you enjoy in the summer that costs little or no money?
Some people say “Talk to the hand” when they’re done talking. I choose to let my hand do the talking while we were on vacation.
Instead of tweeting with words I just posted the “hand pictures.” And really, enough was said. Less was more.
How many times do I say too much?…
Give too many details?…
Lose the attention of those to whom I’m speaking?
Probably pretty often.
My hands (actions) need to speak louder than my words.
My blogs might be even shorter, too.
As you look over my “vacation” blog… think of what your actions are saying to others.
My family says I talk to myself, but I prefer to
think of it was “thinking out loud!” But either
way, here’s what I’ve been thinking…
-Vacations … I just can’t say enough about them
– A vacation should most definately be more than a week, cuz it’s takes several
days to unwind and then several at the end to pack up & clean up. So you need
-The ocean rocks… well, to be exact it “rolls.” hee hee
-Having more than one swimsuit is nice (first time ever)
-I can’t imagine retirement… which is good, I guess, since it’s several decades away
– My kids love the water… they take after their Dad. I prefer the beach, a good book,
tan/sunscreen lotion and a large ice tea (in the foam cup I’ve saved from Chick-fil-a)
– If new habits can be formed in 21 days… I better be careful, this vacation thing
could be hard to break
– I’ve played Speed, Uno, Skipo, War, Checkers everday
with one or more of my kids. They crack me up
-My kids can talk some serious smack when we play games – I have
NO idea where they get it! 🙂
-Seafood is good… and…. I keep trying to LOVE it.
Right now I’m still at a good solid, “LIKE”
– Seashells fascinate me. I cannot stop picking them up
-Although I’ve collected several zillions shells over the years,
this is the first time I’ve actually made them into a craft… and already
have the supplies to make more. Yay me – who usually has ideas bigger
than her abilities & time! hee hee
-I’ve started thinking about the upcoming school year… and I’m excited…
– My sweet friend lost her brother in an accident while I’ve been outa state.
The night, when I’m staring out the window at the huge, dark ocean, I cry.
For her. Her family. And pray for God’s mercy in all those situations.
-Having time away from the “norm” causes me to hug & snuggle more,
play more, think more, laugh more, read more, thank more and
praise Jesus continually!
Lunch- Grilled Bread Salad
Dinner- Hamburgers on Grill, Corn
Lunch-Deli Sandwiches, Carrots
Lunch- Grilled Cheese, Fruit
Dinner- Grilled Pineapple Chicken, Rice
Lunch- Broccoli Cheese Smashed Potatoes
Dinner- Crockpot Meatballs, Spaghetti
Lunch-Steak Salad with grilled french fries
Dinner- Mac & Cheese (homemade)
Lunch- Homemade W. Wheat Pizza
Dinner- Messy Max’s (aka- Sloppy Joes)
More ideas are on this Menu site
Our beautiful, creative & generous friend, Jennifer, gives art classes as a gift to her neighborhood children… and she invites my kids, too. This year Max was old enough to join in the fun… he counted the days between classes. This is a quick picture overview of his art show at the end of the summer classes (including the tie-dye shirt he’s wearing in the last picture). Thank you, Jennifer!
There’s a zillion other people posting pics today. Wordless Wednesday
Our baby girl is now 11 years old.
spunky, full of life, loves Jesus, full of ideas, creativity, songs, watching out
for her younger brothers, keeping her older sisters on their toes,
dancing, cooking, trying new things, unintimidated, confident,
aware of others, reads her Bible every night, cracks us up, a lovely person I totally love being with!… and much more!
She created a Chocolate Ice Cream Layered Cup-O-Cake for her celebration.
Here’s how she did it… in pictures!
And, as part of the fun, everyone dipped pretzel rods into yummy
chocolate and decorated them with colorful sprinkles. Then later
each person took home their tasty treat! (except for a couple people
who forgot theirs… and we accidentally ate them after lunch today)
Lunch- Layered Chicken Salad
Lunch- Taco Bowls
Dinner- Mac & Cheese
Lunch- Ramen Noodle Salad
Dinner- Grilled Steaks, Gr. Beans, Skillet Corn Bread
Lunch – Messy Max’s (Sloppy Joe’s) on Buns
Dinner- Creamy Chicken & Asparagus
Lunch- Deviled Eggs, Fruit Salad
Dinner- Tacos with homemade Tortillas
Lunch- Deli Meat Sandwiches, Carrots
SUNDAY- BBQ Chicken in the Crockpot over Rice, veggie salad
Lunch- Meatballs in the Crockpot, w.wheat spaghetti, broccoli
Dinner-Giant Pita Pizzas
Today as i walked out our front door I noticed that our daughter’s car was gone.
Stolen. Right out of our driveway!
My husband stayed home to wait for the police to arrive while the kids & I went a few blocks down the street to share the love of Jesus with other people in our city.
Although we’re totally bummed about the car (and have shed a few tears), today was REALLY about wonderful people who shared the love of Jesus in creative ways with some other wonderful people in our city.
Balloons (notice the monkey in the palm tree on R)
Snacks, ice pops & drinks
A big dog named, Buddy Lots more games
Old Fashioned Cake Walk – sorta like musical chairs minus the chairs & plus the cakes as prizes! mmm
Water Games “Tatoos”
Lots more games Oversized games
Illustration about Jesus washing away our sins
Kids responding to the Love of JESUS!
This is the city God has called us to.
I LOVE Detroit!