Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Summertime Wrap-Up & A Giveaway

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The thunderstorm that blew through this morning, leaving 60 degree temperatures in its wake, let us know, in no uncertain terms, that summer is coming to a close. While I welcome the crisp air of fall and the comfort of falling back into a regular routine, I already miss the carefree days of summer and hearing the kids' voices around the house during the day. While we did not go on any big trips this year, we enjoyed several camping trips, hours at the pool, fabulous fireworks displays, and plenty of time on our backyard swings.

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One of the greatest joys my husband and I experienced this summer was watching our two boys become more independent and self-assured. They spent hours at the side of the lake, fishing rods in hand, practicing their casts until their lines fell just right.

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Our eldest son decided to set a personal goal of increasing his cycling mileage each week. He now straps my husband's GPS running watch on his wrist and rides a loop around our neighborhood, clocking anywhere from 5 to 13 miles each time.

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There were several days that we headed to the park, picnic in hand, and spent several hours lying on the blanket, climbing trees, and rolling down grassy hills.

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That's right, there is not a lot of sitting around when two active boys are around. With all of the energy they burn, we are sure to feed them a hearty breakfast each morning. We have read many times that important nutrients are consumed during breakfast and are essential to maintaining a healthy body. While we do enjoy breakfasts of waffles, eggs and bacon, or breakfast burritos about once per week, our day typically starts with cereal, fresh fruit, and low-fat milk.

While camping, we usually indulge in one breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla. On the other mornings, however, cereal is our go-to meal. It is easy, quick, and allows the boys to get down to the lake as quickly as possible. Those are the mornings my husband and I love. We get to sit at the campsite, coffee and tea in hand, and watch the boys work diligently to catch our dinner.

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135 comments:

Mami2jcn said...

My favorite memory from this summer was our trip to Myrtle Beach.

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KaHolly said...

The hightlight of my summer was kayaking among the migrating shorebirds in Cape Breton. They didn't mind my presence at all. I was able to sit quietly among them when my boat beached on their sandbar and get lots of beautiful photographs. ~karen

traciet said...

Water parks and roasting marshmellows in the backyard! tracietrump@yahoo.com

Mama Spark said...

I had 2 things that were memorable this summer. My daughter participated in her first triathalon and I went with her. It was a wonderful weekend in Traverse City with my oh so grown up (22yo) daughter. The second thing was a few days away with my hubby in the heart of Amish country (Berlin Ohio) just the 2 of us. Great giveaway!
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Heather said...

I was able to enjoy the great weather with my 9 month old twin girls! WE found out they LOVE the water and spent as much time as possible in the pool and the lake! They looked adorable in their matching swimsuits and floaties..I could not ask for a better summer as a first time mom!

Tabathia said...

My favorite memory this summer has been the weekend we spent at Carolina Beach we really enjoyed our first visit there and loved the park
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Melissa R said...

Favorite moments this year was we learned some new boardgames and tried to play them every week. It was great quality family time together. Plus stepdaughter learned some new things from it


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Jenny B said...

I LOVED taking my children to the beach for the first time this summer. We had an amazing time and look forward to many more family vacations!
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swisspotluck said...

One particularly fun memory was this weekend with the girls at the State Fair. The eldest placed third in the State Spelling Bee. I was so proud of her for even making it there in the first place.

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Kate said...

Camping, hiking and canoeing with my friends, fiance and our dogs! Doesn't get any better than that.

Nicole said...

We took a beautiful trip to the Oregon coast this year and went to lots of parks and the zoo!

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Kerry said...

We spent an entire week on the lake this summer - we loved it!
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mom2boys said...

Best memory is going the the beach and camping. Watching my kids have so much fun and getting to spend time with them!!!

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Just call me b said...

I think my fave summer moment was our very spontaneous trip to the beach. Great memories!

Anonymous said...

My favorite part of the summer was having my kids with me which doesn't happen very often.

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bleatham said...

My favorite memory this summer was learning about my daughter scrapbooking and chatting together!
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Getting to reconnect with my tween daughter...PRICELESS

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Ali said...

I loved taking my baby on walks. Also, hiking and camping, basically just being outside and enjoying the nice weather.

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sy said...

definitely the food, we made parfaits with berries and melons, they were so tasty.
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sy said...

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Carolsue said...

Our trip to Disneyland was our favorite event this summer. We even had breakfast with Mickey one morning!
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jennjp0518 said...

One of my favorite mements was when my husband and i walked aound Knoebels Amusement park and just enjoyed the sights!
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jennjp0518 said...

I have had tons of memories that love this year. Swimming, amusement parks, etc. but my favorite, im sure is coming up when i go to the outer banks with my husbands family. we go every year, and i love it!
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AStarrA said...

Didn't get to really go anywhere but did lots of library visits, swimming and just hanging out
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Wander said...

Time with my teen kids!
We camped. We stole a golfcart (not REALLY stole it...but sorta).
Got same golfcart stuck at the bottom of a HUGE hill!
Had to push it up.
We laughed so hard!

We will never forget that crazy day!

Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

Going to the pool with the kids. They had a ton of fun!

Anonymous said...

My favorite memory was going home to where I lived as a teen, to attend my niece's wedding. The setting was within a giant city park and while setting up the PA system, we noticed a pair of Canada geese standing by the trellis where the bride and groom would exchange their vows. My first thought was that Canada Geese mate for life and that was a very good omen to have them present on your wedding day!

KimW said...

We went to Disneyland and it was my 5 yrs son's first time. We had a blast!

Betty N said...

My favorite summer family moments are when my grandkids come to visit...just talking with them and playing with them is so enjoyable

Barbarawr said...

There was ONE night this entire summer when my son wasn't working and my daughter wasn't out doing some theater thing, so we all ate popcorn and played Apples to Apples

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*LLL with Leslie* said...

My favorite memory was going to Sea World for my b-day.

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Kelly Massman said...

My favorite memory from summer is trying to find the Big Red lighthouse in Holland, Michigan!
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Nicole said...

My favorite moment was taking our daughter and son to the new city pool and watching our daughter develop a love of the water. She started out a bit timid at first, but after a few times, she was swimming under water.
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sisinpacific said...

my favourite summer memory was taking my kids on the "big" rollercoasters for the first time at Canada's wonderland. Now they to know the joys of falling 40 stories and propelling through the air upside down. It was awesome and nauseating all at once.

Deb said...

This summer I got to take my boys to my parents summer house for the weekend and we had a ton of fun. We went blueberry picking, fishing, boating and swimming. It was great time to spend with my both my kids and my parents.

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Kristin said...

My favorite memory is bring our daughter home from China! Now we are a family of 5 and are blessed!

Racingjourno said...

My favorite memory was hanging out with my cousins at there vacation house.

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Some Lucky Dog said...

My favorite summer memory involves hours at the lake swimming and jumping off the dock with our grandsons!

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Renee' Simmons said...

being able to spend time with my mom during her masectomy this summer, that she wasn't alone in the process of healing.

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Susan C. said...

A long, slow walk through our neighborhood that ended with a stop at the ice cream shop!

Tracey said...

We took a family vacation to the mountains of TN. It was beautiful!!

Tracey said...

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stacythemagnificentmommy said...

my favorite memory was watching my husband play with our kids in the backyard.
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Betty N said...

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amweeks said...

My favorite moment was cheering my 10 yr old daughter on at Jr Olympics (the FL state swim championship)! She had qualified to swim the 100 Butterfly and did great!

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Lori A. said...

My favorite memory is a getaway weekend with my hubby at our favorite B&B.
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Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach said...

We loved camping by the lake. We also loved swimming! It was so fun!

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Jen said...

Gotta say my favorite memory this summer was spending the Fourth of July with my family for the first time since I was a little girl. Fun!

Amber said...

Ooh awesome, looks like your boys had a great time! We went camping, ate lots of smores, and we had a Candyland themed birthday party for our oldest!

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JC said...

The highlight of my summer was camping with my family. Breakfast in the early morning by the cabin and tent was fabulous.

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Henria O. said...

Our favorite family moments were watching our 10 month old become mobile and take her first real walking steps!
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LAMusing said...

The 4th of July was a really nice day!
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Norma said...

I really enjoyed going to watch our friend play ice hockey - it was funny "bundling up" in summer!
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Kristi said...

We had many great family moments at the beach.

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Georgia said...

Roasting marshmallows and popping popcorn over the fire at night!
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Anonymous said...

Sitting around the fire, drinking coffee and talking with my dear husband! These are a few of my favorite things!

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daveg0929 said...

My brother and sister came for a visit. Hadn't been together for 13 years.

susan1215 said...

We swam a lot this Summer and went to visit out families. It was nice to see everyone.

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Eva said...

Going to Sixflags was the best part of my summer!
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Amy said...

Every summer the whole month of August is dedicated to my husband's family's family reunion. I love seeing all of his brothers and sisters and their families. My son LOVES playing with all his cousins! As an added bonus this August we also we able to travel to San Diego to visit my family for a week while my husband attended the APA convention. We went to the beach, the San Diego Zoo, ate awesome sushi, saw our car get smashed (no one was in it thankfully!), and drove home in a rental. Aside from the last couple things it was an awesome trip.

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Rowell Owl said...

A favorite memory of mine was my son and I planting our very first flower bulbs in our new house. We chose a hot day, but got it done!

Anonymous said...

we loved having breakfast on our cruise ship to alaska this summer! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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Janine said...

Our favorite family moment was our big Fourth of July get together during our visit to Southern California this past summer.
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Deb ~ tnshadylady said...

My sister and I went to an outdoor music festival together, just the two of us, and we had a marvelous time!

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James said...

my best memory of the summer was attending the Tigers & White Sox game at Comerica Park

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Deanna G. said...

My favorite memory was gettin' the house cleaned up :)

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marybug2 said...

Having a family picnic at Kensington Park and seeing my cousins that I hadn't seen in a long time
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PauleyD said...

My favorite family moment this summer was when we went camping and visited our grandparent’s family farm and rode horses and milked cows.
My favorite breakfast moment was cooking free range eggs from the farm. I guarantee you they taste better than the ones you get from the grocery store.

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won said...

Favorite memory was hanging out with friends at the campsite.

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Amy said...

My favorite family moment this summer was being able to pick up my niece in Florida and take her with us to our big family reunion because my sister and her husband just couldn't make it this year. We had a great time with her along for the ride.

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Elaine said...

Going to the PHilippines and Hong Kong.

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Shel said...

Our entire family got together at my brother's house for a cookout/game night. We had a blast laughing and talking. Money was tight this year for all of us and nobody took a vacation but it was much more fun to just enjoy each other's company. I laughed so much that night my face hurt from smiling.

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Kathryn said...

Having a pj day and hanging out around the house all day! We had so much fun.

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Carolyn G said...

favorite memory was being able to travel to NYC and see ground zero and the Statue of liberty

Matt said...

My favorite memory from this summer was our week in Wisconsin. There were so many great times spent together that week!

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DG said...

My favorite memories include building sand castles with my nieces during our day trips to the beach! :)

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carmen said...

celebrating 3 years of marriage!

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Anonymous said...

One of my favorite memories this summer was when our son came home from college for the week and our family of 4 went to Disneyland together. To have our family whole again and to watch thier faces take in the fireworks that night, I know I whispered my Thanks many times that night.

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wigget said...

i had a nice time this summer visiting the village fire station with the boys

Crystal Escobar said...

My favorite memory of this summer was my romantic weekend getaway with my husband. We celebrated 6 years together, and wanted to have some special alone time without the kids. We went up to our cabin for three days. It was amazing! And our first time ever without the kids.

Jennifer (Savor) said...

Driving my kids down to south carolina.....I was the lone driver too!

katychick said...

my favorite mrmory was taking my kids to the beach for the first time- the loved the waves....
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Lori said...

Hiking while camping or our Tahoe vacation were the high points to our summer!
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Hannah said...

My favorite memory of the summer was hiking as a family in the rain at the top of the mountain. It was totally miserable, but right as we were turning back we saw a moose family eating wildflowers. It was spectacular. Totally once in a lifetime experience!

Katie said...

I had a 2 week vacation on Cape Cod with my family, including my 11 YO daughter and my 1 YO son. Lots of water time, seeing both of them enjoy it in their own different ways. Lazy dinners on the deck, lobster, ice cream, onion rings, gorgeous sunsets...it was fantastic.

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Natalie said...

My favorite memory from this summer was when my 12yo son hit a home-run (over-the-fence & out-of-the-park) during his baseball playoffs. He went on to hit a couple more homers and was awarded with the Most-Improved and MVP awards! A proud moment for this mom :)
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Terri said...

It was wonderful when my husband and I flew to Charleston for our son's graduation and got to take him out to breakfast!
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JJ said...

We all had so much fun this summer but the 4th of July party with the kids was the best

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Liz said...

My favorite memory from this summer is our family reunion. We hadn't all gotten together in about 20 years so it was so fun to see everyone at once. We hung out, played games, had a big picnic, went swimming, and ate delicious food.

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C's Mommy said...

The best part of this summer was watching my little miracle experience summer for the first time. He is 3 now and has missed every summer by being in the hospital. But this summer he got to swim and go to birthday parties and play outside. Truly my little miracle!

Carol said...

The best part of my summer is all pool related... Fourth of July pool party and cookout with lots of relatives and lots of swimming the rest of the summer--relaxing and no pressure.

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Dianne Erskine said...

My favorite summer memory was camping with a bunch of at-risk kids who had never camped before. In a few short days, they'd bonded with nature and their lives were changed! (My second favorite memory was summitting Mt. Kilimanjaro this summer!)