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This pretty much sums up summer…swimming, smiling, and bewildered pets who were smothered with attention from doting children.
Now that autumn has settled in, it’s time to look back and see how summer went for us. For one, it was over in a blink of an eye. For two, it was pretty amazing. Here’s how we fared on our list of summer goals…๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š 

The Rehomesteaders 2019 Summer Bucket List

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We swam and we swam and we swam, from Nebraska to Michigan to our own backyard.
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She had to choose a Barbie book…
Everybody completed the summer reading program!
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We had several pen pals over the summer, mostly grandparents and cousins.y-8155710
One of our favorite pastimes…catching fireflies!
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We found a garage sale in the neighborhood right behind our house. Score!
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We had some wonderful time out in nature, taking lots of hikes as a family and with our twin cousins.
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We LOVE going to the melodrama at Mahoney State Park in Nebraska.y-3154357
Saw Saturn, Jupiter, and the moon at the observatory in Nebraska.y-9351779
After all the rain, we had a streak of hot, dry weather, which meant the sprinkler got some good use.
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Spent lots of time in the kitchen, learning how to cook!
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Tally-ho!
We spent lots of time on horseback, doing everything from intensive riding lessons to leisurely walking around the farm.
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We played at PLENTY of parks.
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Ate at the Tastee Food Truck in Lincoln, NE!
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Had lots of fun smearing shaving cream onto the table.
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We caught lots of frogs, toads, crawdads, turtles, tortoises, and bugs this summer.
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We had several bonfires, always with friends and family, and always with s’mores in abundance. ๐Ÿคค
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Shared some scary stories with the kids from one of my favorite childhood books. ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ˜ฑ
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Each girl had a turn or two honing their inner Julia Child and making dinner for the family.
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Grandma rented an industrial-sized cotton candy machine. It was INCREDIBLE.

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The older girls got to go to a bike park with their church friends! First time mountain biking and they had a blast!
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We celebrated the end of summer and return to school with water balloon games with friends.
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Had several watermelon seed spitting contests…I’d like to point out ‘M’ is for MOM! I win!
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Even better than getting donuts…we made donuts. ๐Ÿคค
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A new snow cone and slushie place opened up near us…we’ve gone so many times. ๐Ÿ˜‚
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Had plenty of mani-pedis.
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Picnicking is as easy as throwing a blanket out on the yard and dragging dinner outside.
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Didn’t make it to a fun run, but we ran together. Whether or not it was fun was subjective. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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A friend spent the summer campaigning, so we got to be in a couple of parades to help out.

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Made more than a few batches of ice cream. Chocolate peanut butter cookie dough ice cream, anyone?
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Everyone had a tour of several firetrucks!
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Had a couple of chances to eat with Jack. I promise, we were happy about it! ๐Ÿ˜‚
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The kids took it upon themselves to make their own mud clay pots.
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Everyone helped me make yogurt, bread, muffins, and loads of other snacks and treats. Every day was Home Economics.

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As a side note, we decided to start a last-minute sticker chart with more “practical” goals for the summer–reading scriptures, reading for fun, exercising, and math/school sheets, so their brains didn’t turn into total mush.

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I was pleasantly surprised how gung-ho the kids were about filling up their extra summer chart. Everyone accomplished what they set out to do and now each of them gets to choose a special activity to do with just Mom or Dad.

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I love it when they read to each other. ๐Ÿ’•

But, like every list of goals I’ve ever had, I rarely am able to accomplish everything I plan. The things we didn’t get done because of time constraints will be done another time. But as far as summers go, I think we had a pretty fantastic one! How was yours?
Here’s what we didn’t do…yet:
  • Go camping
  • Make a new Family Home Evening Chart
  • Go to an outdoor concert
  • Go to a movie
  • Go to a rodeo
  • Hide painted rocks around town
  • Paint river rocks
  • Paint something together to hang in our home
  • Make a fun craft
  • Make jewelry
  • Write a book together
  • Make popcorn balls
  • Go on a slip and slide
  • Make rock candy
  • Make saltwater taffy
  • Make slime
  • Throw a tea party
  • Go to a splash pad
  • Play Ghost in the Graveyard and/or Kick the Can
  • Go on a train ride
  • Make edible necklaces
  • Start piano lessons
  • Sew a skirt
  • Go to an orchard
  • Go bowling
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