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summer fun

Lessons from a Kindness Scavenger Hunt

Friday night, we finished off our Button Project summer adventure with a kindness scavenger hunt. All summer, we’ve been doing activities with my girls and their friends that focus on how small acts of kindness can make a difference in another person’s life. Our scavenger hunt consisted of 20 items, most of which were random … Continue reading »

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First Friday: When Summer Showers You With Potting Soil

I remember the day the sprinkler-in-his-head giraffe came to live at our house. Well, I sort of remember.  Okay, so maybe not the day.  But I think I can at least name the season. Fall? Winter? Or was it Christmas? Mercy. Okay, so I overstated. I actually only remember some non-summery, non-spring time of the … Continue reading »

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What Does Summer Look Like?

We had our first official at-home day of summer break yesterday — and it did not go well. After 10 days of being constantly entertained during our vacation, my girls had a hard time settling into a routine. I always forget how difficult these first few days of summer are for everyone. I work from … Continue reading »

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Jello Fight

  I’m taking some time off this week to attend our annual family reunion. This is one of my all-time favorite summertime ideas. It’s messy. It’s fun, and it teaches a great lesson. Enjoy this post and I’ll be back on Monday. We were on vacation with my extended family. For the first time, all … Continue reading »

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The Button Project: How One Button is Changing the World

Today is the last day of school and the first day of our summer adventure. Every year, I do a themed program with my girls and four of their friends. You can read about some of our past adventures here. This year, our summer adventure is called The Button Project, and we’d love to have … Continue reading »

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Getting Ready for Summer

Is it Friday yet? It’s been a long week around here, and it’s only Wednesday. I’m not just ready for Friday, I’m ready for the school year to be over. I’m ready for the lazy days of summer. I’m ready to get my kids home so I can work on building them up and regaining … Continue reading »

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Friday Introduction: Making Each Day a Celebration (Celebrate Every Day With Me)

Celebrations are part of life. Yet we tend to limit them to special occasions. I recently ran across Kristen Summers blog, Celebrate Every Day With Me, where she encourages us to celebrate all the time. She was gracious enough to agree to guest post for us today. I know you’ll enjoy her post and her … Continue reading »

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How to Cure the Mid-Summer Blues

It’s the middle of summer. My kids are getting tired of each other and tired of me. They are finding it more and more difficult to entertain themselves. This is the time of the summer when I often start looking longingly at the calendar, wondering when school starts. Everyone’s patience is thin and growing thinner … Continue reading »

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Making the Most of History

I grew up in the suburbs of Boston. History surrounded us. The American Revolution started on the greens of Concord and Lexington, just a few miles from my house. Sam Adams, John Hancock and John Adams walked the streets of Boston. Paul Revere’s house is still there. The events surrounding the founding of our country … Continue reading »

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The Best Summer Ever: A Trip to the Pool

One of our favorite things to do in the summer is to spend lazy afternoons at the pool. It’s cool and refreshing in the middle of a hot and humid Kansas summer. Because we have pool passes, it’s also cheap. The perfect combination. We go to the pool so often that the trip often becomes … Continue reading »

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