Sunday, July 14, 2013

Summer Fun

Summer is about fun and routine, yes I said routine. Knowing what to expect helps to make summer fun and run more smoothly when you have children.

Our summer routine most weekday's goes like this :

I get up at 6 , make my husband's coffee and lunch made along with getting Conner up and also do the morning chicken chores and a little weeding in my garden.

Conner heads off to drivers ed, and summer school so he is gone from 7:15 to 2 when I pick him up after I get out of work.

The next three get up, eat breakfast, and get ready for swim lessons, if there is time Aidan works a bit on school work for the day.

Off to swim lessons for the younger three and Sarah is also there working.

Sarah teaching little ones to swim she is great at it.

After lessons I drop the younger three at home and head to work, while I am gone Aidan has more school to work on, usually I leave a craft, they also have chores to do, computer time and they have lunch.

When I get home if they have gotten their chores done we either go swimming in our pool, head back to the town pool, head to the beach, so something fun. 

On Fridays things are a bit different as my husband is home that day,he takes Nolan and Kat to a youth program at the library which runs from 12:30 to 4, then he helps Aidan pick out three more books to read for the week. I stop by and pick up Conner on the way home from work and head to the library with him for both of us to pick out our books for the week. 

I find that everyone having at least 3-4 books on hand to read helps with any I am bored problems.

Then it's home for dinner and then back to the pool for Friday Night Family Fun, sometimes they have pizza, this time they had ice cream , then the pool is open and they pull out all the toys that they use in swim lessons to play with.

Ice cream Sundae's yummy, thank you to the Bainbridge Teachers Association 

       Conner working hard at the pool on Friday Fun Night

This current routine will work until Aug 8th when summer school ends and so do lessons. 

So how do you keep your kids busy in the summer ?

Saturday, July 13, 2013


This is a time of waiting in the garden, the spring veggies have been eaten and yet the summer ones are not quite ready to eat. Soon so very soon but not for today's dinner, so what is a gardener to do but pull out the cook books or in this day in age search the web.

I have plans yummy plans that are just waiting on the garden.

These peppers will be eaten in stir fry's, on pizza, and cut up and frozen for winter.

This zucchini needs to grow faster, I have very yummy plans for this one.It will be cut up breaded,and fried as a treat. Then of course there is zucchini to freeze and to bake and oh so many things.

Tomatoes,so many tomatoes are growing in the garden. BLT's, salad's, canned for winter pizza's and pasta, dried into tomato powder oh so many things.

And there is more growing corn not enough for more then a dinner, plenty of green beans, cucumbers, melons, winter squash, potatoes, kale, rutabaga, and more.

And while we wait for all of this to grow mother nature has given us these growing wild along the long driveway to enjoy.

And this year for the first time all of these seeds are heirloom seeds, so we will see how the harvest goes. The radish, lettuces, and spinach this spring were all very yummy. Looking forward to replanting them in a few weeks to see if I can get a fall harvest.

So how does your garden grow?