Summer 2013 Bucket List

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  We have finalized our summer list. Tomorrow is the first day that we can start working on crossing things off.  September 6th will be the last day to finish anything on the list. We are hoping to accomplish everything but in reality we probably won’t. Still we think it is fun to discuss what to put on the list and then to mark things off. I am planning on updating a couple of times this summer what we get done. So whether you are cheering us on or you enjoy seeing what we don’t actually do here is the list of 150.


  1. Memorize Psalm 119:1-5
  2. Daisy Chain
  3. Catch bugs
  4. Build a fort indoors
  5. Write a book
  6. Invent something
  7. Kids make dinner
  8. Memorize Psalm 119:6-10
  9. Paper airplanes
  10. Play Settlers of Catan
  11. Shadow puppets
  12. Flubber
  13. Canasta
  14. Memorize Psalm 119:11-15
  15. Press flowers
  16. Bad mitten
  17. Origami
  18. Basketball
  19. Thumb Print Art
  20. Smore’s
  21. Family movie night
  22. Memorize Psalm 119:16-20
  23. VBS
  24. Soccer
  25. Snipe hunt
  26. Sword drill
  27. Swimming
  28. Pick strawberries
  29. Memorize Psalm 119:21-25
  30. Make strawberry Jam
  31. Library reading program
  32. Fishing
  33. Zoo
  34. Make Popsicles
  35. Sparklers
  36. Memorize Psalm 119:26-30
  37. 4th of July Parade
  38. Beach
  39. Portland Children’s Museum
  40. Picnic in Park
  41. Can green beans
  42. Marion County Fair
  43. Memorize Psalm 119:31-35
  44. Solar Cooker
  45. Creek Walk
  46. Camp in Back yard
  47. Monopoly
  48. Freeze Corn
  49. Banana Grams
  50. Memorize Psalm 119:36-40
  51. Pick Raspberries
  52. Play dough
  53. Hike
  54. Bike Ride
  55. Fondue
  56. Bowling
  57. Memorize Psalm 119:41-45
  58. Make cookies
  59. Pick Blueberries
  60. Make Christmas ornament
  61. Collages
  62. Bubbles
  63. Pick Apples
  64. Memorize Psalm 119:46-50
  65. New School Schedule
  66. Paper Mache
  67. Pick Blackberries
  68. Star Gazing
  69. Lego Creations
  70. Paint
  71. Memorize Psalm 119:51-55
  72. Water War
  73. Can pickles
  74. Make Ice Cream
  75. Spa Day
  76. Sew Something
  77. Invent a game
  78. Memorize Psalm 119:56-60
  79. Nature Walk
  80. Write a Letter
  81. Baseball
  82. Deep Clean House
  83. Scrapbook Day
  84. Read Johnny Tremain
  85. Memorize Psalm 119:61-65
  86. Play tourist in Albany
  87. Tea Party
  88. Have Lilly over
  89. Recover Notebooks
  90. Green Smoothies
  91. Baking Soda/Vinegar Volcanoes
  92. Memorize Psalm 119:66-70
  93. Fudgesicles
  94. Camping
  95. Make Salsa
  96. Volleyball
  97. TV free week
  98. Leap Frog
  99. Memorize Psalm 119:71-75
  100. Sundial
  101. Boil water in leaf
  102. Hobo stew
  103. Cool Pool
  104. Potluck
  105. Scavenger Hunt
  106. Homemade glow in the dark bottle
  107. Memorize Psalm 119:76-80
  108. Nerf war
  109. Elephant Ears
  110. Family Picture
  111. Plant Garden
  112. Make yogurt
  113. Chocolate Play Dough
  114. Memorize Psalm 119:81-85
  115. Read Stuart Little
  116. Potty Train Lydia
  117. Kids make a movie
  118. Read Wind in the Willows
  119. Create a Memory Pottery
  120. Memorize 50 States and Capitals
  121. Visit Huttingas
  122. Memorize Psalm 119:86-90
  123. Linn County Fair
  124. Bible Trivia Game
  125. Garage Saling
  126. Read Grandmas Attic
  127. Sidewalk chalk art
  128. Watch clouds
  129. Have Leah over
  130. Wash Van
  131. Memorize Psalm 119:91-95
  132. Eat Watermelon
  133. Try a new Veggie
  134. Grow herbs
  135. Dry flowers
  136. Bird watch
  137. Make Ketchup
  138. Memorize Psalm 119:96-100
  139. Enchanted Forest
  140. Make Cards
  141. Marshmallow war
  142. Make toothpaste
  143. Fruit soup
  144. Run 3 Miles
  145. Cartwheels
  146. Weed free flower beds
  147. Picture of Garden
  148. Ooblec
  149. Parachute
  150. Hula Hoop
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Sweet Potato Casserole

Don’t tell me you don’t like sweet potatoes. These aren’t your average sweet potatoes. This is really a desert but I serve it at dinner. I received this amazing recipe from my older sister a few years back. Every time I make it people ask for the recipe. You will want to double it and freeze the extra uncooked. It is amazing and yes my sister is an amazing cook.

Sweet Potato Casserole

3 C. cooked, mashed sweet potatoes (peel and boil just like regular potatoes)

1 1/4 C. white sugar                          2 eggs

dash of cinnamon                           3/4 C. butter

1 can sweetened condensed milk

Mix ingredients well. Pour into a buttered baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F.  uncovered. Remove and sprinkle topping of

1 C. crushed Ritz crackers

1 C. chopped pecans

1/2 C. brown sugar

1/2 stick of butter

melt butter and stir in brown sugar, add Ritz and nuts – mix well until crumbly.

Bake for another 15 minutes.

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Lydia’s latest mess

Lydia had a little bit of fun while I was helping other kids try on new shoes.

a little Hershy’s syrup anyone?

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Scared of Dresses

I am scared of dresses. Or at lest I am scared of making 5 dresses by Easter. Do you realize that Easter is in four weeks?!? I took my 6 kids to the fabric store yesterday and bought the stuff to make all my girls a dress for Easter. I let them all pick out the fabric they wanted. Well except Lydia but I am sure that she agrees with my choice. Really she does agree with me when I picked it up to show her she grabbed it.

  When we got home I got really scared. I just spent a lot of money and I don’t really know how to sew. I have never put in a  zipper before. Once I made two dresses and I put  buttons on the front. I had never done buttons before either and it wasn’t as hard as I thought that it would be. So I am hoping zippers are the same, not as hard as I think. If you are going to tell that they are even harder than I think you just might need to get over here and help me out.  How about if you know how to sew you just come on over and help me out anyway?

  The fabric is in the drier properly shrinking. And then I am going to iron them. Do you know I don’t iron. Probably if you have seen my family you already knew that. So today I am going to iron more than I have in two years combined. Then tonight when all the darlings are snuggled in bed I am going to cut out the fabric for one dress. I only have to sew one and a fourth dresses a week to get this done in time. I also bought some PUL fabric to make Lydia some new diaper covers and a wet bag.

Oh, I think the drier is done. I better dust off my iron and find my ironing board.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

I have been getting a lot of requests for this recipe so I thought that I would share it here. Even though all of the recipes that I have posted thus far are very sweet I promise I do eat healthier fair most of the time.

Sweet Potato Casserole

3C. cooked and mashed Sweet potato (just peal and boil like regular potatoes)
1 1/4 C. white sugar
2 eggs
Dash of cinnamon
3/4 C. butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Mix ingredients well. Pour into a butter baking dish. Bake 20 minutes at 400 uncovered. Remove from oven and sprinkle with topping of

1 C crushed cornflakes (I use Ritz crackers)
1 C. chopped pecans
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. butter
Melt butter and stir in brown sugar, add corn flakes and nuts- mix well until crumbly. Bake for another 15 minutes. Enjoy!

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Grace is 6!

Grace my sweet Grace Noel. My little christmas time finger sucking baby is 6. Six years old today. She slept through the night at 5 weeks of age, but she learned to climb out of her crib at 14m. She has given me many of scares and even more joy. I love her spunky attitude and her go get’em view on life.

Grace quit sucking her fingers for early this year but after six months I saw her sucking them again.

So I asked her, “Grace what are you doing?”

“OH, Mom,” she says, ” I was just faking you out.”

Really really Grace where do you get this stuff?

Happy 6th Birthday Grace!

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New Tradition

I am so so excited for our new tradition this year.  See my wonderful mother in law buys all the grandkids an ornament everyone gets the same ornament meaning this year we will have 6 of the same ornament on our tree. It has been suggested to me that each child get a little tree of their our but then we would have 7 trees and that isn’t really gonna happen. So I have decided each child gets a ribbon above their bed or around their bed to hang their ornaments on. I am so excited I think it turned out really cute. They each get to show off their ornaments and have some decorations in their room. It is a win-win for everyone.Elizabeth was so excited to show off her ribbon of ornaments.


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