QOTW......Summer check-in......

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QOTW......Summer check-in......
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Tue, 07-07-2009 - 12:11pm
How's everyone's summer been going? What fun things have you been doing? Were they free/low cost? Who's been on vacation already and who's still going somewhere? Just curious how the summer has been treating all of you!
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Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 07-07-2009 - 12:37pm

The summer's been a little crazy. DD#2(7-yo) just got done with T-Ball Season, I didn't even keep track of all the $$ we spent on concessions. At least $4-5 a game. We're not planning a vacation this summer, but we will be going to the summer camp we always volunteer at for a week. The older DDs get to go to their own week of summer camp.


We went to the county fair on Sunday and spent $160 (wristbands for rides and food - oh the yummy food). We had a good time and we always try to set this money aside because we always go each summer. The kids love it and it was really fun this year with all of us riding rides. Something for everyone and no travel time or lodging expenses to pay for.


My garden is doing alright. I just found all my plants again, after weeding. Now I have bugs (little black gnat like creatures that seem to be sucking my poor tomato plants) - they don't come off when you flick the leaf, you have to squash them and then they get all over you - UGH. Quite the project.


I do find that when I get home from work if I make the effort to go outside and work in the yard, I get a lot done - like tons of stuff. Yesterday for instance, I got home at 5:45, raked up the cut grass from Sunday, loaded it into the garden cart and finished my paths (with it and newspaper) around the veggies in the garden. I then playing ball with DD#2, catching and hiting (she can hit a softball when I throw it to her better than on the T - yea!). I then assembled my new solar lights that have been sitting in the boxes still for at least a month outside, so the cardboard was all wet and yucky. Found some grass seed and seeded a few dirt spots in the yard. Found my bird feeder (but no food). Watered grass seed, had DD#3 put water in the bird bath. Water the garden.


Then inside I did 2 loads of laundry and washed (w/ the help of the younger DDs) the dishes after dinner (DH cooked), wiped the counters, buffed the stove (glass top) so it shined, did all of the girls' hair, brushed and braided. Read stories to them, tucking them into bed

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 07-07-2009 - 3:13pm

Frugally, my summer sucks.

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Wed, 07-08-2009 - 9:21am

So far our summer has been nice.

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Wed, 07-08-2009 - 11:01am

Well the summer has been busy and keeping up with the kids have become a juggling act but things are now in a nice schedule which helps

So far the only plan yet to do is go camping at least twice before summer is over,go to the local swimming pool for free but that has been on hold until my middle dd gets her stitches out of her knee on friday(the longest 2 weeks of the summer so far)

Right now everyday monday thru friday is filled with someone coming to the house for my youngest dd's wraparound services and waiting for the new Behavioral specialist to start a bedtime schedule(youngest dd who is 4yrs old has yet to go to bed without a huge meltdown/not sleeping thru the nite)so help will be here soon also she just started sensory OT until at least end of August one day a week

oldest dd did a mini cheerleadering camp and that was $30 but she did earn that ,she also has wraparound services 2 hrs a week so that is only one day,she also has her social group one day a week
Extended School Year starts next week for 4 days a week from 8:30am-2:00 pm

I also have been doing the summer reading program at the library for the girls so that is free but requires gas to get back/forth so those trips are planned in with errands in that direction

I also made a lot of much needed doctor/dental appts in the next few weeks to get everything done for the school year since phyiscals/dental forms still need to be filled out along with my oldest dd's medical forms

I have a few day trips planned but waiting to decide if the girls will enjoy them or not (these trips must be earned on their good behavior/bedtime stickers)

I have been doing great keeping the girls home and not spending that much money this summer

I have even looked over the mom's club events each month and decide which ones are the frugal ones like a trip to the zoo was free minus the gas since we have a zoo membership and I bring the food/drinks or if an event is free I try and figure out how far and how much gas is needed before making the decision to go
I have even been combining all my errands together when possible to save gas

Becky

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 07-09-2009 - 2:18pm

My summer is over! I had 1 week. But my kids summer rolls on and on.....


so far, it's been a good summer. I'm in nursing school full time, summer quarter isn't optional (I wouldn't have opted out even if I could have) So my days are super busy with classes early in the week, and household catch up plus studying at the end of the week.


We won't be traveling this summer. We had planned to camp with a family friend and take a trip over to the coast, but those plans fell through. Maybe next year. We've been to the pool once ($1 a head for each session adds up fast!) and we'll probably go back a few more times, but mostly, the kids can play in the little pool in the back

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Sat, 07-11-2009 - 7:28am

We really dont' do anything special during the summer.

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Sat, 07-11-2009 - 4:46pm

Summer's been going well (now that we actually have summer weather!). I've been on a summer grocery exile, and doing pretty good so far...but partially because we were away, lol.


We have had 2 weeks of vacation. The first week, we did a "staycation," and went to an amusement park, the beach, the zoo, and a museum.


This past week, we went to Gettysburg and the PA Dutch Country. I had never been to Gettysburg before - what a wonderful place! I learned so much there, and we had a terrific time. In Lancaster, we did some shopping, went through the Amazing Maize Maze, took



 

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 07-13-2009 - 11:45pm
go to the better homes and garden site or P allen smith site they both say it is not to late to plant for the summer.
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Mon, 07-13-2009 - 11:50pm

I so feel you on the sleep issue my autistic son would not sleep at night for the longest time.

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Mon, 07-13-2009 - 11:58pm

Well I wont complain b/c the major issues this summer are of my own making except the a/c.

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