Summer Plans

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Summer Plans
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Thu, 05-02-2013 - 4:37pm

I know its still a good 4-7 weeks until kids get out of school depending on where you are at, but summer camp registrations are almost already full up.  What does everyone have planned for their 10-14 year old this summer.  Any family vacations already planned or in the works? 

And for those still on the board with older ones, we definitely want to hear from you also!!

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Registered: 11-06-2012
In reply to: arryl
Thu, 05-02-2013 - 10:15pm

Nothing too exciting. I will be working. In July we are heading to Ohio for our nieces wedding. At that same time I will be taking Natalie to nearby Columbus for another Justin Bieber concert. Matthew will be in summer school during June but in July he might go home with his cousin to spend a week or two with them and then the cousin, my nephew will be coming here to spend some time. 

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Registered: 07-26-1999
In reply to: arryl
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 11:49am

Well, as you can imagine we have a busy summer ahead of us! LOL!

Jordyn has a 3 day training over Memorial Day weekend for her summer job with the National Cheerleading Association.  She'll be spending the summer traveling the state to various camps to be a camp counselor and she is very excited about it.  One of her good friends and the mascot for her cheerleading team is also a counselor so they are going to do carpooling when they are assigned to the same camps.  She gets an initial schedule at her training and then they add in dates as camps fill up, so her summer is going to be very up in the air schedule wise.  Graduation is May 31st, relatives are all coming into town May 29th for the long weekend.

DH picks up stepson on June 27th for his summer visit.  He's already sulking that the high school team has  "mandatory" all summer long football practice that we are making him miss by making him visit and we are "ruining his football career," so this should be a fun summer visit... (NOT)  He'll be with us til August 7th.

We need to get Jordyn's 2 day introduction scheduled for college, there are 3 dates in the middle of July that are the cheapest flight wise, so we'll try and book one of those.   She's going on her own to this (sniff sniff).

Come August 1, we are leaving for mIchigan, her open house for relatives and friends up there is August 4th, then all of us girls in the family, as well as my parents and oldest brother, are heading up to Mackinaw Island for a few days.  I am hoping to try out windsurfing while there, Jordyn wanted to go last time her and my parents were there, but my mom wasn't quite ready to attempt it and Jordyn didn't want to go alone.  Then we'll head back to Texas for her to finish out her job, as well as have a small going away party before all the friends head off to college.  Her BF is heading to Brazil for a 2 year mission trip, so I know she will want to spend as much time with him as possible also. 

Lastly, we are planning the move back to Michigan, so as of right now the rest of August will be spent packing up the house and doing any other necessary arrangements.  Jordyn doesn't move into her dorms at college until Sept. 26th, and my brother and her are very close, so he's going to be the one taking her to move in.  They are planning a 3-4 day sightseeing road trip from Michigan to Oregon to move her in, he'll rent a car for the trip, move her in and then fly back home. 

Definitely big changes in the works for our household!!

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Registered: 07-25-2007
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 1:09pm

This summer is very up in the air still.  Last summer was focussed on packing and moving.  I'd like this summer to be more fun.  

I know we'll be continuing with school (math, lit, history, and grammar)  but it will be a half day thing and not every day.   He would like to continue with tennis lessons.  They are offered snack dab in the middle of the day twice a week.  I'm looking at a boot camp type class for him but again it is 6 weeks and middle of the afternoon once a week, but he has a friend who is interested in it too and they would have a good time.  I'm looking at diving lessons too, but those are first thing in the morning each day for only 2 weeks.   He is in 2 bowling leagues in the evening.

DS, DH and another father son pair are competing in a catapult contest in the fall.  They will be spending time thei summer developing plans, building, and trouble shooting.  It can be up to 6 feet high, long and wide, so these are big contraptions.

We've got the Gettysburg camping trip sometime and another camping trip to WI.

I know we'll spend time at the beach and waterparks.  We want to spend time getting out buttefly garden planted and maintained.   

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Registered: 07-26-1999
In reply to: arryl
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 1:21pm
Heather, a butterfly garden is my plan for next summer! I would do it this year, but knowing how hectic things will be I don't want to commit to it, and I'd hate for us to put in all the work for one and then leave it behind.
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Registered: 01-13-1999
In reply to: arryl
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 2:04pm

As usual, the kids get to do all the cool, interesting stuff.  DD and DS have their LYO retreat when school lets out the first part of June.  DD wants to go to Guatemala on a mission trip with a friend of ours who is a seminary student, DS will be going to Boy Scout camp and Jamboree.  DH will probably go out to the Jamboree site as a guest.  I will be taking 6 credits at school, possibly more, and taking care of the cabin and cabin guests.

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Registered: 01-13-1999
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 2:08pm

Sounds like you have an exciting summer!  What part of Michigan are you moving to?  The Upper Peninsula or Lower Michigan?

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Registered: 01-13-1999
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 2:09pm

Heather, what are you planting in your butterfly garden?  I have wanted one for ages, but was never sure where to start.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
In reply to: arryl
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 3:09pm

Wendy, we are moving back to where i grew up, about an hour north of Detroit.  DH's parents have a farm in the thumb, but I am not quite that ready to live that far out of town.  We're still up in the air a bit, but we're about 95% sure we're going to move in with my parents for about 9 months to get some things sorted out, DH's busines up and off the ground up there and save up for a house.  Our goal is to be as debt free as possible and buy a fixer upper home with cash.  I'm going to work for DH's business doing all the front office stuff, but other than that, take some time off working to be home more with the girls for a couple of years.

As for the butterfly garden, here is the link to a site that we were given when Emma and I went to see The Flight of the Butterflies in 3D, about the monarch migration, it was such a cool movie!

http://www.flightofthebutterflies.com/get-involved/

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Registered: 01-13-1999
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 3:56pm

That's wonderful, Tracy.  It will be so nice to have family nearby.  

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Registered: 07-25-2007
Sat, 05-04-2013 - 11:13am

We are creating a monarch way station.  After tagging monarchs last year (or the year before) DS got into their migtratory flights. and is hoping to have it certified as an official station.  Here is the link to the plants we will be using.  I'm using starter plants rather than seeds.   The nursery will help me with a plan to make it visually appealing.

http://monarchwatch.org/waystations/seed_kit.html

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