School starts two weeks from today! I started writing this post when there was still three weeks left, but adding pictures made it wonky. Hopefully attempt two will work better.
I’m not sure how summer has flown by so quickly, but alas, it has. I thought I better check-in on the old Summer Fun List to see what we need to accomplish in the next few days. (And, technically only two kids start on Aug. 20. Paige starts on Aug. 21, because half of her class will start the 20th and half on the 21st. They alternate days the first week and all go together on the following Monday. We will have to re-visit Goof-Off Day! <—–You can click on “Goof Off Day” over there and it will take you to an old post that just possibly made the author of this post shed a few tears. Sigh. They grow up so fast.)
- Go to a hotel. (Paige)
Completed! We spent a weekend in St. Louis and stayed at a hotel we’ve stayed at before. We loved a couple morning swims where we had the pool to ourselves.
- Go to the park in Ottumwa. (Paige)
Check! We went to Ottumwa one day to help our friend from Rwanda obtain a Social Security card. Unfortunately, the office closed early that day. [Insert snarky comment about government hours here.] Fortunately, we still went to the park Paige wanted to go to for a little bit. Unfortunately, the park did not have restroom facilities, so we didn’t get to stay long.
- Get a pool pass. (Morgan)
Check. Check. We really need to get to the pool a couple more times this summer to make it worth our money, so here’s hoping that it warms up again! It has been well worth the money to see the kids’ swimming skills improve! I don’t bring a camera to the pool, but here’s the kiddos in their goggles. 🙂
- Get SnoBiz at least 3 times. (Morgan)
Hmmm. I think we’ve gotten SnoBiz twice, so we better go one more time. I know one time was after we did Relay for Life on a super hot day. And I’m positive we went one other time, but I cannot remember when.
- Go on a hike somewhere not in Iowa. (Andrew)
This was also fulfilled on our St. Louis trip. We ventured into Illinois to Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville. It was a fascinating place that was home to an estimated 20,000 people in 1250 A.D., making it larger than London at the time. There are several mounds in the area, all constructed by the people for various reasons. We hiked up Monks Mound, which is the largest man-made earthen mound in North America. It was very hot, and our kids were great hikers!
Ready to hike up the mound … This angle makes it look a lot shorter than it is.
Go to the Fun Factory on a rainy day. (Andrew)
This one has not happened. We had lots of rainy days early in the summer, but we never made it to the Fun Factory (an indoor play area). I suspect this will not happen.
- Play in the sprinkler. (Paige)
There have been a couple sprinkler fun times, but I did not take any pictures. I’m pretty sure we broke out the sprinkler early this summer and Paige had a couple friends over for her birthday, and they played in the sprinkler.
- Go to Paige’s preschool playground. (Paige)
Oh my. We have not done this. We better get a move on!
- Go to every park in Oskaloosa and surrounding “suburbs” of University Park and Beacon. (Mom)
This one has not happened either. Wow. We have just been too busy to go to many parks in town.
- Go to Adventureland.
We had a perfect day at Adventureland. There were NO LINES the entire day, and we often could just stay on rides if we wanted to! The kids are getting braver on their ride choices. Morgan rode all the roller coasters, even the upside down one! Mom forgets every year that she is too old for all those rides and did not feel well on the drive home. She must make note next year. 😉
Waiting with cousins for the gates to open:
Andrew and Will went on the “Log Ride” 18 times, or something. They love making funny poses and faces on the way down the big hill so they can get captured by the camera that snaps pictures.
The girls on their motorcycles:
Mom and some kids on the Raging River:
- Go to the Zoo.
We made it to Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines with some Drost cousins and then again for a Musco family picnic.
- Go to St. Louis.
This was accomplished! And we had such a fun weekend!!
Pictured: Baseball, City Museum and The Magic House:
- Go to Chicago.
- Go to McDonald’s. (Paige)
We don’t go to McDonald’s very often, which is why I suppose it made our Summer Fun List. We have gone enough times to get a few Minions. We did not win $1 million (or anything but a free fry) in the Monopoly game.
- Perform a circus. (Kids)
I think the kids gave up on this one. They wanted to include several friends and create this elaborate circus, but I think their ideas were bigger than reality. I’m not sure their performance from last year can be topped. 😉
- Go to Frosty Udder at least 5 times (Andrew, Morgan)
We have not been to Frosty Udder much since the kids were done with baseball and softball in June. Yikes! I don’t think we’re even close to five times.
- Participate in the Summer Reading Program at the Library.
We did a ton with the Summer Reading Program in June, but since then … uh … hello? We’ve been busy having too much other fun! Maybe that’s why the program in the past didn’t last all summer like it does this year. ha!
- Visit the Science Center. (Mom)
We did this on Andrew’s birthday with Grandma & Grandpa Baumer! It was a fun time!
Can you guess whose face that is?
Playing with the green screen in the weather lab:
Morgan’s floating head doing the weather:
Andrew was proud of his arch building skills:
- Do half of the activities on the Library “activity sheet.” (Mom)
I will first have to find one of the library activity sheets and get back to you. (Ahem. Cough. Cough.) I think we’ve inadvertently done half of them, probably. We’ll see. 🙂
- Do some of the craft kids collecting dust in the closet. (Mom)
Nope. Nada. Not at all. Maybe that’s a good idea for a WINTER fun list when we need to stay inside more. 😉
Well, that is a little peak into our summer, the Summer Fun List, anyway. Maybe, since all three kids will soon be in school, Mom will have gobs of free time to blog. And maybe she should get a job so we can pay for all these fun things to continue. 😉 ha ha! Time will tell.