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Yes, I know.  It’s been a little quiet around here for the last 12 days.  I have a good excuse though, it involves 22 hours of driving, waves, sand, southern cooking, sea shells and family time.  LOTS of wonderful, family time.  Those all seem like good reasons to let the ol’ blog sit quiet for awhile.  At least I think so…

I had felt the tugging for awhile now, to make a trek to the ocean.  I wanted the timing to be right, for our boys to remember the first time they smelled the salty air and felt the waves crashing at their feet.  So a year ago we began talking about making it happen.  There was a lot of planning, studying maps, researching beaches and places to stay.  It became our project, but more than that it felt like this great gift we were creating for our children. The gift of seeing the world beyond the corn fields that grow in our backyard.

I have more pictures than I know what to do with.  Usually, I’m not much of an over-shooter, but this trip was an exception.  I photographed everything.  There were quite a few great moments from this trip, but by far the biggest highlight was the beach.  I’ll let the overload of pics tell the tale…

south carolina

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It’s a funny thing about siblings.  One minute they can be fighting like cats and dogs, the next, the best of friends.  My boys were apart for a few days this week.  The oldest and youngest went to visit grandparents, leaving the middle boy with me.  I thought he would love his turn at being an only child, but the truth is, he was pretty lost without his brothers.  Eventually he settled in to a rhythm of his own, even mentioned that it was nice playing legos without interruption.  But I could tell by the frequency that he brought up the subject of his siblings, he was really missing them.

strawberry lemonade

Yesterday morning, they were reunited and once again, all was right in my middle child’s world.  We have often told him that being the second boy out of three is the best spot in the family.  He gets to be both a big brother AND a little brother.   Watching him with them yesterday he was soaking up every bit of being in the middle.  Occasional squabble and all.

strawberry lemonade

strawberry lemonade

strawberry lemonade

strawberry lemonade

strawberry lemonade

strawberry lemonade

As the afternoon crept in, I put my youngest down for a nap and sent the other two outside with a quilt for some reading time, with promises of their favorite lemonade.  I could tell from the sound of the giggles floating through the windows there wasn’t much reading going on.

Strawberry Lemonade

adapted from Sunset’s, The One Block Feast

2 pints strawberries, hulled

3/4 cup honey

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (5-6 lemons)

4 cups water

ice cubes for serving

In a blender or food processor, puree the strawberries and honey.  Pour the strawberry puree into a pitcher.  Stir in lemon juice and water.  Serve over ice.

I had a plan for Friday morning.  A plan that included a quick road trip to the south to pick cherries.  I’d called the orchard to confirm they still had them, and talked it up with the boys.  It was one of my favorite items on our summer list last year, so I added it again to this year’s list.  Things would be a bit different this year;  my husband was out of town and my oldest was at the lake for a sleep over, leaving just me and my two younger boys.  No matter, we would make our own fun.

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Well, it’s the first day of summer vacation.  School got out yesterday and we celebrated it with friends in a wild water fight.  With a neighborhood full of energetic boys I can’t think of a better way to burn off the excitement of school being done for the year.

summer bucket list challenge

summer bucket list challenge

summer bucket list challenge

For weeks we’ve been talking about how we’d like to spend our summer, the adventures we want to have and what that will include.  Now that school’s out we decided to get serious and put our ideas on paper, making our annual summer bucket list.  This year everyone wrote down five things they wanted to do; places to go, things to make, people to see, new foods to try. Our ideas usually include big and little things, ranging from what to do on vacations to making popsicles, and everything in between!

summer bucket list challenge

Since we began making these lists a couple of years ago, our summers have taken on a new purpose of adventure.  Our summer days have a bit more intention, looking for the fun and adventure we might have, whether it’s on our own, or tagging along with friends.  If you’ve never made a summer bucket list I would encourage you to give it a try.

This year we are participating in The Happy Family Movement’s Summer Bucket List Challenge.  If you don’t know the Solars they are a fun loving family that look for adventure at every turn, sharing with others what good ol’ family fun can be. Want to join in?  First, create your list.  Then, head on over to The Happy Family Movement and share it with others.    They have an amazing community on Facebook where you can find out about fun giveaways (including one from us) and other great ideas to make your summer the best yet.  Don’t feel like sharing? Then just check out what everyone else is adding to their lists, it may spark a few ideas of your own!

summer bucket list challenge

summer bucket list challenge

Happy Summer!

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