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Nature Hunt Bracelet

Our family loves to be outside! So, when I found this idea in my Family Fun magazine, I knew I had to try it! We called it a “Nature Bracelet.” Here’s how to do it:

1. Cut a piece of clear packing tape the size of your child’s arm.

2. Place it (sticky side out) around his arm.

3. Go on a walk and collect natural treasures along the way. He sticks the treasures to his bracelet.

4. It was a simple twist on a nature hike!

For more ideas on hiking adventures, check out my post, The Great Outdoors.


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Boys…..Being Boys



You got mud on your face… big disgrace……


Do you see why we call him “Monkey in the Middle?” …in a tree….covered in dirt… shoes….and as happy as can be…..


Recess…homeschool style

My men…in their element….


Mr. Cool Guy needs you to see this picture as it perfectly displays his awesomeness….balancing on a limb over a large drop……he gets that from his dad!

“A boy is trust with dirt on it’s face, beauty with a cut on it’s finger, wisdom with bubble gum in it’s hair, and the hope of the future with a frog in it’s pocket. wonder. dream. play. explore. find. discover.”

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A Trip to the Zoo

Summer Bucket List- Item #4: Go to the zoo with friends.

It has been on the list all summer. Go to the zoo. We tried a couple months ago, but the zoo was closed down for a special event. Then, it got hot. REALLY HOT! So, when my friend called me and asked me if I wanted to go to the zoo, I had to be honest. (She is that kind of friend….the kind that I can just be honest……I don’t have to pretend….and she’ll love me anyway!)

I said, “I am 50/50. The “dedicated mom” in me thinks, ‘the kids would like to go to the zoo’……. but the ‘tired and hates-the-heat mom’ in me says “I don’t want to go to all that work.” So, I let her decide. I told her to tell me which mom would win…..the dedicated mom or the tired mom. She told me that the dedicated mom won…..and we were going!

Our Trip to the Zoo

A baby giraffe……awwww…….


Flying high above the animals……..hold on to your flip flops!

We are studying feliforms (cats), so the kids are drawing pictures and writing facts about the cheetahs.

Can you see my cheetah friend? She is a little bit camouflaged….helpful for her….not so much for me!

A gorilla snoozing under a shade tree


Journaling about lions


Mama and baby rhino… decided to rest while munching on leaves!

Tired….hot…hungry…..and ready to go home! Our little crew…….


Thank you, friend…..for telling me to come to the zoo…….

summerbucketlist2 Summer Bucket List

Remember to check out some other summer bucket lists from my friends below……..

Honey @ Sunflower Schoolhouse

Joy @ My Home in the Smokies

Tonya @ The Traveling Praters

Jennifer & Melissa @ Sisters ‘n Cloth

Tara @ Feels Like Home Blog

Lisa @ Creativlei

Nancy @ Proverbs 31 Jewels

Kelli @ Adventurez in Childrearing

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