The last of summer and 77 out of 100 ain’t bad

We aim high. We (I) have ginormous expectations that sometimes match up with reality. I honestly thought that when we created the 100 things to do this summer that we might possibly do them all before the back to school bell would ring. But alas, we only got through 77 on the list.

summer 2

We sat down with a fresh sharpie and started to check things off as we reminisced and put summer 2013 to bed (by 8pm of course).

#1 Go Bowling (numerous times)

#4 Eat snow cones (tropical snow addicts in the making)


#7 Go swimming & #25 Go to the aquatic center 973744_10201413421480396_1042929765_n


#8 Visit cousins in WI.


#10 Make fresh homemade salsa


#15 Build and paint a bird house & #58 Make and paint a wind chime

#16 Paint furniture

#Camp Seward 2013 – Last year the girls had sister friends from “back home” come stay here with us for a week. It was a blast. We made stuff, went places, ate and cooked and watched movies and reconnected. So this year was the 2nd annual Camp Seward and I’ll have to share all the fun things we crammed into that week in another post.

# Bake home made cookies


 Summer time chocolate chip cookies

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract (sincerely got me some in Mexico and it is to die for. The better the vanilla the better the cookie)
  • 2¾ cups flour
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt (the kosher salt gives the cookies a tiny texture, you get some small crunchy flecks of salt when you bite into the cookie and that makes me happy. I LOVE SALT!!!
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add both eggs, vanilla and mix it in. I’m using my kitchen aid and I love it! No more sore wrist, arm and elbow. Add baking soda, baking powder, and salt. I start by adding 1 cup of flour and mix until blended then add the other cup and mix until it’s all a creamy bowl of love. Now, the BEST part – fold in the chocolate chips until they are peppered through the love bowl. I use a little scooper with a spring release thingy and it makes the perfect size cookie. You can place 12 on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes until the edges are brownish and the center still looks a little doughy. Take em out and let em relax for 2 or 3 minutes.
  2. Then transfer to a rack and place in the fridge. We like the chocolate chips hard and then dip the cookie into a coffee cup of cold milk and fall in love.
  3. You’re welcome!!!

#27 Hang at the Library

#29 Go on a picnic
#Free space – We took the kids to 3 theater performances this summer. It was amazing! Plus we felt all cultured here in North Central Small town Iowa.
  1. Opal’s Husband at Hawkeye Community Theater. A play about some eccentric old woman, a millionaire in disguise and his rotten daughter that was after his money.
  2. Mulan JR was put on by middle schoolers through Take 2 summer youth theater. It has inspired my 5th grader to try out for Alice in Wonderland next summer.
  3. Fame was also brought to us my Take 2 summer youth theater. It was high-school, young adult and college age. Incredible talent and 2 of its stars babysit the girls. We went twice and have been singing the songs thanks to Pandora ever since.
 #Visit the animals at Oleson Park
#Go to every park in Fort Dodge, IA
#51 Puppet show
#59 Go fishing
#74 Enjoy fireworks on the 4th of July.
#89 Begin to organize Endure for Saeed 5k Fort Dodge, IA Lear more about Saaed’s story by clicking here.
#95 Have new friends over for a cookout.
#Free Space – collect items for a time capsule and bury.
#Free space – take a summer dance class
Wowzer! Just reviewing this makes me exhausted. One week from today school starts. I hope you got to do some fun stuff this summer. At least when we are stuck in the house during the long winter of 2013 and spring/winter of 2014 we’ll be able to look back remember the fun times we had. I better start working on my Fall check list – right after I get back from my obsessive compulsive support group.
Honestly, Amy

3 thoughts on “The last of summer and 77 out of 100 ain’t bad

  1. Whew! I’m glad I’m not your kid!! I would never last. Your kids are glad I’m not their Mom!! You are making up for lost time……you had a stick in the mud Mom when you were growing up. It just takes a small amount en tertainment (almost none) to make me content! LOL I love you all!

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