The Summer Bucket

Here’s a quick Momma Owl tip for the end of the school year. Surprise your kids with a summer bucket filled with fun surprises. In our bucket, I included sidewalk chalk, bubbles, kites, a giant Mad Lib book, coloring books, swim goggles and popsicle makers. You can include whatever your family likes to do. And you could certainly add to it throughout the summer!Amber Tincher and Amy Leckrone...more

Having Too Much Fun to Blog

Whoops! It's summertime and I have summer brain which, for me, means a lot less writing and a lot more hanging out with Eve and Lola. I like to say that I work on writing about 2/3 time during the school year and 1/4 of the time in the summer. This summer in Seattle has been particularly lovely weather-wise, and the girls and I have had a ball taking advantage of the city's attractive parks and water everywhere. ...more

Summer fun on the Cheap

We really like to keep busy in the summer but don't like to spend a lot of money doing it.  Here are some ideas of things to do as a family that are either free or don't cost a lot....more

Kraken Distractions

I have an above average amount of hobbies gardening, needlepointing, reading, writing, photography, and cooking. Gardening and cooking serve the larger preoccupation in my life (raising a family) and reading helps my career. Needlepoint and photography are just plain fun. Writing has it's own category---frustrating pipe dream....more
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The Magnificent Quarry Splash Pad

Pipper's Pick for the week of June 22, 2012 would have to be the Quarry Splash Pad located at: 3005 C.R. 175 just north of FM 1431 Leander, TX.  This splash pad is unlike anything we had in San Diego....more

Summer Boredom? What Do YOU Do?

Anne KimballLife on the Funny Farm...more

Cross Post: Let's Take a Fun Inventory! It's Good Practice

“Practice having fun until fun becomes fun.” – Melody BeattieFor some reason, I had been struggling with what to write on the topic of fun. Perhaps it’s because I often struggle with letting go and having fun in my own life. So this post will be as much for me as it will be for those who read it. For awhile, I couldn’t figure out what angle to take with the “fun” topic. That is until my Higher Power led me to the Melody Beattie affirmation above:Practice having fun until it becomes fun....more
 @michelewhitney Oh a 5K would be fun.  I kinda figure that if you can walk a 5K, then heck, why ...more

Frugal Summer

Now that the kids are out of school, there are a number of options for summer fun.1.  Head to your local library.  From DVD's to summer reading programs, there are numerous options for free summer fun.2.  Check with your local community center.  Many offer free family and kid events during the summer.3.  Do an internet search for festivals in your community.  Many offer free admission and they're perfect for meeting neighbors and people watching!...more

Making Ice Cream Makes Wonderful Memories

Homemade strawberry ice cream...more

A Balloon Launch With the Paparazzi

I teased you Saturday with a hint of how we usually spend our Father's Day weekends.  It's not everyday that the skies fill with colorful conveyances and our children are struck giddy by the sheer magnitude and beauty of an everyday object: a balloon.&nb...more

It looks like it was the perfect day despite the paparazzi intrusion. Did you ask them what they ...more