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I love the idea of having a Summer Bucket List -the season is so very short here and there are so many things I want to do with my kids.  Having those ideas posted on my fridge reminds me to find the time and just do them!  And it is a list, so of course I can't resist.  I created this template last summer, but prettied it up a bit this year for maximum list-making enjoyment.  

Click on the image below to print yourself a copy.     

 
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Today is Dooter's half-birthday!  A whole year and a half old!  My own birthday is the day after Christmas, so my mom invented Half Birthdays when I was young, allowing me to have a summer party with my friends and not have the event overshadowed by the winter holidays.  Dooter is a Christmas baby as well (December 21st)  so the tradition continues on.  It's a fun little celebration that makes for another special day in the year. 

 
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Since we spend a lot of time outside, Yummy discovers a lot of "treasures" out there to collect.  Last summer I made her a treasure bag, inspired by the one in the book Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule (affiliate link below).  While she suggests using vinyl window screen, I have found that the mesh bag my onion sets (for planting in my garden) come in is perfect for my little treasure hunters.  I love how the dirt shakes out through the mesh while the treasures stay safely inside.  Yummy uses her little bag often when she is out and about, and now that Dooter has taken to picking up stones and sticks in the yard, I decided to make him one as well.  I didn't have any onion bags left (I made a couple treasure bags to give as gifts to some other intrepid explorers) but had a bit of mesh that I had cut off some dishcloths (they are supposed to be a wonderful combination between a dishcloth and a scrubbie, but I didn't like them -the scrubbie side always ended up facing down when I was trying to wipe the counter).  Read on to see how quick and easy this little project is! 


 
Father's Day Notebooks -child made
Yummy and I put together some nice little notebooks for her daddy and grandpa today, in preparation for Father's Day this Sunday.  Both of the men enjoy having small notebooks handy while they are farming, especially ones with nice thick paper that don't rip very easily, so we used a package of big index cards for these books.  They turned out quite nicely (as homemade notebooks have a habit of doing!) and can be customized according to the whims of a little artist.  

 
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Yesterday was Yummy's big birthday party, shared with her also-now-four cousin.  The last couple weeks have been spent getting ready; I know I do more than I need to, but I get a lot of pleasure out of planning and seeing things turn out beautifully.  Yummy's current favourite colour is pink and her cousin's is purple. 

 
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Yummy loves exploring the pasture, and so do I.  Whenever we go out, I am always amazed by the many wildflowers, grasses, sages, and lichens.  The other day we brought back these treasures: