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Image Family summer activities, so far
By Lance Gardner on August 4, 2011

The summer is supposed to be more than half over, believe it or not. Here are some of the fun family activities we have done so far. I hope you will share some of your fun from this summer, as well.

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Imagequilter5
Aug 5, 2011 6:45 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
Wonderful article Lance, I enjoyed it very much. Sounds like your boy is having a funfilled summer...
ImageLindaTX8
Aug 5, 2011 8:33 AM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Lance, I love that you learn the native plants (native plant fan here!) and that you raised the butterflies (butterfly fan also!). Thanks for the great article!
ImageZanymuse
Aug 5, 2011 9:03 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
It is fun reading about your time with your son. They grow up so fast that it is important to cherish their youth.
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ImageLance
Aug 5, 2011 9:49 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Thanks for reading and commenting. We do have fun together, and I like to keep both of us active and involved. Tomorrow evening he is going to help me give a talk on "Native Plants for a Healthier Yard and Family".
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ImageLaVonne
Aug 5, 2011 9:24 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

Lance may I suggest a project for you and your son? A gourd made into a butterfly home...the outside painted with easy colorful flowers and little butterflies.

This is only an example and it was done by someone else.
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Here is an example of the type of flowers that could be painted on the gourd
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or you can just put runners of ivy on it
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ImageLance
Aug 6, 2011 7:03 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Thanks for the suggestions, they do look like fun to make. We made snowmen out of spinning top gourds, which I will write up for an early Christmas craft article.
I pretty much let Skye decide about decorating as long as it is something that will work. I think it is giving him a wonderful ability to think and plan out his activities and how he wants things to look or be used before he just jumps right in.
Question: I noticed when cleaning the spinning gourds there seemed two levels of mold or growth. The first would come off easily with brushing, while lots more effort was required to get off the layers underneath. Soaking in water softened the rest of it to make it easier to get off, but still a bit of work. Does the gourd need to be scraped free of all this growth before being decorated? Or will the paint and such soak through this more stubbornly attached mold and not peel off? I am not looking forward to trying to clean a bushel gourd to that extent!
The gourds do last for a very long time when taken care of, and lots of fun to grow. You are welcome to add a link in this thread if you want to send more gourd questions to your cubit.
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ImageLaVonne
Aug 6, 2011 2:13 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

Wear a mask or respirator while cleaning your gourd. The mold that collects over the drying time can cause lung problems.

You can put your gourds in a weak solution of water and bleach for about 20 minutes to soften the outer shell mold and skin then use a choreboy to scrub over the gourd to take off the mold and loose skin. There will always be mottling on your gourd after you clean it..this gives it character and depth if you stain it or cover it with a polyeurathane.

I will be doing a complete article before long to go with the series of articles on gourds I have started.
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ImageLance
Aug 7, 2011 6:43 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Thanks. I have been reading your articles and look forward to more.
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Imagevic
Aug 8, 2011 10:54 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Lance - wonderful article and beautiful pictures. Thank you SO MUCH! Thumbs up
ImageLindaTX8
Aug 8, 2011 1:50 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
While DD's family was vacationing on the Frio River last week, DD's two kids (both college age) weren't too happy to find out the cabin they were staying at was out of their cell phone's reception area. Addicted to the net and texting!
ImageLance
Aug 9, 2011 6:25 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Sounds like a blessing to me - no electronic distractions or noise, only the surroundings to get lost in!
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ImageLaVonne
Aug 9, 2011 8:17 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

I agree Lance. I like camping without all the noise...just nature all around.
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Imagequilter5
Aug 9, 2011 8:20 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
I thought that getting away from those things were what a vacation was all about!!!!! Someday they will learn....
ImageLaVonne
Aug 9, 2011 9:09 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

When I was a teenager and the family went camping we left all the girlie things at home...and when I went back to school and we had that english class that the first paper was "What did you do during your summer vacation?" When my fellow students learned that I had gone camping without radio, curlers and make-up they nearly fainted...that was too primitive for them Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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witchmum
Aug 9, 2011 11:15 PM CST
Our family has been quite busy. With 6 kids there is always something to do. Unfortunately for me, I have R.A.D. (very similar to asthma), so when the air quality is poor and the humidity is up I am indoors. The kids are as well. We started a very very small garden. The kids have loved watching everything come up. Even though it has taken a bit longer for our plants to come up and bear anything, the kids loved knowing that these were all plants that we started ourselves from just seeds (minus the eggplant). They are excited to grow the garden about 4 times as large next year. To beat the heat, we have gone bowling once a week. With the kids bowl free program they get 2 free games everyday all summer and I only have to rent shoes. We haven't gone to the pool to swim as much as I would have liked -- the weather has really just been too nasty. So, they have played and played and played. We take trips weekly to the library. They have really gotten the reading bug and they enrolled themselves in the summer reading program. They absolutely love it. It's fine by me. They don't even ask for tv (which is a major win for us!). Being that I used to homeschool, and my parents were educators, and I even worked in a few school districts (one in CA and one in DE) for a short time, I have been picking up the math/science kits from the library and working through them with the kids as well. The kids also have asked for worksheets to do.

My husband, my oldest child and my youngest child (in jogging stroller) have taken to evening rides, as weather permits a few nights a week. My husband and oldest child are on their bikes, while I opt for roller blades and push the jogging stroller. It's quite fun to keep pace with them. We ride around our neighborhood. The entire thing is 4.25 miles. I can make it once usually grabbing a drag or 2 from my inhaler along the way. The other 2 then go back out for a second round.

In less than 2 weeks, the 3 girls (funny because they are also the 3 oldest kids) will be off camping with my dad. I wish I was going, but, somehow, the prospect of taking a 15 month old along while we spend lots of time in the boat with kids waterskiing didn't seem like fun. Eventually I will get back to camping. It's been a few years. The last time 2 times I camped was completely primitive. I had a blast. The first time was me and my 2 girlfriends and their dogs. The 2nd time around 2 weeks later, I brought 5 kids with me. They had an awesome weekend and learned a lot.

Ok, so this post is long enough. Lance, great article! Sounds like you guys are having a great summer!!!
ImageLance
Aug 10, 2011 11:54 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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A trip without curlers and make-up? Oh the horror of it all! How ever did you survive!? Rolling on the floor laughing
Thanks for sharing your families adventures, gardening can be lots of fun. Sorry to hear about the breathing difficulties, but it sounds like you have worked it out somewhat. Camping is almost always a fun adventure. I think I took my son on his first camping trip when he was 3, and he looks forward to it every fall now. Fortunately for me (unfortunately for him) he no longer fits in the kid carrier backpack, so he needs to do all his own waking now and still enjoys it. We just go a little slower, which is also fine for me. I am sure your little one would enjoy it, as well, especially with Mommy right there to scare the bears away.
Keep us posted on how the camping goes.
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witchmum
Aug 10, 2011 11:58 AM CST
Oh, my son Calvin was 1 1/2 years old when I took him camping for the first time. That was our "extreme" camping weekend when I took 5 of them camping. He loved it! I know Anthony will as well, just not for the water-skiing. I'd rather "extreme" camp than water ski with one that little. The 3 little ones had slept with me in a blanket "nest" while the other 2 had their own tent, so it was awesome!
Maria121
Apr 6, 2012 3:03 AM CST
I just love the summer season because there are so many activities that can only be enjoyed in this season. In last summer season my friend and I with her family enjoyed the outing with spotting, fishing, hiking and camping. We had a lot of fun in Frisbee tower, blind walk, cross step and pick pocket tag :P 
It was full of fun enjoying these activities with my friend and her family .

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ImageLance
Apr 7, 2012 6:36 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Thanks for reading, I just may have to try some of those this year. I know my son would especially enjoy pick pocket tag. How do you play the other games?
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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