Summer of Fun 2013: Go on a Hike (Big Bend National Park)

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When we were planning our Summer Fun List, I knew that Sean and Gabriel had a special trip planned.

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Once or twice per year, they take a little trip with two other dads and their sons.

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We have known them all since Gabriel was in Kindergarten, and we have been blessed with some wonderful family friendships.

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This year, they decided to take a trip to Big Bend National Park.

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As an added bonus, they swam in the Rio Grande River and enjoyed a little touch of Mexico.

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The boys were so excited that even the 8 hour drive did not deter the excitement.

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I stayed home and had special time with Summer and Ethan,

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while Sean and Gabriel made memories that will last a lifetime.

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I had no idea how much I could possibly miss them until there was no telephone reception the first night.  By the time I heard their voices the next morning, it felt like I had not talked to them in a week.  Poor Ethan was so sad, as he choked out “Bubba” through tears.

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I was so happy that they were able to take a special trip to a special place….but I was even happier once we were all reunited as a family.

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Summer of Fun 2013: Go to the Beach

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We really had not planned to go to the beach this summer.

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Not until we attended Ethan’s ARD, and all of his teachers told us that Ethan had told them that we were going to the beach.  We laughed and told them that we had gone two summers in a row but then skipped last summer.  A beach trip was not in the summer fun plans for 2013.

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However, then, just about a week later, we received the invitation to Christy’s wedding in Pearland.

A quick Google search told me that Galveston was only about 30-40 minutes away.

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I looked at Ethan and said, “It looks like we are going to the beach this summer, after all!”

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Sean’s cousin, Susan, and her two little girls, Emily and Sarah, met us there.

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The beach is not known for its crystal clear water, but the kids did not seem to mind one little bit.

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They played in the waves,

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went hunting for hermit crabs,

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and made creations in the sand.

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It was just a little day trip, but it was everything that we needed.  It gave Ethan his Summer of Fun 2013 wish, and it gave us all memories that will last a lifetime.

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Summer of Fun 2013: Have Yogurt Waffle Cones…for Breakfast

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One of the silly things on our Summer Fun List was to have yogurt waffle cones for breakfast.

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Because of a travel schedule, we officially kicked off our first day of summer break on Tuesday.  I wanted to find something fun to do so that we could start everything off on a fun, celebratory note.

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As I looked through the list, I knew exactly which one to choose – #31. Make yogurt waffle cones…for breakfast.

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The night before, I scooped Greek yogurt into waffle cones and put them in the freezer.  The next morning, I cut up strawberries and bananas.  I added the fruit and some granola to the frozen waffle cones.

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It was really delicious.  Since I used Greek yogurt and fruit, I felt like it was a nutritious breakfast, even though the yogurt cone was a bit of a treat.

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The best part, though, was seeing their smiling faces when they came into the kitchen and saw that we were having ice cream cones…for breakfast.  It was a perfect way to kick off our summer of fun.

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