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My Favorite Summer Activities

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It's hard to believe that we are in our second week of school. Summer almost seems like a fading "memory" that happened a long time ago. My kids and I had a great summer from swimming to going up north to their grandparent's cottage. Eating breakfast on the deck of my parent's cottage listening to the waves and feeling the cool morning air.



However, I think I will remember the little things we did each day like swimming, running around the backyard, eating popsicles till they drip, water balloons...simple but makes summer vacation so special.


This summer, we even did the drive-in! It was like going back to the 50's and it really didn't matter what movie we watched. The kids loved the glow in the dark necklaces, smell of bug spray and eating popcorn outside. This may have been the best of the best!



Another thing I love about our summers is that "life" just slows down. Even breakfast is more relaxed. My kids loved taking their bowl of cereal and eating outside at the table. Of course, it was exciting to drop a few Cocoa Krispies on the cement because the ants came running!

What is your favorite family moment this summer?



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121 comments:

  1. Mmm- hard one because we had a lot of fun times (even had ice cream at Young's with the kids!)! I think swimming in the lake at my in-laws was the best- the kids were just so free to be kids outside, the weather was perfect, and we were in our own country!

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  2. This summer was a little different for me as I am working full time and in law school too. So my "summer break" consisted of weekends...which still consisted of homework. But we made it fun, and my husband and I got some quality beach time (perk of living on the Gulf Coast), sporting events, and concerts in :)

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  3. My favorite memory of the summer was taking our kids to their first baseball game. My husband's boss got a sky box at the park, so we had all we could eat, super seats, and even prizes for all the kiddos. I wasn't sure my daughter would like baseball, but she sat through the entire game glued to the action! And to say my 6 year old son loved it is putting it mildly! He was in his glory! It was bar-none the best time we had all summer!

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  4. Oh, I have so many, but simple as it may be, I'd have to say the numerous times my girls and I drove over to Mayfield Dairy Farms for some of the BEST ice cream cones anywhere! Good times!

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  5. Warm Sunday mornings with loved ones in the back yard with bees buzzing around the rose bushes and table piled high with blueberry pancakes, ripe strawberries and fresh squeezed orange juice.

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  6. My favorite thing we did this summer was our road trip to Santa Cruz. When we go on vacation we usually go as a family, but this short trip we went with friends. We had a blast with good company and got to see the beautiful California coast. Couldn't ask for more!

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  7. The hightlight of my summer was kayaking among the migrating shorebirds in Cape Breton. They didn't mind my presence at all. I was able to sit quietly among them when my boat beached on their sandbar and get lots of beautiful photographs. ~karen

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  8. I had 2 things that were memorable this summer. My daughter participated in her first triathalon and I went with her. It was a wonderful weekend in Traverse City with my oh so grown up (22yo) daughter. The second thing was a few days away with my hubby in the heart of Amish country (Berlin Ohio) just the 2 of us. Great giveaway!
    mamaspark@gmail.com

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  9. I was able to enjoy the great weather with my 9 month old twin girls! WE found out they LOVE the water and spent as much time as possible in the pool and the lake! They looked adorable in their matching swimsuits and floaties..I could not ask for a better summer as a first time mom!

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  10. The best has been outside in our backyard, the kids swim in the kiddie pool while I read a book, no where to go, no errands to run, just relaxation!

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  11. Oh how I love summer-I love how we 'migrate' to our summer cottage-I love waking up slowly, no rushing; I love going to the beach, reading a million books; I love a leisurely cup of coffee in the morning listening to the birds, and the waves.
    I think I appreciate summer even more now that I am working again..

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  12. Taking the kids to Carolina Beach was the best thing this summer, because we haven't been to the beach in 4 years, and they loved it
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  13. tweet
    http://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/23872266920
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  14. Favorite moments this year was we learned some new boardgames and tried to play them every week. It was great quality family time together. Plus stepdaughter learned some new things from it


    giveawaymommy at yahoo.com

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  15. I LOVED taking my children to the beach for the first time this summer. We had an amazing time and look forward to many more family vacations!
    Jenny B

    jennyhasquads at yahoodotcom

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  16. Favorite memory had to be our day on Mackinac Island. We were visiting friends in northern MI and hadn't really planned on this day trip. We decided to be spontaneous and add 1 more day to our trip. We rented bikes and did the 8 mile loop around the island. I felt like I was watching my 8 year old and 6 year old grow up in front of me as they navigated the crowds and peddled so independently. It was a beatiful day and such a fun family memory!

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  17. With 7 children, there was much going on in our home this summer. My favorite memories is watching the kids play together regardless of what they were doing. The friendships that they develop amongst each other are ones that will continue into their adult life. As they play, laugh and yes even fight, they are building the ties that will keep them close in days to come.

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  18. We took our kiddos to the beach, where they had a great time finding seashells and sand dollars.

    treflea4 at gmail dot com

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  19. The state fair, meteor watching, park fountains, sending the kids to spend the night at the houses of others, Smores in the backyard, etc...

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  20. Tweet:

    http://twitter.com/swisspotluck/status/23897587872

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  21. Camping and hiking with my friends and dogs!

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  22. Well....we accidentally stole a golf cart at the campground park we were staying at.
    Yes, that sounds crazy!
    Not only did we not have permission to drive it (my FIL was a camp host) we got it stuck at the bottom of a huge hill and had to PUSH IT BACK UP!!
    It was horrible & hot! We couldn't stop laughing!!

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  23. Our family trip to Myrtle Beach was the highlight of our summer.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  24. We took a beautiful trip to the Oregon coast this year and went to lots of parks and the zoo!

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  25. Tweeted http://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/23923861239

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  26. We spent a week on the lake this summer and had an awesome time!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  27. tweeted: http://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/23929903708
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  28. Our favorite thing about this summer was our beach trips! It was so much fun and the kids loved it!

    hottmomma_03(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. Tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/hottmomma_03/status/23933119211

    hottmomma_03(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. I think my fave summer moment was our very spontaneous trip to the beach. Great memories!

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  31. Favorite thing this summer was that my breakfasts were prepared by my son.

    MCantu1019@aol.com

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  32. we had a lot of fun this summer! One of the fun things we did was we would have a scrapbooking weekend! We'd eat a "fruit bar" and yogurt for breakfast, then we would work on scrapbooking the entire day!! Lots of fun and chatting!!
    bleatham*at*gmail.com

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  33. tweet
    http://twitter.com/sleatham1/status/23953263673
    bleatham*at*gmail.com

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  34. I loved taking my baby on walks. Also, hiking and camping, basically just being outside and enjoying the nice weather.

    alli38@juno.com

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  35. we made lots of parfait with summer berries and melons, they were so tasty.
    songyueyu at gmail

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  36. i tweeted http://twitter.com/syytta/status/23964752779

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  37. Our camping trips during the summer stand out. We always have so much fun hiking, swimming, shell collecting -- and of course, cooking meals outside.
    digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

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  38. I'd love to win....my favorite summer moments were hiking, going to the beach, swimming and boating.

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  39. My favorite moments were just having time to "hang out" together
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. Tweet! http://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/23989463911
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. I enjoyed going to see outr friend play ice hockey - it was funny to "bundle up" in the summer!
    bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. We didn't get to go anywhere special but did lots of swimming, movie watching and library visits
    disintegratingstarr@hotmail.com

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  43. My favorite summer family moments are when my grandkids come to visit...just talking with them and playing with them is so enjoyable

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  44. My favorite family moment was the night nobody had to go anywhere so we played Apples to Apples

    Email address is in blogger profile

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  45. I tweeted http://twitter.com/bsw529/status/24050131170

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  46. My favorite summer moment was going to the beach. We actually had 3 dolphins swimming a few feet from us!

    livelovelaughwithleslieblog at gmail dot com

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  47. tweet.

    http://twitter.com/laughwithleslie/status/24051255523

    livelovelaughwithleslieblog at gmail dot com

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  48. My favorite moment was taking our daughter and son to the new city pool and watching our daughter develop a love of the water. She started out a bit timid at first, but after a few times, she was swimming under water. nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  49. tweet
    http://twitter.com/maybaby522/status/24052928487
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  50. My favorite memory from summer is trying to find the Big Red lighthouse in Holland, Michigan!
    kmassman gmail

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  51. This summer I got to take my boys to my parents summer house for the weekend and we had a ton of fun. We went blueberry picking, fishing, boating and swimming. It was great time to spend with my both my kids and my parents.

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  52. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/fairydancer35/status/24055417551

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  53. My favorite memory is becoming a family of 5 after adopting our daughter from China!

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  54. My favorite memory was hanging out with my cousins on Long Island. A fun family outing.

    scoopster (nospam)at yahoo dot com

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  55. My favorite thing this summer was all the times we played and swam at the lake with our grandsons!

    someluckydog at gmail dot com

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  56. I tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/someluckydog/status/24087834528

    someluckydog at gmail dot com

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  57. Finding out that we are having our first grandchild this summer is a summer memory I won't forget!! bearabledeals@gmail.com

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  58. http://twitter.com/bearabledeals/status/24089247355 Cotnest tweeted! bearabledeals@gmail.com

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  59. Taking a long walk through our neighborhood that ended with us getting ice cream. :)

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  60. We took a family vacation to the mountains of TN. It was beautiful!!

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  61. I tweeted the giveaway - http://twitter.com/GirlstoGrow/status/24113471489

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  62. playing with my family in the backyard was my favorite!!

    hancoci_s at msn dot com

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  63. tweet
    https://twitter.com/Grandma3710/status/24123414369

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  64. we had a long weekend away - just the four of us. It was wonderful!

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  65. My favorite moment was when my 10 yr old daughter qualified to swim the 100 Butterfly at Jr Olympics (the FL state swim championship)! We went to Orlando to cheer her on!

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  66. I tweeted! http://twitter.com/amweeks/status/24124274941

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  67. I enjoyed a wonderful get-away weekend with my husband to our favorite B&B.
    ljatwood at gmail dot com

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  68. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/ljatwood/status/24128280725
    ljatwood at gmail dot com

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  69. We loved camping by the lake. We also loved swimming! It was so fun!

    leahforlove(at)aol(dot)com

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  70. We went to the drive-in too! My husbands first time. He loved it too! So much more comfortable and freeing than watching a movie inside!

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  71. Oooh fun! We went camping, smores, yay! We also made breakfast all together, hot pink pancakes for our oldest girl's birthday :)

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  72. Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/lipstickncandy/status/24143387985

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  73. The highlight of my summer was camping with my family. Breakfast in the early morning by the cabin and tent was fabulous.

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  74. http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/24162030205

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  75. Our favorite family moments were watching our 10 month old become mobile and take her first real walking steps! We also really enjoyed pool time!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  76. We had many great family moments at the beach.

    kristisdeals1 at yahoo dot com

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  77. Laying on a floaty in the middle of the lake when it was 90 degrees out! Love it!
    gmissycat@yahoo.com

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  78. Just Tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/24179276736
    gmissycat@yahoo.com

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  79. Sitting around the fire, drinking coffee and talking with my dear husband! These are a few of my favorite things!

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

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  80. http://twitter.com/tigergal01/status/24188564825

    tweet

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

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  81. My brother and sister came for a visit. Hadn't been together for 13 years.

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  82. We did a lot of swimming and went out of town to visit our family who we hasn't seen in a while

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  83. http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/24222371026

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  84. Going to Sixflags was the best part of my summer!
    evil_eva12 at hotmail dot com

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  85. MY FAVORITE FAMILY MOMENT THIS SUMMER WAS ME AND MY MOM WERE LAYING OUTSIDE, IN THE BACK OF THE TRAILER, ON LAWN CHAIRS AND TRYING TO TAN IN THE 100 DEGREE HEAT. IT WAS FUNNY, REALLY kytah00@yahoo.com

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  86. ALSO TWEETED THE GIVEAWAY @ http://twitter.com/kytah00/status/24243534299 kytah00@yahoo.com

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  87. My favorite moment family moment this summer is when we all went to Mt. Mitchell in NC and by accident found this unspoiled and untouched forest of blueberries bushes......OMG....we were so glad there were no bears around. We ate all the blueberries....it was fabulous

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  88. we loved having breakfast on our cruise ship to alaska this summer! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  89. scg00387 at yahoo dot com http://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/24248941188

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  90. Our favorite family moment was our big Fourth of July get together during our visit to Southern California this past summer.
    ja9elizabeth at yahoo dot com

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  91. My mom and I went fishing for the first time for each of us and we each caught our first fish!

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  92. http://twitter.com/tnshadylady/status/24258148793

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  93. My son had a family cook-out for an afternoon meal and we enjoyed his pool and playing cards and horse shoes.
    marybug2@yahoo.com

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  94. tweeted giveaway
    http://twitter.com/marybug2/status/24295668059
    marybug2@yahoo.com

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  95. We've had so many lovely moments this summer. One of my favorites was going to the state fair. It's just a small little state fair but it's charming ... and it's hard not to smile when everyone is happy. It's a day of smiles and good family fun! :)

    reducefootprints at gmail dot com

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  96. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/smallftprints/status/24297113290

    reducefootprints at gmail dot com

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  97. My favorite family moment this summer was when we went camping and visited our grandparent’s family farm and rode horses and milked cows.
    My favorite breakfast moment was cooking free range eggs from the farm. I guarantee you they taste better than the ones you get from the grocery store.

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  98. http://twitter.com/lpauld68/status/24303569379

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  99. Best moments were simply hanging out together. The best times doing so were at the campground.

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  100. http://twitter.com/won2x/status/24314318725

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  101. My favorite family moment this summer was being able to pick up my niece in Florida and take her with us to our big family reunion because my sister and her husband just couldn't make it this year. We had a great time with her along for the ride.

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  102. Our entire family got together at my brother's house for a cookout/game night. We had a blast laughing and talking. Money was tight this year for all of us and nobody took a vacation but it was much more fun to just enjoy each other's company. I laughed so much that night my face hurt from smiling.

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  103. Tweet
    http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/24324111628

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  104. We were able to go on vacation to New York City and had a wonderful time. We were able to see a lot of cool things and eat a lot of good food.

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  105. tweeted http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/24324249117

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  106. Our favorite memories are all kept in journals we did all summer! We have illustrations and a few words of what we did! It is so neat to look back over it all (zoo, park, moving to a new state, vacation, etc) It made it so easy to bring all those fun summer memories back!

    The time spent every few days to 'document' out summer was the most memorable. It was fun to hear them decide what to write and draw.

    kclements2001 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  107. Thanks for the chance! Loved summer and looking forward to an equally fun fall :)

    dreamzz12{at]aol{dot}com

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  108. http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/24326266631

    tweeted!

    dreamzz12{at]aol{dot]com

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  109. My favorite family moment from this summer came every day of our vacation in Wisconsin. It was just great to spend time with my family!

    mattschmunk at gmail dot com

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  110. A favorite time this summer was going to the Dr. Pepper plant in Dublin, TX. We all enjoyed drinking Dr. Pepper made with sugar instead of corn syrup! :)
    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

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  111. Due to my husband losing his job in July, we didn't have any big vacations but we stayed busy still with lots of weekend getaways to places like San Diego and Palm Desert as well as many trips to the movies and to the local parks.

    THanks!
    Samantha Daleo
    jamesmadison1974@gmail.com
    or
    jamesmadidon1974 at gmail dot com

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  112. i had a nice time this summer visiting the village fire station with the boys

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  113. Definitely camping or our Tahoe vacation were the high points to our summer, it was so nice to go on adventures.
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

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  114. My favorite moment was watching my kids play together in the water at the beach on vacation this summer.

    kt1969 at comcast dot net

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  115. Tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/Skaketgirl/status/24409557205

    kt1969 at comcast dot net

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  116. It was wonderful when my husband and I flew to Charleston for our son's graduation and got to take him out to breakfast!
    whitbrit AT gmail DOT com

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  117. I love this giveaway it is so much fun!

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  118. http://twitter.com/jjudy04/status/24432898617

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  119. The best part of this summer was watching my little miracle experience summer for the first time. He is 3 now and has missed every summer by being in the hospital. But this summer he got to swim and go to birthday parties and play outside. Truly my little miracle!

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  120. The best part of my summer is all pool related... Fourth of July pool party and cookout with lots of relatives and lots of swimming the rest of the summer--relaxing and no pressure.

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