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GASP. You guys, summer is almost over. It just started yesterday, didn’t it? I guess, though, now that I think about it, we have already done a TON this summer. The kids went to sports camp and arts camp and a real-life Camp Rock. We spent a week at Myrtle Beach. We moved from Atlanta to Milwaukee. We went to the Wisconsin Dells. We moved from Milwaukee to Toronto. The kids went to the cottage. The kids are in camp.

Sheesh.

With only a few weeks until school starts, and not too long until days start getting shorter and getting colder, we have to take advantage of the little time we have left. Luckily for us, we have some built-in fun close to home. You see, my old bones are tired of moving and packing and going away. I kind of just want to stay in one place for a little while.

BUT, do not worry, there is tons of fun to still be had.

Because

a) we just bought ourselves a 14-foot trampoline for the backyard. OH YES WE DID. Ever since my kids visited my brother and sister-in-law’s house in Nashville, they have been smitten with the backyard trampoline.

See? Instant fun!

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b) our backyard backs onto a lovely wooden ravine complete with paths to discover. So, the Martells have been exploring. We head out into the wood after dinner and do some exploring. And I do some photographing. Or at least I try…

So, that’s it. I know it doesn’t sound all that exciting, but I think our entire family needs a little down time before the hectic back-to-school filled September rears its busy head.

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  1. I have a few day trips up my sleeve…I think. Also we were offered a chance to go to a local waterpark and so we are going this weekend. Hopefully the weather is warm and sunny!

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    Comment by DE Heather on August 17, 2010
  2. My brother and his family go geocaching. Have you tried that with your kids? Do they have it in Canada? Basically people leave trinkets and you use GPS you find them. (There are iPhone apps). I bet that would be fun to do in that ravine.

    (Side note, I went to school with a kid named Raveen.)

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    Comment by Kristabella on August 17, 2010
  3. We are heading to Cape Cod! Can’t wait to relax for a few days before our oldest starts Kindergarten!

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    Comment by Sarah on August 17, 2010
  4. Geocaching is pretty popular where we live (GTA)
    We do day trips when the kids aren’t at camp. We were at Cheltenham Badlands on the weekend (posted about on that Urbanmoms).
    Tomorrow is a trip to a railroad museum complete with train and streetcar rides. Also – Centre Island is always a kid favourite. Rockwood and Kelso conservation area’s are great summer places to hang out. The family favourite though – is Sherkston Shores. OMG I could live there all summer. We’re heading there Friday.

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    Comment by Christine on August 17, 2010
  5. My fun summer plans include a boat architecture tour in Chicago, two games at Wrigley Field, and an outdoor concert with my wife and parents. And that’s just this week!
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..There Is No Such Thing As Useless Knowledge =-.

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    Comment by Anne on August 17, 2010
  6. Family movie night! Staying up too late, of course!

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    Comment by Stephanie M on August 17, 2010
  7. I don’t have a family, so I’m going to kidnap one and take them all to the beach.

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    Comment by Avitable on August 17, 2010
  8. I’d like to make it to the beach one last time before the summer ends.

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    Comment by Mami2jcn on August 17, 2010
  9. We are wore out from the summer thus far, so we are taking a break until the cooler weather comes around. Come fall there will be trips to apple orchards and mountain hikes.

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    Comment by Laura Williams on August 17, 2010
  10. I love swimming at my parents pool with the extended family, grilling something for dinner and then s’mores around the firepit. Going to make it happen this Saturday!

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    Comment by Tammi Marie on August 17, 2010
  11. We’re heading back up to wasaga Beach for a few days. We just LOVE to swim there!

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    Comment by Dina on August 17, 2010
  12. i really want to go to a water park, and get some painting down before it starts raining non stop again.
    songyueyu at gmail

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    Comment by sy on August 17, 2010
  13. I am a teacher so my summer is officially over. The teachers started back yesterday. :( Our last-minute adventure was to head down to San Antonio for the weekend and go to Sea World. It was a blast!
    annie@thepurcell.com

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    Comment by annie on August 17, 2010
  14. My daughter just turned one so we are headed to Pensacola Beach/Mobile Bay area for the Labor Day weekend to celebrate with my in-laws. We hope to make this a tradition at the end of every summer

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    Comment by Teresha on August 17, 2010
  15. As the summer winds down, we visited some favorite local restaurants with our daughter before she returned to graduate school in another state.

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    Comment by Nancy on August 17, 2010
  16. Summer fun at the beach is the plan for the family!

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    Comment by Bonny Sallee on August 17, 2010
  17. We took a our kids on their first beach vacation. It was GREAT!!!:)

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    Comment by Jenny B on August 17, 2010
  18. Getting together with a few other families for a BBQ – good food, good friends, good fun!

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    Comment by Deanna on August 17, 2010
  19. I recently bought a fire pit – and it has gifted us back many, many fun nights of s’mores eatin’ and laughter.
    ~also? a trip to Lake George, NY gave us a much needed rest.

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    Comment by bella on August 18, 2010
  20. I are taking a trip to NY

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    Comment by chana on August 18, 2010
  21. Going to the water park to cool off in this horrible heat, and taking my daughter and her friend out to do something special.

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    Comment by Marlene on August 18, 2010
  22. As much pool time as humanly possible without becoming a walking, talking raisin. Also, photos to be taken. AND hubby made the mistake of declaring to 3-year old that we will go see Toy Story 3 On Ice! Yay! Except it’s not til DECEMBER. Insert 3-year old’s 4-month frenzied reminder that WE ARE GOING TO SEE TOY STORY 3 ON ICE!

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    Comment by Liz on August 18, 2010
  23. Since school has already started down here in Atlanta, I’ve been soending my last days of August having to leave the house earlier in order to not get stuck behind the school bus. ;)

    Other than that, trying to decide on a quick weekend vacation — I just need to get away for a weekend, maybe sit on a beach somewhere, since my summer has been woefully lack of the ocean!

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    Comment by Darcey on August 18, 2010
  24. We still want to get in some relaxing, lots of naps and some trips into Boston

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    Comment by Beth G on August 18, 2010
  25. I don’t actually have my own family yet but I’m caring for my friend’s 2 young children (20 months and 8 months) and we’re stuck indoors in Austin, Texas because it’s SO HOT! We’re going to the park for 15 minutes max- its 100+ out daily- and when we have another friend available, swimming in the pool.

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    Comment by Caitlin Hart on August 18, 2010
  26. I’m taking the kids to the CNE for the very first time. EEE!

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    Comment by Tamara on August 18, 2010
  27. Camping, tubing, maybe a hike or two, yoga on the beach, and lots of outdoor eating!

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    Comment by Megan on August 18, 2010
  28. My husband and I are going to England and France tomorrow and I cannot contain my excitement! Mostly because we’re going to go to Disneyland Paris. I can’t wait to see Mickey speak French.

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    Comment by Karen on August 18, 2010
  29. Off to the Gulf Islands for a family weekend & birthday celebration. 12 people and 1 bathroom = lots of fun

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    Comment by SamK on August 18, 2010
  30. We’re heading to Florida for a couple of weeks, because, gosh darnit, it just isn’t hot enough in Ontario!!

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    Comment by Amberlea on August 18, 2010
  31. summer movie today, swimming tommorrow. maybe a movie in the park on monday.

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    Comment by colette on August 18, 2010
  32. My plan is to get at least one more long weekend of BBQing in. But it’s already so cold in the bay area I might have to switch to a “kick off to fall” thing. Football?

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    Comment by Habbala on August 18, 2010
  33. The kids don’t know it yet but we’re going to sort through their toys and the less loved ones are going to be put “downstairs” (that’s my word for “somewhere not here but only after the kids forget all about their existance”). We might do some fun stuff too, but that’s up in the air.
    .-= One Mom (Kristina)´s last blog ..The Weekend That Would Not End a belated posting =-.

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    Comment by One Mom (Kristina) on August 18, 2010
  34. We are going to have a fun family bbq on Sunday…the day before school starts! :)

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    Comment by Johnna on August 18, 2010
  35. enjoying the last few days of sleeping in.

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    Comment by Sandra on August 18, 2010
  36. I’m a teacher and have to go back to work on Monday, so my fiance and I are heading to Orlando tomorrow to visit friends and go canoeing at Wekiva Springs State Park.

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    Comment by Anna on August 18, 2010
  37. I’m 9 months pregnant so I plan to STAY INSIDE!!
    .-= Chelsea´s last blog ..A House Full Of Talent =-.

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    Comment by Chelsea on August 18, 2010
  38. Were planning on going to the zoo once more this year and hitting the water parks a few times!

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    Comment by Sheila Hickmon on August 18, 2010
  39. We’re going tanking (yes, tanking – http://www.tankdown.com/) the last weekend of August. AND – Labor Day weekend we’re going to the last Omaha Royals game before our beloved stadium gets torn down :(

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    Comment by Jen on August 18, 2010
  40. we’re packing to move so that’s the fun we have planned for end of summer! :-)

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

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    Comment by eunice b on August 18, 2010
  41. The summer has been filled with days at the beach, waterpark, family BBQs and a lot of mornings being lazy and sipping coffee till very late in bed. I am a teacher, and I spent half the summer teaching but made sure I’d have 2 weeks off before it was back to school. For the remaining of summer I plan on spending a lot of time with my family and maybe planning a weekend gettaway up North (Canada).

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    Comment by Christina on August 18, 2010
  42. I’m just starting to plan a trip to Six Flags (the one close to Milkwaukee!) we’ve never been and I’m really excited :)

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    Comment by Natalie R. on August 18, 2010
  43. I’m hoping to go to the beach with my sister in law! Maybe we could leave the kids at home… :D

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    Comment by Monica B. on August 18, 2010
  44. Would like to take the kids zip-lining again… lots of fun!

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    Comment by Robin M. on August 18, 2010
  45. Sleep. lots and lots of sleep.

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    Comment by Amanda on August 18, 2010
  46. Camping! Gotta love sleeping in a tent and cooking over a fire!

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    Comment by Jenny on August 18, 2010
  47. What fun activities am I planning to do with my family as the summer comes to an end? Take them to Cedar point!!!
    gmissycat
    gmissycat@yahoo.com

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    Comment by Georgia on August 18, 2010
  48. We are thinking of driving down the Texas coast to South Padre Island.

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    Comment by Julie on August 18, 2010
  49. We’ll be spending lots of time by the pool!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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    Comment by Sheila on August 18, 2010
  50. Disney World, Board Games and Tequila Shots with the Family!!!!

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    Comment by Aurora on August 18, 2010
  51. The kids start school Monday so we are already in our flurry of back to school supplies; grandkids meet their new teachers and see their new rooms on Friday; we wind up GP (Grandparent) camp Thursday so we can help give out school supplies at the Friday open house… It is like celebrating the end of summer activities and excitedly looking forward to the new school year

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    Comment by Betty N on August 18, 2010
  52. I am just going to relax.

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    Comment by Amanda W on August 18, 2010
  53. We are having a sleep over at a friends house. And yes, it is a big deal, because we *never* get to go to places and stay up late visiting and playing games and then sleep over and start it all up again the next morning because we usually have cows to feed. But not right now! So. Yeah. That’s my end of summer last hurrah.
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Sludge of Suck and Sunsets =-.

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    Comment by Katie on August 18, 2010
  54. WE PLAN ON VISITING THE ZOO BEFORE SUMMER COMES TO AN END. THERE’S NOT TOO MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO DO SO ONCE SUMMER IS OVER! kytah00@yahoo.com

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    Comment by ANGEL JACKLYN on August 18, 2010
  55. Well school started here already, unfortunately we didn’t do anything really fun right before since we have no money to speak of :( We did do a lot of swimming, some really cool (free!!) events at the library and take in some free movies at the theather though.

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    Comment by Amanda Starr on August 18, 2010
  56. i promised the eldest a trip to canada’s wonderland (or as she calls it candace’s wonderland…I blame too much phineas and ferb).

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    Comment by erin on August 18, 2010
  57. I still have a stack of books i promised myself i’d get to while the weather was still hot. good thing i live in dallas, where it will be 100 degrees well into september.

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    Comment by Jamie on August 18, 2010
  58. We’re hoping to hit the beach a few more times before the summer is out, living just an hour away makes that easy! :)

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    Comment by Mandy on August 18, 2010
  59. I am back at school, so summer is over and we are not going to have any more fun…EVER…until Labor Day :) Then it is all day at the beach!

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    Comment by LibraryGirl62 on August 18, 2010
  60. We just got back from family time at the beach. Playing football in the sand. Throwing Frisbees in the water. Going to the soda fountain for icecream and malteds. Having fun to help summer wind down.

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    Comment by Michele on August 18, 2010
  61. We are going to learn to fish with Grandpa, and spend time just being together without deadlines before my firstborn starts kindergarten (gasp).

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    Comment by Jodi on August 18, 2010
  62. We will be hanging by the pool.

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    Comment by Ashley H. on August 18, 2010
  63. i want a humpback whale!!! :-)

    gotta go to centre island and the ex. i love going to the island as it’s so peaceful and i love franklin’s garden!

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    Comment by Julie on August 18, 2010
  64. Heading to Penticton, B.C. to watch my husband take part in Ironman Canada. He’ll be working his buns off while I’ll be dealing with a hot babe and a major case of Swoob (Sweat+Boob). Then we are laying in the shade for as long as it takes to unwind. We might be there a while…
    .-= suzanne´s last blog ..Operation Bye-Bye Soother =-.

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    Comment by suzanne on August 19, 2010
  65. I’m going to spend it with my uncle.

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    Comment by Henry Lum on August 19, 2010
  66. I’m going to spend the rest of the summer just relaxing.

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    Comment by Char on August 19, 2010
  67. More family bike rides and try to get the training wheels off of the 5 years old’s bike!!

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    Comment by Carolynn Tooth on August 19, 2010
  68. Ahhhh! School started 2 days ago for us here in Colorado! NOW it’s time for mom to wind down…

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    Comment by Allison on August 19, 2010
  69. we are heading to the beach next week at grandma and grandpas house
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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    Comment by nan lara on August 19, 2010
  70. We already had our major events of the summer so we are enjoying the rest of the beautiful weather and time with family :) And lots of local parks too!

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    Comment by Nicole Greene on August 19, 2010
  71. We are planning on enjoying our new baby!

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    Comment by Lori Jones on August 19, 2010
  72. We are going to do one more day trip to our local Six Flags. The kids love the water park and the rides and its a day we spend together before school starts.

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    Comment by Debra F on August 19, 2010
  73. I am trying to finish some crafty and sewing projects before my semester starts, my husband and I are going to have our one and only hoorah with our friends (we’ve been so busy this summer) and we’ll keep riding our horsies till it gets too cold!

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    Comment by Susie on August 19, 2010
  74. We love summer and love doing anything outside. We will spend our last days of summer hiking, swimming, camping and just having fun!

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    Comment by Allison on August 19, 2010
  75. I want one last hurrah at the beach before school starts. Right around dusk it thins out and we lay on blankets and watch the sun set and listen to the waves.

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    Comment by Laura on August 19, 2010
  76. We have the PNE, who doesn’t like 4-h competetions and superdogs? Oh and mini-donuts. :)

    Kristabella, there are tons of geocaches in Canada. :)

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    Comment by Gwen on August 19, 2010
  77. We are going to grandma’s house on the west coast of Florida.

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    Comment by Donna L on August 19, 2010
  78. I’m going on a road trip with my mother and grandma to attend my future sister-in-law’s bridal shower.

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    Comment by Emily N. on August 19, 2010
  79. My daughter will be going back to college next week. So, I wanted to spend some quality time with her before she goes away. We will be going for a massage and a facial in NY and then probably do lunch while in the city.

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    Comment by maria m on August 19, 2010
  80. rock climbing and bike riding! only a week left to get it all in!

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    Comment by Rachel on August 19, 2010
  81. Camping, fishing, hiking, biking, swimming, atv-ing, and enjoying the beautiful weather!

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    Comment by jennifernm on August 19, 2010
  82. We are fitting in a trip to the zoo tomorrow. We will also fit in a few more trips to the city pool before it closes until next summer. We definitely will be spending time outside, since we are stuck inside for 4 long months of winter!
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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    Comment by Nicole on August 20, 2010
  83. We are going to Vegas for the weekend to do some shopping and spending the next week outdoors as much as possible

    thanks
    jotteson@frontiernet.net

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    Comment by jessica on August 20, 2010
  84. We are going to squeeze in one more trip to the beach and a pseudo camping trip, camp fire, smores, ect but no staying the night. We have a newborn.
    mommycreations(at)gmail.com

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    Comment by Jessica on August 20, 2010
  85. Well, school starts Monday and we me the girls’ teachers last night so I feel like summer is over! They have their last day of camp today and a pool party tonight and we’ll just chill over the weekend. They’re ready to go back to school!

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    Comment by Kathy Greer on August 20, 2010
  86. We plan to hit the State Fair

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    Comment by Jessie C. on August 20, 2010
  87. We just took a family weekend getaway to Pittsburgh as sort of a last hoorah before school starts. We’ll also be having a labor day picnic.

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    Comment by Angie B on August 20, 2010
  88. I plan on going to the lake with my family and friends.

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    Comment by Lynn on August 20, 2010
  89. We are going to camp out in the backyard and roast marshmellows over Labor Day Weekend for one last fling before school starts.

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    Comment by Amy V on August 20, 2010
  90. Went to Unity Music Festival last weekend. Now we’re just trying to get the most use possible out of our swimming pool. Love taking it easy at home.

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    Comment by Carol on August 20, 2010
  91. We plan on taking a bike ride to our favorite ice cream shop and we’re also going to the splash pad!

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    Comment by Amanda A on August 20, 2010
  92. This summer has felt like it’s gone by so fast!!! But the last thing were doing before my son goes back to school is go camping!!! We have so many beautiful spots to go camping here in Utah!!! We love being outdoors and being grateful to all the beauty around us!!! Here is my e-mail ani_allen@hotmail.com

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    Comment by Ani A on August 20, 2010
  93. We’ll be going to the pool every chance we get!

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    Comment by Steph on August 20, 2010
  94. We have a fun camping trip planned with some friends we didn’t get to see much this summer. And I try to hit the park and the beach with the kids as much as I can!

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    Comment by Cori Westphal on August 20, 2010
  95. heading to Virginia and going camping!

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    Comment by Shainna on August 20, 2010
  96. We’re going to take a long weekend trip to the mountains!! Thanks
    bleatham*at*gmail.com
    .-= shelly aka allysmama´s last blog ..No Go BlogHer Blog Hop =-.

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    Comment by shelly aka allysmama on August 21, 2010
  97. I live at the beach, but have had almost no time outside all summer! So my plan is a few days of sun and surf and maybe some BBQ!

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    Comment by LAMusing on August 21, 2010
  98. The plan is to go to the horseraces!

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    Comment by Norma on August 21, 2010
  99. Anything involving water – the beach, lake, pool. One last opportunity for a day of fun in the sun before the winter sets in.

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    Comment by Terri Dell on August 21, 2010
  100. We plan on going to Old Orchard Beach Maine one more time this summer

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    Comment by Nadine L on August 21, 2010
  101. We’re going to join the pool party our apartment complex is hosting! All the fun and none of the planning mess for us! That’s the best kind of party!

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    Comment by Elizabeth N. on August 21, 2010
  102. We are going up to Boston for a long weekend with Nana.

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    Comment by Nanci K on August 21, 2010
  103. Lots of playtime at the pool and on the river. Maybe a hiking trip to Enchanted Rock.

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    Comment by Jenn S. on August 21, 2010
  104. We plan on going to the beach one last time!

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    Comment by Jamie on August 21, 2010
  105. trying to fit a weekend to chicago to museum of science and industry.

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    Comment by Pat Ramey on August 21, 2010
  106. Our family of four will be taking a road trip from Arizona to Northern California to visit family!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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    Comment by Henria O. on August 21, 2010
  107. Hoping for another trip to the beach before summer ends.

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    Comment by heatherzilla on August 21, 2010
  108. As summer winds down our family plans on one more camping trip next weekend!

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    Comment by Marilyn Wons on August 21, 2010
  109. My family intends to spend lots of fun time in our backyard pool. :-) Thank you.

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    Comment by Jaque on August 21, 2010
  110. another trip to the santa barbara zoo
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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    Comment by Stephanie V. on August 21, 2010
  111. Our last big event was our picnic/family reunion last weekend.

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    Comment by Linda Moeller on August 21, 2010
  112. We plan on going camping this evening and spending tomorrow playing in the mountains!

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    Comment by McKim on August 21, 2010
  113. Go to the zoo!

    kerin0874 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    Comment by Kam A on August 21, 2010
  114. HAPPY SUMMER!
    SNEAKING IN ONE MORE PICNIC!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

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    Comment by Linda on August 21, 2010
  115. Just one last Homemade ice cream party!

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    Comment by Leigh Nichols on August 21, 2010
  116. We plan on ending summer with a small camping trip! Love to relax up north by the lake and make s’mores :)

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    Comment by amber on August 21, 2010
  117. It is just so hot! We will probably go to the movies tomorrow afternoon. School starts on Monday.

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    Comment by Annette D on August 21, 2010
  118. We’re planning one last camping trip in the mountains this summer.

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    Comment by julieh on August 21, 2010
  119. I plan trips to the park or maybe a trip to the zoo. We have a few more BBQ’s and they enjoy shopping for school things.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

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    Comment by Denise S on August 21, 2010
  120. We plan a Labor Day family picnic and a couple of day trips before summer’s end.

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    Comment by Debbie C on August 21, 2010
  121. indoor camping party and for the older ones we will be watching lost the last season straight through

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    Comment by SANDY on August 21, 2010
  122. We will be going to Canada to enjoy the weather.

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    Comment by Nathan C on August 21, 2010
  123. We hope to go to Sea World one more time before school begins!

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    Comment by Kim on August 21, 2010
  124. we are in michigan visiting the grandparents

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    Comment by sandra on August 21, 2010
  125. We are heading to the ocean with some friends. Can’t wait. It will be our first vacation this summer.

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    Comment by Jill L on August 21, 2010
  126. santa barbara zoo one last time
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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    Comment by Stephanie V. on August 21, 2010
  127. We dont’ have any definate plans for the rest of the summer. Maybe a couple more trips to the drive-in theater on weekend nights.

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    Comment by Katherine M. on August 21, 2010
  128. No big plans for us, we might take a one night trip for Labor Day.

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    Comment by Karen M on August 22, 2010
  129. Oh, our favorite thing is hanging out in the pool and playing in the water. I hope we can still do this for a few more weeks before the water gets too cold…

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    Comment by PixelBerryPie on August 22, 2010
  130. Reading! We have to slip those last few books in that we didn’t get to finish throughout Summer.

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    Comment by bigcrashbangboom on August 22, 2010
  131. We ended our Summer by visiting the animal sanctuary that’s a few miles away. It was delightful to be able to see, pet, and feed all the animals! I hope we can go back sometime.

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    Comment by Tarissa on August 22, 2010
  132. My family is always having fun in the pool all summer long. It’s still hot and so the water warms up pretty good right now. We really enjoy going swimming whenever we can fit it in.

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    Comment by stgraves on August 22, 2010
  133. For us one last beach trip and labor day bbq are the last fun summer events :)

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    Comment by Dee on August 22, 2010
  134. we always have 1 last huge family picnic

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    Comment by brenda helgeson on August 22, 2010
  135. We are going on our last summer getaway to Myrtle Beach, SC.

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    Comment by Ann F on August 22, 2010
  136. We are taking the kids to Disneyland for our end of summer vacation

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    Comment by april j on August 22, 2010
  137. ONE MORE TRIP TO HERSHEY PARK

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    Comment by EMMA L HORTON on August 22, 2010
  138. Play badmonton. Thanks

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    Comment by Rhonda Petersen on August 22, 2010
  139. Play badminton. Thanks

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    Comment by Rhonda Petersen on August 22, 2010
  140. Museum

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    Comment by Kurt on August 22, 2010
  141. I would love to get in a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter but it is just too hot and too expensive right now.

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    Comment by April on August 22, 2010
  142. we plan one more trip to the beach

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    Comment by Heather S on August 22, 2010
  143. We are going to the State Fair and not feel guilty about eating corn dogs, funnel cakes, and cotton candy:)

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    Comment by PauleyD on August 22, 2010
  144. We’re taking the kids camping!

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    Comment by MamaKat on August 22, 2010
  145. I have been meaning to hit one of the waterparks all summer–Aquatica is my favorite

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    Comment by Lisa Foster on August 22, 2010
  146. http://twitter.com/fostertam/status/21848671685

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    Comment by Lisa Foster on August 22, 2010
  147. We are going to the beach for a few days, Nascar race and Washington Dc for two days.

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    Comment by Theresa Clift on August 22, 2010
  148. We are getting ready for one last long weekend of camping. Hard to believe summer is already coming to an end.

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    Comment by Nancy on August 22, 2010
  149. We are taking a trip to visit with the inlaws. We plan to go to the beach and an amusement park while we are there.

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    Comment by Tari L. on August 22, 2010
  150. No more big fun this Summer, just a few quiet evenings spent together enjoying each other and some games.

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    Comment by Andrea S. on August 22, 2010
  151. we’re gonna hit the beach while we still can!

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    Comment by Daniel M on August 22, 2010
  152. We go to the beach

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    Comment by Linda Lansford on August 22, 2010
  153. Well sad to say my son is already back in school :( The last week before it started we took a trip to Florida and seen 3 of the beaches there. So now, we take it easy and enjoy some backyard time. The kids love our trampoline and splash around in the baby pool.

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    Comment by Lona W on August 22, 2010
  154. I am going to go to West Virginia to visit my Aunt. I am taking my 3 Grandchildren with me. We are going to go down to the river on the ATV”s. And we will have a bonfire and look for shooting stars!

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    Comment by Janet on August 22, 2010
  155. Summer is already over here. Kids have been back in school for a week already. I did take the grandkids on a number of road trips as the time wound down–the zoo, the aquarium, California Academy of Sciences, etc. They really liked that.

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    Comment by Diane R. on August 22, 2010
  156. Not really fun plans, we’ll try to get back to school shopping done and get everything lined up for when school starts so we aren’t scrambling the first day

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

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    Comment by Suzanne K on August 22, 2010
  157. As the summer comes to an end we are just enjoying our time together in the last of the warm days. Some days we will just go for walks, other days enjoy the sprinkler or head over to one of the parks in the area.

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    Comment by Karine Traverse on August 22, 2010
  158. tweeted here
    http://twitter.com/Grandma3710/status/21856728227

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    Comment by Betty N on August 22, 2010
  159. We still have a family picnic to attend. We will also finish working in the garden.

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    Comment by Patricia on August 22, 2010
  160. we go to the park, hike, hit the beach.

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    Comment by Adrienne Gordon on August 22, 2010
  161. We’re planning a trip to the beach at the end of summer, when the weather’s still warm but the rates are lower.

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    Comment by Donna B. on August 22, 2010
  162. We’re hoping to get in a weekend of camping and fishing before the end of the summer.

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    Comment by Ellie W on August 22, 2010
  163. We are taking a trip to Cedar Point before it closes. marybug2@yahoo.com

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    Comment by Mary on August 22, 2010
  164. sign me up

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    Comment by donna on August 22, 2010
  165. we would like to spend time camping and horseback riding. jozie1420@yahoo.com

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    Comment by faith on August 22, 2010
  166. We plan to take a riverboat cruise around town and visit Denali National Park :)

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    Comment by Mandala on August 22, 2010
  167. We’re in the process of remodeling our teen daughter’s bedroom (no, really, it’s fun… sorta!), then it’s back to school shopping and then… bring on Fall!!

    Many thanks!!

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    Comment by Kimberley W on August 22, 2010
  168. We are hoping to hit one more upick farm to put up a bit of summers sweetness.

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    Comment by elizabeth p on August 22, 2010
  169. Haha, I wish I could do some fun stuff in the final weeks of summer, but our Practicums have just started up, which kinda sucks for having fun :/ But it is what it is :D

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    Comment by Timbo on August 22, 2010
  170. We’re planning a short trip to NYC.

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    Comment by Carol W. on August 22, 2010
  171. Too late. My daughter is on a modified calendar so she went back to school weeks ago. And my son went back to college today. So summer is over in our house

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    Comment by barbara wright on August 22, 2010
  172. Ok, we have several playdates lined up, a sleepover, just got back from our last weekend camping, and one last trip to Ocean Shores, that should fill out our summer nicely. We start on September 2. :-(

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    Comment by monstergirlee on August 22, 2010
  173. We’re hoping to take the boat out for a last summer trip of fishing or just lazing about watching the wildlife.

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    Comment by Sunshyn Vanderheiden on August 22, 2010
  174. We will be have a pool party at home with friends and family with good friends, good food, swimming and smores to finish the night.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Comment by Jill Myrick on August 22, 2010
  175. We are taking a short trip to the beach at the end of the week.

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    Comment by Erica C. on August 22, 2010
  176. Summer is already over here. But next year, maybe a trip somewhere great.

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    Comment by Erin Walsh on August 22, 2010
  177. I’m hoping we can go on a hike before school starts!

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    Comment by B. Young on August 22, 2010
  178. My husband plans to take the kids to the zoo soon. I’m going to stay home with the newborn, assuming we can get him to come out!

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    Comment by Cindy on August 22, 2010
  179. We want to get one more camping trip in

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    Comment by Kathy Scott on August 22, 2010
  180. We’re having a “Happy School Year” party

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    Comment by Cujo on August 22, 2010
  181. Cedar Point is about 1 1/2 hours from our house and we try to go every year..we missed last year because I had surgery but we’re taking a day during the week next week to go. Hubby has 1 more vacation day saved just for the occasion.

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    Comment by shel on August 22, 2010
  182. day at the beach

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    Comment by Christine on August 22, 2010
  183. We would love to go to Busch Gardens but it’ll depend if I have surgery or not.

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    Comment by Paula Hafner on August 22, 2010
  184. I just got a National Parks Pass, and I want to visit Fort Pickens, so we can have a picnic at Gulf Islands National Seashore before it gets too cold.

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    Comment by Auriette on August 23, 2010
  185. we like spending time at the beach. It’s still pretty nice towards the end of summer here in sunny SoCal

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    Comment by Louis on August 23, 2010
  186. here is my tweet
    http://twitter.com/rosidentevil/status/21886064510

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    Comment by Louis on August 23, 2010
  187. Thanks so much!
    brandileigh2003@yahoo.com

    I will be spending time at the pool.

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    Comment by brandileigh2003 on August 23, 2010
  188. we are lucky enough to live at the beach in so. cal..we have a new adventure everyday at our footsteps

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    Comment by Allyson Ayala on August 23, 2010
  189. Going to Gilroy Gardens
    cookiesandclogs[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Comment by TerriAnn on August 23, 2010
  190. My granddaughter is looking forward to more swimming and one more short camping trip.

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    Comment by rebecca on August 23, 2010
  191. go to cedar point

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    Comment by Jennifer gersch on August 23, 2010
  192. I plan on having a cookout.

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    Comment by Jeff on August 23, 2010
  193. In the past few weeks, we had an overnight camping trip in the mountains, hit the local amusement park and the local water park. The school season officially starts today!

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    Comment by Pauline M on August 23, 2010
  194. We plan to build a campfire and roast hotdogs and marshmallows in the eveningtime.

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    Comment by K Spencer on August 23, 2010
  195. going to the beach next week!
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Comment by Amy Delong on August 23, 2010
  196. To close out the summer, we plan on squeezing in one more family gathering at the forest preserves. Outdoor games and lots of fun!

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    Comment by Cindy on August 23, 2010
  197. We are going to wrap up summer with one last trip to the lake

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    Comment by Laura on August 23, 2010
  198. We plan to finish up in the garden, the kids had a balst growing things this summer and now is the time to start cleaning up and putting the garden to rest for the autumn

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    Comment by Kate on August 23, 2010
  199. We just went on our annual camping trip we take every year with 12 other families. It’s so much fun!! The adults and kids both really look forward to this trip every year!

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    Comment by Shelley Mitchell on August 23, 2010
  200. We have a family trip planned over Labor Day weekend.

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    Comment by Terri L on August 23, 2010
  201. It’s still ultra-hot, and we’re weather-wimps. Our big plan is to catch a couple of movies in good ol’fashioned air-conditioned theaters.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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    Comment by Jean D. on August 23, 2010
  202. Maybe some garage selling or Metal detecting if possible

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    Comment by arla on August 23, 2010
  203. I plan on enjoying the pool with my family until it closes next week.

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    Comment by PATTI M on August 23, 2010
  204. I want to get to the beach one more time before the summer ends!!
    drea8685@yahoo.com

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    Comment by andrea on August 23, 2010
  205. We enjoy spending time on the lake and soaking up the sun!

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    Comment by Tarah on August 23, 2010
  206. Our plans revolve around softball. Both of my girls signed up for fall softball so we will be spending 5-6 days a week at the ballfields. thanks for the giveaway!

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    Comment by Crystal F on August 23, 2010
  207. We love our trampoline too! Except its in storage!
    We’ll go to the movies and shop!
    .-= wanda´s last blog ..Make a deposit =-.

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    Comment by wanda on August 23, 2010
  208. Im very simple I love to have cook outs with my family and I love to read in my extra time. Great giveaway thank you so much!
    tishajean@ charter.net

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    Comment by latisha depoortere on August 23, 2010
  209. Our summer is winding down with a snip not a bang. We have appointments for hair cuts to frame our tanned faces.
    momznite_at_yahoo_daught_com

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    Comment by momznite on August 23, 2010
  210. We are spending time at the pool, having BBQs and doing night nature walks at the local park. I am trying to spend a lot of time with the kids before our schedules change again and we settle in to a new school year.

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    Comment by alycep on August 23, 2010
  211. We are going to go camping at the beach on last time this weekend before summer comes to a close.

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    Comment by Kerrie Mayans on August 23, 2010
  212. We are just doing local- unplanned hospital stay interfered with our vacay but was needed.

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    Comment by dddiva on August 23, 2010
  213. We will likely schedule a trip to the zoo.

    Thanks for the chance!

    mybabyblessings [at] gmail [dot] com

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    Comment by Stephanie on August 23, 2010
  214. We are planning a trip to Grandmas which is at the beach:)

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    Comment by chastidy on August 23, 2010
  215. A few more trips to the beach and the to Amish country

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    Comment by Diane Baum on August 23, 2010
  216. I hope to spend as much time as possible in the pool!

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    Comment by Heather on August 23, 2010
  217. We’re trying to get in a trip to our local zoo, if the Texas heat will ever let up a little bit.
    tesashel225 (@) aol (dotcom)

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    Comment by Tesa S. on August 23, 2010
  218. Yikes!
    School started two weeks ago here in our part of FL.
    But, at he first break, we’d love to go Disney World.
    Even though it’s in our “backyard” we seldom find time to make it there.

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    Comment by Vickie M on August 23, 2010
  219. Maybe go to the pool. Can’t afford to go on vacation.

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    Comment by carol y l on August 23, 2010
  220. I plan to make sure we go to the pool one last time this summer!

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    Comment by carmen on August 23, 2010
  221. we’re sticking close to home
    .-= Happi Shopr´s last blog ..A Brief Reminder – Undy 5000 Chisums Crew Fundraising Efforts &amp YOU! =-.

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    Comment by Happi Shopr on August 23, 2010
  222. some more swimming and tennis and hopefully a trip to the waterpark

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    Comment by Sarah Hirsch on August 23, 2010
  223. We have one last trip planned to the lake to celebrate our youngest child’s upcoming birthday.

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    Comment by Rosey on August 23, 2010
  224. We’re going to the mountains for a few days.

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    Comment by Sharon A on August 23, 2010
  225. I plan on taking my kids to the circus next weekend and I would love love love to be able to take my son to a baseball game!

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    Comment by Justine on August 23, 2010
  226. We love to go to the beach and we’ll try to get in a few more trips before the snow falls, hehehe.

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    Comment by Janet Carpenter on August 23, 2010
  227. I blogged! http://giveawaysonblogs.blogsp.....eaway.html

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    Comment by Janet Carpenter on August 23, 2010
  228. We are closing out the summer with a long weekend with friends and their 6 year old (she is 6 weeks younger than our daughter) in Myrtle Beach!

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    Comment by Tricia Andrews on August 23, 2010
  229. a trip to the beach

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    Comment by Patricia Treskovich on August 23, 2010
  230. Grilling, hiking, a few more trips to the lake and maybe a short road trip or two!

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    Comment by Tonya on August 23, 2010
  231. I want to go camping.

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    Comment by Breanne on August 23, 2010
  232. We are trying to finish moving into our house – it actually is pretty fun. The kids are loving getting into their rooms!

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    Comment by Carla on August 23, 2010
  233. I have had such a busy summer,now I need to stay home and clean the house.

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    Comment by Susan on August 23, 2010
  234. We still have a family barbecue on Labor Day and a family camping/hiking trip the following weekend planned, and while the weather cooperates we hope to spend some quality time in the pool and at the tennis courts!

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    Comment by Geoff K on August 23, 2010
  235. We don’t have any specific plans other than a trip to visit my brother and his family. Get togethers with cousins are always fun.

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    Comment by Betty C on August 23, 2010
  236. We plan to take a day trip to Craters of the Moon in a month or so after it cools off a bit.

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    Comment by Barbara on August 23, 2010
  237. That trampoline looks like a lot of fun. We’ve had fun this summer just going to the beach, bike riding, attending a few local fairs and going fishing and to the library, a lot for books.

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    Comment by Bev on August 23, 2010
  238. We plan to make a final beach trip labor day weekend!

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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    Comment by R Hicks on August 23, 2010
  239. We plan to spend time in the yard, at the library, at the park, and sending the kids off to friends for final summer sleepovers. If possible we would love to squeeze in one more overnight trip somewhere.

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    Comment by Shakti on August 23, 2010
  240. We all just attended a big family wedding. That was our last planned activity for summer before school starts.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Comment by Joanne Schultz on August 23, 2010
  241. We plan to go to our State Fair a few times between Thursday and Labor Day!

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    Comment by Chrysa on August 23, 2010
  242. We will be spending most the rest of the Summer at the pool.

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    Comment by Susan Smith on August 23, 2010
  243. Shore baby (we live in Jersey) and heading to a cute cheap theme park in PA called Knoebels

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    Comment by Dana on August 23, 2010
  244. dentist + movie + ice cream

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    Comment by Derk Thomas on August 23, 2010
  245. We haven’t had much of a chance this summer because of my husband’s work, but we would like to go on a trip to the mountains.

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    Comment by Michelle H. on August 23, 2010
  246. We will just enjoy being outside by having a day at the park – we will picnic, ride bikes and enjoy nature.

    luckycat1818(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    Comment by Amanda Campbell on August 23, 2010
  247. We will go to the pool and have a few more barbeques!

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    Comment by Annemarie on August 23, 2010
  248. My family is going on a camping/ hiking trip in the Adirondacks.

    saulpaugh.chelsea(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Comment by Chelsea Saulpaugh on August 23, 2010
  249. We’re going to hit as many local festivals as possible before summer’s end.

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    Comment by Sand on August 23, 2010
  250. We are going to go do a zip line in the mountains!

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    Comment by S Carter on August 23, 2010
  251. We are taking a last minute trip before the end of summer.

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    Comment by Barbara Long on August 23, 2010
  252. more swimming. Thanks for the contest

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    Comment by Sarah L on August 23, 2010
  253. My kids went back to school several weeks ago. Before they headed back, we headed to the zoo for our last fun outing.

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    Comment by Stefany on August 23, 2010
  254. A trip to the water park! Or building one in our yard with sprinklers and slip-n-slides… :)

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    Comment by Jen on August 24, 2010
  255. My hubby and I are taking a 3 1/2 week trip in our RV.

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    Comment by Selene on August 24, 2010
  256. We love hiking.

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    Comment by Elaine on August 24, 2010
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