Sunday, July 11, 2010

Day 35: a NICE, COOL, REFRESHING giveaway & some administrative changes...


OH MY GOSH IT'S HOT OUTSIDE. We live in southern Oregon where we seem to enjoy winter about nine months out of the year. Did I say "enjoy?" Because, by June, when it's still snowing outside, I WANT TO KILL SOMEONE. Since it's usually so cold and mild, many of the homes here do not have air conditioning. Including ours. And every year we go through the same ordeal... Dr. Hempel cannot tolerate the heat. Each year we discuss if this is THE YEAR we should purchase central air conditioning. We pull out all of the window units, drag out the fans, open the windows in the morning, close them shortly after to trap the cool air... And really, it's not too bad. By the time we call & get some estimates on installing central a/c, the temperatures start dropping and we decide to put it off for another year.

Instead of focusing on all of the horrible things about summer heat, I'd like to share some of my favorite things about summer:

1) We have a beautiful yard. I love watering the plants and sitting under the shade of our patio umbrella, enjoying the view.

2) Taking the kids to the pool has become much more fun and less of a chore. Corbin is becoming brave around the water, this year, and Lauren has turned in to a fish. I keep checking behind her ears for gills...

3) I love seeing the little kids with their butts hanging out of the backs of their swimsuits. I think little kids in their swim wear is the cutest thing and I have to sit on my hands to keep myself from pinching those little summer booties.

4) There's SO MUCH TO DO when it's nice outside! We're hiking, biking, camping, swimming, visiting with friends, having kids over, going to the lake, digging in the dirt, harvesting our garden... exploring... just HAVING FUN!!

5) Watermelon, peaches, pears, oranges, cooking on the grill, not as hungry because of the heat... just eating, in general, during the summer. Good stuff.

Now... I mentioned some "administrative changes" that were coming to the blog so here's the deal...

I've decided to blog Sunday - Friday & take Saturdays off. BECAUSE... most of you people don't check in on the blog Saturday/Sunday. (Except the few of you who must really REALLY love me and to those people... back at'cha.) You can assume that I am not working out, for the most part, on Saturday/Sunday. From now on I will be posting a blog Sunday night that will have the weekend's give away listed. And I will give one thing away, for the weekend, but it will always be a "good" thing! Then, if I happen to flake out during the week, I'll have an additional give away. BUT DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH. I'm trying REALLY hard to not flake out! : )

Which brings me to today's giveaway.... you've read all of my crap... you're wanting me to get to the good stuff... so here it goes:
As hot as it is, summer treats are very important. Here in Klamath Falls, we go to the Frosty Spoon where we can buy frozen yogurt that is FREAKING AMAZING and has 32 calories per serving. But you may not be so lucky... you may have to make your OWN frozen yogurt.

Today I'm giving away a Cuisinart 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt maker. (notice I didn't say "ice cream maker" since I KNOW you'll ONLY make frozen yogurt, right??!)

To enter the contest, please answer the following question in the comments section:

What is your favorite summertime outdoor activity? 


I will accept entries for this contest until midnight, July 13, 2010. Only one entry per person... Winners are chosen randomly, usually by me demanding one of the children give me a "number between one and however-many-entries-we-get" and I never ask Corbin because he doesn't know how to count very well. The winner is responsible for coming back to the blog to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 14th and will be required to email me at rebuildingamy@gmail.com.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT TO KNOW??!

Okay. I'm done. The house is a mess, it's midnight, and I have a million things on my plate for tomorrow. But I'll be back. Yes-sir-ee... you can bet your bottom dollar. 'Cause this is my blog and I like it here. It's old, worn, and has an odd smell... but it's home. Really... I need to sign off now.... 

61 comments:

Kristina said...

My favorite summer activity I don't get to do much anymore. Catching fireflies. Not exactly a super high energy activity but it is a summer activity I can remember as a kid.
I live in the city now, no lightning bugs here, and the other things I loved doing, like swimming I do year round now (although I don't get to swim outside, in the middle of the night or in the rain)

Beth said...

My favorite summer activity now is hitting the trails on the fourwheeler. I can't wait to ride out to the glacier soon with the family!

Lorrie said...

My favorite is kayaking at a lake with my daughter. Racing from point "A" to point "B", getting into a water fight then finding the perfect picnic spot with our favorite lunch. Hoagies, with all the fixin's. Oh...and she always brings Oreos. (I don't like Oreos. So no temptation there.)

christina said...

I have so so so many - right now my favorite is running around catching fireflys with my 3 year old. He is in awe!

That is quickly followed by my early morning runs, swimming
(and eating crabs by the pool - yummy), going to the beach and ocean kayaking.

Tricia said...

I actually miss the mild weather. It's so hot and humid in GA that outside summer activities are few and far between. I also miss the mountains. I'd have to say my favorite outdoor summery activity would be anything in the mountains. Camping, hiking, swimming, fishing....

Stephanie said...

I live in Arizona so, like your winter, we have summer 9 months of the year. I am not loving it right now (it was 108 yesterday) The only really tolerable activity is swimming and even then early morning or evening only:)
Here our favorite summer activities are movies, rollerskating and bowling. lol!

Geila said...

Oh I love camping in the summer :)

Julie said...

As you know, being in the South it gets HOT! So, of course my fav activity is going to the pool with the kiddos. :)

T said...

My favorite summer outdoor activity these days is playing soccer out on the lawn with my 2 year old! Second best is sitting on my lawn chair with a good book while I watch him run around the yard.

bobbi said...

My favorite summer activity is working in my yard. I am a farm girl at heart and love digging around in the dirt and seeing the results. The boy love helping as well, however they get distracted easily and start water fights and pick the flowers instead of the weeds!

Rachel Garcia said...

We love to go to the lake and go play on our boat, granted we now need a bigger boat because my kids are bigger and want to go lots faster DAD!!

Kid bums in bathing suits are the cutest we put the baby in a bikini yesterday so she could play outside yesterday and she was bootylicius!!!

Brandy said...

My favorite activity is sitting on the front porch, sipping some nice cold cherry lime Chrystal Light,while people watching. Although...I must say, I went to Park City, which is much cooler than Salt Lake, and did the Zip line at the Olymic Park....it was a BLAST!! If I could afford it, I would do that at least once a week!!

Dan.Beth.Miranda.Hayley said...

Amy, I love your blog! Glad you're having a FABULOUS summer!

What is my favorite summertime activity. PLAYING OUTSIDE WITH MY KIDDOS!!! Jumping on the trampoline, swimming, going to the lake and there are so much more. I love SUMMER except when it is so FREAKING HOT that I can't sleep in my own house. Central Air conditioning sounds good; but, what's the point? The heat only lasts a couple of weeks out of the year right? haha!

Charlyn said...

My favorite activity is being in the back yard with my husband and two little boys and filling up buckets of water balloons to throw at each other. My son must ask to do that 15,000 times a day. (We also love watching our tomatoes growing!).

Staci at Craftify It ! said...

I live in AZ, so I can relate on the HEAT. It isn't even 9am & it is over 100 degrees. Ughh. So...my favorite summer time activity? Running through the sprinklers! Something about this just makes me you feel like a kid again!:)

I would LOVE the "frozen yogurt" maker & with my recent weight loss goals, that is ALL I would be able to make! Crossing my fingers....

Staci
craftifyit at gmail dot com

ShopHotPinkDiaries said...

my favorite summer activity is definitely swimming during the day in the sunshine with my kids/family. in the evening once the sun has set, i love to sit and watch the kids play a pick up game of wiffle-ball till it's too dark to play anymore. ah, summertime, you are wonderful.

Suz said...

My favorite summer activity is camping...OK it's not really but my husband REALLY likes it so we bought a small tent camper and our kids REALLY like it. And, there is a highlight for me - we have a girls side and a boys side. At night I get to snuggle my 6 year old and we read stories with flashlights and it is so nice. I think the boys have fun too, but the 4 year old flip-flops a lot in his sleep - sweet because Daddy likes camping SOOO MUCH he should have to sacrifice a little, right?

Anonymous said...

I really hate the hot weather! But when it's cool outside, I LOVE working on my patio garden...nothing more exciting than growing your own veggies and herbs!

Rachel

Diona Leonard said...

My fav summertime activity is definantly being at the baseball field watching my two boys play ball! There is always a slew of little sisters for my little girl to play with and they all make new best friends each summer! Just a fun, clean, whole-family time that we all look forward to:)

Whimsy said...

I absolutely love taking early evening walks in the summertime. That, and eating popsicles. Because seriously, don't popsicles make EVERYTHING better?

Jessica said...

There are a lot of fun things to do during the summertime months! But my favorite has to be camping, so that I can go fishing and hiking! Nothing more refreshing than being out in the sun and soaking in the rays!

Heather Tramp said...

I have so many favorite things in the summer. Anything involving water- swimming, fishing, boating, hiking to waterfalls. I also love a backyard bbq with lots of fresh veggies and fruit and all my friends and family around.

natioam said...

My favorite summer activiy is usually going to Hot Springs Villiage and staying on the lake. This year we are not going there. Instead we are going to some place in VA where we are renting a cabin and we will have our own private lake. I love everything about it. Fish early in the morning, swimm in the middle of the lake mid day, fish early evening and catfish fishing late at night. The peace and quiet is wonderful.

Michelle Davis said...

my favorite summertime activity would have to be going to yard sales! i love getting out of the house and finding treasures!

andrea said...

My two year old helped my plant a garden and we have so much fun checking on the progress everyday!

Nick and Ashley said...

We LOVE to swim! I have four kids and I cannot seem to get them out of the pool!

Beth-a-knee said...

My favorite summer activity is hands-down swimming. I'd be out there every day if I could but a 15-month-old limits me somewhat.

Sweet said...

I love hiking (but with plenty of water, of course!).

WrayLynn said...

Taking my kids to the lake and spray park. They get worn out and all actually go to bed early!

Chelsea Smith (Sandy) said...

Favorite summer activity...my new favorite is kayaking. It's so fun! Maybe cause I've gone with awesome people. Everything just seems to be better in the summer!

Mel said...

I just found your blog from CJane. I love that you live in Oregon. I just traveled there last month for the first time and absolutely LOVED it. You are very lucky and I hope to travel there again really soon!
My favorite summer activity is going to Rodeo's. It shouts SUMMER to me!

Matt, Sarah and Evan said...

I heart camping! There really is nothing better in the world than sitting outside, around a campfire, roasting hot dogs with absolutely nothing better to do than read a good book and take a nap!

MatKiKenz said...

hmmmm thats a good question... which to pick, which to pick? garage sales, camping, fishing, gardening, swimming,running thru the sprinkler, water fights, BBQs boating...

I can't pick. sorry. I <3 summer! Can you believe we had snow a month ago!?

Vicky said...

We live on a lake in Florida...take your pick of watersports 'cause they're ALL our favorite!!

Jennifer Garza said...

Always love traveling, regardless of the season, but summers are great for biking and laying by the pool!

Haylee said...

My favorite summer activity is going on bike rides! It's a great way to get some exercise and it's FUN!

Hannah Ashmore said...

My favorite summer activities are swimming and hiking. There is nothing more refreshing than taking a dip in the pool to cool down or hiking in the mountains to cool down. LOVE summer and LOVE frozen yogurt!

Tara Shirley said...

My favorite summer activity is going to Yellowstone! It's so fun to be out and see the beauty and be with my husband. This year will be the first year we go with our little girl, hopefully she will love it too!

Michele P. said...

hot weather and I don't get along at all... esp. in the Northeast where it has been humid lately. I do love the short summer months though, and love to take walks in the early evening and then rest on the front porch for a bit with the cats and my daughter.

great blog, enjoyed my visit~!

chcmama said...

my favorite summer activity is heaidng to the Oregon coast, because when it is too hot at home it isn't at the coast

CanadianMommyto2 said...

My favorite summer activity is spending a few hours at the water park or lake with my two toddler boys.

Amy said...

My favorite summer activity is to stay in the water at the beach. I live in Florida, so it's basically a requirement.

janie taylor photographie said...

my favorite summertime outdoor activity is just sitting out on the porch right after dinner with my new husband, swinging, watching the fire flies and planning our future. :)

Alison West said...

My favorite summer activity is reading a book in the back yard and soaking up the sun !!!! But for more of an excercise activity I have been meeting coworkers at the Henley Track and walking on weekend mornings !!!! The track is amazing and made from recycled tires so really good on your feet and feels great to achieve some excercise and catch up with coworkers about fun stuff instead of work.

Jill said...

I don't get along well with the heat here in the Central Valley (CA)-- but I enjoy gardening in the morning, and lounging in my hammock swing in the evenings.

That frozen-yummy-goodness-maker looks awesome! I'm crossing my fingers!

Atzimba said...

My favorite is to garden in the mornings and eat cooled watermelon in the afternoon.
If I win, I will use the many varieties of berries from our garden for our first batch of frozen yogurt. I am sure that could become a summer fav too.

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Becky said...

We love to take trips to our local parks (early in the day before it gets too hot). We also LOVE frozen yogurt :)

Nicole said...

My favorite thing about the summer is taking the kids to the pool and camping-though we haven't had the chance to do EITHER of those things yet this year, they are my favorite.

TDeuce said...

Running and s'mores!

Christina said...

My favourite summer activity is biking! Cruising, road biking, mountain biking. Makes me happy!

Emily said...

I went canoeing for the first time last month and I think that could be my favorite. I like all the simple too- anything that can be done outside on a blanket.

hollietheblessed said...

I love summertime and my favorite activity/activities are all the active things we can do as a family. I love to run and love to run outside especially. Then we have the family bike rides, trips to the parks, trips to the pool, trips to the wavepool, and enjoying all the fairs and festivals that happen this time of year. Did I mention that I love summer time?

Kauer Family said...

My favorite summer activities use to be riding my horses but haven't had them since high school :( but now it is keeping 3 boys busy during the summer with lots of water fights and playing soccer outside.

WindyLou said...

My favorite summertime outdoor activity has to be planting flowers. I love getting my fingers and toes in the dirt!

Koobear said...

I love to go hiking in the Oregon mountains!

Allison said...

I just came across your blog and what jumped out at me was Klamth Falls. One of my closest friends grew up there (Christine Earl, I don't know her maiden name) I had never heard of the place before i met Her.

I live in Vegas. Summertime is rather ick here, and I burn so easily. When I was a child I would run through the sprinklers as soon as the sun went down. But now I don't have a lawn, so we go to the park where they have playgrounds that shoot out water, and my kids and I play on those.

The Tennessee Nobles said...

As you know, living in Memphis, there are not to many outdoor summer activities that I would call my "Favorite" So I'll go with a spring/fall favorite outdoor activity. I love to chase my boys out in the backyard and play with them on the swing set.

Cupboard Love said...

Taking pictures of summer sunsets standing on Wolf Lake and trying not to get eaten by mosquitoes - I do it every summer and it's always just wonderful!

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Jill said...

I love kayaking in the summer. My husband and I just got back from three days of camping at Fish Lake.