It is that time of year again.  Summer break is here, and while I love not having to rush out of the house everyday to take kids to school, I start to get anxious about what we will do to fill the days and curb sibling rivalry.  I have said it before and I’ll say it again, anyone who is “so excited” to have school out for the summer (I am throwing mental daggers at those of you… just so you know) does not have a child like Ava to entertain for two straight months.

I have made a summer list of some small field trips that we can take as a family this summer. Everything on my list is attainable to achieve right now.  I chose each activity in hopes that it would be fun as well as educational in some way.


I also came across this blog on Pinterest and she had some great ideas to create a a fun schedule for the long summer days.  Click here to link to the article she wrote on “must do daily activities and adventures.”  She has some really excellent ideas. I love the Make-it-Monday, Take-a-Trip Tuesday, Wet Wednesday, Thinking Thursday and Friend Friday outlined in the “Do It Yourself” Summer Camp Kit.

Here is our summer list of places The Mothership is going to take the kids during the two months we are off:

  1. Take a tour of the dump
  2. Take a tour of the fire station
  3. Go to Crocker Museum in Sacramento
  4. Check out the Caverns
  5. Take a trip to San Francisco and do all the tourist stuff
  6. Take a tour of the Jelly Bean Factory to see how jelly beans are made and eat a lot of them.
  7. Take a hike
  8. Go to a play (Bye Bye Birdie)
  9. Visit the Grace Foundation (rescued horses)
  10. Volunteer at a homeless shelter with Hands4Hope

So far we have accomplished number 1.  We went to the dump thinking it was a landfill, but we were disappointed that it is just a transfer station.  A transfer station is a place where the trash is taken temporarily before it is hauled off in gigantic trucks to landfills in Sacramento.

When we pulled up we had one extra excited kid, one ambivalent kid and two kids who were pretty pissed off.  We told the guy at the entrance that we are here for the trash tour and he said “bout time. . . we haven’t given a tour in a lonnggg time.”

After the tour was complete I understood why the transfer station trash tour wasn’t a booming summer activity.  It was pretty low-key with the most interesting part being the 25,000 cans that are smashed together to form a huge block.


Ava and Elsie stood with their noses plugged for the better part of the hour tour.  Violet thought it was very interesting because she is the most curious child ever born.  Preston is a boy who loves trash and trash trucks.  He was in heaven with the trash transfer process.

Elsa and Ava plugging their noses in disgust
Elsa and Ava plugging their noses in disgust.  Not too sure what Violet is doing.
Checking out the piles of trash
Checking out the piles of trash
Looks at how stoked Ava is. Priceless.
Check out the look on Ava’s face: priceless

I am glad we went to the trash transfer center. It is good for kids to know where there trash goes when they throw it in the trash can.  It is important for everyone to know how vital it is that we recycle and reuse for the health of our plant.

When the kids got home from the dirty dusty dump I sprayed them down with a hose in the front yard and removed every scrap of clothing they were wearing and threw it directly into the laundry heap.

Until next time, the mothership is signing off.

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Summer Break: I Have A Plan

3 thoughts on “Summer Break: I Have A Plan

  • May 28, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Call the dump in Roseville. They have a very cool facility!!!

    • May 28, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Oh really? I did not know. We will have to try that next time.


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