This wasn’t on our original bucket list but was something that our MAG (Marine Air Group~ aka a group of squadrons) put together for the kids.  We did a full tour of the Firehouse on base and had a wonderufl time.  It was totally entertaining and very educational!

Even little Pixi got in on the action climbing into the Big Red Engine for a photo op!  The kids toured the kitchen, sleep quarters, conference room, and living room.  They got to check out the inside of the trucks and learned what just about every piece of equipment is used for!  They also learned about the ambulance and all of it’s equipment.

The final part of the tour was a Firefighter demonstration.  This is by far my favorite part.  Not only is all of their gear pretty cool but it is SO important for children, especially the little ones, to be comfortable with them.  This firefighter put on all of his gear, icluding his oxygen tank and mask and crawled around on his hands and knees (just as he would in a fire) talking to them.  Great experience for the kids to know what Firefighters look and sound like should they be coming to help them in the event of a fire, and to not be afraid and run away.

Another great day with another great adventure!


***Most City Fire Departments hold tours during Fire Prevention Week each year so keep a look out for information on those!  Always a great experience for the kids.***

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On June 14, 1777 the beautiful Stars and Stripes that we know and love, was officially adopted as our Nations Flag by the Continental Congress. I am so proud that the P’s have a great love of their Flag and Country! Here’s P1 saying the pledge at 3 and her lovely rendition of “You’re a grand ol Flag!”

I Pledge Allegiance:

You’re a Grand Old Flag:

We crossed off another one from the Summer bucket list today; Visit a Museum.  And I can’t wait to go do it again!  The P’s LOVE museums but after living in DC a couple of years ago and making our way through the Smithsonian’s we haven’t visited any here in San Diego.  That all changed today when we went down to Balboa Park for their Resident Free Tuesday!

Each Tuesday of the month they host FREE entrance to certain museums.  Today we were able to visit the San Diego History Center and the Veterans Memorial Museum.  We can’t wait to go back and check out the Science Center, Natural History Museum, Air and Space Museum and SO many more!  Not to mention, just walking around the park is a great day…it’s Beautiful!

Resident Free Tuesday’s Schedule:

First Tuesday Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Centro Cultural de la Raza San Diego Model Railroad Museum San Diego Natural History Museum (Not valid for Titanic exhibition or 3D films)

Second Tuesday Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego History Center Veterans’ Museum and Memorial Center

Third Tuesday San Diego Art Institute Mingei International Museum San Diego Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Man Japanese Friendship Garden
Fourth Tuesday San Diego Air & Space Museum (Not valid for special exhibitions) San Diego Automotive Museum (Last admission 3:45pm) San Diego Hall of Champions SELECT House of Pacific Relations International Cottages
Fifth Tuesday Normal museum prices in effect. The Timken Museum of Art is always free.

Have you visited any of these museums?  I’d love for you to leave a comment and let me know which one’s your favorite!


Our Summer Bucket list is in full swing.  The kids are having a blast and have been surprisingly VERY well behaved!  Today we did a quick lunch and visit to the San Diego Zoo, which also happens to be item #1 on our Summer Bucket list.

We’ve been Zoo members, which also includes membership to the Zoo Safari Park, since my oldest was about 15 months and it never gets old!  With two parks that are very large we love to go and spend a couple of hours, always seeing something new.  The children’s zoo, complete with a petting corral and play structure is always a huge hit with the P’s too!

It’s been years since we went to the Summer Nighttime Zoo and we are really looking forward to it this year! The Nighttime Zoo starts June 23rd and runs until September 3rd, from 2pm-9pm.  The San Diego Zoo is a great place for an evening outing with the kids to enjoy some great entertainment!

If you are a local resident I highly recommend purchasing a year membership.  With Adult single day passes being $42, an $88 membership (or $109 for two people in the same household) quickly pays for itself!  Also, Active Duty Military are always FREE!


Woot!  School is out and we have one heck of a Bucket list for this summer!  This was my first year with two of my P’s in school (sort of, P2 only went two days a week) and I have missed my daily adventures with them so we are doing it up this summer!

To make it officially a ‘Bucket’ list I found this cute little bucket in the Target Dollar section (if you haven’t figured out by now, I love me some Target and I love me some dollar deals!).  We wrote each item from our list on wooden craft sticks with colored markers. (I plan on doing something with the sticks after we complete each item, but more on that later).  I like this idea because it makes it easy to add more to our list later.

So….what are planning this summer?  Here’s our list of 50 fun summer activities!  (I have to say some may not be happening, there was a little bit of over immagination/wishful thinking going on when the P’s were brainstorming).

  1.   Go to the Zoo
  2.   Go to the Wild Animal Park
  3.   Go to Seaworld
  4.   Play in a splashpad
  5.   Have a picnic
  6.   Fly a kite
  7.   Go swimming
  8.   Go to the beach
  9.   Camping
  10.   Roast Marshmallows
  11.   Have a play date
  12.   Go to the fair
  13.   Take a Road Trip
  14.   Join a summer reading program
  15.   Read 100 books
  16.   Build a sandcastle
  17.   Go to a Baseball game
  18.   Play with flashlights outside (flashlight tag)
  19.   Have a waterballoon fight
  20.   Visit the tidepools
  21.   Family bike ride
  22.   Try a new park
  23.   Go to the library
  24.   Visit a museum
  25.   Look at the boats
  26.   Visit Coronado Island
  27.   Watch fireworks
  28.   Eat a snowcone
  29.   Ride our scooters
  30.   Go to the movies
  31.   Have a BBQ
  32.   Take a walk to look at flowers
  33.   Watch the sunset on the beach
  34.   Go to a waterpark
  35.   Play putt putt golf
  36.   Collect Seashells
  37.   Bird Watching
  38.   Feed the Ducks
  39.   Make S’mores
  40.   Go on a treasure hunt
  41.   Go for a hike
  42.   Have a dance party
  43.   Make ice cream
  44.   Take a boat ride on the sea (P2′s request…one of the one’s I think may not happen)
  45.   Go for a train ride
  46.   Make lemonade
  47.   Climb on rocks
  48.   Climb trees
  49.   Check out some airplanes
  50.   Have a bubble party

So what are your plans for the Summer?  Did you make a bucket list?  I’d love to hear what you have planned and maybe get a few more ideas for our list!

*****We’ve added more!*****

  1. Go to a farmer’s market
  2. Have a Family Game night
  3. Visit a Historical Site
  4. Visit a Farm
  5. Dig in the dirt/make mud pies



As I was putting together our “Summer Survival” end of the year teacher gifts, I got the idea to put together “Welcome To Summer” buckets for the kids!

Today is P1′s last day of Kindergarten (seriously, how did THAT happen?!), and I since she was kind of bummed to hear she wouldn’t have any school for over 2 months, I think she’ll really enjoy her little gift.

I grabbed some fun stuff from the dollar tree and put it all into a beach bucket.  Nothing is very extravagant, just a few fun things just for Summer!

I wrote on the sand bucket with a permanent marker and inside I put some new goggles for swimming, bubbles, squirt gun, water balloons, a beach ball, and fun crazy straw cup.

Today is P2′s last day of preschool (he moves on to Pre-K next year) so I put one together for him, and I couldn’t leave out baby so she has her own bucket too ;)

I plan on giving them their buckets when I pick them up from school today (and I just may have a car FULL of beach balls!) and we are heading to the pool!

What do you have planned for the end of the school year?  Any fun “Welcome to Summer” traditions?  I’d love to hear them!

Yesterday I posted about the gifts I put together for P2′s preschool teachers (click HERE to see them).  Since there are four teachers I wanted something cute but that did not cost too much.  We came up with Summer Survival Buckets and I can’t wait for him to give them out tomorrow!

For P1′s Kindergarten teacher I stuck with the same “Summer Survival” theme but on a slightly larger scale.

For this basket I used a straw tote I found in the Target dollar section ($2.50) and filled it with summer goodies.  I tried to include things you would want for a trip to the beach or the pool.

I added a magazine, candies, 100 calorie chocolate cookie snacks, a box of individual drink mixes, a beach towel ($6), to go cup ($4), and bottle of sunscreen and lip balm ($6 for both~I had coupons).  Just for fun I also added a beach ball :)

Tied off with a ribbon and thank you note it turned out really cute!

What do you get the teachers?

I’ve been racking my brain for the last couple of days on what to give the P’s teachers as an end of the year ‘Thank You’.  Especially P2′s preschool teachers….there are 4 of them!

I didn’t want to do a gift card because it just seems so impersonal, and of course I procrastinated (it’s my middle name) and didn’t have time to make or order anything cute and personalized with pictures.

I also didn’t want to do some wall picture or handprint art craft because lets be honest, does a teacher really keep all of those?!

I had remembered seeing on a blog somewhere (don’t ask me where because I honestly don’t know the link) a while ago, a mom had given her child’s teacher a beach towel, magazine, and bottle of sunscreen and tied them together with a ribbon.  I thought it was a great idea but I like to get a little more creative with my packaging….it can make even the most simple gifts look so much more thought out.  And, since P2 has four teachers it was going to get a little $$$ to buy each of them a beach towel and bottle of sunscreen.  So………

I found these adorable buckets in the dollar bin at Target and had an idea!  “Summer Survival” gifts for each of them!

In each bucket I included a travel size sun screen ($1), a vaseline lip balm ($1), a plastic water bottle ($1), a candy, a bag of 100 calorie cookie snacks, and a few individual drink mixes from snapple and crystal light.  Total I spent around $5 per gift and they were quick and easy to throw together.

We are doing something similar for P1′s Kindergarten teacher, but I’ll have to wait until after we give it to her on Thursday to post ;)

As you are are planning your weekend getaway, you BBQ with friends, your extra day off of work… remember the reason for celebrating Memorial Day. That Service Members have fought and died around the world so that you may be free. Some may not believe in the politics of War, they may not agree on what or why we are fighting but please, as a citizen of the United States, support our Military, be thankful for them, and Honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice; no matter what your opinions are.

Below is the poem ‘Freedom is not Free’ written by Kelly Strong.

Freedom Is Not Free

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He’d stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers’ tears?
How many pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
No, freedom isn’t free.
I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant “Amen,”
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn’t free.
If you wish to do something more for your military get involved today!
T.A.P.S- Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
MCLEF- Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation
*each of the these provide support to survivors of fallen Military personnel
*these organizations support current military and their families while serving/deployed.

  Looking for something fun and patriotic to do this Memorial Day weekend?  Check out the USS Miday’s Legacy Week.  There are activities and events from May 26th – 29th including a FREE Veteran’s Wreath Ceremony on Saturday May 26th.

26th~  9am Veteran’s Wreath Ceremony: This event is for the Family and is being hosted to ”inspire patriotism and appreciation for those who serve”.  Following the ceremony, entrance to the museum is also FREE!

26th~ Three Dog Night Concert!  As part of their annual Freedom Festival there will be a concert held on the flight deck.  Click here for more information.

26th-28th~ Battle of Midway Experience: Learn all about the Battle that this ship was named for!  Open from 10am-4pm

26th-29th~  Adventure Discovery Zone:  ”military command units, special exhibits,  restoration activities, military equipment and more” located in the hangar bays from 10am-4pm.


Visit the USS Miday website to see all of the fun activities and experiences going on this weekend.  It’s been years since I have visited the museum and I’ll definitely be taking the P’s!


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