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Consider this quote from Abe Lincoln

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."



You can almost hear the thunderous screams of delight as children run full tilt from schools across this great state. Summer vacation is upon us, and as a public service here is a list of things you can do to keep the kids busy and out of your hair this summer.

  1. Grab an old blanket and two sticks and make a tent in the backyard. Tell the kids that they are going camping. This should be good for a couple hours.
  2. Teach them what happens in the freezer. See what cool things they can try to freeze. Note that you may just want to be sure to mark everything closely unless you are up to a bit of a start this winter when one of your ice cubes has a bug in it
  3. Give them scissors and tell them to go cut some grass. Be sure they are safety scissors though…just like Betty Lou taught us to use on the magic window.
  4. Too tired to take the kids to the pool? Grab as much garden hose as you can find and hook it to your neighbors house. Stick the end into an old milk jug and poke holes in the jug. Instant fun for the kids and you’re getting your lawn sprinkled for free in one easy step.
  5. Explain the importance of naps. Remind your children if they don’t take naps they will die. It’s true, that is why I nap today.
  6. Send them to the store for light bulb grease. Tell them not to let the employee’s at the store tell them that there is no such thing.
  7. This one works for my kids…Take a shovel out to the yard and start acting like you are digging a hole. Tell them you put a jar of money somewhere in the yard but can’t remember where. This also works if you tell them the neighbor used to burry things in their yard.
  8. If your children are readers there is free day care at the library. Well it isn’t really considered day care but I’ve yet to see them kick anyone out for reading books.
  9. Go to the local appliance place and ask for the box a refrigerator comes in. Throw it in your yard and watch the kids spend an entire day with it.
  10. Finally, if you are at your wits end. You can always just turn on the television and just let them lay the day away.

See you next week, remember… we’re all in this together.