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By Valerie Brandt
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness ...
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I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness and differences of the slower life from one state to the next. My husband and I own our own business where we provide for our three growing daughters who are the light of our world. Writing has always been an outlet for me, starting a diary as young as 4th grade and continuing for each of my daughters currently. Writing clears my mind and my heart of things that I would rather say but don't (due to my impeccable manners) or did say and wished I hadn't (sometimes those manners fail). I am clearly outspoken and am working on being filled with grace and compassion. In my spare time my family and I enjoy reading, biking and cooking. We do NOT enjoy cold snowy weather.
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By Valerie Brandt
June 9, 2013 7:30 a.m.



I love summer.  It is my favorite season.  I love to be steamed by the sunshine, sweating like crazy just by being outside, I love being tan, I love the long days and warm nights.  My birthday falls right after Independence Day so I love that about summer too!  This year I didn't want summer to get bogged down in "to-dos" (since I am homeschooling two of my three starting tomorrow) so I created a "Summer Sand-Bucket List".  Then, I realized that same day while perusing our local book store that someone has already come up with the idea of a bucket list for summer and has even written a book to guide you called, none other than, "The Sand Bucket List" by David Hoffman.  I am not stealing his ideas.  I was so saddened that I didn't come up with the idea that I didn't even pick up the book.  (I have searched it on amazon and it looks like a lot of fun!)  So, I have my own list, would you like to see what is on it?

*Give away three chocolate mint plants to friends.  

*Play with neighbor kids.

*Catch fireflies.

*Watch the bats at the building next door.

*Water balloon fight!

*Go camping with kids.

*Go stargazing.

*Paint birdhouses and hang on front porch.

*Make frame for displaying kids' art!

*Go swimming at Aquatic Centers in area.

*Spend a whole afternoon in the library.

*Go to the local "bounce house" with friends.

*Invite the neighbors to play in the sprinkler!

*Go on a "staycation" where we scope out local museums, walking trails, ice creams shops, swimming areas, and rock-throwing platforms (like docks or banks of rivers or lakes.)

*Throw rocks into the lake.

*Find a flash mob dance in the area and be a part of it!

They aren't big things, most don't cost money.  75% of them were my kids' ideas.  They have their own version of what summer fun looks like and (proudly) it includes inviting the neighbors to come and play!  I love that.  Summer is a fun and wacky time, and I am going to use this time to get to know my girls and the neighbor kids just a little bit better!  Do you have any great ideas to add to a sand-bucket list?  If you need some help, go check out Hoffman's book and let me know what you think!

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