A Summer Windy Day

In the middle of a hot summer day, a nice strong breeze makes for a lot of fun!  And that’s what we remember from 2 years ago on today’s Friday Flashback:

The kids saw how windy it was outside and the next thing I knew they were rifling through our closet for handkerchiefs, umbrellas, and anything that was “kite-like” without actually being a kite – as I offered them kites and they said, “Nah, too boring. We know what a kite will do.”

Except I didn’t anticipate Sam to come in shirtless with a sheepish grin and say, “Um, Mom, my shirt sort of, um, accidentally ended up on the roof.”

Christmas In July

Sick of the summer heat?  Celebrate Christmas in July!

By law, swimming lessons are to be held during the coldest portion of the day, using only cold water, thus leaving your child properly chilled.  Okay, I’m mostly kidding.  Still, immediately after lessons is the perfect time to get snuggly with some awesome holiday books that are always checked out during the actual holidays!

I refuse to listen to Christmas music in the summer… however, as a result of our ‘holiday’ reading the kids earned ice skating passes from the library… something we love to do around Christmas!  Perfect!

The kids are all smiles the entire time.

To someone passing by, it might seem that the little girl on the other side of the glass needs immediate help.

Little do they know that she stops at this very spot every five minutes to show me how many laps she’s gone thus far.  Yep, 10 laps.  By the end of the night it was 22.

And finally… what does every child (and child at heart) wish for at Christmas?  Why SNOW… and presents!

Why not combine the two?

A present of snow… cones!  Merry Christmas!


Summer Science

If my children aren’t in a pool or lake, they usually are begging to be indoors.  “It’s so hot!”  This was true when temperatures were tipping over 99 degrees. Yet today, at 84 degrees without any humidity, I taunted them, “Come on, outside!”

I stepped outside then quickly came in.  Yep, they’re my children.

So we did a science experiment that is done with brief visits outside. Here’s what you need:

You use the funnel and let the children slip in 1/2 t. of yeast and 1/2 t. of sugar into the balloon. (If you’re feeling brave, you can up the measurement to 1 t. each.)

Then add a little bit of warm water, and tie the balloon up!  The kids get very curious about what yeast is and why it needs sugar and warm water, etc.

Two seven year old girls were gasping in my yard at this point…

then the girls started to giggle….

At this point they could not contain themselves, and had to pick them up, and label 3×5 cards with their names on it to put in front of the ballooons…. but they wanted the cards propped up onto the balloons, and then . . .


See how far your crew can get before they can’t contain themselves! Let me know how big the balloons get!


National Day of the Cowboy

On National Day of the Cowboy, you are to dress in your favorite Western wear.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have any, so we tried to make a cowboy hat out of newspaper . . . and miserably failed.  It looked more like a bowler hat with a fold in the top.

So . . . we settled for . . .

baseball caps! Yeah, I know.  Just go with it.  We have good imaginations.

I asked the kids to help me develop a cowboy-themed dinner.  Here’s their menu:

Hamburgers, Watermelon, Freshly Snapped Green Beans, steamed, then slathered in butter and salt, and Deviled Eggs.

Deviled Eggs on Cowboy Day?  Yeah, I don’t know.  Again, just go with it.

And the most important activity on Day of the Cowboy?

The cowboy nap.  (Imagine cowboy hat and western shirt instead of NASCAR fan-looking apparel.)