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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Fun In The Sun...

Okay, so I have become aware that laziness has set in. It's hot and humid and the days are long and filled with chores and I'm sleepy and just want to nap all day! Not good if you're trying to run a household. Jody is also off from school for 2 weeks, so it's very hard to stay on top of things here. Nothing much has been going on, but I'm ready to change that. I've had my taste of idleness and I don't like it much right, I have determined to fill me and my children's day with constructive activities. May even start school up full force next week as I can see that we've all had enough of a break.
Yesterday we had lots of fun. For some unknown reason, Jody actually let the kids go out and play in the sprinkler. I don't have a problem with them playing in the sprinkler, but I hate to clean up after they've played in it! But, being as in I didn't catch them, I just let it go. I'm glad I did. Some fun is just worth the clean up! I'm also pleased to announce that Lillie's phobia of the sprinkler seems to be completely gone.

Check the purse...she is always carrying one around the house. Did a really great art activity later on in the evening on our newly cleaned, pressure washed back porch which had become a place where things go when they are no longer needed but you're too lazy to take them off somewhere. I also pressure washed the back and front of the house as well as the massive front deck. But enough about that...I got sidetracked. Ice Painting...yes, you must needs try this with your children. It makes , once the ice melts a little, the most beautiful watercolor paintings and it's cheap. Fill ice trays with water. Drop in food coloring, go nuts with the colors. Stick popsicle stick in em and freeze. Take out in 4-5 hours or so and have a blast with your kids...I encourage you to join in with them and make your own masterpiece, it helps your kids to get excited about it too. When you're done, pop em back in the freezer for next time.
Lillie saw me making the paint and bugged me all day to go out and use it, I am so happy to oblige my kids on stuff like this.
This is Jackson confused that I won't let him eat the paint...If it looks like a popsicle it is a popsicle logic, you know.
My photography professor during my brief stint in community college would have had a cow over this picture. She had no tolerance for people who didn't check the composition of a picture (for example, a click happy photo junkie who shot a self portrait in front of a pole and it looked like I had a bad accident at an Olympic javelin competition.) This picture would have surely sent her to her grave, but I think it's kinda funny. A little more shadow and Jack would've had a fro that would've made James Brown run home cryin' to his momma!

Man, I have no lick of artistic talent, but I can still call it art, right? Dad, I'm not complaining cause I got the music genes, but couldn't you have given me some of the artsy gene as well?Now really, this one is super, I think and I was very proud. I'll call it "Mountain in the Sunset" for lack of a better title.
What has Chloe been up to? Curling Ernie's hair...
Eating no bake cookies without using her hands...

And...pudding pops... Man I used to love those Jello pudding pops, do they even still make them?
The others didn't like them too much...I think it was because the pudding was vanilla and not chocolate. But I had a box of instant vanilla, and didn't feel like messing up a sauce pan to make homemade chocolate pudding...see the laziness rearing it's head again? Check out my cooking blog for this recipe and another great summer treat for the kiddos.
Hope you're summer is going great and I look forward to posting more fun activities as time progresses. Have a blessed day!


  1. It sounds like you all have had a lot of fun, I will have to try the ice painting as soo as my porch is done, and sprinklers are fun, no matter the mess, Well it seems to long since we have seen each other and so we'll have to plan a fun day soon. Keep up the hard work;)

  2. Sounds like fun and I hear you on the idleness thing! I mean man Andy is home this week and I CAN NOT get anything done! Whats the deal they are home for a day and it is like WAM the house is chaos and you can't do anything!! GRRRR
    YOu know as a kid we never had a sprinkler we just grabbed the water hose and used it! (my mom and dad were cheap I guess LOL) We had fun though.
    Your back deck looks awesome!
    Hey I wanted to ask you, you want a swing set?
    It has two swings and a baby swing a teeter totter thing and a slide!?
    You interested?
    Well email me or call me!
    Love ya!