Seriously. Enough with the rain already.
The front porch flowers love it. Check out my Creeping Jenny!
But we are going a little bit stir-crazy inside all day. Here’s what we have done this week to help relieve our soggy boredom.
#1 Happy 4th of July everyone!
Independence Day is a big deal in my family. For the past 80-something years my father’s family has gathered together near a small pond in the Georgia woods to reminisce about old times, ahh over new babies, and eat pit cooked BBQ. The children loved taking a dip in the spring fed swimming hole.
Once at home we were excited to discover our neighborhood has a fireworks show each year. The plan was a take a wonderful picture of the children with the fireworks in the background.
A quick, blurry iPhone picture is all I got before the first firework explosion. That’s when Tootsie lost her mind. Turns out “boom- boom crackers” are pretty on TV above Cinderella’s castle but not so much in real life. We watched the fireworks from far, far away.
The children squeezed, pulled and played with this dough for over an hour. In “summer time” that is an eternity! It’s an easy recipe made from ingredients I bet you already have.
#3 Homemade Frosties
One afternoon I broke down, loaded up the children, and headed to Wendy’s for Frosties. I had enough of the tweeny TV shows, bickering, and wrestling on the couch. The peace lasted as long as it took the boys to slurp down their treat.
But then I found this Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe from Trains and Tutu’s. The children love helping in the kitchen so making yummy ice cream is a great way to spend the day.
Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe (tastes just like Frosties!)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 8 oz. tub Cool Whip
1/2 gallon chocolate milk
Using an electric mixer, combine condensed milk with cool whip in a large bowl. Add a cup or so of the chocolate milk. Pour mixture into ice cream machine. Add the rest of the chocolate milk until it reaches the inside fill line of the ice cream maker. Churn until it reaches that frostie consistency or longer if you want it thicker.
We didn’t have chocolate milk so I helped Little Boy measure 1/2 of our homemade chocolate sauce into the milk jug.
“I think it needs a little more chocolate,” said Big Boy.
The best part is this ice cream tastes just like a Frosty from Wendy’s!
#4 Trampoline Jumping Championship
Thankfully there was a break in the rain one afternoon so all of us climbed up on the trampoline for a jumping contest.
Yes, there are pictures of me jumping.
No. You will not see them.
What fun have you been having this summer?
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