I’ve always wanted to have a lemonade stand with Jason and Jenna. Now that we live at the end of a cul-de-sac, our chances of having customers for such a venture seemed pretty slim. Yesterday, however, we participated in a neighborhood-wide garage sale, so we took the opportunity to set up a drink stand for passersby. Lemonade didn’t seem appropriate for the brisk autumn morning. Instead, we served a choice of hot or cold apple cider. Jenna was quite a trooper sitting outside with us in 40 and 50 degree temperatures and serving cider to everyone she could. I think our first stand was definitely a success.
It started with just a few toys disappearing from their rooms. Before putting our home on the market, we were advised to store some of the toys in our children’s rooms and playroom in order to make our home appear to have ample space. So a few boxes of Legos, stuffed animals and other treasured belongings were hidden away in a storage unit. Now we’re one week from moving into our new home, packing is well underway and the lack of toys has grown to epic proportions. As a result, J+J have taken to co-opting our packing supplies to suit their purposes. No toys? No problem, but clearly the playing must go on.
We had an amazing couple of days and I couldn’t seem to sum it up in a single ‘snapshot,’ so I’m posting two: the first covers our stay at the Gaylord Texan, where we spent the Fourth of July holiday, and the second covers some highlights from our downtown Dallas adventures. Hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend too!
Fourth of July
With Independence Day just a few days away, we decided to plan a little staycation to keep our family entertained across the four-day stretch. Once I started researching things to do, I realized just how how many amazing places we’ve never been in the metroplex we call home.
Here’s a list of activities on our wish list, and while we certainly won’t visit them all over the upcoming holiday weekend, we’re going to try our best!
Last year I created fireworks stamps for my children during the 4th of July holiday, and they were a huge hit, so this year I decided to try it again. Visit me on Land of Nod’s blog, Honest to Nod, to see details about making these very easy fireworks-themed stamps.
By far the most popular outdoor activity I planned for the past weekend was a volcano experiment. By combining baking soda and food coloring and then adding vinegar, Jason and Jenna were able to create bubbling, overflowing cauldrons of “lava.” Who knew a few pantry staples could provide so much fun?
It’s only the end of June, and J+J are already wanting to spend their entire days in the comfort of air conditioning. This weekend I made an extra effort to plan outdoor activities to draw them into the backyard, at least in the morning hours when the temperatures are still bearable. One activity we tried was tie-dying t-shirts, something Jenna loved quite a bit.
As part of our transition to summer vacation, we went through a bit of a playroom purging recently. In addition to choosing things to donate and things to throw away, I kept a few things aside for repurposing, something I’ve had a bit of success with in the past (see here and here). This weekend, I took an incomplete set of alphabet cards and painted them with leftover chalkboard paint. Then, I let Jenna write letters on them and practice making words. She’s just starting to read, so having a batch of cards she can mix and match into a variety of words is quite a bit of fun.
I remember making friendship bracelets as a child, but I had no idea how early the trend of exchanging jewelry with friends could begin. Jenna has been coming home from pre-K with all sorts of beaded creations lately. This weekend, she had her first play date so I decided to to help her make a gift for our little hostess. I found a set of adjustable silver rings at Michaels and assembled a mix of buttons, beads and wooded shapes we had on hand for her to choose from. My favorite is the golden heart ring, an idea I saw here.
Jason graduated from kindergarten today. And I have to admit, I completely underestimated the significance of this event. Other parents arrived with balloons, flowers, gifts and cameras appropriate for documenting such an event. I arrived at the tail-end of a conference call armed solely with my iPhone. But to make up for it, we’re heading out to dinner and letting him choose the restaurant. His choice: steak at “the kibachi.” Yay, Jason!!!