Summer day twelve:
We had a total rain day on Wednesday.. and I forgot what was on my summer-do-list for rainy days, so we drew pictures, made garlic knots and spaghetti pie.
Oh yeah, we also got robbed of twenty bucks and an hour and ten minutes. Grrr. It turns out, I went to the bank to deposit twenty bucks in the ATM, and perhaps because it was raining or something, the machine ate the money and just froze up on me.
So, I go through the human drive through & explain the situation, and they tell me to come in and fill out a claim. They also said it would only take five minutes. MY ASS! It took an hour and ten minutes, mainly because the banker tried to call the WRONG department the first time. Then, when the RIGHT department was reached, I had to argue over the phone with some outsourced phone girl who I was. She didn’t BELIEVE me. Jeez, there’s NOTHING like defending your own IDENTITY to someone in ANOTHER country. So, all I want is my twenty bucks credited, and they say “We’ll see in 72 hours” Totally WASTED a large part of my afternoon BANK OF AMERICA. Seriously, with the name BANK OF AMERICA, you wouldn’t think they’d OUTSOURCE.
Anyway, the rest of the rainy afternoon was spent at the library where we got some books and DVDS, then we came home to an indoor picnic with a DVD- that ended up getting stuck in the player.
So, I went to make sandwiches & the bread was moldy.
I gave up and made spaghetti pie and garlic knots and a mango pie.
When all else fails, bake.
Summer day thirteen:
Ahhh, much better than twelve! The sun was out, so we decided to go on a nice long flower-picin’-mango-findin’ walk.
I see more mango recipes in my future…
I also have been on the hunt for some nice summery-smellin’ lotion, so on the way to swim lessons we went to the mall. Key note: I go to the mall for twenty minutes once a year to visit Santa. THAT’S IT. When, I texted my hubby that we were going to the mall, he didn’t believe me. Until I sent him a picture. He KNOWS I’m just not a mall girl.
Turns out, it’s too late to fine summer stuff at the mall. They are getting ready for FALL.
Well, mall merchants, it’s still SUMMER here. Grrr. I settled for some summer items that were 75% off. Ch-ching!
After the mall…
SWIM LESSONS!!! In case you were wondering, I’m doing ISR ones.
Then, we had to got to the pet store… they had baby skunks there. I contemplated what it would be like to have one.. for a moment.
These are part of today’s plans: washer charms, cash in on a coupon, and make cookies & homemade spaghetti-Os. There’s also sewing and beading projects that are “on the list” but, I doubt we’ll get to them today. Unless it rains again….
My daughter was soooo excited to see her friend from preschool that she drew this:
I’m crazy about the slide.
I love four year old art. All kids artwork is awesome, but I’ve always been more partial to the little ones. Before they get too literal & after they move beyond scribbles.
Just my opinion.
Here’s the play-date in real life:
After that, we had to rush off to swim lessons & then go rescue daddy, because her car went “Bonk” as we say.
Thank goodness it’s fixable. Today is a mucky rainy day… probably no lessons which means we will probably make cookies or a craft and stick some seeds in the ground. It’s always fun to see a sunflower sprout up in a odd part of the yard.
Summer day ten… my daughter started swim lessons. Swim lessons that are 1/2 hour away, that last ten minutes everyday. But, you know what? It’s going to be worth every penny. Not only will she learn to swim, she’ll learn to survive. Which is awesome since we have a boat & she has never once thought twice about jumping into any body of water. Unlike my stepdaughter, who wouldn’t dare get he
I decided to combine summer days 8 & 9, mainly since it fell on a weekend & also due to the fact it was Father’s day weekend…
At first, we contemplated going camping, but the 4 1/2 hour drive to our favorite camp site deterred us- we ended up doing the next best thing: pretended to be tourists in our own hometown ( and still steep in our own bed!) I made a little collage with a cool 1960′s filter effect~ perfect for cheesy tourist vibe.
I’m very lucky to live in Florida… not just for the beaches & weather… but because I found these on my morning walk:
I’m totally thinking about making a mango cobbler.
As far as the actual Father’s day went, my hubby’s only request was to get wings and a pitcher of beer at Hooter’s. I was actually surprised that all of the tables has kids & dads & moms at ‘em. Maybe it was a Father’s day thing…hmmm.
Hubby surprised me with a little present, as well…
How cute is my new decal???
Since we were being tourists as well, we had to go to a seaside tourist shop and rescue a hermit crab. The salesgirl was shocked to learn that we’ve had the same one for over a year now…
We’re good crabby parents.
Ahhh, summer day seven involved a trip to IKEA with my out-of-town friend and her son. It was their first IKEA visit, and a “mini-road-trip” for the four of us, (since it’s an hour away from my house). We planned to get there early to avoid the crowds & get a hot cinnamon bun… but (grrr) they didn’t have any buns out. (I need to tweet them about that).
We were going to attempt to stay for a meatball lunch, but kids were IKEA-ed out at that point. I’m not sure what it is about when kids see beds in stores that they have an uncontrollable urge to go and pretend to sleep in them… but that’s what my daughter kept doing. Which, in turn led the little guy to do as well. Whoops.
So, a lot of our IKEA trip was spent saying “Oooo, that’s neat.” and “NO! Stop! Stay here!”
Ahhh… shopping with kids…
Regardless, we had a blast & I know there will be a day when we can go there and giggle about having our little kids there. And, it bought us some nice quiet time later that afternoon:
Normally, I have a list for an IKEA trip… but this trip I just kinda wandered around…and got my coffee, a microwave food cover, a hook, and Popsicle molds. Mmmmm, homemade cream-sicles… yum.
My girlfriend got a duvet set… I forgot to warn her that they are a bit tricky to do. But, she’s tall & has a longer arm span than me, so maybe it will be easier for her. I always feel pooped when I change my duvet cover by myself….
Anyway, after IKEA it rained for about 5 hours… the sunshine state, you know.
Summer day six… was a “no plan” day. Which, meant we could stay in jammies until it was time to go wherever we needed to go. We stayed in them for quite a while, and organized drawers… then we realized we needed to do some things for Father’s day. Fortunately, I had a leftover gift card for Michaels… because I’m on a poor week after paying the mortgage.
Luckily, they were having a sale and I had a coupon, so dad will have a few clever things to open up on Sunday.
My daughter really wanted to give him a fishing shirt, and since it wasn’t in the budget- we made one. She insisted I draw the fish, but she agreed to color them and add her “own touch”.
Probably one of the highlights for me was cloning my neighbors black bean recipe. An EPIC event in my house. And, yes… I’ll be sharing the recipe on my other site. Chomp.
Today was a trip to IKEA… but that’s another post.
Living in Florida, I’m blessed to have a water “splash ground” that’s a ten minute walk from my home. It was the perfect (and free!) thing to do with a two and four year old. Of course, I had a little fathers day craft for them to do beforehand. Because, sometimes, I’m known to get “all Martha”
I was trying to find these wooden trays for the plaster mix, but in typical last minute at the dollar store fashion- they were sold out. So, I opted for the lids of happy birthday boxes to serve as plaster molds and picture displays to hold the handprints.
Of course cold squishy stuff is lots of fun for kids…
I’ll post a pic as soon as they’re cured completely. Hopefully before my friend has to go back home to North Carolina….
Summer day four!
I had an old friend come into town… we’ve been friends for… jeez… um… maybe 15 years? I’ll have to ask her. Anyway, she used to be my pottery class partner, co-worker, traveling buddy and thrift shopping and flea marketing partner. We had a falling when I first met my now husband… and man, I’m so glad all that is behind us. I missed her a lot.
Now, we’re both moms and yesterday we hit up a little mom and pop breakfast place with our kids in tow. It’s funny, I think the last time we were at a restaurant together we were having Long-Island Iced Teas…
Instead we’re cutting up pancakes for our kids… I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
I tell you, there’s nothing like a good biscuit and a good friend…
Afterward, we treasure hunted at World Thrift, biding our time while the kids got restless in the shopping cart. The shopping cart quickly became a train/semi truck that had to keep moving so the inhabitants didn’t become restless. It almost tipped when my daughter saw an array of brightly colored “booby’holders” (AKA bras) and tried to move in for closer inspection.
Nothing like a nearly tipped over cart to get your blood pumping. Which, was probable needed after that biscuit.
After we parted for the afternoon, I had to go marketing because we NEEDED grapes. Nothing beats frozen grapes in the summer, you know… Once the hubs came home, we went to a local park to watch the boats & smell dead fish.
There was this big dead stinky fish that had washed up. I think I burned my olfactory space with the stench.
That’s it for summer day four. Dinner was pork chops and rice. I made my own cream of mushroom soup for it- mainly because I was too lazy to go back to the store. I cooked it in the toaster oven, too. Mainly because the big oven makes my house a sauna. True story.
Today’s adventures are Father’s day crafts with the kids and a stroll to the splash ground that’s in my neighborhood.
Summer day three! We headed to the “splash ground” which is like a playground with water. Glorified sprinkler systems, and AstroTurf galore. There were these awesome Dr Seuss like flowers there… I’m kicking myself that the pic came out blurry. I need to go back there just to photograph the fluffy pink flowers.
Seriously, they were cool flowers. Oh yeah…
I also got to ride a pink unicorn.
But, that was on paper.
I am pretty sure the unicorn was galloping and her legs were a blur. I got to talk to my stepdaughter briefly, and she seemed happy with her friends up north. No homesickness there.
Who could get homesick while being spoiled by grandma?!:)
Today’s adventures involve my old BFF from year back. She has a two year old now. We used to drink Long Island Iced Teas and take pottery class together. Nothing like working with clay while you’re buzzed. Ahhh, the old days.
Now I play with play doh. Without the beverages.
Anyway, today we’re getting together. I’m excited.
Welcome to the daily chronicle of Summer. Day two constisted of waking up not feeling very well, fortunatly, a shot of coffee and an Advil cured it so we were off… to the beach.
Now, my husband chuckled when I said we were going to the beach…because I forgot to look at the sky…and he’s a meteorologist trapped inside a FedEx uniform. He totally missed his “calling”, I swear. It can be dark as night and he’ll say: “No, it won’t make it here.” and, he’s always right.
A half hour into our excursion, the lifeguards kicked everybody off the beach, and the skies opened up with buckets of warm rain.
It was a bummer, but I’m blessed a trip to the beach is a ten minute drive away. There will be other beach trips over the summer. So, what was plan B?
A trip to Wal-Mart.
For a four year old, being allowed to pick out a Lunchable and have an indoor picnic with it is just as much fun as the beach.
It ended up raining the rest of the day, and once the sun finally broke through there were some awesome puddles to go splash in. For the life of me, I can’t remember dinner that night- which makes me think it was some sort of leftover. Funny how leftovers do that to you.
The first official weekend of summer consisted of car detailing, saying goodbye (for the summer) to my stepdaughter & mother in law, and attending church. Today we’re going to the water park (the free one) and making popsicles. I’m aiming to squeeze in a magazine at some point. I have of stack that’s building up… I’m pretty sure there’s a mix of Spring and Summer issues in there.