I guess swim lessons aren’t happening today.
As well as using the pool passes we paid way too much money for.
That we have only used TWICE this summer.
I got to spend the weekend in Ohio with my two girls to attend a surprise party for my brother.
His birthday is in January so it was definitely a surprise.
But this is the thing.
It was rainy and cloudy the entire time we were there.
S0 this is my theory: “Summer” isn’t coming to the Midwest this year.
Pass it on.
Speaking of “Summer”, it is kicking my butt.
KICKING. MY. BUTT.
For those who homeschool, I am in awe of you.
IN. AWE.OF .YOU.
I love my children.
I really do.
I am glad I have children.
I really am.
But it is in summer that I realize how much work children are.
Because nine months of the year, the public school system has my children during the day longer than I do.
Well, at least one of my children.
It is this realization that makes me say out loud, every single summer, “teachers need to make more dough“.
I am STILL trying to work on the large preschool packet that they sent home with my five-year-old on the last day of preschool.
This is what it looked like the first day we got it.
This is what it looks like the second week of July.
Summer is winning.
I barely have time to shower.
And when I do, I barely have time to dry my hair.
This is my hair.
In the summer.
On a good day.
I haven’t seen the inside of my makeup bag since…..
So I have some lifesavers for summer.
Some people have bucket lists, here is mine from last summer.
But the following are no fail summer save my butt helpers to keep me from day drinking all through June July and August.
This stuff, to me at least, is the toy equivalent of the Dole Pineapple Whip.
I first made it one cold winter/snow/sleet day back in January.
I have to admit, I was skeptical at first.
I mean, really?
The stuff at the store is less than a buck a can!
And it is non-toxic.
But my then four-year-old wanted play-doh, we had none and I was not going out just to buy some.
I went to Pinterest, wrote down the recipe and made it.
I don’t remember which blog/website I got the original recipe from.
Apparently, there are like a butt ton of home-made playdoh recipes out there from a butt ton of different websites.
So I will share this website.
Because it’s the same recipe as the rest out there.
Only she makes cute little labels for her homemade playdoh containers.
Mine isn’t in those, by the way.
They are in Ziploc bags.
That are left open.
And then it dries out.
So I get to make it all over again.
I won’t go into the details here, just go to the link above for the directions but just know you will need the following:
cream of tartar
Homemade Granola Bars.
So fun to make, yes!
Also, fun to eat!
And eating something fun makes summer fly on by.
I found this gem on Pinterest over winter as well.
It was a long winter.
Go here for the recipe.
Oh, and it is very important to cut them into bars immediately.
Or you will end up with granola bar cereal.
Not that I would know this from personal experience.
Shaving cream isn’t just for shaving anymore.
This concoction above was the perfect storm for pure glee for the children and quiet time with a chair, I Heart Radio and an Us Weekly for mommy.
Even my teen and her best friend (aka- my third child) loved this.
Get a cheap vinyl tablecloth.
A can or two or ten of shaving cream.
Put the children in bathing suits.
And sit back and let the fun happen.
Positive that I didn’t even think of?
They will smell like your grampa after he shaves.
Shaving cream is a buck at the Dollar Tree.
Just not at MY Dollar Tree.
Or I might tackle you for the last can.
Now get out there and do something!
Just don’t forget the shaving cream!
And my cell number.
I will be over with the lemonade and magazines.