Since my parents moved nearby it’s been great to have so many more opportunities to spend time with them. Tonight they invited the kids over for dessert.
The kids were so excited when my dad said he would be making milkshakes as this is something I never do. My father told them he would share his secret, delicious recipe with them. He calls this shake a “black and white”. (I guess everyone did in the 40′s and 50′s!!!)
It was so cute watching the kids watch my dad and listening to their questions.
They were riveted and made mental notes of the ingredients…milk, vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup!
But did they enjoy the final product, you may be wondering….
They say a picture says a thousand words…
(I love the happy grandma in the background!)
Do your kids enjoy any special activities with their grandparents?
A simple trip to the store can cause a lot of fighting, because the world is really crafted for people with only 2 children. One cart never adequately holds them all so when my husband is with me we get two carts.
Sometimes we park them in the middle of the aisle while I scramble one way and he scrambles the other to maximize our time. Today the kids did well with it as they discussed what ice cream flavors they would be choosing as a reward for good behavior.
We took them to TCBY for the first time and they had a blast putting every disgusting topping combination imaginable on their “ice creams”.
The days are long but the weeks fly by and I am doing my best to cherish every moment…how about you?
One of the things I love most about where I live is the proximity to the beach. In just twenty minutes I can be at some of the most beautiful beaches in NY. Before children I would spend every summer weekend at the beach. It’s always been the place where I feel most at peace, must be the Pisces in me!
So naturally once I had kids I couldn’t wait to take them to the beach and re experience some of my much-needed ocean tranquility.
I was deluded! What kind of peace could I hope to acquire with a 1 year old and two 2 year olds at the ocean!!! See my little guy holding his hand up? He tried to manage without getting any sand to touch his skin! I mean they looked cute and all experiencing it all for the first time but boy were they PIAs!
(I just had to post this picture because it may be the cutest one ever )
SO my hopes and dreams were dashed and I was beach less for a couple of years.
However, this summer we’ve gone a couple of times and it’s been great! The girls are still playing together.
But now for longer and without as much fighting!
It was actually pretty monumental when I found myself relaxing!!! Of course I had all eyes on them, but I was actually sitting…amazing! My nephews were there too so the kids were in heaven, especially after they all got ice cream…
Oh it was such a great time, and the best part is that I see the kids loving the beach as much as I do.
Do you take your kids to the beach?
Today I had some great one on one time with my daughter. We just left a 6 year old girls only party at Cold Stone Creamery.
Who would’ve thought they do parties? The kids got to see how ice cream is made and walk in the freezer
Of course the highlight was when she made her own concoction: cotton candy ice cream with gummy bears, marshmallows, Kit Kats and sprinkles (gag!). Now she’s bouncing off the walls!
We’ve got another birthday party tomorrow. Is it me or are you also finding yourself going to way more parties in the spring?
FREE ICE CREAM ALERT!!!
On September 23, TOMORROW, Carvel will be hosting a Scoop of Thanks Event. Participating locations will be giving out free scoops of Swiss Miss Hand-Dipped Ice Cream. (You may want to call ahead to make sure your Carvel is participating.) Check here for more information and happy ice cream eating!