For about the last, oh, 8 years, I've always had a baby at my hip.
Typically, I'm holding onto a toddler with the other hand.
To me? I think of it as having my hands tied behind my back, if you will.
Makes it derned difficult to take the whole fam dam to the pool, or a carnival, or any of those fun summer activities all by myself, if you know what I'm sayin'. Consequently,
past summer's have been a tad on the lame side 'round here.
I'm determined to make this summer freaking awesome, and with that, thus begins:
"EPIC SUMMER 2011".
What do I have in mind? Well, thanks for asking.
My fabulous sister gave me the idea of "Summer Bucks":
they're earned for various good works by my homies--
they've been workin' hard, saving them up in their lil Summer Bucks pouches:
(and if the 3 year old could earn negative bucks, he would.)
man, it's nice to have willing, slave labor.
They came up with all the activities they wanted to earn:
(no, they're not earning a can of sardines; they want to play the game "sardines". But you already knew that.)
And they came up with the cost of each. Hence, the totally random numbers.
Some of 'em are big things, some are small,
and some of them we are NEVER EVER DOING. EVER.
But it's still listed, as I don't like to crap on other people's ideas. No matter how insane they might be.
Anywho, as my children aren't actually out of school yet-- (it's called year around school. If you don't know what this is, well, then, you're a lucky bastage)
I've got time to prepare, baby. Perhaps you noticed the pirate treasure hunt on that little list? I am all over it.
Clues are ready.
And no, the clues aren't out of my own noggin-- I'm waaaay too lazy for that. Got mine here.
I just designed them:
(pssst: you can totally steal mine.)
(click for bigger/download.)
And they'll use a doubloon! And every clue will be sealed with red wax! And clues will be booby trapped! And Chunk and Data will come along! And and. . . .
Sometimes I take things too far.
Which is why I picked up this totally rad treasure chest from the hob lob,
and then gave it a couple coats of my usual Dark Walnut stain. And 2 coats of poly.
Can you imagine this awesome thing filled with chocolate coins??! And maybe a toy or two for each kid?!
And, oh, the plans for this year's awesome Lemonade Stand!!
there's a good possibility I'm enjoying this more than my kids will.