My kids went back to school this week.
No, no, I'll spare you the waaaaaa details. Otherwise, someone might punch me in the face.
But what I do want to share with you,
is the ups 'n downs. The ins and outs. The highs and the lows. The goods and the bads of our summer list.
(psst: there was a lot of croquet. A lot. And then someone leaves the hoops out for the hubs to run over with the lawnmower, and then things got ugly.)
Let's do this.
Let's start with the wrong that I so desperately want to be right.
1. Hamster Ball Ice Cream
You know, the balls that you roll around to make homemade ice cream? You know it looks like a hamster ball.
Doggone it, I want this to be a fun activity. We attempt it every year with cousins and friends, and it's just the suckiest sucky activity that ever did suck.
What can I do differently? I let the punks choose the flavor we're making: mint chocolate chip? Cookie dough? Rum and raisins?
Oh, I kidd. We don't keep raisins around here.
We play hot potato and various other games whilst rolling the hamster ball, but in the end, everyone is hot, hungry, and bored.
I vow to make this a hit. Somehow.
2. Cooking Class
This, despite my having to hold my tongue constantly, was a really good, and. . . dare I say it? . . . FUN activity (for the boys. The BOYS.)
This 'uns a keeper. Told the boys in a couple years, that "Cooking Class" will turn into "Building Class". Told 'em I'd teach them how to build the wrong way, and then daddy could go right after me and teach them the right way.
Jeffro didn't correct that one.
3. Olympics Dinners
(note: this is not an "Olympics Dinner". I just like the picture. Thanks.)
So, we had these "special dinners" several nights, whilst watching Team USA. And it was fun. And highly anticipated.
(note: this is not an "Olympics Dinner" either, but at least it is food. So, you know, closer.)
Fondue one night. Appetizers the next. We even had. . . wait for it. . .
Thanksgiving in August.
Turkey, potatoes 'n gravy, rolls, stuffing, pie. . . all of it. It was fun. Until I had to do the dishes.
Guess this one isn't a carry over for next summer, huh? I guess we could call it "Reruns Dinners". I'll think on that.
Oh. I can't leave this one out.
4. The neighborhood "drive in" movie.
I always wanted to do this. ("The flowers are still standing!" name that movie). I thought it was great fun, and I have pretty darned awesome neighbors, so this would totally get two thumbs up for me. I would make it an annual or semi-annual occasion, but I had to rely on so many different people to make this happen, and I totally hate to put people out.
(Thank you Jacks! and Taylors! And Daddy-o!)
Oh man. . . I'm getting all sad. Teary eyed.
I could go on and on. But I'm gonna stop now. Suck it up. Be a man.
I'll just shut up now and wrap up with a picture.
Oh, and one more.
Okay, okay. Really, done. Somehow, I'll find a way to go on. Please don't punch me.