Monday, July 26, 2010

a lifetime to work

You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once. ~Polish Proverb

This weekend it was time to tackle a few more things on that summer list as I realized that summer is quickly slipping by and school is just around the corner! The weekend I feel I must admit first was a bit shaky. The kids were tired from going to the fair on Thursday and Friday. We had lots of tears and melt downs (not just the kids either!)it was not all sunshine and lollipops!! (you don't want to read about that right!)

Somehow by Saturday night we managed to turn things around (Thankfully!)

Saturday Afternoon we started our very first batch of homemade ice cream!

We also started potty training (not by my choice, but hers, which goes like this: She woke up and decided she wanted to pee on the toilet.I helped her on the toilet and was sternly told "OUT MOM" and ta da potty for the first time in the toilet! AND each time we do the potty thing I have to leave!) and potty training is best done bare britches in this house. Just like everything else, we multi task. Make ice cream....potty training....which ends in the possibility that no one else will want to eat our ice cream! (opps sorry grandma, we didn't let you in on our secret!)

Home made ice cream requires the perfect balance of ice and salt...

 yes folks I would say we have success with the ice cream (and potty training!)

There was no time to waste in letting the ice cream freeze before taste testing, so of course we had to eat it the best way possible.......
I had dreamt of something more exotic when I thought about doing a picnic but Cohen said the back yard would be just fine.......I was sceptical but in the end he was SO right!

The back yard ended up being perfect because the picnic led to this...
Cohen had previously zip tied the swings together, so he could "pump" for both of them!

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” Ashley Smith

Oh the laughter

Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero. ~Marc Brown

"You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again." ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 1762


Kelsey said...

ahh Jen i LOVE it!!! and i love that you even let K-dance bake with you :) look what i started :)

Mom said...

Love the pictures. You can make me ice cream anytime I don't need to know all the extra ingredients or all the details.