Family Fun Day: Books, Elvis, Ice Cream, and Another Huge UPS Delivery

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Oh what a day we’ve had. The kids thought it was gonna be just another boring day but it actually turned out to be quite interesting.

The morning started as it normally does with the exception that we had a cereal day instead of muffins… I just wasn’t in a muffin kinda mood this morning. Nobody complained either. Before breakfast the kids had done a little bit of their summer work books that I’ve printed off for them.


After breakfast we had some calendar time… do you like our new calendar we got from Lakeshore Learning? This picture was from the weekend. It is quite a bit bigger than our old one and I had a hard time finding a good place to put it. So for now it is in our ‘hallway’ and I put up some new remote control lights to help us see better. These are really neat and I had enough to put one in the closet as well.

After the chores, which included changing/washing the sheets and washing the whites, I had everyone load up in the van. Well first a couple of them had to change clothes because they had already gotten dirty. We also had to brush hair, wash faces, and go potty. Eventually we made it to the van and I had them asking so many questions about where we were going…. but I wanted to keep it a secret. Continue reading “Family Fun Day: Books, Elvis, Ice Cream, and Another Huge UPS Delivery”

Best Memories Of The Summer

Oh my goodness… I’ve yet another post that was forgotten about and never published. This one has given me quite a few smiles and I hope we have an even better summer this year. I have added a few things to our routines to try and make sure that we make this year even better than last! This post was from June 2018…

Wow! Can you believe summer is almost over? Where did it go?

I know we didn’t get to do nearly as much as we had planned which was in part due to the extremely wet weather we’ve had. We had several special projects that haven’t made it off of the paper yet either but I know we will eventually accomplish what we have set to do.

This summer has been so busy and so full of fun. Below are some of our favorite memories from this summer in no particular order:

We have all enjoyed reading about Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Everyone also enjoyed getting their library cards at our first visit to the local library.

Then ice cream is always a summer favorite!

They also love this picture they took with Elvis…

Jacob loved that he got to help out in the kitchen more thanks to the Kids Cook Real Foods course we’ve been using.

And he really loved helping to come up with new recipes like Cinnamon Roll Muffins.

Everyone also loved going to the movies several times this summer. We saw several movies including Jurassic World, The Incredibles, Jumanji, and The Ant Man.

Of course our camping trip to GA ranks up there in our favorite summer memories.

Spending time with family is always special.

We cant forget square dances and surprise text messages either.

The kids love playing games with their square dance friends.

I love it when I get to dance with Mr. Awesome….

Joey is still loving his new specs.

And all of the kids are loving the new games which have come handy as boredom busters during all this rainy weather.

I’m sure there are a ton of things we’ve forgotten about but these were the top few things we thought of. What are your favorite summer memories?

National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream Day is the perfect day to pull out that old ice cream maker and make a batch of homemade ice cream! Click here to learn more about this holiday. It is celebrated on July 13th.

Below are some of the activities I found to celebrate this day:

(Use at your own discretion.)

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month – Ice Cream Freaks

National Ice Cream Month – DLTK-Holidays

Ice Cream Theme and Activities – Child Care Lounge

July is National Ice Cream Month (Fun Facts and Activities for Kids)

5 Fun National Ice Cream Day Craft ideas – Fun Holiday Crafts


Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe –

How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag –

No-Cook Homemade Ice Cream Recipes – Southern Living

How To Make No-Churn, 2-Ingredient Ice Cream – Recipe | Kitchn

Also check out:

Homeschool: July on Pinterest

how ice cream is made for kids on YouTube


National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is the day to enjoy chocolate ice cream with our family and friends. Click here to learn more about this holiday. It is celebrated on June 7th.

Below are some of the activities I found to celebrate this day:

(Use at your own discretion.)


Easy No-Cook Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe – The Spruce

Easy Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe | Taste of Home

Easy Chocolate Ice Cream (no eggs) – Chew Out Loud

Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe | Alton Brown | Food Network

Easy Chocolate Ice Cream – Chocolate Chocolate and More!


National Chocolate Ice Cream Day – Punchbowl

Chocolate Ice Cream Day – 7th Jun, 2017 | Days Of The Year

National Chocolate Ice Cream Day 2017 – Jun 07, 2017 – Cute Calendar

Today Is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day– Red Tricycle



Hot Fudge Sundae Cake

Oh my! This is such a wonderful dessert. I learned this recipe back in Home Ec. I’ve enjoyed making it for a long time now. It is pretty rich so we don’t eat it very often but the kids consider it a real treat when we do. Try this drizzled with some Homemade Caramel Sauce for an extra special treat. Continue reading “Hot Fudge Sundae Cake”

Homemade Chocolate Syrup (with healthier options)

Chocolate should definitely have its own place in the food pyramid. This homemade syrup is so good and can be used for so many things like chocolate milk, over ice cream, on Protein Power Pancakes (3 variations), and on Hot Fudge Sundae Cake! With our updated version this is even better for you than before so you can still enjoy some of those sweet treats while on your journey to becoming healthier.

You can whip up a batch, or two, and keep it in the fridge for those special occasions. Continue reading “Homemade Chocolate Syrup (with healthier options)”