The boys have been filling our Summer Board with stickers all summer long! A LOT of our summertime activities include WATER. Water fun is a summer staple. Most of my most-treasured summer memories involve fresh water, whether it was water-skiing straight through it on the lake or simply drinking it straight out of the hose.
Two of my favorite water games we did this summer are:
1) a CLASSIC TRADITION, the slip n slide
2) something NEW AND CRAZY, a shaving cream fight.
I was inspired to play with shaving cream after thinking about how our little people often get scolded for making giant messes or creating disasters. How fun would it be to suddenly make it "OKAY" to make a crazy mess and to openly discover with no inhibitions?
When Cameron was a baby, I walked into his room one day to see that it had snowed in the entire room. The changing table, toys, carpets, pillows were dusted with baby powder snow. I'm not the only one, right? Another time when Kotah was a toddler I walked into his room to discover that he grabbed the baby shampoo out of the bathtub and decided to wash his stuffed animal on the carpet in his bedroom. He used over half the bottle. Did you know that a pool of shampoo on carpet NEVER COMES OUT? I was one livid mama, scrubbing, and saying words that sweet new mamas shouldn't say, and scrubbing some more.
Little kids are curious, adorably curious. They embrace the spirit of fresh discovery without fear of consequence and without boundaries. To celebrate that, I thought it would be fun to change it up and make the OFF LIMITS suddenly ACCEPTABLE for one summer day.
So I armed them each with a can of shaving cream...
And we took this mess OUTSIDE.
I was instantly intrigued as I observed their individual personalities burst out when I first let them loose with the shaving cream. They are each so uniquely different and that delights my heart. Cameron walked straight to the grass and did exactly as I first suggested, following the directions for this fun time: he made lines of shaving cream down his limbs. Dakotah immediately went to town, covering his entire body, hair included, and Titus calmly found a quiet corner and made rock cupcakes. These brief minutes were my favorite part of this day! I was able to watch their personalities and appreciate each of them!
After a few minutes, they started to really dig the idea of making an intentional mess...
"look at us Mama! Come give us love!"
officially made an intentional disaster,
time for the water...
And they smelled amazing
from head to toe
the REST of the day!
Before I wrap this up, I wanted to share an easy change to make to the traditional sno cones. I thought of trying this LAST summer but ran out of time but thankfully we tried it THIS year and it rocks! When making sno cones, use 100% juice concentrate INSTEAD of the sno cone syrup. It is super fresh and delicious!
The boys have spent some treasured days at my parent's house this summer. They love to grab their towels and swimsuits and pile on over to "Grandma's house". She always, ALWAYS makes their visit extra special. On her kitchen island is usually a treat, an activity, or a surprise! She always has it displayed in an exciting way. On this day, she had sno cone supplies ready to go in the special spot.
She crushed iced and we simply added juice concentrate over the cones.
We used 100% grape juice, but I think orange juice would be so pretty and pineapple orange would taste amazing! We want to try other flavors next time.
Cozy front porch rocker, check. Oversized red wagon, check. Pool of water, check. Treats made by Grandma, check. They have everything they desire at their Grandma and Grandpa's house!
A shaving cream mess,
slip and slide memories,
and juicy sno cones at Grandma's house.
Summer 2012 done right!
What is your favorite WATER memory of the summertime?
I want to discover more ideas to add
to our summer lists for upcoming years.
I have a facebook page finally:
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