August 5, 2013

Furlough Fridays

Yup, I'm officially hooked on having off Fridays with my kids. Loving my furlough Fridays!  This Friday was Cooper's last day of school ceremony (graduation for a few of the oldest kids in the class), so we went to that first thing in the morning. I love his school here! It was such a nice ceremony at this small church down the road from his school. After, we picked up Eric and took him to the train station because his 3 months here are over (limit for staying over here without a visa). We are going to miss him! After, I took the kids to H&M to grab a few things the kids needed and one minute into shopping Cooper had to go the bathroom REALLY bad and couldn't hold it. We made it to a restaurant next door thankfully in time and grabbed lunch from a bakery and headed on home since Lily was ready for her nap.

When Lily naps, Cooper and I pick a project to work on together. Normally we bake or cook, but it was hot, so we decided to try to make our own ice cream at home in a zip-lock bag. It worked great! You must try it if you haven't! We used half a cup of organic whole milk mixed with 1 Tablespoon of organic sugar and a teaspoon of organic cocoa powder in a quart sized zip lock. We then added 2 trays of ice cubes to a gallon zip lock baggie and 1/3 cup salt. Slip the smaller bag in the ice bag and shake for 5-8 minutes. You can feel it getting harder pretty quickly. We snipped the baggie with scissors and squeezed our chocolate ice cream into a bowl, added sprinkles, and voila! Homemade delicious chocolate ice cream! Can't wait to try some more flavors!

Then out to the garden we went to get rid of the evil caterpillars eating my broccoli plants, pick some grean beans, and water our tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins, lettuce, and herbs. A daily routine this summer.

Pouty face. Upset because he picked the leaves accidentally with the beans.
Next year we'll be planting more beans. They are so good and so easy! We pick a handful of fresh ones every night lately to eat at dinnertime.

Lily after her nap having a nacho snack
So nice to have this extra time with my kiddos. Can't wait for this Friday!

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