This weekend had no exceptions. Summer started last week with fanfare. Des graduated preschool in front of 1 sister, 2 parents, 1 baby cousin, 1 Aunt, and 4 grandparents. We took Scarlet out of school for the hour long ceremony/crossing the bridge/potluck lunch, and then took her back to school for the school summer solstice ceremony! That’s a mouthful. We found out then and there that she was giving a speech and presenting flowers to some of the retiring teachers. Be still my heart! Somewhat importantly, I survived two school ceremonies featuring my kids. I did get emotional at both schools.
Summer did start, but summer vacation starts today. Next time I see her, she’ll be a third grader. She’ll have eaten my hand-packed lunch and she’ll have spent time in her future classroom with her future teacher. What a year it has been. So much growth. So much growing. A lot of bad weather and good dreams. So much wondering why the time goes through your hands like liquid sometimes. I’ve opened my heart during the last week in ways I didn’t know it was capable of discovering.
I had what can only be described as a WONDERFUL weekend. I’d say perfect, but that’s so overrated. It was summer. It was sun on skin, and closeness, and big steps out of my usual footsteps. In fact, I’ll update about that SOON. I had to be brave this weekend, but I wasn’t as scared as I was before my first roller coaster. So there’s that. I promise I’ll share soon! In things I can talk about, I went to a dinner party on Friday night. My friend’s family is away and she had a group of women over for a Moroccan dinner, homemade strawberry shortcake, and hours of laughter, stories, and Cards Against Humanity.
On Saturday morning, I had a haircut. I asked Scarlet to come along and we ruled that salon! We had a good 45 minutes in a massage chair, and kept smiling at each other and laughing. It was unexpected and also a good bonding experience. Those chairs are somewhat awesome. She also got her nails painted red. Then we went to the library for her first library card.
At night we went to the town fireworks. I thought it would be just the two of us, but Des was ready this year. Cassidy came with us too because I was burning out faster than I’d like. We found some of the same friends from my Friday night dinner – but with their husbands and kids – and sat with them to watch the show. I love the finale, and also I love when it’s over and hundreds or thousands of people are walking back to their cars late on a summer’s night. Some carrying kids, some pushing strollers, and many carrying cotton candy/ice cream. After the looong walk to our car, the kids fell asleep fast at home.
Sunday was more unexpected. I had planned to go strawberry picking with my friend who threw the dinner party, and Cassidy and Scarlet wanted to throw a lemonade stand. I wound up with them for about an hour, seeing a few friends come and go, and then my friend picked me up for strawberry picking. It’s nothing short of incredible to hang out with a friend for a few hours – talking, laughing, sharing stories, and having nowhere to be at any given time. That’s all I can say about that.
Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches
Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies
Vanilla Wafer Cookies
Ice Cream, flavor of your choice
- Lay out cookies on a baking tray.
- Using a spoon or cookie scoop, put a small scoop of ice cream on each cookie and place another cookie on top. Press down gentle to get the ice cream around the edges.
- Roll the ice cream sandwich in the sprinkles until the ice cream is covered.
- Place in the freezer for about an hour until the ice cream has hardened again.
- Enjoy this fun little treat!