And we're back for week two. Phew. I wasn't so sure we'd make it through week one.
Today was kind of a lazyish day - it's been hovering around 100 degrees for a few days now and it doesn't look like it's going to break anytime soon. We're hot. Even inside the house, with the air conditioning. It's just plain hot. But we turned on the oven today anyway because it's Monday. Baking Monday.
We made two delicious cakes today, but one was much tastier than the other. Also, I forgot to take pictures of them but let it be known that one was also a much prettier cake than the other. Not blaming the little bakers, just saying.
I'm really not sure why that coffee-jam cake turned out like that; the recipe came from the Spice and Spirit cookbook which usually turns out winners. Oh well. Josh remedied the situation by cutting himself a big piece of the second cake, the marble pound cake and adding a piece of the very wet coffee-jam cake on top, to balance the flavors, he said. I'm willing to bet the cool whip on top didn't hurt either.
Once the kitchen cooled down, we painted wood boards in preparation of learning how to (carefully) use a hammer and nails to create the outline for some string art.
This project turned out to be way more involved than I realized - we made it as far as painting the boards today before we needed a snack. And a drink. And maybe some quiet time on the couch watching a rerun of the Kids Baking Championship on the Food Network. I love hour-long shows.
After lunch we played Yahtzee. But not like normal people. We make huge yahtzee cubes and used the laundry basket as the dice holder-roller thing.
The basic idea came from Momtastic, another blog that allows me to do fun things without having to actually think of those fun things myself. The main difference in our Yahtzee game was that we did not make ours from wood blocks and a woodburning tool because, oh my, wood blocks with pointy edges! And holy heck, a woodburning tool! Seriously, it was just way too hot for a visit to the ER today. We used square cardboard gift boxes and those little circle stickers one might use to tag items at a yard sale and presto, big dice.
The game started off well but deteriorated quickly when some children insisted on shaking the laundry basket like crazy people, while hurling the dice at other people. Those crazies were sent off to color at the table and the game continued with the more well-mannered children.
Okay now, it's late, the kiddies are all in bed and should be sleeping. Except for the one who is standing behind me. He thinks I don't know he's there, but really, we're all mouth-breathers. I must go escort him back to bed.
Stay cool (like the opposite of hot).
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)