Hannah’s been doing the camp program at her school, but it’s only Monday to Thursday mornings. So Fridays have been our field trip days. My mom was watching my niece Grace one Friday last month, and the four of us took a drive out to Grounds for Sculpture.
This place is so odd. We went somewhere similar in Vegas over spring break, and Wild West City is a little cleaner and better taken care of. But, it’s one of those seemed-like-a-good-idea-on-paper kind of places. An old west town! For kids! With pony rides and a replica of Dodge City! And a little train! My cowgirl-, horse-, train-loving daughter would be in heaven.
At some point during the winter, when we were busy with snow paint, someone on social media suggested I try homemade chalk paint in the summer. And I do not forget awesome suggestions like that, but I did forgot who told me. So last week, we made some liquid chalk paint.
It’s hot. Not 100 degrees hot, but regular July-in-NJ hot. And despite living at the shore, we are not all-day, every-day beach people. There are only so many indoor, air-conditioned things you can do with a three-year-old during an extra hot week before everyone needs to feel the sun and get some vitamin D. This is where our backyard messy play has come in.
This is a NJ attraction that’s been around for a few years, but this is its last summer. So Hannah is just old enough to check it out, and I thought it was great. She was fairly suspicious of the dinosaurs, but this was her field trip choice last week. I gave her a choice between Lego store and dinosaurs, and when you have the chance to pick dinosaurs you pick dinosaurs!
Memorial Day Weekend. We didn’t get to the beach, but we did cook out on Monday. We had some family over for sausage and peppers, corn on the cob, tomato salad. And I still had some sweet cherries in the freezer from last summer, so I made the first official pie of the summer season. Delicious.
Adam wasn’t sure about the texture of this jam, but I’m surprised by how much I love it. Usually he’s the bigger raspberry fan. Some vanilla extract, some cinnamon, and a splash of chocolate balsamic vinegar just sent this one into My-New-Favorite territory (also, it’s not seedless).