Amara went back to school last week and there are still so many fun times from this summer that I haven’t shared yet. These are some of the highlights
We made her Daddy monkey bread for his birthday. We tried a new orange chocolate monkey bread recipe because he loves the orange chocolate combination. Amara had a blast drizzling the chocolate on top. Actually, it was more like drizzling it from the fork while flicking it all over the kitchen! She even said to me, “Grandma, we are getting chocolate all over the counter.” I looked at her and said, “We?” She just looked at me and grinned. Her Daddy didn’t know but we had all gotten him Star Wars gifts so Amara even decorated the monkey bread with Star Wars frill picks and one of her handmade candles. It was good but we all decided this wasn’t our favorite of the monkey bread recipes we’ve tried.
Our summer included at least two trips to the yogurt store and one to Baskin and Robbins. I love it when Amara and I get to go do little things like this. We have such wonderful conversations when we do. However she did not tell me that she is only allowed one scoop of ice cream and she is not allowed waffle cones. I found that out later from her Mom.
We spent one weekend chalk painting and making perfume. Reminiscing about my own perfume making kit inspired me to get her one. She loves it.
One Sunday morning we spent creating a glitter explosion. I had read about it on Magnolia’s Surprise. Her granddaughter Noli loves all things glitter. I had shown the post to Amara and she couldn’t wait! We weren’t nearly as precise or neat as Noli was. Our entire driveway was a glitter explosion. It was so much fun and the sun shining on the glitter made me smile for days afterwards. (Please note the huge box of baking soda and gallon bottle of vinegar. She used it all!)
There were four pool parties with the girls across the street. I bought Amara a 4′ inflatable pool and they had a blast, so did Grandma! We had picnics on the lawn, ate Sponge Bob push-ups and the girls even performed for me. I wish I could share the videos!
Amara took swimming lessons this summer and I got to go with her a couple of times. The lessons were at a private residence and the adults were welcome to get in the pool – which was in the 90s and very relaxing! The best part was being there when she took her test. She had to jump in with all of her clothes on including her shoes and swim to the other end of the pool. Part of the test also included taking her clothes off in the water – she had her suit on underneath. Her skills and confidence in the water have just gone through the roof.
We had a wonderful summer but this isn’t everything! Part 2 “The Beach” is coming soon!