Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sweet Summertime

We had an Eric-less Wednesday yesterday. It's been a while since we've gone a whole day without the man of the house. So what did we do? We packed ourselves up and went to grandma and grandpa's of course!

Ah, grandma and grandpa's, where there are different toys to play with, yummy things to eat, and we can't forget...grandma and grandpa! Haha. It doesn't matter if it's my parents or Eric's, our girls never want to leave. The day we have to move away from having them just a hop skip and a jump from our house will be a sad, sad day.

Even in the extreme heat yesterday, we managed to sneak outside for a while to get some (stifling, barely breathable) fresh air. :)

Grace does this thing...that I don't get...and it's incredibly frustrating. According to my youngest, I am not allowed to sit down when I am outside. Especially if she is on the swing. Even though I get up every minute to push her little hiney, she still thinks I am being a party pooper if I sit my pregnant self in a chair. Observe:

Loud, blood curdling shrieking emanates from this little girl if I even look like I'm about to sit down. It's enough to make the neighbors think I'm forcing a child into a cage. Dear Gracie, it's hot, and I'm carrying over 35 pounds of extra weight on my body. Get. Over. It. Thank you, love. :)

While sweating and huffing are definitely negative aspects of summer, at least one thing about the shining sun is awesome, and that one thing is sun tea. I love tea. Especially sweet tea...which Eric thinks is blasphemous, but that's another post all unto itself. While my parents were camping last week, I was intrigued by something I saw at their campsite involving sun tea in mason jars.

A quick search on Pinterest will show that lots of people think it's cool to drink this popular southern beverage from a mason jar. How much more "summer" can you get? But I had never seen anyone MAKE sun tea in individual mason jars, and well...I thought it was a pretty nifty idea straight from my mama's noggin. Everyone had their own jar steeping in the sun, and then each person was able to add as much or as little sweetness as they liked to their drink. A sun-tea pitcher and glass all in one - genius!

My mom's recipe for perfect mason jar sun tea:

Two teabags per jar of water, steeped for as long as you can stand it.

Add 1/4 cup of sugar for a little summer sweetness.

Put on the lid and shake, shake, shake! Refrigerate, if you wish.


So yes, we enjoyed a little time away yesterday...a whole three blocks away. :) Oh, and I have to tell you, haha.... Our family could not escape Christmas yesterday. Minutes after I published my "Christmas in July" post my mom called me, giddy as a school girl, saying that she had won tickets to a Christmas concert this December from her favorite radio station. nine does not even begin to describe her for the rest of the day. :) Several other Christmas references played out throughout the day, and so when it came time to frost our dessert last night we decided just to give in to the holiday vibe with festive icing and sprinkles - totally my mom's idea.

Now you know where I get this stuff from. :) 

Eric ended up having a short class last night, so he was home early. Hooray! It was a great end to a great day. And tomorrow is the weekend, so hello, I'm happy. My mom, sister, and I are going to have a girls day shopping this morning...gotta check out that toy clearance! So I need get scooting. Peace on earth, goodwill to men. 


The Independent Spinster said...

I don't even like tea and that picture made my mouth water. And just so you know...everything is better when you drink it out of a mason jar :)

Adrien said...

Don't like tea?? Oh my! :D

Kim Luke said...

I love sun tea!!!
Last summer I made probably 50 gallons. This summer, 0!!!
Thanks for the reminder!! haha

And you do not look like you are carrying 35 extra pounds. you carry it well! :)


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