It's been a hot, hot summer week! Here are a few ideas to beat the heat:
Such a simple pleasure! Ori and Calla love water balloons. The first time we filled them up, we had a master plan of attacking Daddy when he got home from work.
As we filled up a basket of balloons, Ori kept giggling, "Daddy is going to get so wet."
Daddy did get a little wet, but let's just say Mommy ended up the most wet. Thanks, Ian.
Arctic Ice Tub.
I was really excited about the ice tub. Doesn't a tub with blue tinted water and huge blocks of ice sound perfect for a scorching hot day?? I thought so. However, Ori just played with it for a little while because he was "too cold." So weird.
At least his sister didn't mind the cold.
Ori did like putting all his animals on the ice block and watching them float around. Instructions for this tub are here.
Sand. (In a shady spot, but not your covered porch because apparently sand is not good for the wood)
This was a favorite. It's colored sand I found for 75% off at Wal-Mart and I added grapefruit essential oil to Calla's sand and tangerine to Ori's.
It smelled so good!
All of the above proved to be productive things to do to beat the heat. Beating the heat is good, but beating the door with a silly plastic kazoo is very bad. Why, you ask?
Because the door will break. Right, Calla?!
Poor girl. She was outside playing and they are taught to knock when they want back inside. A few weeks ago Calla knocked on the door using a kazoo. The glass on our very old door broke. The handle on the door was already breaking and other parts of the door were duct taped together by my grandparents when they lived here. The door needed to be replaced anyway so I wasn't too upset. To be honest, I was secretly happy Calla broke the door so that we could get a new one.
But then I found out that our door (like everything else in our 100+ year old house) was not "normal."
It's very tall.
It has to be custom ordered.
That means that it costs a lot of money to replace that door.
Over double what were thinking.
Which means the old door is staying for a while, green tape and all.
But the truth is, it's just a door.
(Don't worry: I know it probably isn't the safest since the glass is cracked and we will replace it when we can. Just not immediately.)
What are you doing to beat the heat?
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