I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. It was wonderful. We had the creek (pronounced crick), bicycling, and a really fast metal merry-go-round to keep us cool. On Thursdays an ice cream truck would roll through town and we’d all enjoy a sweet treat.
I didn’t have (or probably even know) that air conditioning existed until I was in my late teens. If things got too hot, we went swimming or played games in the basement.
Fast forward twenty plus years. I live in Virginia it’s 100+ degrees and our air conditioner just went kaput. I’ve obviously gone soft because I’m melting. This is the first time I could relate to that famous wicked witch and I think that she melted with a little more class that I am.
What’s even more daunting is realizing that I have two kiddos that depend on me (and the hubby) to keep them cool. This is the time in my life I’d like to say that I dug into my most creative ideas to keep them cool and entertained… but my brain is fried and I can’t think.
After about an hour of grumbling and whining (mostly on my part) we rallied together, got the trusty ole pool bag packed and headed to our local pool for most of the morning. While there I came to and was able to parent again. We created new ways of diving into the pool, made a few new friends and had some yummy ice cream.
When we came home reality set in as did the heat, but my brain was recently refreshed so I quickly grabbed:
- a measuring cup
- mixing bowl
- baking soda
- 4 squeezy bottles
- a knife
- food coloring
The kiddos and I hunkered down in the basement and made liquid chalk by putting equal parts baking soda and corn starch into a mixing bowl (about a cup of each). They then mixed it together and funneled it into the squeezy bottles. I added about 10 drops of food coloring to each and then filled with water and used the knife to stir it all together.
The kiddos then went outside and did their best art work.
While they were finishing off their projects I quickly went to the backyard and got three tarps and used tent stakes to put them consecutively in the ground. I covered the tent stakes with construction cones (so that no one would get hurt) and set up the sprinkler at the top of the tarps. Viola- homemade slip and slide!! When they were done with their chalkwork they were more than glad to get on swimsuits and slide down our hill (with our neighbor boy). I gave each child a bottle of baby shampoo, to make their ride faster. Shaving cream also works- but if it gets in their eyes it hurts, baby shampoo is much easier on the eyes.
Around this time the wonderful HVAC employee came to the house and fixed our problems and within a short time we were back inside, tired from the days activities, and enjoying some manufactured coolness.
Have any awesome ways to cool off in the summer? I’d love to hear about them in the comment section below!