Throwback Thursday – Cold Treats

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Thursday!  We are almost finished with our second week of summer.

We continue to have a good time and are enjoying ourselves very much.  Time is going very fast as often happens when we’re having fun.

We have had some lazy days and some days where we have been quite busy.   We have enjoyed playing Monopoly, going to the library for summer books, and having cookouts with family.

This weekend we plan to go swimming and are looking forward to that.  I love the water and ease of exercise.  I also enjoy floating on my back in the water, and working with Ian as he is still learning to swim.  He keeps getting better.

Where we live is humid in the summer, so we are in our air-conditioned house for much of the day.  On these muggy days, we have come to truly appreciate our cold treats.  Sweet iced tea, ice water, and cold beers are our drinks of choice.  I actually like semi-sweet or half sweet/half unsweet tea the best.

And, we love our ice cream treats too.  Nothing like a big scoop of ice cream to help cool us down on a hot day.  This photo was taken three summers ago at the beach.  This was the treat he picked from the ice cream truck.  This particular ice cream was extremely messy as you can tell from the picture.  It was also one of his favorites.

I will have to plan to take plenty of ice cream truck money when we go to the beach this summer!  After all, that is one of Ian’s favorite parts of the day.  It is one of mine as well.  Nothing like the taste of chocolate mint on a cone as I watch the sunset into the ocean. Ahhhhh… summer bliss!

I wonder what tomorrow’s cold treat will be?  Tomorrow is supposed to be another warm and muggy day, so I am sure whatever it is will hit the spot!

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream!

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA July is National Ice Cream Month.  I just found this out and had to write about it.

According to a  Web site, “In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.

“He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with ‘appropriate ceremonies and activities.'”

Isn’t that cool?  (Pun intended)  I had forgotten that he made this designation.  I just wonder what events we should do to celebrate?

I don’t know about you but I love ice cream.  My favorite flavor is chocolate mint (aka mint chocolate chip).  That is second only to chocolate chip.

I also like vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries. Those are my favorites.  I like my ice cream in a bowl, but prefer it on a cone.  What is your favorite and how do you like it?

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHere are a few photos of Ian from two years ago when we were at the beach.  The one in the brown shirt makes me think that he didn’t want to interrupted from his ice cream for a photo.  He seems to be saying, “Come on Mom!!! My ice cream cone is dripping.”

Many nights when we were there, we purchased treats from the ice cream truck – or my parents did.  That summer we bought so much that the ice cream man gave Ian a freebie — the green and dripping face. Ian was thrilled and I was pleasantly surprised.  What a nice thing for him to do.

I am going to mark my calendar on July 20 for National Ice Cream Day.   Cones, check.  Ice cream scoop. Check. Large carton of mint chocolate chip as well as peanut butter and chocolate (which Kirk prefers). Still need to purchase. So better get on this, check.

I just wonder what special “appropriate activities” we should do?  Perhaps a build-your-own sundae?  Or some large cones? I can’t wait to figure it out.