Homemade Fizzy Soda, Blanket Tents, and Loads of Giggles

What a great day we had yesterday!

Homemade Fizzy Soda

After each of the boys completed their school work, we worked together (one-on-one) to make homemade fizzy soda. We had a great time making lemon soda. I found the original recipe on-line somewhere, but it was yucky (I tried the recipe first and down the sink it went). We came up with a recipe that worked well for us. It is still a bit different than what you might expect, but it worked for us.

  • 1/4 lemon juice
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 cup sugar

Pour it all into a large container (it fizzes some) and stir gently. Then throw in an ice cube or two and sip it through a straw.

Blanket Tents

Malachi and the twins had an awesome time last night, right before bed, building a blanket tent using all the dining room chairs. They chased each other on all fours through the chairs and over daddy’s legs. They had a grand time hiding and playing peek-a-boo with the blanket. This morning, another tent under the bunk bed turned into a fun reading nook (and a big book mess!).

Loads of Giggles

Giggles and grins from the kidlets are so much fun. Sometimes it is the simple things that make all the difference.

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited the boys were when they heard that they were going to make homemade soda pop.  They attended to their school work without too much whining (well, no more than usual). I was prompted to find the recipe after someone (who will remain nameless) was caught trying to create soda with strange ingredients the day before.

The tent in the living room / dining room was Malachi’s idea and daddy helped, while sharing his childhood memories of tent making. I have some good memories of making blanket tents with my sister when we were growing up.

I need to remember that sometimes it is the simple things we do – like making fizzy soda or not freaking out over a tent town mess – that can make all the difference in our relationships with our children.

What simple things have you done with your children recently, that they really enjoyed?

What are some ways that you can connect with your children today?