Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Keepin' Them Busy!

Being in the last few weeks of pregnancy it always seems to go by soooooooo sloooow! Then once the baby arrives time flies! Why is that? I'm really trying to enjoy these last weeks. My energy level is so low. I'm not one to sit around but my body is telling me to. Having 5 busy kids that don't understand Mom just laying around doesn't help. I've been trying to plan little activities to keep them busy.

Every summer we have a lemonade sale. It's one of their favorite things to do. We have made it a tradition every summer. Here are some lemonade sales in the past. (look how little they were) We usually have it only one day for a couple hours. This summer the kids did so well the first day they begged me to let them set up a second day.

Austin and Faith made the little stand out of left over pvc pipe in the garage and an old table cloth I had. They borrowed some things from my kitchen to make the table look pretty:)

Austin was the manager, Faith was in charge of marketing (making things look pretty) Landen the professional sign twirler, Farrah the dancer, and Finley the taste tester:) Mommy the photographer and heath inspector:)

Before they could even get all set up they had cars pulling up....

business was booming! I guess it helps if the sign twirlers are cute:)

I parked on the side of the street with the air on. Finley was sleeping so I just watched from the car and took pictures.

They are pros at it now...

I did keep a close eye on them but started to get nervous when they got really busy and Landen was walking up to cars...

I woke Finley up and we walked to be closer to the kids. Even though my kids know to be safe, these days you just have to be careful.

Finley enjoyed tasting the lemonade more than she did trying to sell it:)

such a business man:)

Finely decided to join in, I think she wanted to have her fair share of the days profits.

The kids were asking 25cents per cup but people were paying up to $5.00 a cup! Must of been good lemonade they made. ha!
After about 2 hours Farrah needed a she laid down and took one. ha!

Some stopped and got out of their cars, some wanted curb side service and others just waved as they drove by.

The kids soon ran out of lemonade and cups and had to close down their stand. I was about to close it down as their health inspector after seeing the way they handled some of the cups. ha! I was surprised to see people actually drinking the lemonade. I think it's cute but would never really drink lemonade from a kids stand. Sad but true. We talked about making sure they kept their hands clean and to use a cup not their hands to fill the cups with ice:)

The second day they were just as busy.

The served over 50 cups.

Even the fire department showed up.

The kids counted their money at the end of 2 days of working...

Paid Mom back for costs on products, figured out profit and split it up with all the employees:)

Now they will give some, save some and spend some. Something I'm trying to teach them. Something I'm trying to teach myself:) ha!

Daddy has been working long hours this summer so by the end of the day I am beat (and so is he)

He still finds time to play with them and give me some peace and quiet:)

Even if it's just taking them outside and having them roll around on the grass! haha!

Well, I better get dinner going.......

or maybe I can get my big money makers to treat their tired parents out to dinner;)


Renata said...

Hi Bridget
I've been wondering how you are going. Glad you continue to go well & I hope you can gets some of that rest!
Love the lemonade stall - you are brave to do this with your children, but what a great experience for them & such fun memories they will have!
Look forward to "meeting" your newest arrival soon - thinking of & praying for you
Have a great day

Mama D.'s Dozen said...

How fun!

You definitely deserve for them to buy you dinner ... or dessert, at least.

You are such an AWESOME Mama, when many moms would just say, "Sorry. I'm too tired."

Love ya LOTS! Miss ya MUCH!

"Big Sis" Laurel :)

Aimie said...

Fun! Fun! Fun!

Your house is always so much fun!!

Celia Jimenez said...

How much fun is that?!!! Even though you feel tired, hot, and are still having fun with your kids. Thats admirable!!! I might have to copy this idea! :-)