In this part of my neck of the woods, summer vacation will be coming to an end. In a few short weeks, I will be sending my two older girls back to school and my son to preschool for a few hours a day. This leaves me with my little one. I adore my kids and they are awesome to be around. But my goodness four kiddos coming and going for a little over two months straight at every possible angle is pushing me into a psychosis of sorts.
I feel as though I live in the kitchen, everyday is a repeat of forty thousand breakfasts, lunches, dinners and DO NOT forget snacks. As soon as I get the kitchen clean again, it is more the norm someone is barging back in looking for a snack, a drink….whatever.
It’s exhausting, in the best possible way ever.
Alas, I CAN’T wait to school starts, not because I don’t wan’t to be around my kids, but because I miss the routine of school and the schedule of things. Too much free time gets me in a tizzy. I think they function better in a set routine as I do to. When they (Me) know what to expect, they (I) just seem better adjusted.
Anyway, I promised my oldest daughter that we would do a lemonade stand this summer. And after her asking four hundred thousand times if “today” was the day to do it, I FINALLY found some time to create some fun, lemonade stand themed designs to help “boost” their business.
It was really a fun experience for them. They got along 70% of the time and the timing worked out perfectly, as the entire “stand” lasted as long as my littlest guys nap! Things got more interesting and energetic as the neighborhood kids teamed up to “help” out. I’m pretty positive that they scared a few people with their sugared up screams of “LEMONADE.”
Thank goodness most people are good sports and stopped to buy a cup or two. The mailman got quite a greeting as they all shoved overflowing cups of lemonade into his truck. He graciously took a cup from each of them, thanking them all profusely.
The whole shindig lasted about an hour or so and it and it made me realize that never again will I ever pass a lemonade stand and not stop and buy a cup. It seriously made their day whenever a “customer” stopped on by! But the looks of disappointment when people zoomed on by was enough for me to feel upset as they did.
Since it was such a success, I though I would share the printables, so maybe you can have some fun with your kids and make some lasting summer memories!
Realizing the reality of the situation was three little kids selling lemonade, I made some quick, fun inspired signs. I did not want to spend hours creating a set up that I thought may last only a few minutes, based upon their moods in any given moment.
I made two signs both print out on 8-1/2 x 11 sheets of paper, one is horizontal. (You can print from HERE)
The other is vertical. (You can print from HERE)
I also included a simple bunting, just for fun. (You can print from HERE)
The bunting was simple to assemble, just print, cut and attach to some ribbon or string with tape, glue or whatever stickiness you may have on hand. (And if your home is filled with kids like mine, everything is sticky.)
The end result was better than I expected and I think it was just an overall simple, fun, filled experience for them.
They learned a little about money (that they want it all.)
And they learned about working with each other. As much as I thought it would be just another reason for the three of them to bicker and fight. It turned out to be a sweet summer filled afternoon that will remembered by them as well as myself.
Thanks for dropping by!