Thursday, July 21, 2011

July. Texas.

It's July

I live in Texas

The triple-digit heat is almost unbearable.

In order to keep our sanity we decided to take advantage of anything indoors with AC. 

I'm going to combine InstaFriday at Life Rearranged and Friday Favorites at Finding Joy (is that cheating in the blog world to link up one post to two blog hops or just being efficient?) and list our favorite ways to beat the heat.

It's gelato and it's SOOOO GOOOOOD! By the way, kids eat free on Tuesday evenings. On the receipt it shows "Bambino free".  How cute is that!?!
Mark and I shared the Amaretto Chocolate Chip, Tiramisu Cheesecake, Mediterranean Sea Salt Caramel and Fondente Dark Chocolate.
The boys had Pannacotta (Wedding Cake) and Cookies'n Milk.

Almost too pretty to eat.

Kid-friendly fun at Chuck E. Cheese's
One large pizza, 4 sodas and 50 tokens was just right.
Let me confess that we've never taken Will and Ben to Chuck E. Cheese's before this visit.  It never seemed appealing on Saturday when the birthday party scene was happening.  We visited on a Friday around 11a.m. and it was perfect.  It wasn't crowded and we stayed for a couple of hours.  Perfect!

Mark and Will 

Ben is chewing on a piece of candy in this photo.

I had a doctor's appointment in Frisco, which has the nearest IKEA.  It's about an hour from where I live.  I don't go very often, but since we were already in the area we stopped by.  I only spent $10!!!  I usually eat the meatballs for lunch, but this time I had spinach and cheese crepes.  They were good and I shared a ginormous piece of chocolate cake with Mark.

Love the parking area reserved for families.

The boys always head straight for the toy area. The kitchen and train tracks are their favorite.

Their cooking up something...


We don't have a real dog so we take them to IKEA or Old Navy so they can pet the fake ones.

Ben and Will liked the pod chair that spins.

Apple Store
I almost didn't get the guys to leave this store.  Mark, Will and Ben would stay and play all day.  Will's all about this iPad.

Barnes and Nobles
The boys read books and played with the train set while we enjoyed the free wi-fi.

Really, it's July!  Back to school already...

Blue Bell Sherbet
It's not really a place we go to escape the heat, but it deserved to make the list because it's so tasty.

Family Christian Bookstore
We've been on the lookout for a children's story Bible for Will.  I'd like to make reading Bible stories a part of our bedtime routine.  Our boys go to Sunday School/Bible class at church and we talk about the Bible at home, but as far as a daily routine--I admit, we don't have that.  We read books together, but I'd like some of the stories to be from the Bible.  I have a couple in mind and I'll write a post as soon as I've looked over them. I'll let you know what Mark and I think and what Will and Ben think about them.
Psalm 119:105 (ESV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.

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  1. You are simply efficient! And I want you to know that always read your blog with a smile! You have that effect. : )

  2. That first picture of the Gelato has me wanting some asap!!! Love Ikea, so much fun for the entire family :)

  3. Great post, and I agree with Katie, very efficient :)

  4. Scott and I used to eat at Paciugo's all the time when we lived in yummy!! Stay cool! It's been in the 100's here this week!

  5. Those are awesome ideas to stay cool. I am going to have to steal some!!!


  6. It is definitely hot here in Texas, but a little bit of Blue Bell always helps!

  7. Mmmmmmm that gelato looks good! We went to the beach the other day and went into a gelato place - there were 101 different flavors! I couldn't believe it! How do you pick!? Ack! It is sooo good though!

  8. Looks like a fun week ... the kids at our school love the kids action bible. It has been VERY popular.

  9. I love this list! I wish we had an Ikea in Hawaii SO VERY BADLY. HOpe you and your family are keeping cool in the heat!

  10. A perfect treat to stay cool on a hot hot hot day!

  11. I've always wanted to go to IKEA. Someday.

  12. IKEA is an absolute favorite! I remember when Minneapolis got one for the first time -- we love going down there and getting good food and great deals.

    That ice cream looks fabulous. Might have to venture south.

    And funny thing -- last week in Minnesota we were having killer temps. My husband called me (when I was in South Carolina) and told me that the heat index was 121. Crazy, huh? In six months we'll be at -42.

    Blessings and thank you for linking up last week! Hope to see you tomorrow. And sorry that it took soooo long to come over and thank you. This shoulder injury is really slowing my typing down.



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