A Mother Always Finds A Way

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Many of you will recall the dating post Jensguy wrote about recently, wherein he mentioned ice blocking as a cheap and economical date. He further explained that this is something he would like to do with our family. When he said family, I believe he meant he would be particularly pleased to see not only his children, but me (his beloved wife) personally careening down a hill while seated on a small block of ice….

Well we did it. Here’s what happens when you take Jen and the rest of the family ice blocking.

Quite a bit of screaming from me.

A few wipe outs.

Lots of cuteness.

Lots of smiles.

This summer has been interesting for our family.  My husband is an independent contractor and many of our clients are suffering in their practices and businesses. This means we buckle down and tighten up on well, everything.

We didn’t go on a vacation this summer and I have become a master at entertaining my children with zero to just a few dollars spent.

I don’t tell you this to elicit pity. The smiles you see on my children’s faces in these pictures are genuine. They had a blast and want to make this a regular summer tradition.

My Grandma who raised 2 sons during the Depression years once told me, ” A mother always finds a way.”

I found my way this summer and I think it was a good one.

Stay Happy! Stay Informed!




  1. Hi Jen, thanks for stopping by! The pesto recipe is so easy to make and my family just loves it. I do hope you try this out. I never heard of ice blocking and boy does that look like fun for the kids. You little girl is so adorable. Wishing you a wonderful day.
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  2. Um, is it weird that this brought tears to my eyes? Am I overly emotional today or did something just strike a chord?

    It’s the chord thing because of your open writing, my dear! I’m not used to not working – I’m used to just buying whatever I want (mostly) without really having to think about it and it’s been a huge adjustment these past two years staying home with our daughter.

    A mother finds a way. I love it!
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      You are the sweetest and best cheering squad ever! I was just thinking about you this week and thinking I had been a pretty crummy blogging friend and really needed to head your way and see what was going on in your neck of the woods! Thanks for stopping by and being awesome!
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      Thanks Becka! It’s funny that the less we spent the more we had to actually be deliberate in our planning and that was really kind of fun. Now, not everything turned out, but our misses were kind of memorable!
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      You should go again. It was really fun!! Now I have become good at the free, but sometimes it didn’t turn out so very fun, One of my kids sarcastically asked me after a fairly terrible try at free if we would now begin dumpster diving for activities…..
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      Yup, all 5 foot 9 of me! Keeping my legs off the ground when we were sliding was quite the adventure. Can you believe though that my 12 year old is almost as tall as me?
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  3. I love this post for so many reasons. The pics are gorgeous (gotta love capturing joy on film), the attitude down-to-earth and positive. Love it!

    I haven’t heard of ice-blocking before! When I first read it in your post I had a vision of someone on a date with a lousy old ice-block in their hands – is that what they’re called there? Ice blocks are sweet frozen treats on a stick? South Pacific confusion haha!

    Sounds like a great idea though and one I’ll be trying out in the summer with our munchkins!

    We have loads of staycations too. Seriously, a few mates to play/stay, the park, the beach and the kids are happy as larry.
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      Hah, that would be pretty crazy just holding an ice block/ cube in your hands. Do that for a date and chances are high that there probably wouldn’t be a repeat date for sure if that was all you did….. I am interested in your version of ice blocks, that sounds right down my alley!
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  4. Okay I must of missed that Jensguy post because this is the FIRST I’ve ever heard of iceblocking. What a bizarre activity. I bet that feels good on a hot rear end! It’s so darn hot here right now, I would do just about anything to cool off!

    Praying that things pick up for Jensguy.

    Take care and keep cool.
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      It is totally crazy and an activity usually reserved for American teenagers and crazy people like me and Jensguy! Now that you know about it, go find a green hill, take your family and then make sure to share those pictures with me!
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  5. That looks like great family fun, hope you had the pile cream ready afterwards….I was always being told that you get piles from sitting on cold surfaces and that must have been a bit chilli! It looks to me that you’re having the most fun of all!…Or was that just a show {raised eyebrows and knowing nod from me}…

    Your youngest daughter looks so alert and doll like. I really want to chub her cheeks! And I must comment on how I think your eldest daughter doesn’t half look like you in the last photograph. It’s the smile and hair that does it.

    You don’t need a lot of money to have fun, a little imagination and a block of ice go along way!
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      It was 110 during the day and not much cooler on that night we went ice blocking. I think I might have rubbed that whole ice block all over my body to cool down, well at before it had all of the nasty pieces of grass stuck to it. At least my bum got a cool down.

      Interestingly, it was a lot of fun and I screamed and rolled around with my children like I hadn’t done in years.
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  6. That looks like fun! I completely understand where you are coming from because we have been on a tight budget and we are working on entertaining our children on a small to a no budget as well. We might give this a shot!
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      It is hard especially when they are home all day during the summer and you would like to do more than have them play video games and watch movies!!

      I think you might like it if you try it. I had a blast and screamed like I hadn’t in years!
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      You totally should do it and video it! It’s interesting, the lady who cut my hair on Saturday said she starts layaway right now to be ready for Christmas.Others have commented here that they are experiencing the same kind of summer we are. I think quite a few of us are all sailing along in the same boat. I hope your Christmas is lovely though, can you believe we are more than halfway there??
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  7. You are such an awesome mama! Ice blocking sounds hysterical. I have never heard of this before and cannot wait to try it. Did you make the big blocks of ice?These pictures are amazing – it looks like everyone had an incredible time!
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  8. Oh, Jen! I’m going to go out on a limb and say you should listen to “Jen’s Guy” for family fun ideas because this one sure looks like a winner. I had never even heard of this, but I’m going to mention to some girl friends of mine… Yes, I intend to leave the kid at the house. :)

    Thanks for linking up at the #SHINEBlogHop this week!
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