And that's how I found myself home for four lovely days this week. Each day has been packed with small local adventures, topped off by the occasional sunburn and sprinkler run.
By Thursday, however, I had nearly exhausted my arsenal of cheap, close family activities.
Time to dip a little deeper into my creative side.
Monkey and I mixed up a large batch of the best bubbles ever.
I let Bug and Monkey raid every drawer and cupboard of the kitchen for bubble making tools.
Everything was gathered on the back porch and the fun began. The boys loved seeing which kitchen utensil would make the best bubbles, the biggest bubbles, the most bubbles.
The unanimous vote was that the apple slicer, the box grater, and the biscuit cutters worked the best.
The rest of the afternoon was spent happily blowing bubbles.
Sometimes the best memories don't require buckling the kids in the car, don't require any traveling, and don't require any money. Sometimes, they only require a summer afternoon and some bubbles.
P.S. For those of you who want it, but can't read my scribbles on the side of the container -
The Best Bubbles Ever Recipe
1 part corn syrup
2 parts liquid dish soap
12 parts water.
Thoroughly mix the corn syrup and water together and then gently stir in the dish soap.
This will keep for a couple of weeks, but it won't last that long. At least not in our house.