Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Fresh-squeezed Lemonade

On MLK day (or is it Civil Rights day?), the kids wanted to have a Lemonade stand. They had been begging and talking about it for a while, so I figured it was a good day for it. We have hundreds of wonderful lemons on our tree out back, and they love to juice them with our new citrus juicer. They worked all morning on making the sign for it, squeezing lemons, and getting everything ready. We headed down to the park and set up a table for the stand and we were up and running. They invited friends (here is Eden with Olivia Gallman)to help them sell and it turned into a very fun day for all of us. We called friends to come by and 'support' the kids -- and they stayed to visit. It was a beautiful day -- in the 70s -- perfect for January and truly delicious freshly-squeezed lemonade! I had to run home twice to refill the 4-quart pitcher! The kids ended up making about $20, thanks to generous patrons who paid $.25 for the glass of lemonade and gave the kids a $.75 tip! They had so much fun flagging down cars, and they even sold lemonade to an entire birthday party of girls! It was a memorable day for all of us. After taking out money for tithing and to pay me back for the 'change' I started them out with, we all loaded up into the suburban and took their friends out for ice-cream and treats and to the dollar store. I think they now have about $3 left!

Here is a photo of Teya -- this is what you get (if you look close) when you mix lemonade and sand (from the park). She was FILTHY!But, it was a fun day -- we didn't accomplish anything else but making some fun memories -- but that is more priceless than checking things off a list!

8 comments:

Linds said...

So fun! We would LOVE it if you guys came out. The baby is due in mid May. Would be so fun to see you...maybe we could do something early fall? It is so pretty out here that time of year too. Keep me posted! Great to hear from you.

Beckie said...

You are a Great Mom!! Perfect day for everyone. And thank you for letting Courtney join you. She was on cloud nine! I love Eden. (she always runs up & gives me a hug in the morning when I walk Courtney to school). What a sweetheart!

BoĊĦtjan, Bojana, Zala in Kaja said...

Lemonade from home-grown lemons? I keep forgetting you live in a hot place where you can actually have a lemon tree:-)If I lived closer I'd definitely love to come and try it... And what a great experience for the kids - to pay their tithing and spend some money they've earned themselves!

Marilyn said...

MLK day was a great day. I took my kids (and some of John's) on a hike (of sorts) and we had a great time. I just haven't taken the time to post any photos or blog about it yet. Hope you had a great time in CA.

Wendy said...

You have hundreds of lemons right in your backyard?! Do you know how jealous I am of you right now. No fair!

What a fun day and learning experience for your kiddos.

Orange Peanut said...

You are awesome and your kids are so cute!

I am so jealous that the kids are in shorts - I want warm weather! It's not like it's snowing in Sac, but I am a wimp and need the heat!!!!

VikiViki said...

I can taste those lemons now! They are delish. Sounds like a fun day. Reminded me of when we were kids and we tried to sell snow-cones all day, but after paying mom back, we only had like a buck or two! =)

S.J. Crawford said...

That WAS a great lemonade stand! Thanks for letting Olivia help out and me hang out with you! Thanks for the idea for Tess's bathroom!!! I will head over to Liz's house soon!

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