Tuesday, March 15, 2011

52 Weeks of Happiness :: Week 2


Getting ice cream on Saturday afternoons.


We have a family tradition that we do on sunny weekends
and that is to go to the ice cream shop and get treats.

You can feel the excitement as we enter the store and spill over the counter to contemplate what the perfect sundae will be.

We sample confectionery delights with little plastic spoons
and take our time scanning the toppings.

The boys lick their lips and jump up and down
as they wait to get their sundaes handed to them.


We all gobble up our ice cream
and the boys take turns
escaping from the table to run
around the store in a sugar induced fit.
Their feet scamper past walls that are lined with candy
and big puffy Sunflowers.

I abandon my ice cream
to chase them down and
scold them like an angry mama hen
for performing such a wild rumpus
throughout the store.

Yet, even though I act annoyed,
(as any self respecting mother should
when her children act insane in public)
I secretly love that part of our ice cream outing.

To see the boys laughing and running amok
with rosy red cheeks reminds me of
what being a child is all about.

I would give anything to feel that wild and free.


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Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

What a cute place...and so fun!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Really cute place and ice cream is always fun!

Anonymous said...

Ice cream always makes me happy!

R Montalban said...

That sounds like fun, and I like the look of that place too.

Cathy said...

That looks like the happiest ice cream shoppe ever! I love the pic of your boys in the giant booth!

AJ said...

Beautiful shots...love the tones!

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

This put a HUGE smile on my face this morning. The first photo--INCREDIBLE. Well, all of them are gorgeous and they transport me there, eating ice cream with your family. Beautiful. :)
I know what you mean about scolding in public (but secretly laughing inside). In church last Sunday the girls were drawing long hair and earrings on a picture of a man in the bulletin and giggling. I hushed them and told them to stop. but I had to bite my lip to keep myself from hysterically laughing! :)

Anika said...

Wow, this looks like the most fun place on earth! Yummy tummies!!

Kristy said...

Ice cream will make me happy too!

Courtney said...

Ice cream is always a good thing. Looks like a fun place!

Jessica said...

Oh ICE CREAM!!!! I've been wanting ice cream!!! LOL

Sarah said...

How fun! I love watching the kids have such a great time. My post today is about having fun also.

Tima said...

We've got ice cream on our Happiness as well

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

Those sprinkles really make it look so yummy!!!!

Danyelle said...

What a fun tradition! We always just go through the drive thru to get ice cream but I bet my girls would love to go inside too. We'll have to try that next time.

Daffy said...

What a fantastically fun place for ice cream! We have a fun mom and pop shop not far from us with THE BEST ice cream evah! I don't go often because I always pay with the worst ice cream hangover but when I do....it is SO worth it.

Might be time for another visit!

Sue said...

We all need a little good old-fashioned ice cream frenzy in our lives!


Michelle Pixie said...

Perfection!! Can't wait to get a few warm days around here so we too can indulge in such delights. :)

Mama Zen said...

What a perfect way to spend an afternoon!

onangelwings said...

So cute. Now I am craving Ice Cream!

Pieni Lintu said...

That looks so delicious! :)

deb duty said...

That's really something to be happy about! Love your colorful photos!

Tiffany said...

My kids LOVE the candy dispensers, last year over Spring Break my husband took the boys to the Jelly Belly store.....we ended up with jelly beans that cost as much as a small car. Looks like such a fun place, pretty too!


Ashley Sisk said...

Yum Yum Yum!

Queen Scarlett said...

What a fabulous ice cream shoppe!

In the Heart of Happy said...

Ice Cream Treats are the most fun of all! That is adorable.

julie said...

What a fun family tradition! :)

from mel said...

i love ice cream saturdays too. and it's worth every single sugar rush it gives kids!

Sara said...

Looks Yummy!!!

Actuary Mom said...

ice cream. yummy. that is very happy.

Gretchen said...

What a great tradition! I always like bringing the kids for ice cream... we should do it more! All great captures... thanks for sharing!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Love this!

Susan said...

What fun! I love all of the colorful flowers on the wall.

From Tracie said...

That is a really cute ice cream shop.

That childhood time of freedom is such a precious thing.

Amy said...

mmmmm... ice cream!

Anonymous said...

Haa...I totally understand the "not replying comment" bit. Share the same sentiments. Anyway, I got to know this project via a few blogs I follow. And I think it's a great idea to remind ourselves of the little happiness that takes place daily. Love your photos! Sure sound like it's a fun outing.

The Tablescaper said...

I'm new to your blog and am enjoying your Happiness Project. What a great idea! And there is nothing like a trip to the ice cream parlor with all of the trimmings.

- The Tablescaper