As you probably know, Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, which is basically my favorite day of the year. Everyone in the house has to be nice and do whatever I say and I don’t have to do any work at all except make sure my kid wears the right clothes to church and maybe make the bed, which I will do with a large amount of martyr-ish sighing.
I love Mother’s Day because not only does it give me time to reflect on all the awesome memories and privileges I have been given as a mother, but also I get to remind everyone of how hard it is and how my husband and kid owe me big time.
Right now Jon David is seven, which for me, is a pretty good age. He’s young enough that he’s cute and non-awkward pubertyish and he’ll still snuggle with me, but old enough that he can help out around the house and run his own shower.
The main thing I struggle with right now is spoiledness.
Not that he’s super spoiled, but he just has so much more than I did at his age. Video games and a TV in his room and summer vacations at the beach or Disney World and a big bedroom all to himself.
Yesterday we stopped at a gas station and Jon David went in with my husband to get himself a drink and some beef jerky. When they returned to the car, I felt the need to launch into this big story about my childhood and how my brother and I always had to share a drink when we were on a road trip, how I was probably drinking his spit and sometimes also he took really big sips so I’m sure I got even less than half.
“You have your own TV and I had half of a spitty drink”.
That’s pretty much what I told him.
Of course he was confused, he didn’t understand what I wanted from him so he was all, ‘should we start sharing a drink?’ and I’m all ‘no, I just thought you should know’ and then he just looked at me weird.
Obviously kids don’t understand how we struggle with getting them what we never had and giving them so much that they grow up entitled.
As a mom, it’s one thing that puts me in a panic. Things are so different now, everything is right at their fingertips. Information, entertainment, and even shopping are at the touch of a button and nothing seems hard. Also, there are fifty cartoon channels and instant Netflix now, so they don’t even have to wait for their favorite shows. I’m thinking of inventing one of those machines like they used to have on cartoons where you ride the bike to make the TV work.
Not only would it make Jon David better understand working hard for something fun, but he’d also be more selective with how he used his TV time. Have you SEEN Chowder? Ah Mah Gah how is that even a real cartoon?
Until I invent a bicycle powered TV or find an Amish farm that will take him for a week (just to keep it real and help him gain perspective. I mean, he’s a good kid but we all need some time in the olden days), I will probably continue to take him to do fun things and make him treats and love him like crazy because one day he will grow a beard and not kiss me in public.
Also, I take back the thing about an Amish farm. I’ve watched Lifetime.
Awhile back, McDonald’s had Rolo McFlurries. They even had a snack size, which was perfect because you could get one with a meal and feel completely justified. Anyways–they were dang tasty and I really miss them.
The other day I decided to make my own snack sized Rolo Flurries. And then I realized something–if I made the flurries in mini jars, I could put lids on them and keep them in the freezer for individual servings whenever I wanted!!
I’ll be honest–breaking out the blender is not one of my favorite things, so making a bunch of these ahead is great for a lazy girl like me.
Half pint jars are the perfect size for these flurries. Just make sure you use jars that are made for canning. Since they’re tempered, they won’t crack in the freezer.
Mini Rolo Flurries
2 scoops vanilla ice cream (my favorite is Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla)
About 6 Rolos
A tiny splash of milk
A few spoonfuls of caramel sauce
1. Cut Rolos into rough pieces. Place ice cream, milk, and 4 of the cut up Rolos in the blender and blend until smooth. You may have to stop and stir to break up the candy.
2. Stir in the remaining chopped Rolos. Spoon a bit of caramel into your jar, then top with ice cream. Top with more caramel and candy, if desired. Place lid on jar and freeze until you’re ready to eat.
**Makes one serving
These are absolutely amazing and so SO easy!! Make a few (dozenish) to keep on hand this Summer.
Enjoy and have a happy Monday!!