Crowd Pleaser Sundae, Cleaning Closets & Other Stuff


Linking up with Meg’s Week In Review today…


Last week was the last full week of school for my son! I am looking forward to this being a shortened school week of final exams with our little trip to Hershey Park and camp approaching on the horizon. No more yelling about homework or making browned bagged lunches until September!

Speaking of camp, I am getting through the rest of the packing list as best as I can. Only a few things left to purchase, several more items to label and then we can pack up the trunks. Luckily he doesn’t leave for a few more weeks so I have some time. He has a couple of weeks of sports camp before leaving for sleepaway camp which I appreciate because playing ball in the summer makes him tired and less likely to throw balls around the house…or at my head.

Would someone please remind me that the zipper that keeps my wallet closed broke the other day? I meant to bring it to Saks on Friday after dropping my son off at a friend for the night but I skipped that idea, came home to take a hot shower and went to bed early. You can’t go wrong when you choose to sleep a bit more, right?

The Bar Mitzvah.

Oh, the Bar Mitzvah. Always popping into conversation randomly and yes, the Bar Mitzvah deserves the bigger font because in my head, it’s in huge letters all of the time. The remaining planning left for this affair is always a topic in my brain like a to do list that just won’t go away.

My wedding was not this complicated! I swear these Bar Mitzvah parties are so much more detailed and difficult which I guess makes sense because I have to entertain something like 120 kids who are mostly 13 years old in addition to the adults.

The time spent on finding the right stamp for the invitations is time I want back from my week. I really have no patience for tedious tasks and teeny details so thankfully my dad has been helping me with the monotonous parts of the planning process. I have put him in charge of stamp placement on the envelopes because he has the patience to make sure they aren’t crooked.

Even with so much on my list right now to do, I chose to instead clean out closets and organize the house on Saturday.

Sometimes, doing the things that don’t really have to be done can make doing the things that do have to be done that much easier to do. Please tell me that makes sense.

I went through my worn out running shoes plus my son’s sneaker collection and put together 10 pairs to donate to Soles4Souls. It felt good to drop them off and get them out of the house!

Next up was my son’s bookcase. He has a really nice Pottery Barn 4-shelf bookcase filled with a wonderfully abundant collection of reading material but a lot of it needed to be weeded through as so many books are now too babyish.

I haven’t cleaned out his bookcase in a few years now so I removed 70 books or so to donate and made a small pile that  I just can’t part with yet. Or ever.

I had a midlife crisis moment when I looked at Clifford’s First Day of School because it was my son’s favorite book when he was two years old.


Look what else I uncovered in one of my drawers. My blackberry was so small and light! I sort of miss it.

old cell phones

I treated myself to a Red Mango parfait after running and cleaning on Saturday.

red mango parfait

Saturday afternoon was the last Little League game of the season. This was our seventh Spring Little League season in a row. Wow, that went fast.

little league

Remember when I said my son and I planned to celebrate the end of Hebrew School with a Friendly’s Crowd Pleaser Sundae? Well, it finally happened!

Friendly’s Crowd Please Sundae = 12 scoops of ice cream + 6 toppings…You know you want to hang with us.

Friendly's Crowd Please Sundae

We ordered:

We went with three ice cream flavors: cookie dough, chocolate chip and hunka chunka peanut butter fudge ice cream.

Toppings: M&M’s, peanut butter cups, hot fudge, peanut butter, cookie dough, and gummy bears (on the side because I hate gummy bears, especially in ice cream).

Friendly's Crowd Pleaser Sundae

We haven’t had one of these Crowd Pleaser sundaes in over a year! Friendly’s is one of my favorite places from when I was a kid. Just had to throw that in here.

It rained like CRAZY Saturday night but we saw a rainbow and I was all fascinated. Aren’t rainbows amazing?


Yesterday was gorgeous so we went down to the beach for a bit. I had my first acai bowl of the year from one of the food trucks.

acai bowl

We ate while watching the men play volleyball. My son is on his school’s volleyball team so this was exciting to him. I was just happy to be eating outdoors in the sunshine.


Yesterday was really overshadowed by the attack in Orlando. Listening to the news, watching the news…so awful. I try not to listen or watch much when my son is around but the truth is, he is on top of the news and receives the alerts on his own. I feel bad that he has to grow up this way, always wondering when and where something like this will happen. I didn’t have to think about these things as a kid.

And now there’s no right way to end this post.

My foot is totally back to normal so I think I will head out shortly for my run.

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How was your weekend? Did you get to spend time outside?

Favorite place to eat when you were a kid?

Which toppings would you have picked for the Crowd Pleaser sundae?



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  1. says

    I was outside quite a bit this weekend (even though I didn’t run) and now my allergies are bothering me! But it was worth it because I needed the fresh air. Its so weird to think about using a Blackberry. At the time they came out they were just the coolest thing, and now picturing how they work I think we would feel like they are ancient! Hope you have a great run today! My foot felt fine when I woke up this morning so I am hoping I can test it out tomorrow morning (depending on what my chiro says today).
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  2. says

    Haha I call that “productive procrastination” when I start cleaning or doing other productive things when I don’t do the thing I really should be doing! PS That crowd pleaser looks amazing!!
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  3. says

    Gummy bears in ice cream is just too gross for me also. I only went to Friendly’s once in Florida because they don’t have them in the Midwest or West Coast. There was a Friendly’s in Dayton but I always choose Graeters because you can’t beat large chunks of chocolate in ice cream.
    We spent yesterday hiking but got out there early to enjoy the cold mountain air and beat the crowds. It amazes me still how popular hiking is out here!
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  4. says

    I 100% understand the logic of taking care of something which doesn’t need to be done. It makes you all motivated to eventually tackle the things which do need doing. Plus, you feel all fantastic for getting through all the stuff. Anytime I clean something out like that I feel so much better about everything. It gives me a sense of control.

    I can’t wait to see how the Bar Mitzvah all comes out. I feel so invested in it just through reading about it. It does sound like more work than a wedding. Entertaining all those kids….um good luck. I wish you the best.

    I will take two of those sundaes. Alright fine, even with my crazy appetite I could only eat one. I’ll stop being greedy now.

    I’m glad your foot is ok.
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    • says

      right? I wish I could find the plug to charge it so I can see the photos I took with that phone! life was simpler then when we didn’t have email on our phones! or social media. I don’t even know if social media was around then!

  5. says

    I’m looking forward to the end of making school lunches. I saw something so hilarious on Facebook about it. I’ll find it and send it to you through messenger!
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  6. says

    My weekend is basically split between Saturday and Monday. I had a shift at Athleta yesterday that went from 10-4 so now I’m enjoying my Monday off! I start marathon training today so I’m heading out on my first run. Wish me luck!
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  7. says

    Hunka Chunka PB Fudge is hands down the best ice cream flavor at Friendly’s. This restaurant was the one we attended most frequently when I was growing up. Always after basketball games. I would get Reese’s Pieces for my topping!
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