Monday, October 06, 2008

Family Fun Night: Make Your Own Ice Cream Sunday

Sometimes we visit SONIC for our weekly Family Fun Night and order desserts for all. This week, DH and I decided to add a little twist to it but kept our plans a secret until right after supper. While the kids were half-heartedly cleaning up the kitchen (cleaning does get old, even for kids, doesn't it?) Dh announced that we were leaving the house in 15 minutes. When asked where we were going, he replied, "You will find out later." This added a mysterious air to the room and everyone got excited about cleaning up quickly.

When we arrived at the local grocery store, we told the kids that tonight they were going to shop together for all the ingredients needed to build their own Ice Cream Sundays (Sundae). They had to stay together the entire time, cooperate and agree on the ingredients. They could buy anything they wanted for the Sundays as long as they stayed withing a given amount of money. We would be waiting at the other end of the store for them.

The kids had so much fun doing this activity together. They also enjoyed being in charge. On the way home, DH cranked up the music and everyone sang as loud as they could to Toby Mac's "I was Made to Love." We acted ridiculous and made a memory that may last a lifetime.

one step at a time...


  1. What great fun!! We need some levity in our lives sometimes! We do something similar every once in a while. It's always hot enough for ice cream down here!


  2. Sonic, oh haven't you grown to just love Sonic?! They just recently built one here in our little town and we are so excited! The girls like to go after dark when all the lights are on, it's just a different atmosphere! We always order Cherry Limeades, they are the BEST! I prefer happy hour when they are much cheaper!

    I love this idea for make your own ice cream sundaes, the girls and Bill would love it, I'd opt for a candy bar probably, I'm not much on ice cream!


  3. What a great idea!!! Sounds like lots of fun. :-)

  4. Oh I am going to steal this idea! My girls would love doing this. What fun!

  5. Aww sounds like an extremely lovely evening!

  6. Anonymous6.10.08

    did you mean sundae?

  7. "Chester C. Platt, co-owner of Platt & Colt Pharmacy, created the first historically documented sundae.[4][6] Platt covered dishes of ice cream with cherry syrup and candied cherries on a whim. The men named the dish "Cherry Sunday" in honor of the day it was created. The oldest-known written evidence of a sundae is Platt & Colt's newspaper ad for a "Cherry Sunday" placed in the Ithaca Daily Journal on April 5, 1892. By May, 1892, the Platt & Colt soda fountain also served "Strawberry Sundays," and later, "Chocolate Sundays." Platt & Colt's "Sundays" grew so popular that by 1894, Chester Platt attempted to trademark the term ice cream "Sunday."[7] The later spelling "sundae" is believed to have originated in Evanston, Illinois as a less blasphemous name for the ice cream treat some time after the "Sunday" spelling was popularized in Ithaca." wikipedia


    It seems that Sunday is acceptable, but Sundae is more popular today. ;)

  8. Sounds like a fun evening!

  9. Love this! I'm totally stashing this idea away for when my kids are old enough :-)

  10. Just one more great idea from HUFI to tuck away for a rainy day. Love it. THanks AGAIN!