is there any candy that reminds you of your childhood? anything that evokes strong memories (either good or bad)? currently, davey and samantha love PEZ. love it. i think the stuff is vile. i think i ate too much one time as a kid and i’ve never liked it since. but there are plenty of other candies i loved. including candy necklaces. who wouldn’t love little rings of pure sugar on a stretchy string?! it’s candy AND it’s jewelry…. DOUBLE BONUS (guys, this is TOTALLY what your wife wants for Valentine’s Day this year. i promise. you can’t go wrong!)!!
i think it was about a year ago when aunt mary (dave’s mom’s sister) moved to Lynden (temporarily) from Denmark due to renewed visa issues. i think one of auntie mary’s love languages is “gifts.” giving them, for sure. [i KNEW there was a reason i love(d) her so much!] she brought the kids some candy bags which contained mostly gummy candies… but there was also a candy necklace in each baggie.
earlier this week i FINALLY pulled out those necklaces (yes, almost a year later… don’t ask!). they were EXACTLY the distraction the kiddos needed. they both ate ALL of their dinner (with prompting, of course) and had EARNED a special treat. i taught them how to use their back teeth to bite the candies in half (my fingers were bitten quite a few times in the process). it was worth it… they LOVED the treat!
[and if you're wondering, they got to eat 1/2 one night and 1/2 the next night.]
(and yes, i know my son needs a haircut. DESPERATELY. we had one scheduled last weekend but with our family’s flu symptoms, we had to cancel…)