Earlier this summer when Thatkid and I were running the San Diego Fair 5k I remarked to him that we were running on the same track the horses run on, and he had no idea what I was talking about. It had been a couple years since we'd been to the races, Thatbaby hadn't ever been. And I remember how much Thatkid loved it when we took him when he was little. So we made plans to make sure to attend this summer.
The first weekend we had free, we headed over to Del Mar. Thatkid was a little disappointed the fair wasn't there, or more importantly the rides and games weren't there. We got settled into some seats and the lack of rides and games was quickly overshadowed by the fast running horses.
Just like his brother, Thatbaby loved watching the horses run fast. And Thatkid loved picking the winner...after the race had ended.
On the weekends, the Del Mar races has a kids area, which is awesome. Not rides or games, but bounce houses, inflatable slides, face painting, and pony rides.
Thatkid made it his mission to experience every inflatable they had.
Thatkid was a little intimidated at first by the big slides, but there was a smaller one for little guys. And by the end, he was going down the blue slide just like his big brother.
The line for ponies was a little long, so the boys went and got their faces painted while I waited in line for them.
Thatkid has ridden a pony/horse twice before, but this was Thatbaby's very first time!
Thatkid was so nervous his first time on a pony. I thought Thatbaby might be the same, but as always he proved to be my oppobaby. Not scared at all, he jumped right up on that horse and rode like he was born on a salad.
I thought for sure the pony rides would be the highlight of the day. But on the way back to the car both boys declared their favorite part was watching the races themselves. Such a successful day!
What made it even more successful was the weather cooperating. It was cool and overcast, which has been especially unusual for this summer. It has been a hot summer. With no signs of cooling down this week. I even tried to get the kids to play in the sprinkler after school today, but Thatbaby just wanted to stand in his swimsuit and whine. One thing they are completely embracing is popsicles. Every moment of the day. Thatbaby wakes up asking for popsicles. In fact, over the weekend I found him trying to set up a folding step stool to get to them on the top shelf of our freezer. Never trust a quiet child.
We make most of the popsicles in our house. It's easy enough to pour juice or a smoothie into a popsicle mold. Chocolate pudding pops are a little more labor intensive, because you have to, you know, make pudding. But pudding pops are such a nostalgic part of my childhood, they have to be made. I grew up on the J-E-L-L-O variety, but homemade is so much better!
Chocolate Pudding Pops (From Cooking Light)
2 1/2 cups reduced fat milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- Combine milk, sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, egg yolk, and a dash of salt in a medium saucepan over medium high heat, whisking. Cook 8 minutes or until thick and bubbly, stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat.
- Stir in vanilla and chocolate and stir until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and place over a bowl filled with ice. Cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap and cool.
- Spoon chocolate mixture into 6 popsicle molds. Top with lids and insert sticks. Freeze 4 hours.