Well, hello. Yes, it’s been awhile.
Sooooo much has happened in the last few months! I had a little health issue that I continue to manage (boring subject). School days and volunteering swept the spring/summer season into a busy circus. AND our family flew to our nation’s capital…a perfect family bonding time (think walking, walking, walking and potty breaks).
I have taken an entirely different approach to the summer season. No camps for the kids (ok, well maybe ONE and baseball). Instead, we make our own fun and get a season pass to the pool. Simple right? Sure, unless you have a mom who wants to keep a clean house and pretty yard. In the midst of my digging and primping and mowing and trimming….I have 3 kids who dared to project those words of doom: I’M BORED. And it doesn’t even come out like that. It’s more of the piercing sound: I’M BOOOORRREEEDD. The whine that makes my ears hurt. WHAT CAN I DOOOOOOOO?
Read a book. Make a crossword. Clean your room. (hey, I try). Ride your bike. Build a fort. Help me clean. (yes, I had to sneak that in). Draw a picture. Play a game. Chalk up the driveway. Play Nerf target practice. Basketball. Skateboard. Roll. Down. A. HILL.
Generally, I just receive a blank face or a “bored” moan in response. Well kudos to Zoey, who never disappoints as she skips away with new ideas. But those boys……
Then, I received some fantastic parenting advice. Make THEM do the work/thinking. Ex: Well, do you feel like doing something inside our outside? (Child response). Cool. Do you have a lot of energy or just need to relax? (Child response and then a pause). Hmmmm…. (I’m thinking with them). Suddenly, they are off with a new idea of their own. Which makes it a COOL idea. Works every time for me. YES!
Well, I wanted to say hi and let you know (that means YOU, Mom) that I plan to get this blog back in action. Summer fun awaits!