How I’m keeping the kids busy this summer.

I’m going to start off by saying I am NOT one of those total hands on mom’s. I don’t plans craft days and picnics at the park days, or have the week planned out with all kinds of fun activities. It sounds so nice to be one of those mom’s. I always have good intentions but then the days come and go and I’m just trying not to scream at my girls after they consistently fight with each other or having my patiences tested while they ask me to do things and get things for them all day long! Good grief! Baby Max is pretty easy going for now mostly sleeping through the day and not wanting much from me except food and the occasional diaper change.

I mostly just tell my kids to find something to entertain themselves. With that I’ve found some things that have kept them entertained so far this summer without having too many hours of the dreaded “screen time” (that last part was totally sarcastic).

An inflatable pool in the backyard. Yes! It’ll be one of the best forty bucks you spend this summer. The girls love spending hours beating the heat in ours, lil’ Max even enjoys it for 15 minutes or so when he’s not sleeping or eating. It also allows us to avoids the public neighborhood pool most days. Which I love because it’s such a task to get all the kids to the pool and finding a shady spot for the baby and keeping him happy for more then 45 minutes.

Next workbooks. I purchased a getting ready for kindergarten book for Emily and a 2nd grade one for Adalynn. It’s been a great way to keep them on track for the up coming school year and keeps them happy and quiet while they work on them. It requires a bit more effort on my part with Emily because she needs to know the directions on different pages but Adalynn is able to do it all on her own.

Dig it up, these are rocks that have gems or fossils in them and the kids have to chisel and dig to get to the prize. It’s the greatest, it kept my girls outside chiseling away for hours!!! It’s a great outdoor activity as it’s a bit messy.

Chores!! You heard me! I made a chore chart inspired by Pinterest and got my kids to start helping me around the house!! I mainly wanted Adalynn my oldest to really start earning her keep as she is now seven, but I couldn’t leave out little sis because she would want to have chores too and why shouldn’t she?! It’s been great! I had to lower my standards on what I think is clean because, well, a four and seven year old are doing the cleaning. BUT not having to empty the dishwasher has been A-mazing! Also it’s been nice for me to not be the one cleaning up their toothpaste all over the sink and bathroom counter.

I feel like it’s hard sometimes as a parent to grow with your kids. You are so use to them being dependent on you that as they get older you just continue to do things for them, when really they can totally do things themselves. Giving them chores had taught me that, if anything I wish I would have started it sooner with Adalynn.

Trips to the library! That I do make sure I do with my kiddos. The best part is every time we get home the girls spend hours reading and flipping through books. It’s another way for them to keep up and be ready for the next school year.

Well that’s it! It’s been about a month since schools been out. We are headed to see family in Texas and that will hopefully break up the summer break a bit and before I know it the girls will be in school again and it’ll just be Max and me during the day.

 

Happy Father’s Day!

I gotta good one….

After a twelve hour plus day at work my husband comes home and without skipping a beat gives all the kids kisses and hugs, as the girls climb all over him like a jungle gym. Then without hesitation takes Max into his arms and snuggles him close realizing he needed a diaper change, with no complaints or trying to get out of it, changes that stinky diaper, maybe freaking out if he gets poop on his hand. 😉

We sit together at the dinner table together listening to Adalynn talk about the most random things while both my husband and I take turns telling Emily to eat her food and shoving bites into her mouth, Max sits next to the table in his bouncer gnawing on his stuffed robot.

Once dinner is done it’s time to get the kids ready for bed, my husband still in uniform with no time to change takes Max upstairs and sings to him while babe splashes in the tub laughing so hard at his dad’s singing and dance moves, once baby is squeaky clean he get him dressed and ready for bed. Sits in the peace and quiet of Max’s room feeding him his last bottle of the day before kissing him goodnight and laying him down in his crib.

The girls have gotten themselves ready for bed and wait not so patiently for dad to make his appearance by their bedside to read them a story before bed. Not minding that they picked the longest book they can find, he reads the story to them with such enthusiasm. The story is over and each girl doesn’t want to let go of him after wrapping their arms around his neck for a hug before they sleep.

I’ve made it down the stairs before him and begin folding the pile of laundry that has been sitting on the living room floor all day. After finally rinsing off the day and getting into sweats he comes down the stairs to help me fold what is left.

Finally he pours me a glass of wine and we snuggle on the couch till he falls asleep next to me which he denies when I nudge him saying let’s got to bed.

The love and patience my husband has for our children, his family, makes this mama so happy that I can call him mine. 🙂

Happy Father’s Day!