(I am joining Kelly again for 7 quick takes, per the usual)
Well look what the winds of May (2015) have blown in…an old blog post I never finished!
So I was going through my draft posts and I came across this one, which I wrote in MAY of LAST YEAR. Apparently, I went through all the trouble of uploading the pictures and writing words… and then let it die. Well, not anymore! Rise Lazarus!…and hopefully this post does not stinketh too much!
It’s really not *that* great of a post, but it did help remind me of when Gianna used to make me play the most painful games of charades with her. Martyr-parent over here; the early Christians would be so impressed. “Ravenous lions you say?! [me scoffing arrogantly.] Let me tell you about the 7 trials of childhood entertainment…”
So without any further martyrdom adieu, I give you:
7 things you can do this summer with your kids….
1. Sit on a roof. But just sit. It was dangerous enough climbing up there…
This activity normally only lasts about 5 minutes before sitting on the roof gets boring. So, try and have something planned for afterward.
2. Dress all your children alike. They like it. It makes them feel like something is happening. “Now that you’re dressed alike, you’ve earned the privilege of sitting on a couch!” Yeahh!!!
Here are the kids in their traditional labor day outfits.
3. Yard trash; play with it! Not the broken beer bottles or old car batteries, but sticks or branches are great. I simultaneously file this one under “Creative Thrifty Toys” and “Lazy Parenting.”
Spinning in circles with a stick. Totally safe idea. What could possibly go wrong?
4. Have an Easter egg hunt. Its never too late.
If this picture were in an art exhibit I would title it “The Boxcar children in suburbia”…I don’t know, I guess they just look disheveled to me.
5. Play charades. Gianna (whom I love dearly, with my whole heart, really I do) does not excel at this game. However, she loves the attention. Her clues are extremely unhelpful and she ALWAYS comes up with some overly-complicated thing to act out.
Here’s an example…a real life example:
(Gianna flailing on the floor)
Me: Your’re a scuba diver?
Me: You’re choking?
Me: You’re a turtle stuck on its back?
G: No, Mom! I’m a fairy godmother who just fell off a unicorn.
I’m not kidding. I did NOT make that up. Her ideas are always *totally* un-guessable. So many wanna be comedians in this family. Its an epidemic.
When you are trying to be funny, but end up looking like you are having a bowel movement. We’ve all been there, right? Right?!…..Please tell me you’ve been there.
6. Make blanket forts.
Good for creativity, but GREAT for starting violent physical arguments. Always the beginning of World War 4. (We’ve already had WWIII which started by riding in the car together).
“We’ll clean it up when we’re done, Mom! We promise!” -Liars
7. Lay down, and have your immediate family members come greet you one by one. This one might feel awkward at first for the teens in your family, but we all know they need attention too.
And she began to wonder if she would ever experience this mysterious “alone” people speak of…
And that’s the end. I would be flattered if someone wanted to submit this post to a Kansas summer travel magazine.