Well, the temperature is hot and the real estate market is not so now is a great time to spend more time with the kids. Oh no you say - I can't wait for school to start. Well I'm a grandma and my grand-kids are at my house everyday (my husband babysits them). I just remember when my girls were little how when the summer was over and it was time for them to head back to school that I viewed it with mixed feelings; ready for them to be out of the house but always giving myself a little kick and wishing that I had taken more time to just do fun things with them (and they don't have to cost lots of money). So I have resolved to do something fun each day until school starts with the grand-kids. (They are only 1.5 and 4 and I already miss them being babies - they are growing up so fast). I would show their picture but I don't think putting kids pictures on the web is a great thing these days. Am I too conservative?
Today I went to the drugstore because they have all the summer stuff 1/2 price. Tomorrow we are going to run through a wiggle worm sprinkler with all our clothes on - it's more fun if you don't have to take the time for a swimming suit. It was $2.00. I also got lots of little prizes for under $1.00 for animal bingo. You can print cards out on www.kaboose.com.
The next day we are going to make ice cream and have that for lunch. Do it the old fashioned girl scout way with the ice cream mix in a one pound coffee can and a 3 lb. can around it with ice and roll it back and forth to each other. It takes a while but there is so much pride in making it themselves. There is a recipe for ice cream in a bag on Kaboose.
We are also going to put up a tent in the living room and read stories by flashlight. One day we are going to make greeting cards (free online) and go visit friends and take slice and bake cookies. A really fun website for moms is www.kaboose.com. They have a great idea about the Olympics and we will be having our own running, jumping and somersaulting competition. They also have lots of printable pictures and great ideas. There are obviously tons of great websites with ideas.
We have gathered several stuffed animals and a large box to do a puppet show for Mom and Dad. One of my kids favorite things when they were little was the cloths game where you have a timer and lots of different clothes and whoever puts on the most clothes wins a prize - that competition will be between gramps and the four year old.
One of my girls favorite things when they were little was to have a picnic in the living room complete with blanket and everyone siting on the floor having salami and cheese and crackers, apples and grapes. We worked on making things and when Dad got home they were so excited to tell him that we were having a picnic.
So if you real estate parents are tired of the kids (I keep hearing that in the office), just remember that they grow up really fast and you'll want that time back with them someday!