It is amazing how quickly my family's schedule fills up even though I try to keep it simple. My kids each do only one activity in addition to school but by the end of the school year we had something planned for every minute it seemed. Between the dance recital, Father's Day, parties, picnics, and everything else, we have barely had time to sleep.
Now that summer has arrived, I am thankful for those extra minutes to sleep in. I say minutes because I have only slept about thirty minutes later than I was when school was in, but oh, they feel so good! I think I am soothed by the simple idea that I could sleep later if I wanted to (not that my children would let me).
Now if that maid would just show up and clean my house. She is running out of time before the dinner we are hosting on Saturday. I think I might just have to give up and clean the house myself.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I am a firm believer that children will entertain themselves when given the chance. Often when we go on vacation we do not bring toys. We spent Memorial Day weekend at a cabin in the woods with friends. Te toys stayed home and the kids never missed them. They spend their time at the cabin digging in the dirt, hiking, rock climbing, and exploring. During their adventures, Bear found a friend whom she introduced as "Hizard." This reptilian friend was about four inches long and she carried him with her all weekend. He crawled down her sleeve which she thought was great, but mostly he perched on her palm. On the second day of our vacation, she brought him to the kitchen door to talk to her daddy. She announced that her hizard told her that he wants to come home with her. We couldn't help but laugh and she stoicly took him back to the horseshoe pit where she found him. After along heart-to-heart with him, she came back empty-handed and said that she told him he had to stay. Life is so hard when you are four.