Wordless Wednesday – Week 4 of Summer in pics.

We go to the Library every week.

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AND we go to the farm ever week!

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Among the beans :-)

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I went to New York for a couple of days!

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To attend a conference.

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Blogger Bash And Sweet Suite.

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Stayed in the amazing hotel room at Sofitel New York.

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Thanks to Ms. Annie Stow of Stowed Stuff for the swanky digs and the #ToyotaHighlander for the drive down!

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We got a little silly at the event.

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And made some great brand connections. One of my (and my daughter’s) faves GoldieBlox.
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And I needed to go home to my babies!

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To watch a movie in the city under the stars.

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Wordless Wednesday – Week 3 of Summer!

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Wordless Wednesday – Week 1 of Summer in pics

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Minecraft Steve loses an arm. A parenting WIN.

Sometimes I get parenting right. Sometimes I get it ALL WRONG. The other day it fell somewhere squarely in the middle.

“Can’t we just craft him a new arm?” Yes, I actually said that to my distraught 8 year old when the Steve figure he just got in his end of school gift lost his arm.

“Maybe we can craft him a new arm?” {sarcasm}

Yes, I said it twice. Nice mom, right? Ugh.

Listen, I told him not to bring the thing to the park. It’s small. He doesn’t need it there. But he was enamored with it and wanted it with him. We had been at the park about an hour when he came over to me, sullen. “I lost Steve’s arm.”

A kid can cover A LOT of ground in an hour at this particular park. It’s a big park with a playground, baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, giant sand pile. They are big enough that it’s all up for grabs. All of it.

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So he comes over and says it’s lost. I have to tell you. I am unreasonably angry about this. Most of my anger is in my head, but some of it comes out. I told him not to bring it.

I would give my left boob for him to listen to me. Ever. He NEVER listens to me. Everything is a negotiation. I can’t just say please leave it here and he says ok. I would fall down dead if he just said ok, mom. And then someone would come take my left boob, because I said I would give it up. Fair is fair.

Everything becomes a 10 minute conversation about why he should bring it, do it, have it etc. Pleading and deals and promises. I have two other children who say Ok, Mom. But this one. THIS ONE? Deeeeeeeep breath.

So, I do not have a child that I can say please do X and he does it. He has ADHD and we’re dealing with it. Some days are better than others. This day I give in, against my better judgement. I KNOW he’s going to lose Steve but I let him bring him anyway. He will make a spectacular lawyer someday.

So on this day in parenting world, I was screaming inside my head “WHY THE EFF DID YOU BRING IT TO THE PARK WHEN I ASKED YOU NOT TO?” My outside voice said “Where did you last see it buddy?” He tells me over by the baseball field or the sand pile.

Seriously?

The SAND PILE?

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This is only 1/4 of the sand pile. Maybe even 1/8 of it. It’s HUGE.

He says he threw him against the baseball backstop and he thinks maybe the his arm fell off there. So we look there first. Doing a grid search like a professional search and rescue team for Steve’s arm. Nothing.

We both look at the sand pile. He says, “It’s Steve mom. Minecraft, Mom.” UuuuuuuuuuGH!!

I tell him that I don’t think this will turn out well. It can’t possibly. Minecraft Steve will have to be fitted with some sort of lego prosthetic.

I take one end of the sand pile and he takes the other.

So you know how this ends right? Not one minute into the search I find it. The grumpy- I told you so parent wants to make him squirm. But I can’t help myself. I scream and hold it up in victory. He screams. Tells me I’m the best  mom ever. (Hrmpf. Until five minutes from that moment when I tell him it’s time to leave. Then we need to negotiate THAT.)

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So this day, THIS DAY? I WIN parenting. Because not only was I god damn right that he would lose Minecraft Steve, I did not lose my shit when he told me. I found it and then I did the only sensible thing I could. I celebrated queen of the world style on the top of sand pile. With some cabbage patch dance moves to the tune of  “Who’s better than me?. Yes I did.

Because sometimes if you’re not a little crazy while you parent, you’ll go a little crazy trying to keep it all together.

I’m going to go craft myself a glass of wine now.

 

 

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*Disclosure: That’s a Minecraft Amazon affiliate link up there!

 

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Kids Bowl Free! All summer.

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Suprisingly, during the summer it is sometimes a struggle to find things to do for the kids. Especially ones that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Well this summer when it’s too hot or too rainy or the kids have said one too many times “I’m bored” You should say “Let’s go bowling!”

My kids have only recently started bowling and we are really excited for this program – Kids Bowl Free. Yep it’s like it sounds, kids bowl free.

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Get the kids active without spending a ton of money – Kids Bowl Free is an amazing brand – designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer. Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games a day, all summer long!

Family passes are also available for the summer are $24.95 for up to four adults to play as well all summer long! So grab the grandparents and get bowling! 

For more info in this program you can look at their FAQs: http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/questions.php. Browse the website, find them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter!


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This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a compensated program initiated by Kids Bowl Free. I was compensated with a family pass to bowl this summer. All commentary and opinions are, of course, my own.

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Intentionally lazy

My dry erase board still says June and I’m okay with that. Our summer has been mostly uneventful so far. Intentionally so.

I thought about sending the two bigs to camp this summer. I did a bunch of research and in the end  – didn’t send them. Part was a financial decision. The other part was that I just wanted to keep them home. Even though I’m not great at the SAHM thing, I know this time is fleeting and I should enjoy it (because every woman over 60 at the grocery store tells me so as I’m pulling a child off a shelf) and even though it’s hard for me I want to live in it.

SprinklerFor the first six weeks of summer we had swim lessons. Buddy learned to SWIM! Bunny learned to swim on a noodle. Bubby learned how to pour sand on me as we watched the other two. I learned how to discreetly remove said sand from the crotch of my suit…in public. It’s a skill every gal should have in her repertoire.

We would watch TV and/or play until swim lessons. Then I would let them have free time in the water. After we would go sit on the hill over the lake and eat a snack (Bubby’s lunch.) Then we would meander home for little to take his nap. The other two would eat lunch. Then we would play outside and inside. Sometimes with friends, sometimes not. Run errands, go the park or the library. Lay in the hammock. Whatever we wanted.

Even though I set out to be intentionally lazy this summer, there is order in our chaos, but it’s not readily apparent to them. We eat at the same time everyday. Play some of the same games. Our lessons are about patience, play, politeness, cooperation, following directions – things like that. Things kids don’t want to learn about in a lesson, but in our day to day. Buddy learned how to tie his shoes AND go under water without holding his nose in one day. We made it a game because we had the time. Nothing else to do that day :-) I see them helping each other more, playing with each other. Something I had hoped for when I set out to have three kids so close together.

For the next four weeks we’ll be travelling to and from home by car. Car trips with three kids under six! GAH! AND we don’t roll with a DVD player. Yeah, you heard me. No we’re not completely insane.  I know other people that do it too. Our car doesn’t have one built in and we’ve never gotten one. Only the 6 year old has some sort of inkling that other kids get to watch TV in the car. We might be in for an earful soon enough, but for now it’s ok. We’re off to the Cape, VT, NY, NH and who knows where else!

And as a special treat they got to spend a weekend at each set of grandparent’s houses – without us. I loved hearing all about their adventures with the Nanas and the Papas. We are all so lucky to be able to have that.

It’s not for everyone this throw back way of summertime parenting, but it’s working for us. We’ll have plenty of time for schedules in September.

School and daycare (two mornings for Bubby -eeek) will be here before we all know it. I’m happy with my choice to keep them close this summer. It’s all goes by so fast you know – that’s what they keep telling me anyway.Sprinkler

 

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