Help. Me. I don’t know what to do with my kids over the summer! Now that Eva is a school-going kid I feel like she needs to be doing something to hold her attention. The twins, Esme and I usually just go to the gym and wait for Eva to get home from school. That’s not going to fly anymore, they will notice how lazy I am soon enough. We have a membership to the Jacksonville Zoo but it’s so hot and humid this time of year, we can’t go as often as I’d like in the middle of Florida summer.
All water parks are pretty much out of the question, too. My kids are too little for that and the beach is kind of the same because with Pierre traveling so much I’d have to take them alone and I can’t chase them in four different directions. SOOOO what to I do? We have a water table and they like playing with that but usually they get bored after 20 minutes and add dirt to it to make a huge mud table, dig up the grass and catch as many frogs as possible. Even the littlest one is beginning to enjoy frog hunting. Why God why?
We’ll be moving into our very own home this year! Its been a dream of ours for 10 years. I can’t wait until we’re all moved in and have a place to call our own. A place our kids will remember as their house. Exciting stuff! I’m sure I’ll be busy making it our own all summer but I don’t want the kids to miss out on fun memories because I’m too busy doing that. I’d like to make sure I take time out every day for them to enjoy the day somehow. Our new neighborhood has a pool which I don’t see us using much unless Pierre is home but there is a splash pad! I hope we’re there a lot cooling off.
Today is Tuesday and the local library has a story time in the late morning that I’ve started incorporating into our week. The crazy thing is that up until last week the twins had never set foot in a library. Isn’t that insane? They’re three. Taking tiny kids to the library is probably my biggest fear. Zero control over their traveling voices, the fact that you can almost always hear a pin drop makes it a lot harder for me to yell at my kids when they eventually do something catastrophic free of judgment. I’m finally trusting them though and we’ll be going this morning after the gym.
But really, other than the gym and Tuesday library we have no plans this summer. It’s a little freeing but also intimidating. The bigger kids don’t nap anymore but Esme does take a decent 2-3 hour nap every afternoon. That tends to throw us off sometimes but pretty soon she’ll be off to college and I’ll be the one taking naps. Kind of can’t wait for that.
What are your summer plans?