Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Workin' it- Keeping the kids entertained


I am linking up with Erika and Shay on this awesome Wednesday morning! I can't wait to read how other mama's keep their kids entertained throughout the summer months.

We love to stay busy but I would be lying if I said we didn't enjoy days where we have NO PLANS.  I have to actually plan to have no plans or it just doesn't happen. I have actually failed at that so far this summer. ;( We haven't stopped since the last day of school...and there aren't plans of doing that until AFTER July 4th. ;(

We stay entertained throughout our summer by swimming, playdates, crafting, and traveling! --------~~Swimming~~Thankfully Mark and I have fish for children...they LOVE the water and are super great swimmers. Sloane just turned 5 and this is her 3rd summer without using any floatation device. Wyatt just taught himself how to dive and they LOVE every second of it. Don't get me wrong we still follow all the "rules of the water" but it's nice to have children who are comfortable swimming as well. Since we currently have access to a pool 24/7 it's been a nice way to spend an hour or so in the evenings together. *BLISS*

~~Playdates~~We enjoy getting together with friends throughout the summer too! We are totally into going places and exploring new things. Even if the kids are a little hesitant in the beginning it's good for them to try new things, spend time with friends outside of school, see new things!! I mean...it's not healthy to repeat the SAME THING over an over again for a child's mind. I am all about routine and keeping a child in their element but there is also something to be said for getting out of our comfort zone. I mean let's be real--you an't stay in that little bubble your entire life right?!?! We love to try new places and enjoy time with friends too! Interacting with others outside of school is healthy...true friendships are important. They are taught t a young age. Watch and learn....Mark and I spend time with friends and want our children to oil relationships as well...family is amazing but having a core group of friends is VERY important as well.

~~Crafting~~ Wyatt and Sloane both enjoy crafts. When they were little it was east to whip something up. Now they are a little older it does take some thought but it's still fun! For all those non-craft mama's there is something called Pinterest. Use it. LOL!!! I have found even if it's not a craft that I want to keep laying around there could be someone who will be blessed by a little craft. It's fun and a way to spend some time in the afternoon. For us crafting means baking too! Always a fun time as well.

~~Traveling~~ We love to travel. Mark and I like to try new places and things. We want our kids to enjoy other things as well. We love the ocean (and the mountains )  but want them to see the mountains. They need to decide for themselves their likes and dislikes. How can they do that if we pave a path of ONLY things we like!?!?!? We decided a long time ago we want to travel more than have a fancy house and/or cars. Experiences over things...it's our motto ;)

What do you do to keep your kids entertained throughout the summer? I can't wait to read!!!


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