For those of you who have been walking the MOAT road for a while, you know that our family steers clear of a full schedule. It’s not as much my doing as my husband’s. He has no interest our kids being in the car, running from activity to activity. So many a day, you can find us home. (I’m pretty much everyone’s “emergency number” since I’m usually around.)
Even though, maybe because, we have 5 kids, scheduled activities are light. Our summer is sparce. Sister-Save-A-Lot has been doing an afternoon drama camp, Speed Police has been baby-sitting, Slow Walker will do a soccer camp in 2 weeks (and go to Kanakuk in July), and Teen Take-Out will be hitting the summer school books in a few weeks (plus his job) … That’s about it.
“When are we going to the beach?!!” TTO moans almost every day. “Anywhere… We have to go somewhere!! We’re the ONLY people I know who aren’t spending their summer in another country!” He may take over from Slow Walker as the Drama King.
One great thing about an open schedule is that we can keep our eyes out for a travel deal. He and his dad might head to Canada for a week with Jon’s family… we’ll see. Another great thing is watching the kids come up with fun (beyond the intermittent screaming and periodic personal space invasion). Here’s what they did yesterday:
Fun Shoe Craft
Speed Police had the itch to paint something. Shoes came up in our conversation and off we went to Famous Footwear to pick up a pair of white canvas shoes. (While we were there, we just had to grab a pair for our neighbor friend who so sweetly endures the good, the bad & the ugly around here:)
The Versatile Paper Cup
While the older girls were painting, I heard the owner of scampering little feet opening and closing our pantry door. Urged on by his brother and sister, kid was grabbing cups. The clan was building and knocking down paper cup towers.
They moved from the floor to get more height and a better fly zone on our den table.
Looking forward to see what today has in store.
Thanks for walking the road with me.