That was my last Facebook post. I was trying to think of something else to say but that pretty much sums it up! We were banished to a day inside by hurricane Sandy and I have already made pumpkin muffins, puppets, a fort with a sun roof (a/k/a huge hole ripped into it by accident), done several puppet shows (“Hi! I’m a witch! Hi! I’m a monkey! Ok, bye!), broiled chicken for the soup I will make tonight, discovered that Friv.com has the original Super Mario Bros. game FOR FREE (no, we don’t have a Nintendo or X-Box and now I am going to be totally playing this game since I never had it as a kid either and had to mooch off my friends), ate lunch (cheese sandwich and an orange, thank you) and now… I am out of ideas. That was the end of the line as far as my creativity goes. I always wanted to be one of those moms who sits on the floor and plays with her kids for hours and magically they don’t fight with each other and everyone plays together nicely for hours. Did I mention FOR HOURS? Sorry. I can’t get past that part. Anyway, I thought I would be able to come up with craft after craft and cool make believe games like my mom always did. But that’s not how I turned out.
I taught the kids how to kick soccer balls, catch a Frisbee, hit a golf ball, hunt for roly poly bugs, catch minnows and crayfish, climb like monkeys and make a damn good pasta sauce but when it comes to building ANYTHING out of Legos I am not your girl. If there aren’t directions, forget it. I can’t even get past a wall of Legos or my go-to garage for toy cars. My 4 yr old has already surpassed me in the drawing department so that’s out of the question and given that my attention span is quite possibly shorter than my 2 yr old’s anything that takes longer than 10 minutes makes me short circuit.
So that brings us to now. Go in the playroom and play with the kids more you say? We attempt to do this at least once a day and it always ends the same way. Someone screaming and/or crying that their toy of choice wasn’t played with correctly, (dinosaurs and horses CAN NOT play together and don’t even get them started on My Little Pony), which results in said toy being removed from the scene, leading to more screaming/crying (by all of us) and everyone in time out (me included). It’s really a blast and though I should probably give up we still keep trying!
I hope (sort of) one day to have figured this whole play-with-your-kids-inside-with-no-TV thing out but for now, I think I will make them bundle up and rake the yard. Come on, it’s a balmy 44 degrees out, (feels like 36 according to The Weather Channel)! That’s practically t-shirt weather! Don’t look at me like that I really won’t DO it. Sheesh. Can’t a girl have some fun?