May 23, 2008
i find having children to be a great impediment to living lightly. they all seem to need so much stuff! what with the growing and the dirty and the inevitable breakage and the lessons and the activities and the equipment… i suppose you could make an argument for efficiencies of scale once you get past one or two offspring – hand-me-downs and shared knowledge. tapping into the network of mums out there helps too – clothes and toy-swapping.
i shamelessly piggyback on the efforts of those organized mums in my neighbourhood – the ones who gently remind me of school pro-d days (no school), or suggest free/educational/worthwhile activities based on their own experience.
in previous summers, we’ve thrown the kids in a variety of summer activities and camps but i think we’re going for a much more low-key and low-budget approach this summer. We don’t have much in the way of trips planned beyond a brief visit to family for my grandparents’ 65th anniversary (!) and some grandparents coming out to visit us (yay!). what to do with eight glorious weeks of summer?
i’m trying some different ideas on for size. over the last long weekend, we played outside alot. the kids ran through the sprinkler (an act of personal bravery, considering how chilly the water was), rode their bikes, flew some kites
did some bird-watching
ate some melon
and did some climbing.
my reward for all of this? A giant hug tight around my hips and a “That was the best day ever!” And I (of course), gardened (i think this goes without saying).