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May 23, 2008

zora naki

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).

good times.


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  1. May 23, 2008

    Looks like they had a great time!

  2. May 23, 2008

    That’s mostly what our summers consist of! Friends round, chilling in the garden. Last year I did make quite a major purchase in lieu of playschemes and trips out and treated them to an outside table tennis table.

    We also have a hammock and swing seat which sees some major usage! But goodness, eight weeks! Wow, that’s a lot of days to fill or not to fill!

    I have spent the last two summers feeling sorry for my brood as our then newest babe was added to the clan, restricting time and money. No trips abroad, no activities on tap. But I think they’re ok…..

  3. June 2, 2008

    Lexicographer says : I absolutely agree with this !

  4. June 19, 2008

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Vermilion!!!!

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