Monday, March 23, 2015

Microblog Mondays: Looking for... Activities!

Our dear Mel over at Stirrup Queens has begun a blog phenomenon... as she frequently does. 

Microblog Mondays. Writing in your own space. Something short and sweet. But it's meant to take back our bloggy space and call it our own. I am going to try to do this periodically. Life's hectic. So we'll see how long this lasts.

The calendar "says" that spring has arrived. Frankly, I've yet to see it. This morning we have a frostbite advisory. Soooo tired of the snowbanks and shivering my ass off. ENOUGH already! We've had the coldest winter on record in over 100 years and it just so happens to be the first winter after my VSG so I'm the coldest I personally have ever been as well. It's awful! 

However, I am trying to look on the bright side. Spring WILL eventually come. Right?! RIGHT!?!!!??!!! *threatens, shaking a fist* 

In the meantime, I'm looking for activities to do this spring and summer with my girl. While she and I were reading a story book last night, (Lego Friends) I read that "Olivia's parents make time to do things with her," such as going to movies, taking walks, going for bike rides, and helping her do her homework. Petite lamented, "See?! Her mommy and daddy make time to do things with her but you never do that for me!" She pouted, sulking a moment. (Being an only child, she frequently wants us to 'play' with her.) I reread the passage, noting the activities that Olivia's parents do with her. We already help with her homework. We already take her to movies. We can't yet go for many walks or bike rides (she can't keep up with us on bikes at the moment anyway; I'm debating buying a tow-style bar to attach her bike to mine... anyone have anything to report on those?) but that may come when spring finally does. 

I reiterated that Olivia's mommy and daddy do not necessarily "play" with her. It's not something that mommies and daddies do as well as kids do; our imaginations aren't quite what they used to be! But we do try now and then, much to Petite's delight.

So I'm looking for activities. I've been interested in Geocaching before and that sorta piques my interest again. I need to get outdoors to train for the 5K that I'll be running at the end of May. We are also going camping again this summer. But I am looking for ideas and activities that you do with your kids on a fairly regular basis that intrigue them and keep you involved. What do you do with and for your child? Gimme whatcha got!!! 


Middle Girl said...

It snowed overnight and is snowing still. Here. Now.

Savannah said...

I'm so jealous of your winter. We had a record warm winter here. I would love to have some of your cold weather and snow.

torthúil said...

I don't have any ideas yet unfortunately, but curious what others suggest! Petite's comment on reading the book was hilarious! and I like your response about adult imaginations not being quite as good :-)

Lollipop Goldstein said...

Geocaching was a big hit, as was letterboxing. A lot of reading aloud to them in coffeehouses, which seemed more grown-up than reading at home. A lot of time climbing/swimming in the river. Or going to little historic towns.

Anonymous said...

Library, movies, aquarium, science centre - I like destination activities.

Jess said...

Ugh, the winter that never ends despite it being technical "spring..." I've had it, too. Time for sunshine and warmth, not this teaser sunshine that comes with 18 degree (F) temps. I don't have firsthand ideas, but I can say that Pinterest is a TREASURE TROVE of activities that you can do with your child that can be fun for both of you. I am stockpiling them for when this day comes that I'm not putting food coloring and dawn in milk for my own amusement. :) Some intimidating stuff on Pinterest, but a lot of really great ideas that some of my friends have actually done without having it look like those hilarious Pinterest Fail memes. Good luck!