We are a family that is often on the go. I think if my husband had his way it would be a lot less go, but both Miles and I are often doing our best to get out of the house and up to some “new and exciting adventure.”
I put that phrase in quotes because it is kind of relative. Sometimes adventure is just walking down the street to get his very first library card. Or maybe it is just the very back part of the yard to check out and water the garden or harvest some of the leaf lettuce.
This weekend we had a couple farther flung adventures with a fun-filled day at Holiday World and a quieter day of adventures in the confines of our own home.
Saturday, although we didn’t really leave the house, was a pretty awesome day. It started out for me by sleeping in until nearly 9 a.m. For those that aren’t yet parents yet that seems like nothing. But trust me, in my world 9 a.m. might as well have been noon. It was glorious!
The majority of the time I get up with Miles (like 95 percent of the time) because Michael is home with him all day, every day during the week. And it isn’t as if he gets to sleep super late on weekdays either having to get up a little before 8 most days so I can get off to work. So on the weekends when we don’t have plans I let him sleep until 11 or so and Miles and I typically leave the house for some of our mini-adventures — garage sales, zoo trips, grocery shopping or some kind of festival. But I’ve been especially tired with this whole other life growing inside me so all the boys in my life (the hubby, Miles, the not yet born little guy and the dog) all let me sleep in. It was AMAZING!
After that we “fired up” Miles’ very early birthday present that we got him last week — a really awesome blow up pool with a little slide and sprinkler. My nephew and twin sis came over and we had a mini-pool party until lunch time. And after Miles’ nap (I was down right lazy during this two hour time frame, while my husband worked his tail off straightening up the house, doing dishes and mowing the lawn), we went back outside to the pool while Michael grilled out. We had chicken, sausage, zucchini, squash and salad made with lettuce from our garden.
You should be jealous, it kind of was a perfect day!
Sunday started a little rough with Miles refusing breakfast and being a total crankster insisting on going down the water slides at that exact moment (hours before it was a possibility.) But the day went pretty well with a few typically almost three year old meltdowns. He got to hang out with his best buddy Ethan and Michael and I were able to spend time with Ethan’s parents (better known as Dan and Stephanie) as the Holiday World outing was our company picnic. It was a pretty awesome perk!
And as we rolled back into town late Sunday afternoon I was thinking about how great of a weekend it was. But I also was wondering how this time next year the same weekend might look with an almost four year old and an 8 month old. Will I still be able to handle our crazy adventures both near and far from home on my own with two little ones.\
Parents of more than one, what are your tips or tricks to manage?