Play with me!

What does this mean? I know I should know, but apparently I don’t. Or maybe with one remaining month of summer vacation, I’m running out of ideas. After reading books, riding bikes, swimming, drawing with chalk, having at least two tea parties (complete with dress-up preparations), baking cookies and blowing bubbles — all in one day!! — I stopped to check email. The second I sat down, Ellie clung to my arm with aggressive strength, “Mommy, play with me!” Seriously. What does that mean? Isn’t that what I’d been doing all day? And don’t they ever run out of energy?

I LOVE being a mom! And I LOVE playing with my kids! But I am really running out of creative solutions here. Anybody got some ideas?? I’d love to hear them!

I’ve purchased a number of books to help me keep them active, but most of them aren’t entirely inventive and suggest activities that last almost as long as my daughter’s short attention span. Like cloud watching. Or making lemonade. If the activities aren’t simplistic or short-lived, then they’re overly complex and typically require a ton of preparation. “A Lithgow Palooza” is packed with ideas like this, and I love it! I just have to figure out how to complete the prep between swimming, cloud watching and slipping into my favorite ball gown for the next princess tea party. Oh, right. And laundry and cleaning the house and making dinner before I pass out. Hmm … maybe that’s my problem. I need to exercise more to have more energy and be more creative! Let’s see, how can I fit that in?

So, sock it to me! Take away school and the pool, then give me your best summer activities. I’m going to post on Friday about something cool we did earlier this summer.

Talk to me!

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