Tuesday, August 26, 2008

There's just one little problem...

Even though it is only day two of my one-child-at-home freedom, a big challenge surfaced yesterday. My children, except for John, were so tired and hungry when I picked them up from school I didn't know what to do. They weren't happy with the goldfish or cheese and crackers I suggested. They wanted sandwiches and ramen noodles and pizza. "This is not like second breakfast only with lunch" I said, "this is a snack. I'm going straight from making your snack to making your dinner."

Then they were all like, "I'm soooooo sleepy. I can't keep my eyes open." That's when I started tickling them and yelling out at random times to scare them awake. I knew that if they so much as closed their eyes, it would be over. They would sleep and sleep and sleep and then they would wake up just in time for bedtime and they would be hungry AGAIN and not sleepy. It's a horrible, vicious cycle. I know this from experience.

So today, on the way home from school, I had an idea. [And no, my idea was not to put on some makeup and wash my hair!]

When your kids want to lay around like a useless cat, and you don't have the luxury of a pool for your kids to burn off their energy in...

simply dump all the toys out of all your buckets, bins and boxes, take em outside and fill em up with water. Yes, water. It's that simple!

This may seem like kind of a back woods thing to do, but we don't really have any neighbors so I don't really care how it looks. Being in the cold water sort of hit my kid's reset button and I think it bought me a couple of hours until they eat dinner and get ready for bed.

April chose to swim in her birthday suit. Surprise!

Autumn likes to float, sort of.

I'm not sure but I think that was a cannonball. Nice splash!

Notice how Autumn is holding her breath. You don't want to swallow a bunch of water. That would be the worst.

A little snorkeling action. I wonder what she saw down there?

Before I knew it, and before I really got anything done, they were clamoring for snacks again.

No matter, they're awake, about to eat a snack and when 8:30 comes, they'll be ready to go to sleep and they won't be monsters in the morning when I go to wake them up!


trish said...

I love it. You are such a good Mom. I have been a very bad picture taker lately, I need to get back on the bandwagon.

Anonymous said...

Pam, I should not have read this before bed. I'm laughing so hard I'm gonna have trouble sleeping. Funny, funny, funny!!!!

Anonymous said...

Anna looks like she's not too happy about that last picture you took. Was she locked out? No, you would never do something like that! Good idea, to keep the kids awake. Your going to write a book about all this, aren't you?

Jane Anne said...

Water play always works! I have used buckets just like that. Also, when the weather is not nice, I have been known to get 2 kids (age 3 and 4) to take a bath together--not really to get clean but to play and be awake!!

High in Demand said...

Good call Pam!

I've still been yelling every five minutes for them to not fall asleep. Melody keeps saying, "I'm just so tired." (a lot like Eliza on My Fair Lady)

So, who gets to put all the toys back in the buckets? If this becomes routine you might want to invest in outdoor buckets.

Gettysburg Mom said...

Clever Mom! Thanks for sharing!

sjuzette said...

Playing in the sprinkler, under the hose or in containers of water (never a POOL, for crying out loud...we were poor) - are some of my best childhood memories. You made some great ones for your kids by doing this - no matter what the initial motivation.

Great pix.