Well, we've wrapped up our first week of our "stay-cation". My husband is still working so I've been home with the kids waiting until that magic moment when we can all leave on vacation together.
I have to admit that staying home with the two kids has been more exhausting than I imagined. I have to admit that everyday I just have the urge to turn on re-runs of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse while we lounge in PJ's all day.
Although, as I sit in the couch drinking my coffee looking at the endless boredom on Nathan's face - I know I have to do better.
One of the great advantages of my neighborhood is the wonderful parks that are just blocks away and so we wake up early and head out before the sun gets too hot.
We begin with the big slide and I watch and cheer while he slides what seems like a bazillion times. It doesn't matter if it is the first time or the 100th, the smile on his face never fades.
Then we make our way over the child's playground. There he sees the other kids. He gets to ride on different games. He gets to play in the dirt. He gets to run around some of that energy.
All of this while Noah and I sit on the bench cheering him on.
When the sun starts getting hotter - we make our way back home for lunch but not before stopping by the fountain to "wash our hands".
The entire way home Nathan talks about the park and all of the things he will get to do tomorrow.
We all get home exhausted and I am always so glad that I made the effort to take them outside. After all, this is what summertime is all about.