I think I've got the Summertime blues. Money is beyond tight right now so there isn't much to do and the kids keep looking at me to come up with something. Since event planning is not something I'm good at I just go by what I know to do, I tell them, "Go outside and play!" They look at me with blank expressions and they ask, "What do we do out there?" OMG, what happened to our kids? Why is it that they don't know what to do outside? They will look out the window and stare but, that's it. I have to literally kick them out!
Outside play competes with PSP's, Nitendo DS, Wii, Playstation 2 & 3, ExBox 360, IPods, Mp3's, oh and good ole' Television shows (there are tons), etc., Now mind you I don't own all these gadgets but, I'm aware of them. We have a few but, of course they want more! They have board games, however, they're so dusty I think they have Mold (see last post). I am so concerned that our kids today our becoming tech junkies, pretty soon the pharmaceutical companies will have them on some kind of meds so that they can cope without their gadgets! My 11 year old is begging me, no wait he is torn, between begging for an IPod touch or a PSP this X-mas! He wants nothing else, yikes!!! I know I'm old school so I sent them outside first, for good old fashion fresh air and some inside good ole' fashion chores:
Then I got even savvier, I decided after talking it over with my hubby that it was time to let them explore the neighborhood. They've been wanting to take a walk through it for so long and I have been holding on to them scared of every story I've ever heard on the news! My husband said, "Babe it's time to let them go!" I looked at him thinking of all the bone headed decisions I've allowed him to make in the past, I instantly had a memory recall! Like the one where we bought bunk beds from Ikea and my oldest baby was like 4! The big red label on the bunk bed reads, You must be 7 before sleeping on the top bunk! What do you think my dearest does? He says, "Oh, he'll be alright let him sleep up top." I did and somewhere around 4 am an earthquake sounding thud wakes us up and there is my baby lying on the floor crying because he fell out. There I am at 4:10am sitting in the hospital looking at my husband wanting to bash him in the head with anything I could put my hands on!
Ok, so anyhow, I relived that moment I'm sorry I'm back:)
I, no we, decided to let them go for a walk, I of course stalked them because that's just me:)
While they were on there wondrous journey in the new world they took these delightful photo's this is Pete (they named him) the dead squirrel!
Here is Bob (clearly I must need to get them a live pet) as he lay by the curb! They were so excited by their expedition that they are planning on going out today for more exploration!
Sorry, I don't mean to offend anyone with these photo's of Pete and Bob, I'm just an ecstatic mom, who's kids put down the DS, stopped playing the Wii, stopped arguing over who's next on the PlayStation, stopped asking me can we go bowling, swimming, movies, (all of which require money) etc!!!
They just went outside and loved all of the wondrous creations that are out there:) All they want to do today is grab a quick bite get their water bottles (Thank God) and go walking! I don't know how long this will last but, I'm going to enjoy every minute of it while it's here! By the way I did get busted following them but, they didn't care they just kept on walking:) I'll be more stealth like today:)
I would love to hear your thoughts on the state of our kids today, inside gadgets vs outside joy's?