Grabbing Up Time with Kids

August 6, 2008 at 2:38 pm 4 comments

This year, the oldest is starting middle school, which means there is an hour between the time his school starts and I take the younger.  Then, I have the two younger for 45 minutes in the afternoon.  I’m looking for creative ways to build in special times with them in that time, rather than wishing it away (which is hard…we sat in the van 45 minutes yesterday with the air on high, still hot).

We may use the bus at some point, esp. in the morning, but  this morning, I had a great time with my oldest.  We drove to the trail and walked, and jogged, and raced, and he acted silly and I took pictures.  It was a vacation within a day.  And…he told me about things that happened yesterday he didn’t mention today.  And, I know to pray for him in new ways.  And ask about different things.  I am so thankful for this morning.

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Colossians 4:2

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  • 1. Stacey  |  August 6, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    My only ideas involve food. 🙂 Once it cools down, there will be better things to do… like the park, etc…

    I love the bus coming to get H in the mornings. It makes things so effortless on my part.

  • 2. ~E  |  August 6, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Like Stacey, my ideas mostly involve food. Sonic – 1/2 price drinks and slushes. I know you are limiting sugar, so try the diet cherry or diet strawberry limeade — quite yummy. My kids like the cherry because the strawberries sometimes get caught in the straw. What about your church MMC? Can you shoot hoops or walk in the a/c? The walking track at my church is open at that time. For a treat, I think the deli downtown has handipped ice cream, but I am not sure what their hours are. What about the library? Sit together and read books — get the AR reading taken care of during that time. Of course, once the weather cools off, the park would be great.

  • 3. Merrie  |  August 6, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    What priceless, precious moments! I found that the one on one time was very hard to get once they got into middle/high school… it just was not “cool” to be with mama. But, when we got it – it was always such a pleasure! So glad that you have those times and I’ll pray for you to have the creative inspiration and energy to enjoy it!

  • 4. Cindy  |  August 7, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Wish I had made it to the trail today, the weather was so nice this morning.

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