There are so many good things to participate in; how do you choose? We want our kids to be involved and develop their interests, but we also want to keep life simple with plenty of time that isn't completely structured or planned out with activities. Anna just started first grade and so far she's done a year of ballet, a handful of "College for Kids" (science based awesomeness on Saturday mornings at NMU . . . love that she's so in to science stuff!), and swim lessons. Last school year she didn't really do any official extras and that was mainly my fault because Caleb was so complicated, and also because of the whole house buying/fixing/moving thing. Although I think if it was up to Anna, she'd want to join and try out everything. Such a social butterfly. This school year for Anna, we're considering a session of gymnastics at the YMCA (they're usually 6-8 once a week lessons), one more round of swim lessons in the spring, perhaps soccer next summer?, and Anna really wants to try out for the youth musical The Little Mermaid. We'll see. We're just going to let Ben do the preschool thing since that's going great for him, plus he's little and we don't want to overwhelm him. Maybe next summer he'll choose a summer session for a sport at the YMCA or maybe he'll try out swim lessons?
I know it's going to get more complicated the older everyone gets, which is why I want to always be aware and consider. Anyway, enough rambling about what's been on my mind lately. Speaking of down time, here are a few fun things we've been up to as a family at home. Enjoy the randomness:
We had a dance party one night before bed with some glow stick glasses. The videos Ethan took turned out cool and dark with little glowing figures moving all around. Glowing or not, the kids love Ethan's dance parties! :) (And Caleb is a pretty cute little dancer . . . or more of a bobber, really.)
This past Wednesday Anna had a half day, and we wanted to make it special since she isn't usually home with us in the afternoon. During Caleb's nap, we got out our Fall/Halloween decorations and put them up, did a little sticker/paper plate craft, had some yummy hot chocolate, and snuggled up and watched a movie. When Caleb woke up, we played out side in the brisk, sunny weather and collected fall nature stuff for a future project. I LOVE fun, simple days with all my kiddos home.