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Racing Sandals in the Rain (more summer fun)

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So the grands are coming in a few hours for an overnight and I’ve been telling myself all day I need to look at my saved Pinterest pins to find some fun projects to do with them. I’ve diligently saved all sorts of craft ideas and treasure hunt lists so I was fairly certain I’d find just the right thing.

Then two minutes ago I was reminded once again that the simple things that don’t require expense, time, or planning are often the most fun. Case in point…racing sandals in the summer rain. Take a peek.

A simple spur-of-the-moment idea that obviously thrilled both boys and Mom, too. It reminded me of when Konnor was about 2 and we had one of those famous summer downpours Orlando is famous for. Part of our yard contains a swale and it filled with water to the point that when you walked on it, you sank about 8”—which was just perfect for entertaining a two-year old for quite a while.

And while I know grandkids can be easily satisfied, sometimes I forget it’s that way with adults, too. Maybe you’ve experienced the same thing. You have a friend you want to invite over but think you need to put on the Ritz to show how much you value her. Because you don’t have the time to do that, you skip the visit hoping to reschedule in the future.

Or you make plans to meet at a nearby restaurant lamenting that you’ll each be spending $15 just to have a gab session when a coffee at Panera or enjoying the Wendy’s value menu together would serve the same purpose.

Let’s put away our own preconceived ideas of what constitutes a fun afternoon for the grandkids or a good time with friends. After all, it really is about being together and enjoying time with each other. Let’s not be so hard on ourselves or expect so much that we miss the wonderful every day opportunities God provides to connect with others.

Now, this Mimi needs to close right now because my swale is full of rain and calling me to do the sloppy, muddy happy dance outside with my grands.

Mimi

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Summer Fun

With school over, this Mimi now spends the day with both grandsons. And I’ve quickly discovered that the day has become a whole lot longer. Oh, it’s still the same amount of hours but without the structure of school (that we used as our scheduling guide) we now experience a long expanse of time to fill.

Their mom has thoughtfully put together a great daily guide of activities such as outdoor time, structured activities, school work, quiet time, chores, and even screen time (screens being electronic devices). But with energetic boys it can still be a challenge to come up with those structured or quiet time activities.

What’s a Mimi to do? Well, it was Pinterest to the rescue. I’ve been collecting ideas for the grands for quite some time so with a little research I came up with several things to do. They were lots of fun but I have to admit it took longer to research them, gather supplies, and set them up than it did for the boys to actually do them!

Of great help is the website FrugalFun4Boys. Please feel free to visit the site. There are some great ideas and they aren’t just for boys.

Proud Boys With Their Pyramid

Proud Boys

The first thing we did was pyramid building with 16-oz. cups. The boys had great fun and were still playing with them days later. After building them came the best part: kicking them over or using Nerf guns to shoot them apart.

The boys also had a good time with the pom-pom/straw race. It’s really self-explanatory but using masking tape you “draw” a few tracks on the floor, then provide large pom-poms for each contestant. Using a straw and their breath they need to guide the pom-pom along the path until they reach the end. Check out the short video to see their efforts first hand.

I’m always open for more ideas…after all, there’s still a lot of summer left. So if you have some to share, please send them along and we’ll post them here in upcoming weeks.

Happy summer.

Mimi