Family fun – and trying to be the “fun mom”

  • Posted on May 8, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Yesterday, after work, I had a ton of things to get done at home.  I had a long day at work, still had stuff on my mind, and  my usual “top three” chores for the night were all big, plus I had a bunch of non-negotiable’s (laundry and such) to finish before bed.

I cooked dinner.  I was short with Brianna, trying to help her with writing while I was cooking, and doing too many things at once.  And I felt bad.  I didn’t want to stick the kids in front of the TV for the evening again, but I looked outside, and the jumpy in the back yard was full of rain water and bugs and needed to be washed… so I had an idea.

Chad and I changed into clothes that could get wet.  I stripped the kids down to skin, right by the back door, and shimmied them into bathing suits.  And I gave them soap and rags and turned on the hose, so they could clean the jumpy.

AT first I thought it was a bust.  Brianna didn’t want water sprayed on her, and Benjamin was terrified of the whole ordeal.  But after a couple of minutes, they started to warm up to the idea… and in the end, they had a blast. And we cleaned the jumpy.  And part of the back of the house.  And the concrete.

And that’s the story of how a grumpy evening, turned into a happy family evening, with just a little water and soap.  And my chores?  Waited until today.

I hope these are the types of days Brianna and Benjamin remember.  The days we laughed and had fun and did something silly.  Not the days  I was grumpy and mean trying to get the chores done…

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