I shower as the sun rises and before they realize it is a new day.
Closing my laptop and vowing not to open it again, I gather the first of sleepy heads into my lap and watch his feet dangle, ever closer to the floor.
There have been too many have to’s and one more minute’s and Mommy’s busy’s lately.
Today the sippy cups are filled, snacks are packed and we are heading out to do what they want.
As I lift from his crib the only one who still needs lifting, I crouch down and bring them all close.
Top-secret-mission-like I explain: We can do whatever you want. Go wherever you want to go, we don’t have to do anything today. Where should we go first?
My bright eyed little toddler, the one who can spot a bounce house hiding behind a sprawling grocery store and a park in the pitch dark and pouring rain, is the first one to put in his request.
My four year-old’s whole body exclaims: Can I never, never change out of my pajamas?!!
Where’s my Barbie ballet dress? asks the last of them as she saunters off.
And they are gone, sliding down stairs, planning how Buzz will save Barbie and then we will all have a Mr. Potato Head grocery store…
in the one place they unanimously agree on spending a wide open do-anything-you-want day.
If you’re staying in here’s something fun to try…
1. Grab an old sheet and cut a rectangular hole in the upper middle of the sheet.
2. Hang the sheet in any doorway in your home, making sure the rectangular area is eye-level with your kids. I used painter’s tape to secure it to the walls so that I can take it down at any time.
Tip: Hang it in a doorway near anything you need to get done. I put ours up between the kitchen and the living room when I need to cook dinner. Instead of the kids being at my feet they put on a puppet show. Winning .
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