Fun Mom

fun mom

Our summers tend to be front loaded. We had camps, we had VBS, we had vacations. And then the second week of August hit. And we got nuthin’.

I have had kids with little summer colds and ear infections so we have been laying more low than I typically like. I am not really a homebody with my kids because that requires a level of entertainment that I am not really adept at providing.

Needless to say, a week and a half of hanging around home and the kids and I were starting to get on each other’s last nerve. At least they were starting to get on my last nerve. And I was doing the back to school countdown a little too gleefully.

So this morning I decided enough is enough. I am bringing back fun mom.


It is a bad sign for fun mom when you announce to your kids that you have something fun planned and your kids immediately ask, “Wait, are YOU taking us? Or is papa.”

Apparently papa is kicking my butt in the fun category.

But we pressed on. We got to the zoo and it was on. We did the petting zoo, we did the smelly monkey house, we even went inside a bird exhibit where birds flew around your head and ate off sticks we held. And of course one pooped on Silas’ head. Thankfully he was too young to notice. Not thankfully, I forgot to pack wipes.

We stopped on the way home and got fast food. FAST FOOD. The kids were deliriously happy. I even got Blizzards. We can pretend that was for the kids but that was really because I saw a commercial for the new Nutter Butter Blizzard. Hallelujah. Worth all 3 pounds I gained eating it.

Then……..well then, we came home and I put the kids in front of the TV and laid down for a cat nap. Because fun mom is EXHAUSTING. But fun mom is the mom that gets to hear her daughter say in her prayers, “Dear God- thank you for everything today because it was the best. day. ever.”

Nice work fun mom.


  1. My kids call fun mom ( fast food, YES to almost anything) ALIEN MOM!

    I love that she and I overlap more and more recently!
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  2. Jeannette says:

    It is totally exhausting being fun mom. I took my kids to the splash park this morning. I couldn’t wait for them to hit their beds for naps/quiet time when we got home & I wasn’t even in the water with them. (I briefly considered the zoo last week, but I don’t think I would qualify for fun mom by taking them to the zoo when it is 107 outside. I might qualify for something else though!)

  3. We are (shhhh, they don’t know yet) going to the drive in movie theater for the first time ever tonight. :)
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  4. YAY for you… I did this today too! Just with my biggest baby boy. We had a “whatever YOU want to do day” I even got him the blue icee at Target! Now I’m beat and he’s jamming to music on the iPad – ah that energy!
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  5. Good job, fun mom. Thanks for the laugh and the inspiration. I went into fun mom-mode for just 20 min. yesterday (too my kids for a walk in the backyard and lay in the grass eating apples together.) and was rewarded by my eldest (age 4) spontaneously declaring he loved me soooo much. I’ve found that fun mom= fun kids. :)

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