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.