Monday, July 22, 2013

Are We Having Fun Yet?

Last night Sean and I were cuddled on the couch watching Disney's Teen Beach Movie, and he said, "It's summer and they are having fun!!" I agreed with him, and he remarked, totally deadpan, "Well, it's summer for us. When are we going to have fun?" Well-played, little man, well-played. We've been in a power struggle this entire summer. For the first time since I started teaching, I was able to keep him home. He is starting kindergarten in the fall, and I thought it would be nice to spend some quality time together. 

I had created this perfect schedule of equal parts fun and learning, rest and activities, and that lasted approximately half of the first day of summer. We got up and went to the gym, then I took him to the park to play. Unfortunately, it was early and no other kids were there, so after about ten minutes he was bored and wanted to go home. Wait! I thought mentally scanning that perfect schedule. I have physically activity scheduled for thirty to forty-five minutes! 

Lest you think I hate my child. This photo was totally posed.
I don't just make this face whenever he's around me.
Just so we are clear.
Now look, I am a high school teacher, so I am always prepared for lessons to go short or fall flat, but, really, how hard can it be to have fun for two months? The answer? Really, really hard. I do not have the energy level (or the interest in Super Mario Brothers) to keep a five-year-old entertained all day. I swear I offered him every activity under the sun- swimming lessons, karate classes, horseback riding, bowling, Chuck E. Cheese- and he turned every single one down. I mean, come on! What kid doesn't love Chuck E. Cheese? It's where a kid can be a kid for crying out loud!

Dress- Forever 21+
Shoes- Crocs (last year, similar here)
Belt- New York & Co. (old, similar here)
Jewelry- Premier Designs

This kid is having none of it. I remember when I was pregnant I would joke around with friends and say that I wanted my baby to have "my good looks and Curtis's good personality", but I have ended up with a spitting-image in every possible way! I didn't have to teach him the side-eye glare or to roll his eyes; he came out of the womb doing it, I think! He has my sleeping problems (and my shopping problems!). He is a mini-me in every possible way, both good and not-so-good. Well, except that Mario addiction- that must come from his dad!

You know how it is- sometimes you clash the most with the people who are most like you. That first day, by three o'clock, we were both sitting in the floor, crying, waiting for Daddy to come home. Now, I try to go with the flow. I try to put myself in his shoes and recognize how boring some of my daily errands are for a kid- grocery shopping, trips to the bank and post office, looking for new clothes... I don't try to jam-pack our days anymore. The schedule is long forgotten. But I had to laugh at his question. When are we going to start having fun? You mean we aren't having fun yet?

I think we are doing just fine!


Katie Frost said...

Love it! Times that by three and that is how my summers went years ago. You'll survive and so will he! Enjoy!

Katie Frost said...

My son also hates Chuck E. Chesse's. Both my kids do. It's the noise level. They dislike noise unless they make it! This summer we have been doing a nightly walk, daily trip to the park, and swimming every couple of days. Other than that I let them be as unscheduled as possible. They will be scheduled to the hilt this fall with school!

Katie Frost said...

Come have some more fun with us! the weather really is nice enough for a park.

Katie Frost said...

I worked at a summer camp for many summers when I was younger and I think this is the reason so many parents send their kids to camp!

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Katie Frost said...

Haha! He is a hoot! Keeping a child entertained has got to be the hardest job on the planet. When my nephew visits, he likes to sit on the floor and roll trains around. I know I'm impatient, but I seriously cannot sit there for more than 3 minutes without going absolutely insane! And it's true, the more you have in common with someone, the easier it is to butt heads. Just ask me and my dad ;)

I hope the rest of your summer is filled with fun and laughter! And this pretty dress :)

Katie Frost said...

Love the last picture, it's so sweet and so cute. You look beautiful in this dress! I think it's adorable that he is just like you! :)

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Katie Frost said...

Well at least your guys' photo shoot came out cute. I generally don't have issues with keeping my 4 (almost 5) year old entertained, but we quite often hit that "I'm overly tired, but going to pretend I'm not and throw a fit while still trying to go, go, go." Oh, yes the joys of motherhood!

Katie Frost said...

I'm a high school teacher too, with a six year old son, and we both have trouble adjusting from our super-busy structured school days to the "What are we going to do today Ferb?" free time of vacation. It's a wonderful problem to have! But those days can seem so loooong. Thanks for all the great ideas for back-to-school clothes...already thinking about those new outfits, sadly.

Katie Frost said...

You and your son are so cute! He's such a handsome boy!

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