Friday’s Spotlight is a little late this week and I apologize. Instead of the usual questions and answers, we will enjoy guest posts for the next several Fridays.
Today I’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth from Three Channels. She is a stay-at-home mom of three and an “accidental” homeschooler. The “accidental” is her word, not mine. She always has fun posts on her blog and I know she’d love some company, so go visit!
Enjoy Surviving Spring: A Quirky Mom’s Guide.
No sooner than the daffodils pop through soaked earth and empty bird shells litter the ground, everyone in my family senses Spring’s beginnings and a certain restless energy brims. My children grow ready to shed their shoes and live outdoors. Honestly, after a winter of rainy cold, I’m ready for them to go!
One of the most magical aspects of Spring is the return of bugs! Earthworms emerge from rained ground and strain all over the patio. What could be more thrilling than saving those soil-enriching creatures from either a flood or sizzling pavement? Yesterday alone my children spent 30 minutes observing a drowsy (or perhaps dying?) bumble bee floppily flounder in a pile of rocks. To this end, I always stock up on inexpensive bug carriers, bug lights, bug vacuums, and bug-catching nets at my local dollar store.
I have also found that most children can spend hours with a cheap spray bottle filled with water. I buy these by the dozen, fill them up, and set my children free in the back yard to spray everything in sight! Spring also heralds the advent of all types of outdoor sports. If you are the mother of more than one child, that can mean competing practice and game schedules that might render you shuttling countless children back and forth from baseball fields to soccer practice, your van or car brimming with cleats, bat bags, water bottles and snack wrappers. I simply love it when two children need to be at separate fields across town at the same time! (That is usually the day I realize, too late, that it was my day to bring the game snacks.)
I am certainly no matron of organization, but I do like to keep several items on hand that simplify what can be a grueling schedule! The first is a pair of flip-flops in a neutral color that preferably two or more children could wear in a pinch. Because my children believe Spring means shoes are optional, I can’t tell you how many times we show up at a brother’s baseball game only to find someone is shoeless. Having these “shoe stand-ins” can certainly relieve some stress! We actually keep two pair, and yes, there have been times that we could only find one of each color so the hapless child went to the event with one green and one black flip flop. It certainly could be worse!
In this same vein, I also keep several t-shirts and pairs of shorts in various sizes floating about the van. Someone is certain to suffer a nosebleed, slip in mud, loll in ketchup or any number of clothes-ruining activities. Having an extra set of clothes also eliminates some of this stress. Do you turn around to find ice cream rivulets running down your child’s dress five minutes before you are supposed to work the baseball concession stand? Never fear–grab a clean t-shirt and go!
Spring is a time of mud and messes, newness and life. Yet Spring’s busy energy will soon give way to Summer’s lazier, languid freedom, and when that happens, there is truly no need for shoes!
Do you have any Spring-surviving tips? Please share them in the comments and I’ll compile another list!
Thank you Elizabeth!
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