The Casted Tyrant

It was a good run. Twelve years of parenting without an ER visit (well, there was The Appendix…)

Sunday evening, after eating at Freddy’s on our way home from a baseball tournament (Do you have Freddy’s? You MUST enjoy Freddy’s sometime!), we got a phone call from a certain sad 2yo who insisted that her leg was hurt. “The chaiwr fell on my weg!” Okay, then.

We headed home, and reviewed the schedule for the Monday on the hour drive:

  • 6AM summer weights begins.
  • VBS, 8:45-11:30 (I teach 5th and 6th grade, four big kids attend classes, Bonus Sisters attend nursery)
  • Football camp 12-1:30
  • 4pm softball practice for 7yo.
  • 5pm rec baseball (different than tournament baseball) practice, that “we” are coaching (go ahead, ask me how much coaching I do), for 9yo.
  • 5:30pm basketball practice for 12yo.
  • 6:30pm swim team practice.

Games start Tuesday. You get the picture.

I type that out not to look for sympathy or to display our crazy or to glean comments from people telling me we do too much (we know our limits, we live in town where the kids can get themselves to most of the practices on their own, we do know how to say “no” and use it regularly, but thanks for your concern), but to show you what Monday looked like.

A few hours later (12:30AM actually), after our first “accident” ER trip, Monday changed faces.

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Broken tibia. Children, there is a reason why Mama forbids the “do a hand stand and I’ll pull you up over the chair” game. Oy!

We got the hard cast yesterday. If we must accessorize through June, we may as well be Pretty in Pink, right?

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We’re surviving. She’s in pretty good spirits, really, but last night after 9:30, when I was trying to get some very important work done, I had to laugh. And I had to start recording the action from her bedroom.

“Mom, are you done working?”

“Mom, you sleep wif me little bit?”

“Mom, are you done working?”

“Mom, you give me hug and kiss?”

“Mom, you take it off?” <——– Pointing to the cast.

“Mom, I want to go potty!” Ah, girlfriend still knows how to make Mama run. And potty, she did.

“Mom, I want you.”

“Mom, I want the other one blanket.”

  • You give me the pillow?
  • You done working?

“Mom, I want my pillow.” (Meaning she does NOT want the pillow. Inflection is everything.)

“Mom?”

“Mom?”

“Mom?”

“Mom?”

“Mom? I want………..” (silence while she figures out what she wants) “this one blanket.”

“Mom? You done working?” (10:24 PM)

And then precious silence. For an hour.

Oy. Happy Summer!

 

 

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Get Out and Play!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Quaker Oats for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Just yesterday I received this text from a friend: “And summer has arrived!!! The boys racing to the pool. (They were too fast for me to snap a picture!) The junior high girls casually walking strutting their shades! Aren’t we lucky to live in this small town.”

Yes! Yes, we are!

We’ve been out of school for a week, and it has been constant bikes in my yard, pick up ballgames of every sort, doors open and shut in rapid fire motion, and snacks flying out of the pantry and fridge. When it’s not raining, that is.

It’s a perpetual play date around here, friends!

I love it, though. With baseball tournaments this weekend and next, VBS every morning next week, 3 evening ballgames and 3 practices to prepare, sometimes our summer schedule has me spinning. But when the kids can just run and play and laugh? When they can be “free range?” That is the stuff of summer!

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Last week Quaker challenged our family to have a Family Play Date with others. Once the rain eased up (what is with all the rain lately?!) it was game on! I’m not fancy (you’d never guess, right?) so it was simply a matter pulling our our new toys in the sunshine and shouting, “Have fun!” Even the baby got in on some bubble action.

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Our competitive big boys (you have no idea!) played Bocce Ball, one of my all-time family favorites. There’s room for plenty of competition, but even my littles understand the rules and can toss their ball in the right direction.

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When they got hungry, I tossed some Quaker® Chewy® Granola Bars on the picnic table and let them have at it! Granola bars are a hassle-free snack that provide families with the fuel they want to help keep playing and sharing the fun together. Quaker Chewy Granola Bars contain 8 grams of whole grains in every bar and come in fun flavors like Chocolate Chip, S’mores, and Oatmeal Raisin. There’s something for everyone!

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To help inspire families’ playtime together and fuel fun, Quaker is inviting parents to participate in its Keep Playing! With Chewy promotion for a chance to win $25,000 to make over their family’s play space. To enter, visit www.ChewyKeepPlaying.com and submit a photo of your family’s favorite play space along with how you would like to see that space made over and why. (We have a big yard ~ 3 town lots ~ with ZERO landscaping and no play set. Maybe I’ll enter!)

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Want to laugh at my expense? I took a couple dozen photos for this post while my kids were out playing. It was sunny and VERY difficult to even see my screen as I was snapping away. When I got inside to scroll through and make sure I captured some good ones, this is what I found.

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Two dozen DRAWINGS/SKETCHES of our playdate! Ha! It was funny only because I could go out and take more photos, after I figured out how to correct whatever crazy settings the 2yo managed to set on my phone. Oy!

I have something super fun for one of my readers, courtesy of Quaker. Want to win a Quaker Chewy Playdate Kit?

You’ll receive a $100 Quaker Chewy Playdate Kit featuring a variety of indoor and outdoor play items, including:

  • A Chewy Playdate invitation pack to plan your next playdate
  • A classic Bocce Ball set for endless hours of outdoor summer play (our favorite!)
  • A Gazillion Bubble Monsoon bubble machine for the whole family to enjoy
  • Sidewalk chalk set to get creative outdoors
  • A puzzle perfect for indoor or outdoor play
  • A red storage bin for storing your family’s favorite toys
  • A NERF Bash Ball for easy family fun
  • A variety of Chewy Granola Bars to help fuel family play, including, Big Chewy Sweet Salty Bars and Chewy Granola Bars Variety Pack

To enter, simply leave a comment. Any comment will do, but I’d love to hear about how your crew stays entertained during the summer. How would you design your perfect play place if you won the $25,000 contest? (Can you even imagine?!)

Giveaway ends Friday, June 5. Winner will be notified by email.

Quaker is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me. This program is not administered or sponsored by Quaker or its affiliates, but solely by AmysFinerThings.com.

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