Finer Things Friday: Six Hours

Three siblings.  No school.  “Nothing” to do.  On our first day of summer vacation Monday, I shooed the kids outside and away from the tv in the morning.  Don’t want to start any bad habits.

They came back in… six hours later!

A couple of potty breaks, a snack to-go please, and a picnic lunch (mom of the year – check) and that was it. For six blissful hours.

No friends to play with.  No planned activities.  No money spent.  No bribing offered. 

Six hours!

What a Finer way to start the summer! What Finer Things are you celebrating this week? Link up and let us know!  (And a special thank you to those who link up with relevant posts each week and follow the simple rules.  I appreciate you!)

1. Kate @ A Simple Walk
2. staci @ teaching money to kids (strawberries)
3. New To Mom : 2 1/2 yr olds
4. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet (Ways to Commemorate Memorial Day with Kids)
5. A Fun way to Learn more about your mother and grandmother
6. BABY SWEATER SET-a little bit of everything
7. The Fifth Street Palace -Jesus Anniversary
8. Simply Sweet Home (au gratin potatoes)
9. It Feels Like Chaos (11 year anniversary)
10. Simply Sweet Home (cupcakes)
11. Steps To Healthful Living
12. Self Sagacity
13. Aubree Cherie @ Living Free (A Celebration of 500 and Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake)
14. mandi@itscome2this (Graduation)
15. Morristribe’s Big Honkin’ Garden
16. Tara @ Feels Like Home (birthdays!)
17. Jamie (Tiny Handprints)
18. Garden Helpers @ Blessings Overflowing
19. Kitchen Stewardship – Make Your Wedding Gifts Count
20. Shelley @ MAHM (Thanksgiving Thursdays Introduction- gratefulness)
21. Like a Bubbling Brook {Time with my Children}
22. oh amanda {hard things & gardens!}
23. Parenting Miracles (Lessons From the Field)
24. Katie @ Frugal Femina {Toddler’s Dinner Prayer}
25. Alicia’s Homemaking–My Parent’s Example
26. Mandy @ Pennies and Blessings (Father-Son Bonding)
27. Gretchen @ EOL (Why I love small houses)
28. Alli ‘n Son {A Stroll}
29. Reading the Bible With Your Kids and Where to Start @WomenLivingWell
30. Kitchen Stewardship – WAY better story – why my 5yo got no presents
31. Olivia@Of Such is the Kingdom (All My Favorite Things!)
32. Heather @ Not a DIY Life (graduation & fresh veggies)
33. Inspired2cook (Smoked Turkey, Blue Cheese & Red Onion Sandwiches)
34. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace
35. Angie’s Healthy Living Blog(Turkey Garam Masala)
36. Melissa Multitasking Mama
37. The Cozy Country Home (Road Trip)
38. Cast Iron Skillets for Urban Dummies (e-Mom)
39. e-Mom (Martha the Devoted Christ Follower)
40. Creative Photo Book Ideas
41. Jenny @ The Zepf Life(Gardening)
42. Jana @ The Summer House (3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies)
43. An Oregon Cottage (Dwelling on the Sunsets)

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  1. I told you that was a finer thing!!! Love it!

  2. Good move with the nipping bad habits in the bud

  3. Suh-weet! 😀 That definitely is a finer thing!

  4. Oh I wish I was out there with them! How I miss those long afternoons of imagination.

    Sorry my link name is sooo long. I’m used to being cut off before I get too long. After I hit enter I thought Yikes!

  5. So fantastic they play together happily!!!

  6. Our 1st day of summer is tomorrow. I’m hoping for your kind of bliss with my 3 kids!

  7. thanks for hosting another week!!

  8. Oh my goodness, that is definitely a “finer thing”!! 🙂 Makes me wish we had a place where my kids (at least the older ones) could go outdoors without me. Because unfortunately I can’t spend hours outside each day 🙁 🙂

  9. This week I am celebrating the healthy and fine eating of seaweed. It is expensive but very fantastic for you. Thanks for hosting this meme.

  10. I am submitting a comment, didn’t see the last one go through. The finer eating of seaweed, incredible what it offers…Thanks for hosting. Happy Finer T Friday!

  11. Thank you for posting a link to the rules…I was having trouble finding that page last week and wasn’t sure exactly what I was doing! I really enjoy your blog and especially Finer Things Friday – it’s such a great reminder to reflect on the little blessings in life that too often go unnoticed!

    And I’m very jealous that your children have a space to play outside for so long – we’re in a fairly urban area, and I’m dying to have a patch of grass for my baby to sit in!! 🙂

    • Can’t imagine not being able to “shove” my kids out the door. 😉 It’s a wonderful thing, and very worth the inconveniences of living in the boonies!

  12. Awesome. Definitely a Fine Thing.
    My very social daughter is an only child and the self-appointed neighborhood hostess, which means I’m her c0-hostess by default. I hand out the snacks, pour cups of cold water, referee arguments and bring her friends to the pool. Some days are good; some leave me wanting to tear my hair out.

    • With very few children in all of Tiny Town, my kiddos will have to rely on the friendship of each other. A good thing in many ways…

  13. This is my first time linking up, I included some pics as well!

  14. Looking forward to summer with my kiddos as well….have a great summer, Amy!

  15. That is the best thing ever!!

  16. AWESOME!! Hope that will continue.

    • Pipe dream. 😉 Yesterday we had just the opposite. Fussy, whiny 2yo. 7yo who thought everything was the end of the world. Mom rolling eyes… everything was better after nap time, though! 🙂

  17. That is so great! I’m having to train mine little by little, though we have had some “finer” days so far this summer!

  18. Happy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

  19. 6 hours of self-entertainment is amazing! Good for you, Mom!

    Thanks for hosting today.

  20. Enjoy your day!

  21. Oh, I tried so many times when my kids were younger to get them to stay outside. They’d last about 10 minutes before wanting to come back inside. 🙂 Six hours- that’s a blessing for you and them!


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