Thanks to the Labor Day holiday, I got to enjoy a three-day weekend with George. My favorite days are those when the six of us are all together. Life seems much simpler when George and I are cohesive team and I feel far more productive with him. In honor of our time together, George and I set our sights on trying something new with the babies each day.
All summer we considered taking the babies to the Children’s Museum, but never had the moxie. When Saturday afternoon rolled around, we mustered the courage to go even with a high likelihood of a packed house. Despite the holiday weekend, the museum wasn’t terribly crowded and was easy for us to navigate with two twin strollers. We began in the infant/ toddler area where the babies could roam freely. There, we explored cause/ effect with a switch activated machine. Then, the babies crawled in a padded circle to view critters in a terrarium. Unfortunately, the inhabitants of these terrariums weren’t energetic enough to capture the babies’ attention. After a romp in the baby area, we whisked through the remaining exhibits. Although most of the museum was a bit above the babies’ comprehension level, they seemed content to stroll about in air conditioning while seeing novelties.
In my opinion, Labor Day weekend is never complete without grilled food and a final dip in the pool. After all, it’s the official mark to summer’s end. We invited my parents and grandmother to help us honor this tried and true traditions. The babies were no strangers to the pool, but this was the first time in a kiddie pool. With the help of my parents, the babies experienced the joys of an over sized shallow pool. Unlike our other trips to the pool, Mason seemed happy swimming since he could stand up and control where he ventured. George was really pleased we made at least one trip to our community pool. Since we pay astronomical Home Owner’s Association fees, he feels better when we use the ammenities.
After we had all the fun in the sun we could handle, we headed back home. As soon as we arrived, I piled all four babies in the bathtub for a scrub down while George and Dad got busy with the grill. Four squeaky clean babies donning fresh pajamas devoured hamburger patties, shrimp, pasta, and veggies. I think swimming revved up their appetites. Also thanks to the swimming, the babies drifted off into slumber immediately following dinner. Swimming and sun have a way of zapping energy even from toddlers. This worked to our advantage because the adults enjoyed a peaceful dinner.
By the time Monday rolled around, George and I had no energy in the reserves for another outing. Instead, we decided to have a home adventure. We whipped up edible finger paint for a sensory/ art experience. Because the paint was a bit goopy, I knew it would destroy paper. Instead, we taped foil to the table as canvas for our masterpieces. This seemed like a brilliant idea. Before we doled out paint, the babies enthusiastically patted the paper watching the shimmery stuff create a metallic tinkle sound. About a nanosecond later, Harper pulled his off in strips and made a snack of it. The other babies temporarily kept their foil, but they soon figured out how to pull it off. That put a damper on our foil canvases, but everyone enjoyed playing in the paint anyways.
How did you spend Labor Day weekend?
8 thoughts on “Three Day Weekend”
We so love these posts. Favorite pic of this post is grandpa & Sidney. Enjoy these times , they go way too fast.
No kidding! This first year flashed by. I try to chronicle everything I can before memories vanish.
I love the walker hijacking! Too cute! You’re doing such a good job, Amber, I remember just making it through the day with only 2 babies, not even thinking of outings or sensory play. Keep up the good work! Love those sweet babies of yours.
Oh Catherine! It makes me so happy you stopped by to check in on us. You made such an impact on me with your inspiring story and just how you live your life, that I still talk about you ALL the time. You are an amazing person and mother. Thank you for the encouragement.
Oh, the pool brings back MORE memories! Mostly of me trying to navigate a wading/pool splash pad at the community center with both of the twins, when they were about 13 months old. Neither one was a steady walker yet, and the water was deep enough that they couldn’t crawl in it safely. And they kept getting hit in the face by jets of water. It was horrible, and a real safety hazard!! It may be a blessing in disguise that you have four tots to keep track of–at least you KNOW you can’t handle them all by yourself for something like that, rather than stupidly trying to tackle too much like I did!
Lol! You may be right about the blessing of four. I’d totally try to take just two and it would be a disaster! It was the same for us, too deep to crawl yet no one walks steadily so they each needed an adult.
Woo mama you have your hands full! I give you 4x the amount of kudos I would normally give. But I have to point this out because you look AWESOME and you should feel awesome about it. I had my son 17 months ago and I’m not as thin as you. I’m working on my post-baby body, but dang girl! You look awesome!
Thank you so much, I really appreciate hearing that. Even I feel body conscious sometimes..,