Labor Day has come and gone, meaning it’s time to bid farewell to the lazy days of summer. I’ve been back at work for nearly six weeks, and am starting a home school preschool routine for they days when I’m home.
Over the summer, we enjoyed an abundance of play dates and managed to soak in the cool air conditioning of indoor play areas in the process. We met our friends at the library, local churches, restaurants, museums, and even their homes.
Playing at a friend’s house offers opportunities for the quads to practice respecting the rules of others, using manners, and taking turns with toys.
After spending time a local church’s playscape, my friend’s oldest daughter singlehandedly lined up five three-year olds and led them to the parking lot. This sweet big sister has a heart of gold and perhaps a future as a teacher.
The quads received a family membership to our local children’s museum as a birthday gift and we’ve made good use of it. We have a well established routine for meeting buddies there and noshing on a picnic in the courtyard.
Play dates at the museum are terrific because there are ample things to do and explore and none of the toys belong to any of our kids.
I don’t know why it took me so long to find the joy in a McCafe while the quads romp around McPlayland. McDonald’s will never top my list of favorite places to dine, but a warm cup of coffee while my children play in a climate controlled area close to home? I don’t mind if I do!
No play date is complete without bidding our friends farewell with a bear hug.
When I plunked down a summer bucket list, I didn’t consider the level of commitment involved. It didn’t take us long to tackle the majority of the items listed, but keeping up with photo editing and blog publishing took me all summer long. I’m glad I published the list though. If I hadn’t, I may have skimped on our summer. If you’re paying close attention, you probably noticed that “train ride” is yet to be accomplished. Nisey and Poppa gave the kids a gift certificate to ride the train for the kid’s birthday. We are waiting for fall weather to enjoy the trek so stay tuned for that quadventure!
Movies Sea Life Aquarium
- Train ride
Fire station tour Library story time Sprayground Zoo Bahama Buck’s Frozen yogurt Community pool Grill dinner outside Water Table Inflatable Pool Sprinklers Ice Cream Indoor playgrounds Lee’s Grilled Cheese Blow bubbles Chalk drawings Board games Play dates Summer Reading Club Dance classes Fireworks Sleep over with grandparents Nature Walks Bounce house Popsicles S’mores Sparklers Water pistol duels