Could it get any hotter??
Please don't answer that.
I was born and raised in the South and I'm telling you - this is H-O-T HOT! It has been 98 degrees for two weeks now. At night, it drops to a "cool" 81. Except for the pool, there's no way to play outside until the sun goes down.
The challenge is coming up with stuff that will hold their attention while they are stuck inside. Today my kids were playing and I could see boredom setting in. Then I remembered something!
A few years ago my mom gave AC a tea set (because my girls LOVE a good tea party!). The problem was, it was breakable. So I put it up in the closet and told her I would give it to the girls when they got a little older.
Well, today that day arrived (although I told them they can only play with this tea set while I'm around!). I pulled out the Raggedy Ann tea set and the girls had a fit! We grabbed some Nilla Wafers and - voila! - instant fun.
Check out LB's mouth crammed full of Nilla wafers. Very ladylike :)
So we're having to get a little creative these days. The other night I was making spaghetti for dinner when AC walked in. She grabbed a couple of uncooked noodles and started playing the drums on the spaghetti sauce jar. LB walked in and wanted her own "drumsticks." And before I knew it, I had given them about thirty of those things and they were on the floor of my kitchen playing while I cooked. In this picture, they were making "dragon teeth" - don't ask me what that means.
Then here, LB played the oven while AC used her noodles as a microphone. And they were rockin' out.
Chris walked in from work to find noodles ALL OVER the kitchen floor and the kids right in the middle of it.
"What is going on here?!" he asked, looking very perplexed.
"They are using their noggins and being creative, instead of sitting in front of the TV," I said. Works for me." And he just shook his head, and laughed.
So how are your kids surviving the summer?!