Admittedly, it is a challenge to get one-on-one time with my girls. Even two-on-one time is tough.
E is pretty much always with me, but now that’s she’s getting older, she doesn’t need me quite as much (boo hoo), so I can make sure to have special time with the bigs.
I try to stagger it out, and most days, they each get a little mommy time, but we try to do more on the weekends.
In the morning, the oldest is up first, so we have our time before school starts and waiting at the bus stop. It’s short, but it’s just the two of us.
After getting the oldest off to school, the middle wakes up and we usually get a little time together before E wakes up, then we are usually off and running to get N to school, then it’s E and me for a bit.
The afternoon is similar but in the reverse. Quiet times, nap times and arriving from school times allow for staggering of time with the girls for homework, watching a show together, playing a game or doing a craft.
Whew. I’m exhausted.
On the weekends, with Mr. Serious home, we can separate to run errands out or in the house, and of course, we have time for doing fun things. We’ll go see a movie, head to a birthday party, make a special cake pop run, get some fro-yo on a whim or see a puppet show.
This weekend, for example, we were treated to tickets to see Brer Rabbit. It’s always a nice time at the puppet show, and perfectly timed at one hour. So the kids and parents are entertained the whole time.
Of course, the second favorite part (for the girls) is the making of the puppets after the show. They got to make Brer Bear. Once we figured out the right folds and glue placement and colored them, the girls were happy as clams. They sat in the back of the car the entire 45 minute ride home (where they usually complain about the “boring road”= highway) and playing back and forth with their puppets.
Even though they don’t say it, and don’t tell me, I know that they value the time where I’m not worrying about E and can dote on them a bit. They feel special and loved individually as well as in the family unit and nothing can replace that.
About the show:
Live music and delightful stories about Brer Rabbit and his friends fill the stage. The fun begins as the gang gathers to sing an early morning ditty. But competition gets the best of them when the characters begin a battle for bragging rights. Who is the swiftest? The strongest? The smartest? Brains beat brawn when Brer Bear, Brer Fox, Brer Rabbit, and Sister Mud Turtle find themselves in a briar patch of trouble. So, join the whole gang for this fun-filled Southern romp.
*We received tickets to see the show. All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received.