I thought last week that we'd had our last "official" playdate of summer. In fact, I told my kids last week that was the end. But when my friend-who-just-got-a-teaching-job (boohoo!) asked if I'd be up for watching her two kiddos today, I said, Yes, I absolutely would! Her kids are terrific.
So TODAY is our last official playdate of the summer. Okay, who am I kidding? We have stuff planned tomorrow and Wednesday with friends too. And school starts Thursday. It's just a big party week really!
Anyway, I love having Kathryn and James over because they're kids who KNOW HOW TO PLAY. That may sound really weird, but believe me, there are kids who come to our house that don't know how to play! They want to watch movies, or play video games, and in my book that's not playing. If I say nope, sorry guys, then they whine that they're "bored". And sure, it's easier to turn on the tv or let 'em play Super Mario for hours, but I want my kids to know how to be kids. I want them to know how to create their own entertainment rather than being entertained.
And that's what they're doing right now. The boys are building a lego skateboard park, the girls are in the basement playing "restaurant", and they've already been outside playing hopscotch and jumping rope. I love hearing them too...they're having a great time and laughing...and being kids! That's exactly the sound I want to hear these last few days of summer. It is music to my ears!