I’m one of those activity moms now!

You know, those ones on Pinterest who make lifelike raccoons out of old toilet paper rolls and dryer lint, and create treasure hunts out of old love letters from great-grandparents? Fine, I’m not on that level yet, but I read about this thing called Discovery Packs at the Arboretum, and we actually went and did it today. And you know how you usually set off to do these things, but then your kids just end up fighting over who gets to put together the disassembled hula hoop, you’re sweating through your C’est La Vie t-shirt because you’re carrying two backpacks, and your dog decides to play dead right in front of a tree trimming truck that wants to make it a reality? Well, those things happened, but other than that, we had a real life discovery adventure in the beautiful arboretum and it was really cool.

Nobody appreciated my, “How can the children learn if they can’t even fit into the school!?” comment.
George never did figure out how to use these, but man did he look cute.
George never did figure out how to use these, but man did he look cute.
Look at my intrepid explorers!
Look at my intrepid explorers!
“Mama, I can see the sun!” Fail.
Hula hoop = trigger point
Hula hoop = trigger point
Straight out of a Wes Anderson movie
Straight out of a Wes Anderson movie
Actually doing the hula hoop activity!
Actually doing the hula hoop activity!
See if you can spot the frog. I'm pretty proud that I spied him.
See if you can spot the frog. I’m pretty proud that I spied him.
Hazy found a dead bee on a tree, so we put it in our magnifying box (another activity! Have I won Pinterest yet?)
Hazy found a dead bee on a tree, so we put it in our magnifying box (another activity! Have I won Pinterest yet?)
Save the bees! (not in magnifying boxes)
Save the bees! (not in magnifying boxes)
Dead Weight O'Rourke, reporting for duty
Dead Weight O’Rourke, reporting for duty
Playing Tic Tac Tree, making me feel like a real mom
Playing Tic Tac Tree, making me feel like a real mom

Don’t let the photos fool you, though. They are still suffering from Paris Syndrome, and we’ve had two mini-adirondack chair time outs (during baby pool time) and two in-room time outs (for major violations). In the NBA, they’d be kicked out of the game by now.

10 thoughts on “I’m one of those activity moms now!”

  1. i too have the summer off w my 2 kids however if I kept a blog it would not include anything as exciting as your daily adventures. I’m so impressed.

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