Saturday, July 21, 2012

Ode to Boredom

Kids like to be in motion.  Even if they're bored, they'll find a way to incorporate some kind of action into it.  A prime example...my second oldest at the park.  He's a gem to indulge us in coming along, but if we're there too long he does get bored. Inevitably he'll take to acrobatics using the park scenery as his gym mat.  I've never gotten him on film, but this summer his sister did...twice (good job with the camera work, Sis).  His antics always serve to amuse.




And then there's the two youngest...while sitting at home a couple of evenings ago,  the teen declared, as is not unusual, that she was b-o-r-e-d.  That's okay, I'm not against the kids being bored.  It means everything's okay, they're safe, and life is just fine.  :)  It also means that 9 out of 10 times they're going to come up with something creative to do.  On this particular night, my daughter decided to throw me a surprise party in the basement.  She recruited her little brother and they made signs, decorations, and an activity list of fun things to do...top on the list, jumping of course (what could be more fun than jumping, right?).  A lot of work and secrecy went into that party, so it was very endearing.  You know the scene:

"What are you kids doing?"

"OH... nothing, nothing at all, Mom!"

 And then the eventual, "Close your eyes...come with us, okay, don't look yet... Surprise!"

The pictures that resulted from our jumping event (I'll spare you the ones of this old lady jumping around with them) were quite amusing, and in a flash...there was zero mention or thought of the dreaded "B" word.  Instead there were two kiddos laughing to beat the band, and an older brother unsuccessfully trying to hush them, which of course made them laugh harder.  Yet one more night of fun credited to boredom.



Excuse the little guy being in only his underwear...for some reason they thought that would make the pictures even funnier, and it did. 



11 comments:

  1. What sweet kids, what a great post. Also a good reminder to be mindful of how much time, or little time we are devoting to helping them use their creative juices appropriately!

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  2. I love when my boys do something fun and creative together and they sure can come up with alot of them. It's also fun to see what non toy items they can use in their playtime as well. My youngest spent quite a bit of time playing with a sock and some matchbox cars today. The sock became a monster that the cars had to escape from LOL. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. My boys too are forever complaining that it is boring and are often going off and doing something fun and creative. Sometimes they have to be watched closely as what they get up to can be a tad dangerous.

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  4. Kids are amazingly energetic. I wonder where they get all that energy from. Haha! :)

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  5. ^ Or better yet, when do we LOSE all of that energy? ;)

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  6. hahaha! I love that last photo. adorable!! yes, sometimes i'm in awe by their energy.

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  7. I tell you kids have so much energy, mine start at about 7:30am and it doesnt end until 9:00pm. The joys of motherhood!

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  8. Oh you have the cutest pictures! Your kids are SO high energy which is so great!

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  9. How sweet of them to throw you a surprise party just for the heck of it! The pic of them jumping mid-air is just precious! Thanks for sharing! =)

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  10. It's great to find ways to get the energy out of them. Looks like they had a great time!

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