One thing I’m sort of proud about is trying to do different things with my kids. I don’t want every week/weekend to be watching the same TV shows, playing at the same playground, or eating the same foods, whether that be at home or in restaurants.
Remember that awesome Countries of the World binder project I started and have let lapse (dammit)? Each week or two, I would pick a country and put together age-appropriate fact sheets for the kids with photos, including stuff like flags, what the country is known for, and examples of their art. I would make YouTube playlists of music and native dancing (where appropriate). Then we’d find the country on our giant inflatable globe – which the kids have since popped. Whenever I could, I’d add other extras; we’d try some food, I’d show them coins, and we’d smell perfume (France, duh). We’d even try a few lines of language. I really like this idea. It fell by the wayside with the drama of surviving kindergarten, but I want to pick it back up. Hell, I even did one on Pakistan that I never got to use when prepping for a Daisy Scout meeting, in which the Nobel laureate Malala was going to be featured. Did you know in Pakistan truck art is a thing? I didn’t either.
I digress. Sorry. The point is, while I want my kids to love outdoorsy stuff – swimming, camping, fishing, boating – I also want them to have a bit of world knowledge. I don’t want them to think that Olive Garden = Italy, or that Mongolian beef = Chinese cuisine.
This is also why I’m so delighted that my son loves Beethoven. This is why I took a leap of faith and shelled out quite a bit of money to take my kids to a Disney Pixar event put on by our city’s symphony orchestra. It was a family event, so I knew kids were the target audience. My kids would be familiar with much of the music.
It went OK. I was disappointed in our seats, as we were so high up you couldn’t really see the musicians. I think the kids ended up watching the big screen with movie clips most of the time. It was also a lot – 2 one hour sessions with a brief intermission. Felix loved it, regardless, and sat like a tiny king in his big theater chair, dancing. Stella was coming unglued by the end. But I’m so glad we did it. I will definitely watch the schedules, and if there is ever a Beethoven concert, I’ll take Felix (or Will can), and we’ll do something a bit different with Stella.
Sunday was radically different. Will works for our city’s park service, and they do an annual soft opening for the big water park, reserved only for employees and their families. Stella is fearless. She was just tall enough to go on 2 of the big slides, and wanted to go down a third (request denied, as it spits you into an 8′ deep pool). Felix? Not so much. He had a good time, but only because they had “Donuts” there. He was quite content to carry around his donut, wade a bit, dance to the music, and then sit back down with Donut on a bench. Unfortunately, he and Donut tipped forward and he kabonked the hell out of his forehead on the cement. It was so alarming I even emailed his school, letting them know he’d look like a crash test dummy today.
The day ended with a trip to Sonic, an impromptu nap, dinner, baths, and Game of Thrones. This week looks to be as busy. Stay tuned…You know, if you want to.