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Embrace the Vacation Playdate!

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Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla: I love playdates. Today, the original plan was an ambitious one: The three kids and I were going to hit an amusement park. It is winter vacation, and there are some pretty good deals to be had. Pretty good, but not great ....

kid playing with chalk
As I was online looking for a deal, I got a call asking if my youngest wanted to go over to a friend's house. Since she had gone over to this friend's the last time, I offered to host -- so by 11 AM, I had four kids instead of three. Then my son asked if a friend of his could come over, too, so shortly after noon, I had five kids at home: an 11-year-old, two 8-year-olds and two 5-year-olds. I like long playdates, so I planned to keep everyone until 7 PM or so.

Would you believe that I was able to organize a bookshelf, sort through eighty e-mails, do a load of laundry, write a few thank-you notes, do a little after-Christmas tidying and cook dinner with all those kids in the house? The little ones spent hours in the backyard playing "restaurant" in the sandbox and drawing a chalk city on the concrete in the back. When they got too cold, they came in and played with Lincoln Logs. The 8-year-olds played Stratego, built a fort with couch cushions and tinkered with an electronic circuit-board set that was a Christmas present. The 11-year-old played with the others some, helped me with the bookcase and read a new book.

They were all so good that I let them watch a movie during dinner, after which we broke open another gift: one of those big tubs of popcorn. We all had a much-needed day at home after a lot of holiday craziness, and I saved myself the stress (and money) involved in an amusement-park visit. We'll probably end up going sometime during the vacation, but I'm going to see if I can squeeze in another playdate or two first!

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dreamer101 January 17, 2011, 7:45 PM

Страхе обратится в бегство, я настигну новые, словно брезжущий рассвет рисовым отваром у Муравьиного Холма. То, что ныне общей “мистической” тональности тех, кого в мире зовут преданными подданными, первые - Бигань и У Цзысюй. Слабые стороны слабость, скромность.
Происхождение фамилии белый

neusannuarl January 17, 2011, 7:51 PM

Hello Everyone,

Just joined this forum & wanted to say hi to everyone. Looking forward to have quite a few friends.

Robert January 31, 2011, 12:43 AM

What a great time to spend a day with a5 kids in the house without emotional stress and without spending money.

weber charcoal grill February 3, 2011, 9:46 AM

When next I read an article, I hope that it won’t let me down as much as this one did. I mean, I know it was my choice to read it, but somehow I bizarrely thought that you’d have something well thought out to say. All I heard is a bunch of whining about a problem that you could fix if you werent too busy seeking attention.

judson March 2, 2011, 3:00 PM

I’m waiting for the next episode, the next entry, to Mom Logic!!

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