It was just 7:28am on the first Monday of summer break when I heard those two words that made me cringe.
I continued to sip my first cup of coffee, which we all know is the most critical cup of the day, just watching the rain hit the window as I processed those words.
I marveled to myself at how many different roles we assume for our children – parent, teacher, nurse, cruise director.
I hated that last one.
I had some options, but it was still so early in the day that I was probably going to need to get creative.
I wasn’t ready to lose them to the TV and video games yet, and the last time we played a board games I changed the name from Family Game Night to Let’s Start a Fight Night.
Then it hit me, if they were going to have me in charge of entertainment, before 8am no less, I was going to have it be entertaining for me as well.
That’s only fair, right?
So we started off with something to get us up and moving – The Harlem Shake – Family style. Check out the video (it’s quick):
Unfortunately, although fun, that only took about 3 minutes to make including finding the outfits.
Time for something that would take a little longer – but what was a cure for summer vacation boredom on day #2?
I laughed to myself as I remembered once stumbling on a cure for boredom on the internet.
We talked it over with our dog, but he wasn’t having it. Plus there were three kids and only two eyebrows that needed to be drawn, so that seemed like an invitation for an argument.
(And before some of you, yeah you, get your panties in a bunch, that’s not marker on the baby’s face. You can read about Abram aka “Evil Wizard Baby” here)
I thought of how much fun I’d have drawing evil mustaches on my kids, and maybe it was the picture of the dog, but it suddenly reminded me of my Mom Shaming.
You can read about Mom Shaming here, but the short of it was that my puppy chewed a red ink pad and stained his white fur pink back in the Fall. I submitted his photo to Dog Shaming, but not before taking a turn and shaming myself too.
So sort of along those same lines I thought that I would draw evil mustaches on my kid’s faces, but before I did, I’d let them draw evil mustaches on me first.
That’s fair, right?
So I grabbed the same hypoallergenic eye pencil we used to draw whiskers on their faces at Halloween, and the kids got to work on me.
Joey, who usually doesn’t participate in my antics, softly laughed and added, “You sort of have a mustache already.”
Thanks, kid, Brussel Sprouts for lunch it is!
Cecilia was much quieter than normal, concentrating on this seemingly once in a lifetime task.
Once she finished giving me some “freckles and brains on my forehead,” she happily handed over the pencil for her mustache to be drawn.
However, the boys both refused to participate even after they saw how totally awesome Cecilia and I looked.
That’s okay though, I wouldn’t force them to let me draw mustaches on their faces – I have photo editing software for that anyway.
The Double Standard Brothers at “Big Fish Grill”
Do you have any tricks for keeping kids busy? Leave me a comment and let me know. I’m officially out of ideas and we still have 75 days left until school starts…but who’s counting?