Saturday, April 24, 2010

Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

Some days I feel as if I am just sliding by, waiting to put the kids to bed so I can breathe on my own for a few minutes before I fall into bed myself, continually hoping that maybe tomorrow will be better than today. I don't like this. I want to enjoy my children, I want to enjoy laughing with, playing with and teaching them. I do enjoy my children immensely but if I'm not proactive in keeping this goal in mind I find that the everyday tasks required to keep up with a house of four children start to take over. I find I'm frustrated with my children when they won't leave me alone long enough for me to finish the dishes or sweep the floor.
Along these lines I am working on a song for my kids, so far I have this:

"I want to dance with you.
I'll hold your hand.
Tell me all your stories and your dreams.
The dishes and the laundry will wait,
this house won't crumble down
while I spend these moments here with you."
Hannah has helped with the tune a little.

But back to the story at hand:
I really was not looking forward to today. Erik is gone most of the day at a Rope Rescue Drill and I always look forward to weekends when he's around to help out. He's amazing at helping out and when he's not here I miss that (and him); sometimes so much that I turn grumpy. So last night I prayed for creativity and the ability to live life and not react to it. I'm so glad that God cares about these little things too. Right before falling asleep I had an idea; why not go for a walk through Manzanita and see if we can find objects or letters for each letter of the alphabet?! Fun and educational! So this morning after a yummy breakfast of pancakes we headed to Manzanita and started looking. I'll admit to helping a little and receiving help from a man that goes to our church who was out walking and the nice ladies at T-Spot but Hannah and Ivan were really excited to play and did quite well on their own too. We also had to cheat just a little for Q, X and Z.
This is what we found:
Alpaca yarn/toy
Bank, building, birdhouse, burritos
Coffee, car
Dog
Espresso
Flower, fence
Grass, gate
Hand
Ivy
J
ogging
K
nit, kite
L
ight, Left Coast
M
agazines, motorcycle
N
ehalem Valley Historical Society sign
O
verboard
P
uppy
sQuirrel
R
ock
S
top sign, sand
T
ulip, tree
U
nfurl
V
ino, vacancy
W
ater, whale bench
meXican resturant
Y
arn
ManZanita, SyZygy

I must say that we are blessed to live in a creative town that gives their stores interesting names; that helped to.
I've found that "learning to live life instead of react to it" is a common theme in my life; one that I have to learn over and over and over again. But it's a good lesson to learn and I don't mind the review.
My kids don't mind so much either; we've had a lot of fun so far today.

4 comments:

Debbie said...

I admire and affirm you, Em. You're doing a great job. I told someone recently (I think it was one of my kids)that if I had raising my kids to do over again, I would want to be more like Emily.

Blessings on your day.

MamaGriffith, said...

fun stuff! the boys think I was more fun when we lived on the peninsula...I had more time at my disposal then. Im glad you had such a fun date with the kids. My favorite is mommy movie night..pop corn, kids movie, snuggling ;)

Mins said...

Nemmy you are awesome! You really are a great mom and it's so fun to hear about (even though I can't be there to see - though I do get the occasionally glimpse of the excited child with new 'jogging' shorts on)!! Just want you to know that I think you are an exceptional momma!!

Lacey said...

I'm totally going to do this with Caleb today! What a great idea! Its such a great age when they want to learn, but it can be hard to come up with new, creative and FREE ways to entertain some days.