Over the past few weeks, Rachel and I have been having a lot of fun thinking of creative ways to spend meaningful time together in the evenings. My days at work can have a tendency to wear on my energy levels, so if I am not careful I could very easily find myself lounging on the couch in the evenings while Rachel plays on the floor.
Towards the end of the summer when I would think of going back to work and what it would be like in the evenings, I think I pictured something more along the lines of….well, The VonTrapp family from The Sound of Music. Complete with musical instruments, singing, dancing, smiles and laughter.
While I can’t sew any clothing out of curtains or teach Rachel how to recite a certain song, I can be sure that the time we do spend together is worthwhile and focused. With that thought in mind, we got out some paint brushes and a bowl of water and headed for the front porch!
I showed her at first how to dip the paintbrush in water and brush it over the concrete on the porch to “paint.” Rachel gave it just a few tries and then proceeded to throw the paintbrush as far as she could and then followed it up with some great big squeals and lots of laughter. Every time I returned Rachel’s paintbrush to her she would repeat her throw, squeal, and laugh routine.
Was it meaningful? Yes! Just in a different way than I had originally planned. I guess part of being a parent is being able to roll with the punches and move on.
We’ll try our painting project again some other time! 🙂
What are some fun things you do with your little ones? We are always interested in tips to help add a little spice to our evenings!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend!