Years ago, I started a weekly tradition of taking the kids to do something fun to welcome the weekend. "Treat Day" happens every Friday, and although the kids love it, I find myself struggling to come up with ideas as of late.
Seemed that Treat Day was much simpler when Connor was Libby's age - confined to a stroller and happy with some Starbucks pumpkin bread and milk. Ahh yes, the girls and Connor and I would head downtown - to the library, the old-fashioned toy store - then to Starbucks for a snack and a yummy cup of coffee. Connor would usually fall asleep and the girls and I would play Scrabble - in a way that an 8 year old and 6 year old could play, and simply enjoy talking about our day.
Now, I am doing my best to balance pleasing the baby, the crazy-all-over-the-place-full-of-insane-energy 4 year old and two girls who, truly, have little desire to hang out in the same places Connor wants to go.
There idea of Treat Day has changed. Their perfect Treat Day? A trip to Claires, perhaps looking at clothes, a movie, or a trip to Sunfire Ceramics, a local business where kids can paint and decorate their own piece of ceramic.
Ceramic does NOT = baby friendly.
Claires does NOT = baby or 4 year old boy friendly.
What boy wants to look at tweens' clothes?
And I've only attempted a movie once with Connor, who, during the previews, I kid you not, asked if the movie was almost over.
I won't even venture there with Libby.
So, we will see what we do today. Maybe a trip downtown to do some Christmas shopping...you know, Abby buying for Keely and Keely buying for Abby (all with our money, of course). Then maybe some hot cocoa and a treat for them all.
If anyone has any ideas, I'm all ears! Until then, I'll do my best to appease all four of them AND keep myself sane! :)
Why, you may ask, do I continue the tradition? Because they love it. Every week, without fail, at least one of them asks what we are doing for treat day. I can't let them down. I just have to get more CREATIVE!!! :) Again, ideas welcome!