Sunday, January 09, 2011

Rolling into the New Year

On New Year's Day, we spent the afternoon roller skating as a family. We had such a blast! Cory skated with the girls for an hour and a half and I took the last hour and a half. The girls have both gone a couple of times now and they both did great (although Katelund has picked it up a lot quicker). As for Cory and I...well lets just say we were the coolest parents out there (at least that's what our girls thought, and that's all that mattered to us). I especially loved the speed round where all of us "experienced" skaters could go as fast as we could. I may or may not have been sore for the rest of the week, but least I was keeping up with the ten year old girl who had her own specialty skates and everything. After the speed round, I started gagging like crazy and Hailey was getting tired so we left. It was a great way to spend New Year's Day!

One of my New Year's Resolutions is to play with my children more. Since my girls play pretend about 98% of the time, I have had to really work on my imagination. For some reason, it is just not easy for me to play pretend like it used to be. In fact, it is TORTURE!!! There, I said it. But, they LOVE it when I play with them and I just don't want to be one of those moms who never gets down on the ground and I have had to cowboy up (actually "princess up" would be a lot more fitting). The more I play, the more they are realizing how much they would rather not have me part of their pretend world because although I am playing, I still have to take every opportunity possible to teach them. For example, here is one of Katelund and I's conversations from this morning....

Katelund (aka Katie, the oldest Princess): "Little sister, I have to go to work today."
Me (aka Sarah, the youngest princess): "Today is the Sabbath."
Kate: "No mommy, pretend it is Monday."
Me: "How old are you big sister?"
Kate: 18
Me: "Shouldn't you be going to school?"
Kate: "No, I already finished high school."
Me: "So shouldn't you be in college?"
Kate: "No, I was really smart so they told me I didn't have to go to college."
Me: "Um, no. That is not how it works and college is a must in our family."
Kate: " Mommy, this is just PRETEND!!!"

One more example...

Kate: "Sarah, this is my boyfriend."
Me: "How old is your boyfriend?"
Kate: "20"
Me: "Then he better not be your boyfriend because he should be on a mission and besides, at 18 you should be dating lots of boys not just one."
Kate: "MOMMY!!!"

I just can't help it!!!!


The Allphins said...

hahaha. That is hilarious! I love that picture of Cory and Hailey--so cute! So, will the next child be a C/K or will he/she join the H club? Or something completely different...?

Mary said...

I am glad that I am not the only mother who hates pretend play. It is too slow moving for me.

Melissa said...

ha ha I feel the same way- I last for about 3 minutes playing pretend. My question for you though- how do you get your girls to play pretend that much? That's what I'm trying to get Hallie to do. Today I tried playing princess barbies with her thinking that maybe that's what Mom's do to teach them how to play "pretend." However, after lasting only 3 minutes- I don't think I made my point. :)

Crystal said...

Skating would be so much fun! I should find a place to take my kids. Your girls are just so cute!

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