Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Summer Time

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
School is almost out for the summer. It will soon be time to think of ways to entertain my children. I'm sure there will be the usual, "I'm bored, there's nothing to do". I will tell them to play outside, but they will complain that it is too hot out or that it is boring. I will take them on nature walks and to park to play. I will play games and watch movies with them. Hopefully, we will be able to go to the zoo and museums.

While trying to entertain my children, I will need to find the time to write poems. I haven't been writing much lately. I just haven't been inspired. I've been letting the little things get to me too much. I think it's time to just let loose and have fun with my girls. Through their laughter and playfulness, I might find the inspiration I am looking for. Through the eyes of children, the world looks a lot different. It is full of magic and promise. I'm going to get in touch with my childlike self this summer and enjoy life.

What are your plans for the summer? Do you have any suggestions on how to entertain my children?

SIS BJ aka Aleena Ravenwood


Elle J Rossi said...


I'm so looking forward to summer. I'm still hoping winter will end soon! We plan to garden together. That's first on the list. The kids actually enjoy it. I don't. But I'll have a cold drink, turn up the music and tackle those weeds.

I always take the kids on a camping trip with a few girlfriends of mine. It's been a tradition for the last 6 years. We love it. By the way, there's no tent. We do it cabin style.

While I'm there, maybe I'll be inspired to write a thriller that takes place in the woods. Who knows?

SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi

~Sia McKye~ said...

BJ, I'm glad it's summer too. I hear you on life getting in the way of writing. Amen Sister!

I tell you, when I was growing up as one of 9, we KNEW better than to say, "I'm bored" There's nuthin' to do" Oh my word, Mom had a list of things to do and they all involved chores. sheesh.

Now, I only have one. There are times he pulls the whole bored thing. Yah, I do pull out a list, just not as big a one as mom had. But I do try to take him places--movies,swimming, visiting friends, and we also do things together like cards, talking, playing Guitar Hero.

We don't do something every day Meaning leaving home) because I do expect him to find ways to entertain himself as well. But I do try to find something to do with him outside of the house a couple of times a week.

Course he's 15 and things change as he gets older. Right now I'm trying not to pull out my hair as he recuperates from surgery on Monday. Have I mentioned my utmost respect for nurses?

mary Mckinney said...

I can't wait until the summer! I have a list of things I want to do with the kids but don't know if we'll do them. I want to go to the zoo, and an amusement park. I'd love to try out Holiday World for the first time but we will probably end up at Indiana Beach since it's closer and cheaper. We also take the kids on the boat alot. They like to play on the beach and go tubing. We may venture to Chicago one weekend so they can play on a real beach with real sand. But they are also content playing at home in the woods..
to entertain Bryanna and Kylie you can always go on the boat with us one day.. :)

Krys said...


Are your monsters, err, I mean kids, the artsy craftsy type? There are a ton of things like that they could do. This site might help with more ideas:

SIS BJ said...

Hi Elle

Don't worry. I like to camp with cabins as well. I can't stand a spider sleeping in the tent with me. Do you at least roast hot dogs and marshmallows?

SIS BJ said...


I know what you mean by the chores. Our mom always had plenty for us to do. You would think it was the end of the world when I ask them to put away laundry. Dishes they'll do because it's fun to play with water.

I try to get my two to entertain themselves. That involve them fighting most of the time.

I agee with you on nurses. I could never be one.

SIS BJ said...

Hi Mary M.

Thankyou for stopping by. I don't know how you keep all your kids entertained. Of course they have a big yard ands some woods to play in.

I might have to take you up on the boat ride.

SIS BJ said...

Hi Krys

Thanks for calling me an amazing mom. Oh, that's the name of the sight you want me to check out. My girls love crafts. I'll be sure to check out the sight.

Beth Ciotta said...

Although they may not recognize it now, I guarentee you, years down the pike the girls will very much appreciate whatever you do with them this summer. Even if it's just local nature walks or games around the dinner table. What matters is that you care enough to spend time with them. Your attention and company is the greatest gift of all. :)

As for my summer... I know for certain that I'm looking at many hard and stressful days at the library. I hope to de-stress and also to lose some weight by powerwalking. I also hope to be on deadline for a series I'm dying to write. No matter what, I'll spend the nights spinning stories.

SIS Beth

Alyson Reuben said...

Oh, gosh. I'm in the same boat, BJ. I've been checking into area programs so my daughter can still be with other groups of kids. Also my best friend's daughter has passes to watch free movies on Wednesdays, so we'll be taking the girls to the theater every week. Bowling has always been a big hit in my house. Also Putt-putt. Oh, and we always go to the park a lot, too.

I agree with what some of the others said. No matter how you spend your time with your kids, they'll always remember you doing it.

SIS BJ said...

Hi Beth

You are right. I remember all the littles things that mom and dad did with us. Yahtzee, scary car rides, trips to Seven Pillars and race car tracks. I spent the day with my little monster last Saturday. We just went hiking in different places. She kept telling me how she wished the day would never end. Nearly brought tears to my eyes.

SIS BJ said...

Hi Alyson

Bowling and putt-putt sound great. As does roller skating. Free movies would be good as well. I hope your daughter has a great summer.

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