Last Sunday we did something I had originally planned to do more of in 2020: hire a sitter for the baby so we could go do a big kid activity. Our summer sitter agreed to work some overtime hours, and we took the older four fishing for the day.
I think fishing is supposed to be a relaxing activity. We were more of a comic scene. We rented a boat on a lake about 90 minutes from here, and my husband and I weren’t doing a great job on the maneuvering + anchoring part at first, which made my 13-year-old rather stressed. The excitement of worms and fishing poles was also quite something for the 5-year-old. The appeal of sitting still and waiting for the fish to bite was, perhaps, lost on the kids. We didn’t catch anything. BUT! It was a nice day on the lake, sunny and reasonable while sitting under the boat canopy. Taking a little break from the baby too was also nice, and more possible as he’s become amenable to a cup and cereal. I hope to do a few more big kid activities in the next few months.
This week has been challenging. We learned that our school district will be virtual until October at least. The 5-year-old will attend a private half-day kindergarten enrichment program (public K is only half day around here) and that is supposed to open in person. Fingers crossed. I am trying to keep my stress levels under control. Easier said than done, and unfortunately it tends to result in a jaw-clenching habit that has become painful. The internet’s advice: reduce stress levels. Thanks Dr. Google! Maybe the internet can convince my baby to sleep more than 3 hours at a stretch overnight.
Anyway, no big plans for the weekend. This morning I forgot to wake a kid up for his camp. I think I thought it was the weekend already.