Thursday, March 22, 2007

Obstacles



Now that Andy is old enough to be a playmate for Ann, his biggest thrill is when she gets home from preschool and they can spend the afternoon playing together (with some strategic intervention by Mommy, of course).

Having kids old enough to play together can often lead to having kids old enough to fight over toys, but overall, they enjoy one another's company. Ann usually comes up with some kind of plan or idea for what the game is, and Andy provides a hapless combination of joining in and totally missing her point.

Lately, we've been in the midst of a super-family-cleanup. The poundage of "stuff" we've gotten rid of makes me feel lighter and calmer, but it also makes me not want to buy anything ever again! Apartments can get cluttered easily, so I'm hoping we can continue to stay ahead of the game and focus on using what we have.

Today's activity involved Ann setting up an obstacle course and trying to teach Andy to follow her through it (I've said it before: Who needs a puppy?). There were some falls followed by kisses, some moments of lying down on the various parts, some points where the corn-popper-vacuum needed to be brought out (though I am not sure why).

But overall, the idea of obstacles didn't frustrate, annoy, or worry the kids. It was thrilling and funny to them to face the challenge of something in their way. Another lesson learned courtesy of the RaggedyKids.

8 comments:

Ariella said...

It is very nice to watch your kids play together. Of course, watching fight with each other is quite the opposite but par of the course, especially at certain stages -- which my kids certain are still in.

socialworker/frustrated mom said...

They look so cute,and it's so nice that they can play together.

orieyenta said...

They are just too cute. It's always so fun to see how their little minds work.

SephardiLady said...

What a fantastic idea.

Ezzie said...

But overall, the idea of obstacles didn't frustrate, annoy, or worry the kids. It was thrilling and funny to them to face the challenge of something in their way. Another lesson learned courtesy of the RaggedyKids.

:D

Baleboosteh said...

That is one creative obstacle course RaggedyMom! What clever little ones you have... not to mention cute too!

:D

triLcat said...

wanna come throw out some tons of our stuff too??! PLEASE?!

Jack's Shack said...

Super family cleanup- I need some of that around here.