Sometimes you just need a few days off. Summer hit, and with our schedules being what they were, we just never got around to booking any out-of-town trips for our week off. And then we realized: we live in an awesome city, have an awesome yard, and really just needed some time to relax. This is what we did.
Monday July 15
I suppose since it was the first day as a full-family vacation, we’ll call it our first day. Our first together day. Our first day that we could have done something, y’know, family-ish. But not really. Because despite our best laid plans the rain rain rain came down down down… in rushing, rising riv’lets.
Rain, Rain, Rain
It’s been a wet summer. Above average wet. And while I’ve been impacted, lightly, in that I had to replace a broken sump-pump in a frantic rush at the only time you’d expect to notice that your sump pump doesn’t seem to be working — ie, just as your basement is about to flood — we didn’t flood, we didn’t sink, nor did we float away in any meaningful capacity. This is more than can be said for other folks around our province, lately.
We had plans, really we did, but by the time the weather relaxed it was well into the afternoon and instead we opted to go to the mall.
Yup, shopping. And you can probably guess where we stopped.
Claire had some money burning a hole in her pocket.
She’s at that age where she’s started to figure it out. And in our attempt to teach her about not only the management of her money, but to build a careful and meaningful relationship with spending her money, we’ve had to figure out a few things.
First, that spending money isn’t a bad thing.
But second, that earning money can be tough. A whole lot tougher than spending it, usually.
We’ve been poking around with the idea of an allowance, chores, and savings. But part of that is letting her plan out something she wants to buy and letting her understand that giving these little bits of paper and metal that she’s acquired to a stranger at a store is a transaction with all sorts of implications.
The short version: we let her buy some LEGO at the new LEGO store. And then we spent a good hour building it: mostly her, but with an occasional “why don’t you look at that last step a little closer” from me.
Popcorn & Playgrounds
By late afternoon the rain had let up a little bit –and since we’d already drained what was left of the moisture of the day in the form of some couch-time with a bowl of popcorn and a mediocre family movie on Netflix– we up and wandered over to the park.
The sun was peeking out from the clouds but it was still wet. Claire didn’t last long, and was more interested in the puddles anyhow. One loop around the park, a few pushes on the swing, a quick slide, and “I’m tired… when are we going home?”
The dog didn’t care either way, but she does still seem a little flustered by the fact we’re at home so much lately.