Fall is always a big change when you have a house full of small children. Between the birthday parties, Halloween, and playing outside as much as humanly possible before it gets cold, there is so much to do.
By Nicole Nowitzki
Now that summer has come to a close, it is hard to grasp onto the idea of cold, snow, cabin fever, crabby, Vitamin D deficient children, and retiring all of the summertime activities for the next 6-8 months. I know that so many people are looking forward to all of the fun Fall activities, but I’m still holding on to summer. I love being able to let the kids play outside all day without all of the winter gear. It takes the fun out of going outside when you spend 20 minutes putting on their coats, gloves, and hats, and they only go outside for a few minutes because they are too cold. Then, there is a big pile of clothes in front of the door, and the kids are already fighting because they are stuck inside. I pray that we all survive and live to tell the tale.
Don’t get me started on Fall time change. When I was younger, this used to be my favorite day of the year because you felt like you were sleeping in one whole hour, but now, the idea of starting each day at 4:30 A.M. makes me want to throw up. No matter how late you put your children in bed, they still wake up at their natural time, and now it happens to read an hour earlier on the clock. Plus, if they didn’t get a good night’s sleep, they are awful the next day. It is already panic mode at our house. We are starting to try to make them stay in their beds a little longer with no avail.
Birthdays are so amazingly fun for children. This is the first year that my oldest inquired about his upcoming 4th birthday party. Normally, we have a party for him, but he doesn’t have a clue about any of the details until he wakes up that morning. This year, he asked if we could have his party at the Aquatic Center. I was happy that he wanted to do something so fun, but I couldn’t believe he is already old enough to have an opinion.
Watching your children have yet another birthday reminds us that they are growing up too fast, and that we are getting old. My husband and I talk about this often, and the saddest part is that today is the youngest we will ever be because the minutes don’t stop no matter how much we may want them to. I always thought 30 was so old, and now that I’m 34, it dumbfounds me how quickly I got here. Unfortunately, time only tends to speed up after you have children, and I know that I’m going to blink, and I’ll be watching my littlest baby graduate high school wondering where the time went.
Life changes and seasons happen. It’s life, and it’s about making the best of it. I guess it’s time to pull out those 101 fun indoor activities and get them used to some new ways to play.