Orange County! We have rain! Most of us are absolutely loving this weather meanwhile half of us is ripping our hair out because the pumpkin patch plans today were completely ruined! (AKA me!)
Well change the attitude because fear no more! I have activities for you and your children ALL indoor! These will get the wiggles out, if not definitely keep them entertained for you to still relax and enjoy your cup of coffee and the cuddle weather!
This weekend I found myself working an overnight with a family I absolutely adore (in my defense I completely love all my families with all my heart!) but overnights may seem a bit harder..(for those of you who haven’t done them before) you have to plan activities for EVERY moment of the day and trust me, the rain this morning completely changed the game plan for us.
I had an afternoon plan out and about! The plan was to go to the pumpkin patch of course (Pumpkin City ) spend some ridiculous amount of money for the kids to jump in the bounce house for 5 mins, and get those cheesy sibling pictures around all the pumpkins. Then come home for a homemade lunch, (pasta with red sauce, meatballs and sliced apples), take a solid nap, and after nap decorate a Trader Joes Haunted House. Later on, play outside in the driveway, have dinner (soup, grilled cheese with fruit) and then top off the night with a warm bath and stories.
That all changed.
All day I was singing to myself, “rain, rain, go away, come again another day I am not doing an overnight..”
So today went like this, our pumpkin patch plans were completly a no go, it was pouring so we decided to change it up and the boy decided on We Play Loud (an indoor childrens play faciity off El Toro Road) and I knew it was going to be busy. I mean, its a Saturday, the pumpkin patch a few street lights away and it was closed for the day. Little did I know the line was out the door to get into the facility. (Its not usually like that I promise, overall a great place to take kiddos!) I was so worried that the place would be a mad house and boy was I right! You may be asking yourself, why not just turn around and go somewhere else? But let me remind you it was pouring raining, I just packed two small children in a car and when the little boy saw the building there was no turning back. He wanted to go in, and I wasn’t going to be the one that stopped him.
We got in after waiting a few minutes, no problem there but BOY OH BOY! It honestly seemed that every parent and child in Orange County was there today. They had over 3 parties going on and that place was probably just as busy at Disneyland! Everywhere I looked children were running around loose, like the chocolate milk hit them all at once, being knocked out by other children or screaming because they couldn’t find their parents. That place was insane and I regretted all of it the second the children tried to go on the slide normally and other children were diving head first like they were in a pool.
I only lasted 50 mins. Exactly. I tried by hardest to make it to an hour but I thought I did well with 50 mins.
Once we left the riot playground, we headed to my favorite place for lunch! Chick Fil A! Once again that restaurant was right down the street. We went through the drive through got lunch, and headed home. I noticed the kids in the back were seconds away from falling asleep so I gave them a few pieces of fries to eat on the way home and that did it! They stayed awake the whole ride home! Which was a huge success for me personally! (For most parents – if your child falls asleep in the car, even for a second, nap is off the table completely! And this wasn’t going to happen under my watch!) We came home, finished the rest of our lunch and they crashed right away. It was glorious as I needed that quiet time, I had a massive headache from the playground earlier it was nice to just relax.
In the mist of nap time, I managed to get the activities going. (That way as soon as they wake up its go time!) The cupcakes were made and cooling off on the counter for them to decorate later and the Trader Joes Haunted House was frosted (so it would harden by the time they woke up to decorate it). It was all ready for them! The toppings were all in the cupcake liners and it was all neatly organizws. (The OCD always gets the best of me)
That hour went by quick, because as soon as they woke up they were on to the next phase! “When can we decorate!?” Well, the answer is now! I got this, while you napped I set up everything and even prepared your dinner so all I need to do is warm it up later! Ha! A good pat on my back forsure.
It didn’t take long for their interest in decorating to fade, but here is the aftermath of the haunted house!
Art is subjective right?!
Once we finished decorating all the goodies, we played in the living room (played board games and put on some dress up costumes) and garage and next thing you know they are asking, “Whens dinner?” Grinning, I start warming up the food in the microwave. Boom! Done. There you go. Amazed, they ate it all and then we cleaned up the toys around the house and started to settle down.
SING on Netflix did the trick!
We watched a movie, made popcorn and relaxed. Once the movie was over I started bath and stories. And before you know it they are out like a light.
It’s important to take time for yourself when doing an overnight. Especially as a nanny (because you aren’t use to this; unless your doing it every weekend), parents on the other hand props to you because for some of you this is your full time job and complete bow to you! Remember to take time, even for a second, breathe and remain calm. Once the kids are napping or asleep for the night, try reading that book you promised yourself you’ll get to, or set that candle you bought months ago and totally forgot about.
Enjoy you..only because you enjoyed kids all day long.
Its your turn!
Rain or shine!
Here are just some ideas for you to try out when you know a rainy day is coming your way next time!
(I did the baking today with the kids along with decorating cupcakes,played board games and playing dress up!)
More activities that I love to do with kids :
1. Let them play with washable paint in the bathtub (in a diaper or swimsuit) with some paint brushes and let them be! It’s washable so don’t worry about the mess!
2. Have them “learn” to make their own dinner or contribute in making it for later, (rolling meatballs, washing veggies or even slicing food if they are old enough)
3. Make slime!
4. Make moon sand!
5. Whip out the shaving cream!
6. Make some air dry clay!
Whatever you choose, just have fun with it!
Let kids be kids and put them in some rain boots and give them an umbrella, let them splash around in some puddles and call it a day if you want!