When you have more than one child, it is sometimes hard to spend that individual one on one time with each of them. You start to play Littlest Pet Shop with your little girl and suddenly fire trucks race to the scene for an extended visit. You are pushing trains around the track when My Little Pony flies in and wants to ride the rails, too.
I love those moments, when it we can all play together, mixing our toy worlds. But at the same time, I know that Peanut would really like to get more involved in LPS and not have Mommy stopping to admire the fire trucks, and I’m sure Monkey would like to push his trains the way he wants and not feel he has to play the way big sister thinks she can dictate.
We have been having dates with our kids.
And yesterday was Mommy and Peanut’s big date at the doll house show!
(Which of course gave Daddy and little guy time to play at home together alone.)
I haven’t been to a doll house show since I was pregnant with my little girl – so it’s been a good 5 years. I was excited to be able to return, this time with her. I couldn’t wait to share the experience with her, to watch her eyes grow big and wide at all the itty-bitty miniatures.
We hit the kid’s table first. They still had the grab bags I remember them having when I was a kid. And they were still only 50 cents each! (Yippee!!) She picked out 3 grab bags and several other little items, including a baby doll and doll bed for her little girl. Then we peeked into the grab bags to see what goodies they contained. Each had a little animal (she got 2 cats and a dog), a set of dishes, stickers, and a variety of other little odds and ends. Pretty good for 50 cents!
A few minutes after we started looking at the other tables, her name was called! She won a cute doll house quilt in the kid’s table drawing. She was so excited to win!
(I brought my camera in hopes to capture the moment – but the place was packed!)
We finished looking at all the aisles, picking up a few more little items for her house (and a few for my doll houses, too), before heading home.
She was so tired when we got home she just zoned out for a while and forgot about her goodies until morning.
But she was asking about her treasures bright and early this morning!
Once she examined all her goodies (and ate breakfast), it was time to set it up in her doll house.
We had so much fun; I can’t wait to take her back next year!
Another benefit of our dates? I seem to have much more patience with my angels when dealing with them one on one, and I get to know each of them a little better as individuals!
What’s your favorite way to spend one on one time with your kids?