I’m excited…and a little scared


I’ve never had both of them together for longer than a day. It could be interesting.

Starting Monday, I have 8 weeks with the girls and no daycare.

I’m really excited to spend the time with them.

We are planning on going to library story time, and maybe to free movies.

But, all you SAHMs help me out. I need ideas. What am I going to do with the girls? How will I keep #1 stimulated and educated. How will I get them to nap at the same time?

How will I keep my sanity?

I know, it’s only 8 weeks…but I’ve only done summers. And, last summer, I only had one kid.

So, I’m a lot of excited…and a little scared!

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  1. Hmmm…we go to the park, do crafts, play outside in a wading pool, watch movies at home together, play doh. Lot’s of stuff. You’ll do it great! And you’re going to have so much fun doing it!

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  3. I can’t help you with the nap situation. BG won’t nap so it is whenever LM wants to nap. We go to trails and walk (BG rides her bike) a lot. We are getting a pool pass too which should be interesting all by myself, lol. Have fun! Summer break, woot!

  4. How exciting! You should check out The Rowe Crew and The Poe Fam on my sidebar…they both come up with wonderful ideas. One of them even has kiddos about the age of N and Izzy. What about having them nap at different times so you can have one on one time with each of them? Just an idea. Let us know how it goes!

  5. Oh, how fun and exciting! enJOY your time with the girls! Do they have a little swimming pool? Outside activities are always fun!

  6. Sounds like it’s going to be interesting!!! Can’t wait to hear about all of the adventures.

  7. You’ll figure it out! 🙂

    Park dates are great, reading books, coloring, playing in the backyard, baking cookies, singing songs, playing tag, etc. I put our one year old down for nap first then read to our older one and put her to nap.

    Good luck!!! Enjoy being with them!

  8. You’ll be fine! You are such a good mother. Although, I would definitely be a little scared too…

  9. I only have the one. We do one big outing once a week (museum, zoo, play dates). Then, a few smaller ones (story time at the library, parks), but only if we’re in the mood.

    I don’t know how your girls are, but my son is usually wiped by lunchtime and will doze off in the car or the stroller.

    Otherwise, just lots of playtime at home. Reading books, singing songs, tv. I try to keep things low-key.

    Good luck!

  10. While I don’t have much advice to offer (I have enough trouble keeping my two kids occuppied after work), I wanted to offer up my support. I’m sure you’ll find plenty to keep yourselves occuppied during your summer break (and it will be wonderful bonding time too!)

  11. We go to the park and also there is this free bowling thing we registered for-Izzy would like that.
    We do crafts and I plan on buying a small pool for my kiddos-check you local community too. Our county has a huge amount of free/low cost stuff for the kids-like arts in the park and cooking classes for young kids.Redbox is a fav of ours too- $1 movies and they have some good ones.
    The nap thing-um…I let them play outside all morning and by the time it hits 1pm they are all ready to go down!
    Need a break and want to chat-just hit me up on email and you can have my number!

  12. Don’t worry…you get the hang of it quickly! You better be planning on hanging out with me a lot! Our kids can entertain each other and we get to have the presence of another grown up around!
    But, just so you know, the park is my best friend…it’s where I go to get them out of my hair and wear them out so they’ll sleep! And usually I get to enjoy a Starbucks while they play!

  13. I can’t wait to read how your summer goes…I am beyond freaked out what to do with 2! 🙂

    But here are some things that Isabella and I do together:

    Sprinkler mat that hooks up to the hose

    Small pool

    Sidewalk chalk

    Plant flower seeds in little pots

    Book store followed by a fun lunch somewhere

    Crafts (Hobby Lobby has such a fun selection!)

    Park (in the mornings when it’s not as hot)

    Paint with shaving cream outside–she “paints” the patio, my feet, legs and her toes 🙂 It’s fun and cheap!

    That’s all I can think of for now 🙂

  14. Storytime is great but we also love the zoo (if you have one near you), the play area at the mall, local playgrounds and splash parks for summer. Oh and NEVER under estimate the power of crayons, paints and play-doh! ; )

  15. how wonderful to have 8 weeks with your girls 🙂 it will be so fun! sorry i am no help with ideas! but i am sure they will love every second with you no matter what!

  16. Great ideas above. Sounds like so much fun! 🙂 Three things that work for me. Have a flexible schedule and stick to it as best you can…knowing there are going to be days that you will be out and can’t. Have a set nap at the same time everyday. It may take a week or so to get them used to it, but you can do it. Last thing…at their age there is nothing wrong with playing, free playing, unstructured playing. That is my two cents, you will do great! Have fun!!!!!

  17. whoo hooo 8 weeks!!

    number one suggestion…a road trip to kansas!!

    what? not good?

    ok i guess i will work on my list 🙂

  18. I am instituting a morning play time in their rooms for 30 minutes where they play without mommy!!! Three days into it…working better each day. It worked best after Luke and I had focused play time together for a little bit first. Of course, Nat wouldn’t need it, but you could at least coordinate a quiet/play time around Nat’s nap. …pool, zoo, park, inside focuse time (play doh, paint, puzzles, dominos, etc). and outside centers (bike, sand, swing, ball, digging, bubbles etc)…

    And hanging out with US!! I’m nervous about my 11 weeks without school!

  19. I think you should have a basic game plan (i.e. Monday- park; Tuesday – Library, etc…) but staying flexible is the key. Just roll with it. You’ll be fine.
    All 3 of you.

  20. MamaGeek @ Works For Us says:

    Can you say PARTAY? Enjoy it all K!

  21. How fun to get the time to be a SAHM with your girls. It will be great, you’ll have so much quality time together!

  22. When I became a SAHM I joined Meetup.com to find some local playgroups. My area had tons. We didn’t go very often, but I learned all sorts of free activities, events and places I had no idea our town offered which I could use for rainy days or boring days.

    Stock up on bubbles, chalk, a baby pool and sprinkler, and sunscreen and you’ll be fine.

  23. Wow, they are going to love spending so much time with you!

    If you can, try to go somewhere every day. Even if it’s just to the supermarket or to a playground or for a walk. Getting out of the house seems to help us/me.

    Also, if you type in your zip code at gocitykids.com, you should find fun things going on.

  24. Elaine had a great list, I don’t have much to add.

    Being that I watch four kids and they do nap at the same time, I’d say try to stick to an agenda for the day and go with it as much as possible, everyday.

    They have some really great workbooks for Izzy at Target, you can also find great printouts online for projects/coloring pages, crafts to keep her stimulated.

    Have fun, it will be over before you know it.

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