I want to go to church!
I want to go to Ms. Jeanine's pool!
I want to go to the pancake place!
I want to go to school in my bathing suit!
...And, all of these requests came in the first minutes of waking up this morning.
...And, once again, I was dogged by a nagging question, "Can you have too much fun?"
There's no doubt about it-- we've had an action- packed summer. We have gone and played and ate and swam and...
It might just be easier to show instead of tell--
Over the Memorial Day holiday, Marty and I took our first, real kid- free vacation. While we enjoyed a week in the Dominican sans tantrums and potty emergencies, the kids were spoiled by Aunt Windy, Uncle Tom, and GiGi.
We were only home from our trip for a couple of days before we moved into birthday celebration mode-- first a ship and then a party at a bounce house. Emily and Drew asked to go to a bounce house every day for at least the next two weeks.
The next weekend found us on the road for a weekend trip to Charlotte to visit friends and Carowinds. We even managed to squeeze in a trip to Discovery Place.
And then there were trips to pools of all shapes and sizes...
Oh, let's not forget all the weekend trips to the camper!
With trips to the camper come trips to the sand.
We're not done.
There was a Battleship visit,
a trip to the Children's Museum,
our first big kid movie,
and Vacation Bible School (Sorry--no pictures yet. Mommy's been busy teaching).
Whew. Is it any wonder my kids have summer whiplash? That they wake up asking to go 10 different places in 10 minutes?
They are only three, and
I spent my summers outside, barefoot, making forts and mudpies, while cooling off with juice jugs and Mr. Freeze Freezer pops.
Going anywhere was a luxury. For my kids, it's a way of life.
I'm not going to go so far as to say any of the above fun is bad.
I don't think it's bad to give kids experiences, especially when they are shared experiences.
I don't think we spoil kids with our love and attention.
But I do wonder (notice I didn't say worry) about balance.
Am I creating kids who will need constant entertainment--kids who will complain about being bored once the activity inevitably slows down?
Is it possible to be too busy? To have too much fun?
I'd love to hear your thoughts. I'll be sure to read and respond just as soon as we get back home from our final night of Vacation Bible School and before we head to the beach for the rest of the weekend...