Rules of Engagement: Water Balloon Fights

Filling water balloons, this near daily task never gets easier as each Summer arrives. It’s such a tedious task for such a short time period of fun. I do it every year though, just to seek smiles and laughter from my children.  A pile of empty water balloons are set on the counter, this sets the limit on how many I will fill with water, tie and place into a mop bucket.

Rules of Engagement Water Balloon Style

I filled this amount of water balloons, two times. Yes, two times. The boys were happy, but we had to go over some rules of engagement before they were allowed to start grabbing and throwing balloons at each other. I am going to share with you, how we enjoy a good ole backyard water balloon battle with little to no arguments.

Water Balloon Fight for Summer Break

First off, I place all water balloons into a mop bucket, any bucket shall do, and bring it outside with the kids. I know once you fill the balloons it will be difficult to get the kids to not touch them right away, but it’s vitally important that you let them know, none of these get touched until the ground rules aka Rules of Engagement are heard and agreed upon …

  • No one, and I mean no one is to throw a water balloon at anyone’s face, unless told to do so by that person.
  • No one is to throw a water balloon at another person unless they 1) have a water balloon in hand and 2) are partaking in the battle.
  • When the bucket of water balloons are gone, there are no more water balloons, so use them wisely.
  • If your kids are like mine can be, make sure to count how many balloons each child is allowed to have. Once used up, they are done.
  • No throwing water balloons at any windows, cars or other inanimate objects that may break.
  • Last but not least, HAVE FUN!

Get out and Have fun with Kids Water Balloon Style

If you are the adult making all of the water balloons, make sure to get a few thrown at you too, just for fun. Getting out there, throwing water balloons and being one with your kids this Summer is a great way to build family unity and bonds. Keep smiling and having fun this Summer with your family, make memories every chance you get.

I got soaked and the water was FREEZING COLD, but it was so much fun to watch the boys excitement over getting Mama and WINNING our little water balloon battle. Next time? I will be the winner. I swear.

 

Yes, This is my Child … Mister K

This child of mine, the youngest, is always up to something. Shown here, is my son after a ride home from his Grampa’s. Some how between stealing my pocket book to take all of my Trident gum and singing along to our favorite tunes on the radio for our twenty minute trip back home … he captured a pink highlighter. This highlighter is what he added to his already messy, chocolate ice cream face …

Baby of the Family Covers Face with Highlighter

Imagine my surprise when we pulled into the driveway to our house and I look to see him like this? I just couldn’t help but giggle and then, of course, ask to capture this moment with a picture. I love how he posed, so perfect for how he was caught with the highlighter on face.

During another visit to the farm, this child of mine, the one who lays in mud muddles and covers his face with mud. Every.Single.Time there is a mud puddle at his Grampa’s house, decided to make his mark on my Town and Country:

Mud Hand Print on Town & Country

Needless to say between the three kids, Mister K is the one who really likes to keep Mama on her toes. Good thing I have a sense of humor, you really need one to raise this child.

Always an adventure around here, what is something your child has done that just made you shake your head and giggle?

Where Did People Come From Mama?

I am a huge advocate of showing our kids the various beliefs in our world, to the best of my abilities, so when we were sitting down to read our bedtime story and Aj asked; “Where did people come from? Like how did the first person get on this Earth, Mama?”

I paused.

Then I had to figure a way to answer, “well buddy, there are a lot of different beliefs. Some believe God created the first humans, but others feel it’s more science based.”

Aj says, “yeah like we started somehow from little bugs, but how does that happen, Mama”

Funny Little Kid Answer to Where People Come From

I didn’t have to answer that second question.

K-man piped up and said, “Duh we came from Cavemen”

Aj replies, with a giggle, “Well where did the first caveman come from?”

My youngest responds, with a sense of pride in his voice, “Baby cavemen!”

What To Do On Spring Break – Day 1

Last week my kids were on Spring break, all week long. The start of our Spring break was actually begun on the Friday before the break even was here. I had a phone call from my sister and it seemed she could use some time out of her house, so I ventured over to pick up my sister and baby niece Livy.

What do do on Spring Break Day 1

I just love how big Livy is getting, she is walking all over the place now and becoming quite the little character. I love watching her many facial expressions. I have spent a lot of time with my sister and Livy, so we have a bond that hopefully never breaks. Livy gets a little nervous when she thinks her Mama is out of sight, but overall she’s doing amazingly better with the separation anxiety and she seemed all too happy to have a girls day with her Mama and Auntie Quack Quack.

First Day of Spring Break (3)

Livy and my sister went grocery shopping with me and ran other errands with me that fine Friday. Shown here is Livy hanging tightly onto her Auntie’s wallet. I wonder if she thought Auntie had lots of money, soon she will realize that Auntie’s wallet rarely ever has any cash in it. Livy was very well behaved and seemed to enjoy grocery shopping!

First Day of Spring Break (4)

We finished our girls day with a little concert put on at the school, where Livy got to watch her cousin Aj perform. Livy did awesome in the concert and even was found tapping her feet to the beat of the music! It was a wonderful day, sadly the wonderful day had a moment after school when Aj was just worn out from having two concert performances and physical education that day. It was a major meltdown, one I haven’t seen in a long time with Aj and it scared little Livy. We got a handle on it and ended the day on a good note though. Sometimes I hate how much stress school puts on kids, they can only handle so much stimulation in a day, especially Aj.

First Day of Spring Break (5)

When we dropped Livy and my sister back to her place, I captured a pic of my daughter and her Auntie because, well, it’s been awhile since I’ve gotten a picture of them together. My sister was always there for me when Ki was a baby, just like I plan to be with my sister and her little girl. Family always comes first.

First Day of Spring Break (6)

After dropping my sister and Livy off, we headed to PayLess ShoeSource where the boys got to get new sneakers. The previous sneakers the boys had were completely worn out. Bad worn out, and it was time to get them some new sneakers. The boys were so happy with their choices! Since my daughter has a ton of shoes at her Dad’s home, I let her pick out sandals that were not of the flip flop type so she could wear them to school. The school doesn’t allow flip flops.

First Day of Spring Break (1)

We finished our day with normal bedtime routine, shown above is a pic of the boys and me before story time. Aj wanted to make a silly face and K-man is being his usual actor self. Day one of Spring break went well, or I should say night one because this day was technically a school day. I was a little nervous about Aj’s meltdown in the van after-school, but things panned out and we ended the day with warm fuzzies between a tightly bonded family unit. I love my life.

Spending Time Being Relaxed with Children

I am all about spending time with my kids. I think it’s important for every parent to get down to your child’s level and just be one in the same with them. I am not talking about playing necessarily, even just sitting back on the couch with the kids letting them ramble nonsense and you ramble nonsense back if there is a pause in between your child’s ramblings. This is a great way to teach your child how to communicate too. In case you haven’t already realized, I am that tricky parent, I am all about everything I do with my kids from fun time to not so fun time, teaches some skill or life lesson that is going to be necessary for them to learn before adulthood.

That is my job as a parent – to prepare my children for adulthood but to also encourage a love of childhood.

Parenting your Child

My youngest son really does just enjoy it when he has full center stage attention. Little man enjoys being the spotlight of our family and we let him have it from time to time. Shown above, Little Man was chatting forever to me about his school day, about his toys, about stuff I couldn’t understand and so on. It was great! I had a smile upon my face and he was happy to just have his Mama’s attention for that short period of time. That evening was a great evening, he was well behaved.

I have noticed a trend in parenthood – if you give positive attention and focus on positive attention, you get positive children & behavior.

Daughter following me

My daughter isn’t always as easy to read because the older she gets the more complicated she can be. She is a girl and with that comes the complication of our hormones. Fun years I tell ya! I have noticed that even my tween daughter isn’t much different thatn her youngest brother; she thrives on having Mama’s undivided attention and while she doesn’t enjoy being the spotlight with a full audience, she does enjoy that one on one attention. We may often be found in the kitchen and as of late, she has started doing the dishes to help her Mama out.

In parenthood – if you show the children that they are important to you, they will learn to appreciate the value of people who are there for you.

Loving the Doggy

That little man of mine enjoys bugging our dog often, he honestly wishes for a kitty. I think once he’s old enough to clean a litter box then maybe he can have a kitty. Haha! For now, we have our Pug and we love her dearly. One thing I have learned is that a pet in the house such as a cat or dog, really does help calm children.

The simple act of petting a cat or dog can calm any child, because during that moment of petting or talking to an animal you are completely relaxed of all thoughts.

So there you have it, I firmly believe spending quality time with your children, even if just 10 minutes a day, will be the difference between having a bond and not having a bond the length of your child’s life!

 

 

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