Our Fifth Day of Internment: The Obstacle Course Is Born

Dear Kids,

It’s snowing today. Again. I thought we were done with this nonsense, but apparently not. And though it took me an hour to get to work today when it usually takes me twenty minutes, there have been no closings or delays; not school, not work, not the government. There are no more snow days left. Suck it up.

It did put me in mind of our last snow day – or days, as it was. There was a snow day on a Thursday, followed by our school unexpectedly closing on Friday because the parking lot had not been plowed of the foot of snow and no one could reach the building, followed by the weekend, followed by President’s Day. Five days home with you guys. FIVE.

By day five it was an asylum-situation. The inmates were restless. The wardens were restless.

On that fifth day my husband merrily packed up for work, kissed me goodbye, and said, “Have fun!” Then laughed his way to his car. Jerkface.

I was desperate. I trolled Pinterest for things to occupy preschoolers that we hadn’t already tried. A list of things we had already done: baked (incessantly), sledding, built a snowman, s’mores, coloring, puzzles (soooo many), board games, TV (too much), indoor Olympics, making ships/cars/dens out of cardboard boxes, playing with the dog, dress up, manicures, tub time, running in circles – you name it. We had done it.

I sent the call out to Facebook and got back all of the above, plus this:

The Indoor Obstacle Course

Similar to our indoor Olympics, but only one “event” and more running. Anything to burn off that extra energy!

We begin with the trampoline jump in to the pile of pillows - Good dismount!

We begin with the trampoline jump in to the pile of pillows – Good dismount!

Next, is the tight rope walk across the lava - very tricky!

Next, is the tight rope walk across the lava – very tricky!

This part of the course requires 5 jumping jacks - watch out for the additional challenge of puppy-wanting-attention!

This part of the course requires 5 jumping jacks – watch out for the additional challenge of puppy-wanting-attention!

 

The final part of the course is hopping on the squares through the kitchen - touch anything outside of the square and you have to start over!

The final part of the course is hopping on the squares through the kitchen – touch anything outside of the square and you have to start over!

Kitten ran the course numerous times winning herself a course-record of ten tulips!

Kitten ran the course numerous times winning herself a course-record of ten tulips!

 

Added bonus: we also enjoyed pulling up all the tape when we were done and making a big’ole tape ball 😉

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6 thoughts on “Our Fifth Day of Internment: The Obstacle Course Is Born

  1. Dear God, five days in a row? I couldn’t take it. We had a week with three days in a row, and by the third day I had duct taped them in their rooms. My husband found me crouched in a corner, drooling, muttering to myself. I can’t imagine FIVE.

  2. Gotta remember this one!!

  3. Nicole

    I loved seeing this on Pinterest, Meg! So fun to see a picture of Callie in the midst of recipes and home projects. 🙂 So now you have a glimpse into my life as a stay-mom to two boys!

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