Another of our many Rules of Living With a 3-Year-Old: Keep your weekends busy. If this kid is at home for one solid day, we feel like killing ourselves when it’s over. Our apartment is small, our living room is miniscule, and keeping us all in there just isn’t a good idea. Getting out, even for a little while, makes him happier and keeps us breathing a little easier.
I’m not sure why we’ve been so much more successful this year. Maybe we’ve been here longer? We’re more settled? 3 is easier to amuse than 2? I’m not sure exactly. But the key to our trips has been that they’re not too big. None lasted longer than a couple hours. Just a half a day is enough to keep everyone feeling happier and easier the rest of the day to do whatever else we do or don’t do. We try to keep Tess from having to stay in her stroller too long, too. A girl needs to stretch her baby legs even if she can’t actually do anything except roll.
We loved our outing to Tougas Family Farm in Northboro. So many beautiful apples. A crisp fall day. We will be back every year.
No filter, my friends. Just plain old New England beauty. And since Graham is always a fan of “juicy red apples,” we highly enjoyed our time picking and the days of eating that have followed. (Btw, if you ever have the chance to get Topaz apples, I highly recommend you do so.)
Fire Department Open House
Time to touch a truck! A lot of fun, though it was a chilly day. And Graham was disappointed that he didn’t get to RIDE the trucks. Still, a nice chance to get a change of scene.
I admit, I expected a little more wonder from the kid. But he was happy. It was a simple outing. It was free. Can’t really ask for much more, amirite?
Kids Can Work It Out with BOKS
Dads Do Good hosted us at Reebok HQ to get our bodies moving. This isn’t something Graham generally struggles with.
It’s a little tricky to get a self-pic of me and Graham because he doesn’t really do still. So I got The Frugalette to do it for me.
BOKS is a before-school program to get kids active and help improve their concentration during the day along with helping them develop healthy habits. It’s free once you bring it to your school with a BOKS-trained instructor. They partner with Reebok and we got a chance to try out some of the BOKS activities at Reebok’s way-cool headquarters.
Graham loves to get active. He was a big fan of all the games involving running. I think we’re going to have to put this kid in soccer next year because he’s also pretty good at kicking the ball.
It’s obvious Reebok is serious about fitness. The walk from the parking lot to the building has a bunch of these pillars with instructions like these:
I’ve never seen a corporate office with a full basketball court, workout area, track, soccer field, etc. Way cool.
One of the biggest rewards of exercising with your kids?
Franklin Park Zoo
We have a zoo membership this year and with a new playground I have a feeling we’ll be there often, no matter the weather. Graham tends to care less about the animals and more about having space to run, but he enjoyed himself. A good family outing. The great thing about having a membership is you can go for 2 hours and call it a day instead of having to feel like you’re getting your money’s worth and staying all day long.
Graham does have an inexplicable preference for zebras and thinks zoo should be pronounced “zoop” but all in all it was a good outing. We left without riding the little train that was going around and without a meltdown so big fat V for victory.
Another thing making our outings easier this year? You may have noticed Eric is with us on most of these. It’s way easier when we’re both there. And scaling back so the events don’t take up the whole day makes it easier to get everyone on board.
I have to say, our family has had some great outings this fall. I am dreading the winter. I don’t know what we’re going to do with all of Graham’s energy. Perhaps we’ll have to join the Y just to have somewhere to take him? Suggestions are welcome.