When I saw that today's Theme Thursday theme was play this picture came to mind and I just had to use it. This was a spinning, running, jumping hand holding day for the girls... and all while playing princesses.
Poor Patrick has big expectations to live up to. His sisters have already cast him in the part of prince. Yesterday I heard Sadie kneeling next to him saying: "Hello Prince! You're so handsome and... young!"
Today's theme got me thinking about a part of the girls doctors appointment paperwork that left me confused, because I had no idea the actual answer. They asked me to quantify how many hours of "play" my kids get a day.
I sat, staring at the question. I have no idea of the actual answer. How much do my kids play a day? How many hours are they awake? I thought in response. They play like it's a full time job (and it pretty much is). Right now Sadie is sprinting back and forth across the room. Sometimes (okay almost every day) I hear them playing for a couple hours after bedtime. I'll hear jumping and giggling and squealing and singing. Sometimes I go upstairs and say: "Girls, it's time to sleep!" just to hear the hysterical giggling that inevitably follows those words. Eventually they tumble into their beds and close their eyes, half under the covers, sound asleep.
They play inside and outside. They hold hands and twirl and jump off the bottom stair and skip across the living room. At times I've caught Mae dancing on the dining room table.
I finally wrote 6+ hours, thinking the answer was heavy on the plus. The actual answer is probably more like 12+ hours if you count all the bed jumping post-bedtime play. Today it will be much, much lower because we're all sick and mediated and sitting on the couch together wishing it wasn't finals week and staring blankly at the TV thinking about how not fun being sick is.
Head over to Clan Donaldson for more Theme Thursday posts! Oh and if you have a moment say a prayer for Paul who has two law school finals today. He left long before the sun came up this morning to continue his near constant studying and I believe the first one starts in ten minutes!