Teddy Bear Picnic



So I’ve found a new blog (http://www.se7en.org.za/) with a lot of good stuff in it. On the right hand side is their calendar full of fun things listed most days of the month to celebrate. For instance, yesterday was sugar cookie day (Gasp! I didn’t get any cookies made) and today was teddy bear picnic day. I’m not entirely certain if it’s national teddy bear picnic day or the family that blogs just chose today to picnic with their teddies on this day. Either way, I don’t really care. It gave me the motivation to gear up for a new sort of picnic with a few of our furry friends.

Of course this picnic plan almost got ditched because my children decided to be wholly terrors this morning and couldn’t snap themselves out of it. Even when our friends came for an hour to play they were still being stinkers. I think the great day we had yesterday was just a set up for the craptastic morning they were going to bless me with today. I dangled the teddy bear picnic idea in front of my darling 4 year old like a carrot as I beat her with the stick in hopes that she would get rid of the uglies (as we call her nasty behavior) and be a pleasant human being for the remaining 1 hour leading up to our picnic.

It didn’t work.

Her uglies flaired and I called off the picnic. Wahhh! We were both upset and she even looked at me and said, “But we really are going… right?” To which I responded, “Nope. You and your uglies ruined that plan.”

Guess what? Yup. You guessed it. I renigged on that decision/threat/punishment/whatever. I am constantly undermining my own parenting.  I haven’t figured out what constitutes a severe enough punishment for Lil that will get her to change her bad behavior without punishing myself or little O in the process. I’m a parent in progress. But aren’t most parents?

I’m gonna assume you all just agreed with me…

So I made my misbehaving children lay on the couch, close their eyes, snore a little and pretend to wake up all over again. We needed to restart our day. It seemed like a good way to do it and get everyone smiling again. We were meeting friends after all and gosh darn it going to be pleasant company!

I packed the car up with all the gear we’d need and got to the park on time. Set up our blanket, bears and our lunch and enjoyed the cool breeze and our friends. But of course I forgot my camera!!! Waaahhhh! We spent 2 1/2 hours picnicking, splashing in the splash pad, playing on the play set and walking around the pond. We were all hot and tired out but happy.

On the way home we decided the best way to cool off and relax from all our fun was to enjoy the air conditioning from our couch and watch the Polar Express. And as I type this the movie is concluding and I still have a happy household. Yippee! Let’s hope that can continue for another 3 1/2 hours until I put them to bed!

Spice things up this summer! Go on a teddy bear picnic, even if it kills ya!!!


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