Quick Keys To Kids’ Hearts

August 21, 2007 at 10:41 pm 2 comments

Yesterday, Sean and I babysat Penn and Gwyn.  I picked them up at day care where Penn tried to convince me it was just me and him.

“My mommy said you do not have to pick my sister up.”

Nice try.

After a quick stop at Wendy’s we headed over to the house.  Ignoring the huge collection of Simpsons collectibles, there really aren’t many toys to offer children.  Nonetheless, both children find plenty of fun in our house.  It shouldn’t be surprising since once they did entertain themselves for 45 minutes with brussel sprouts.  Still I find it fascinating what features they find fun.  Some examples from last night:

Hairnets
Okay, this one was probably more fun for me.  I got to get another hairnet photo opportunity! 😉


Gwyn in a pink (of course!) hairnet

BOSU Balance Ball
This has been a Penn and Gwyn favorite for a while now.  Both kids love standing and hopping on the BOSU Balance Ball.  One time, a fight started to break out over who had the right to stand on the ball.  Last night, however, they did a great job of sharing. 


Gwyn comes in for a landing


Penn dismounts the balance ball

Hammock
I have hammock in the backyard which is another common favorite, even if they can’t remember the name.  In June when Penn and Ann were dropping Gwyn off with me, Penn told his sister, “Gwynie you are going to have so much fun!  You get to ride in the hamster!”


Penn and Gwyn enjoy the hammock

XTerra First Aid Kit
One of the “features” of an XTerra is the First Aid Kit mounted to the rear cargo door.  Whenever I drive the kids around, it’s been of great interest and speculation.  


XTerra First Aid Kit 

Without their inquiries, I never thought twice about it (though it apparently it costs over $70!) and I had never used the kit until last month.  Little Gwyn pinched her finger in a door.  She performed some legitimate crying, but as soon as I suggested we get a Band-Aid from the XTerra, tears stopped and suddenly it was an adventure. 

Yesterday, we had another boo boo en route to a playground.  A skinned knee.  Once again, all crying ceased when the XTerra was mentioned.  The XTerra bandaids are plain and brown.  No princesses, no ponies, no Scooby Doo.  I guess the Band-Aids are special because they come from the car.

R.I.P. Waterbed
My house has lost a fan favorite.  On the way to the playground, Penn requested we lay on the waterbed when we get back.  I had to report the sad news– I drained and disassembled that waterbed as part of my home repairs.  At that point, Penn dazzled me with his intellect.

“There’s water in the waterbed?!?”  🙂

Entry filed under: Gwyn, Penn, Sean, XTerra.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. hokiett  |  August 22, 2007 at 7:56 am

    “Gwynie you are going to have so much fun! You get to ride in the hamster!”

    There’s a Richard Gere joke here somewhere, but I’m having a hard time coming up with the phrasing, especially since there are kids involved.

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  • 2. Penn on Gravity « TGAW  |  January 20, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    […] Last weekend, I babysat Penn and Gwyn for a morning. We partook in the typical adventures– riding the hammock, jumping on the BOSU Balance ball and visiting the playground. I also put them to work and had them help me collect all the sticks in the yard for the monthly […]

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