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Entries in pool (2)

Friday
May282010

Fashionista Friday - Ready for the Pool with JAG, Ray-Bans and Fit Flops

That's a complete lie. I'm not at all ready to be in a bathing suit. But I'll do it for the kids.

So what am I going to wear?

Suit and tie

It just so happens that last year I bought a really fabulous (and expensive) Jag swim suit at the beach and of course I see it THIS year at Costco for half the price. BUT... they also had this Wrap Skirt by Jag suit at half price so I bought it! It's cover up my 'trouble' spots (or at least the ones causing the most trouble) with a built-in skirt that ties on the side:

JAG swim suit with built-in wrap skirt that ties on the side

 

Shades

It's about time I treated myself to some grown-up glasses. And by that I mean shades that cost more than $10 and that I purchase annually at a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike.

I'm loving the Ray-Ban Bubble Wrap Aviator Sunglasses kinda like these:

Ray Ban image via d3b...* on Flickr

 

Fit Flops

I bought these last year and I don't think they ever left my feet. FitFlops are the most comfortable thongs I've ever had. They were perfect for strolling all day at Disney, and they work your tushy too! Each year the first day or so I wear them I notice my legs are a little sore and I forget why (obviously it's NOT because I'm working out).

I think I need a new pair and I'm eyeing up these silver FitFlops :

What are you wearing to the pool?

Tuesday
Jun092009

My Summer Survival Guide for the part-time work-at-home parent


Because I don’t work full time, out of the office (because I do feel like I’m working full-time as in all the time!) I don’t like to pay for the Twofer to be in camp all day, every day. It’s expensive and I don’t need that much coverage. I have found a few part-time or half day camps and they will go there a few weeks this summer but not 5-days a week. Therefore I try to come up with a plan for the days they are at home and I’m at home trying to get work done. Here is what I have found to be helpful:

1. Join a pool

There will be days they just hang around in front of the TV for the morning. If the TV is the sitter for the day I will feel less guilty knowing we can go to the pool in the afternoon where they will get exercise and fresh air. Plus, my pool has Wi-Fi so I can bring my laptop and check email during adult-swim when the kids are not allowed in the pool

2. Start now scheduling weekly play dates

I'm already talking to friends in the neighborhood to see if we can trade-off having each other's kids on Thursdays. I'm going to talk to another friend about swapping afternoons where one of us can take all the kids to the pool for a few hours. On the days the play dates are at my house I may not a lot done, but my kids will be worn out and will play quietly after that. And I’ll know ahead of time the day I’ll have NO kids at my house and so I can schedule important calls and meetings on those dates.

3. Develop a schedule

The day is easier to handle when I know ahead of time when I plan to be working. I schedule it out the day before if not a week ahead.
Usually I do something like this:
8-9am breakfast
9-12 work
12-3pm break for lunch and play or pool time
3-5 work
5-8 dinner and bed routine
8-10 work

This is just a rough schedule I have so the kids know when I’ll be done and I set limits and make time for fun.

4. Break the day up into chucks

The best way to get work done with kids around you is to break the day up into smaller chunks of time. It’s much easier to come up with several activities that are each about an hour, than it is to look at 5-8 hours of time. I like to look at the day as morning, late morning, lunch, break, late afternoon, evening.

For example, my girls are still young and enjoy the 'homework' they get from school. I purchased a few work books and activity books with word games, math games, mazes, etc. that will keep them occupied for at least an hour each morning. Next I’ll suggest a board game they haven’t seen in a while. Then I’ll send them to the basement to explore their dolls and jump on the moonbounce. Finally I’ll have them come up and work on a craft that hopefully doesn’t require too much parental assistance. Last, but not least, the TV will go on for a half hour before lunch if I need it. I like to save the TV for the late afternoon whining or fighting that always happens when everyone is just a little too tired.

5. Utilize places with free Wi-Fi

The best thing is to schedule at least an hour outside of the house with the kids just for a change of scenery. So many places offer free wi-fi and our local library is my first choice. My kids love books so they will spend hours going through the shelves and playing with the puzzles. Other areas near me like downtown Rockville and Silver Spring have included a Wi-Fi signal in their redevelopment. And there’s always snuggling up in a booth at Panera Bread – me with my laptop, the girls with their coloring books.

What are you doing to survive and even enjoy the summer with your kids?
Janine