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This Summer has flown by. I say that every year — well, since the kids have been old enough to entertain themselves, that is. Before that, Summer went a bit slower! But this Summer . . . wow! It feels like Emmy just got out of school, and here we are starting back up again. I guess that just means we had a great Summer!
It always seems strange that my kids are around nonstop all Summer and then one day they are gone again at school all day long. I have mixed emotions about this. I personally LOVED going to school and thought that back-to-school time was the best. Now, as a mom, I miss the kids when they are gone, but I know that they, too, love the excitement of seeing their friends again and being around their awesome teachers.
This just means I have to really make the most of that gap time. You know — the time in between when school lets out for the day and when after-school activities start. I don’t mean to brag (yes I do), but I rock that time of day.
I am the queen of celebrating the school-day gap.
My girls know how much that time of day means to me, and to them too, so we both look forward to that time. I make sure to sign off from work during that time so they know that time is all for them.
This is how we celebrate that time each day.
Based on the time we have available, some days we spend it enjoying a fun snack, and other days we take a surprise adventure. The best days are when the after-school activity starts late and we can do both an awesome snack and a cool adventure.
On those days, it is normally a walk at the nature preserve that thrills us. Give Emmy and me 20 minutes and a snack, and we both leave energized and excited for the rest of the busy day.
During those 20 minutes (or longer if we can stretch it) we go for a walk, a hike, or we happily sit on a bench and observe nature. A couple times I’ve brought a sketchbook for Emmy to draw wildlife. I have zero drawing skills, so I’m always amazed at her creations.
Even after a full day at school, Emmy normally chooses some sort of activity that includes movement, so hikes and walks end up at the top of our list, but the most important part is just being together. I’m always so surprised how just 20 minutes of quality time can impact our whole life. Because we both know that time during the day is limited, we really maximize it.
I know that those messy times are where the deep childhood memories will be made so I make sure we don’t miss a single one!
After all that fun we work up an appetite.
Our personal favorite snack bar to enjoy on our gap time adventures is new CLIF Kid Zbar Filled. We both love the Chocolate Filled With Peanut Butter flavor. She loves the taste. I love that it is organic and nutritious. When she isn’t looking, I also love that it is delicious. Ha! She doesn’t appreciate when I have a bite or two of her snacks.
I have been keeping a box of them in the car so that there is always a snack around, and that was a tip I recently shared with another mom. When we travel, I always keep more than enough snacks with us. For some reason, I wasn’t as good about doing that at home. This has been a huge game changer for us, but Emmy tends to get a little unfocused when she gets hungry (she gets that from me), and this keeps us all sane. This is especially true when Ashley’s workouts run late or I have one more errand to run before we can head home for dinner.
This time of year, it is all about appreciating and celebrating the times we have together, especially the school-day gaps, and I feel like I now know the ticket to happiness: CLIF Kid Zbar Filled snacks!