Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Simple Pleasures

Evan with R2D2.

Pancakes are always more fun than toast.

Evan had his share too.

Steve tried to teach Hailey how to play Stratego.

Hailey thought her way to play was better.

Steve's hard to convince.

Game over!

Concentrating so hard on the rematch.

Waking up happy from a nap.

Patiently waiting for help to get out.

Hailey took it upon herself to to help wash the dishes.

Meanwhile Evan was getting more dishes dirty.

Seriously, we are going to stop buying cereal.

Hailey can open the baby gates and can get into all the cupboards so nothing is safe anymore.

His hair has lightened up from being in the sun so much. 

Time to escape the heat at the beach.

Read and interesting article here titled "Children prefer simple pleasures to organized trips research finds." In a nutshell a study in the UK stated, "children would rather build dens in the garden and have water fights than go on expensive outings to theme parks."

Children ranked their favorite activities in order of preference. "Playing in the park or garden was ranked the top pastime. Mud pie-making, tree climbing and feeding the ducks came in the top ten." Children prefer flying kites and playing in the pool vs going to the zoo. Going to the movies was ranked lower than planting flowers and picking berries. Surprisingly, playing on the computer was ranked as as one of the least favorite activities.

I thought it interesting that the article states parents spent money out of guilt worrying that their kids will get bored.

In this UK study they remarked that most parents book at least one day trip or paid excursion per week during the summer holiday spending on average  £183 ($272) per child per holiday.

The article closed with a quote from psychologist Dr. Papadopoulos, "Summer memories last us a lifetime and parents can learn a lot from what their children have told us in this study."

Look what I caught.

Content to play in the sand until it was time to go home.