19 August 2011

Time Fillers

During one particularly rainy day during our beach holiday, we decided to drive from Gearhart to Portland.  Spent the afternoon at Powell’s Books.  If you ever are in Portland and you love books, you have to stop by and check it out… and make sure you have hours to while away. (Read more about Powell’s Books here).


After Powell’s, we were supposed to meet up with my SIL and her family for dinner at The Cheesecake Factory.  We didn’t know where it was.  We knew that they headed to Bridgeport after Powell’s, so we made our way there, too.  Made a wrong turn; got stuck in rush-hour traffic.  In the meantime, both hers and my BIL’s phones were out of juice; Chris’ was as well.  We couldn’t get in touch with them.


When we finally made it to Bridgeport, we knew we didn’t have it in us to try to navigate our way through unfamiliar roads to The Cheesecake Factory.  Plus, it was dinner time.  While we were trying to decide where to have dinner, we got out the books for the kids, so that they wouldn’t be running around.  Zoë was reading one of her new Kai-Lan books and Josh busied himself with one of the search-a-word books we brought along.


We always try to bring along at least one book, activity book, or sketch book with us whenever we go out with the kids.  It gives them something to do when they start to get bored.  Personally, I love the sketch books.  They could do anything they wish on the sketch books –draw, write –anything!   ….and no electronic beeping either –except for the pshh, pfft sound effects that Josh makes sometimes when he draws battle scenes.

Of course there are times we forget to bring books.  That’s when Chris’ phone comes in handy.  Angry Birds.  Fruit Ninja.  It’s my turn now.  No, not yet!  You played longer than I did!  S/he’s not sharing!  Books, notebooks – MUST REMEMBER or I’ll go nuts.

What do you do to fill time while waiting with kids?


tinajo said...

That´s a neat trick - those books look great! :-)

I usually play with word games or rhymes with my boys if they are restless somewhere where they have to sit still - or I challenge them in math which always gets them going! :-D

Maddy said...

Hahaha!! How did you like the Cheesecake Factory? They just opened one up right across the street from my job and I'm going to be in BIG trouble!

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