April 08, 2010

Overcoming Boredom

Dear People (you know who you are),

The time is rapidly approaching where you will be called upon to watch my perfect little bundle of joy.  Are you preparing?

For this week's lesson we will be discussing the topic of 'what to do with Sadie when she's bored'.

Our dear Sadie requires a lot of interaction and attention {boy do I know!} and does not enjoy playing independently.  However, I will share some tips with you for when you are dead tired and desperately need a break, ok?

Here we go:


1)  Draw/Color - This pastime cannot be underrated!  She would literally sit on my lap and have me draw ALL day if I had the patience.  This is her most favorite hobby!!   
{Her favorite things to draw are sea creatures.  
She has a bit of a marine biology fettish}

2)  Read a book / Go to the library:
 {FYI: They also have fun toys at the library}

3)  Go on a walk or go to the park:
{She especially likes to go fast}

4)  Call someone on the phone -

5)  Sing songs - favorites include:
  • Little Bunny Foo-Foo {a little violent, though}
  • Hokey Pokey
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • This Little Light of Mine {really emphasize the "NO" when you pull it out from under the bushel}
  • Popcorn Popping
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Five Little Ducks
  • Monkies on the Bed
  • Mr. Sun

{For Emergency Use Only!}
{and don't judge me!}

1)  Put her in the shower - Sadie actually much prefers showers over baths.  If I need some 'down time' I just stick her in there with a bunch of cups and she'll be happy for 30 minutes.

2)  Put her in the car - Just be sure to hide the change!  Many coins I have found in the tape player and other various locations.  Also, I always leave a door open for ventilation and so she can crawl out if she wants {although, she never has}.

3)  Let her watch Barney - Usually I let her watch one in the morning and one in the evening.  She won't move a muscle for the entire 23 minutes!  Try to talk to her about what she's seeing, though.  


Note: We usually go on at least one outing a day, so if she's in the house too long she may become especially restless.

My prayers and thoughts will be with you as you seek to help her find meaningful ways to spend her time.

And always remember: safety first!

Your loving daughter and sister,



Raven said...

Just had to say that I love that first picture of her--stunning.

Lori said...

One time, just after one of our visits to Utah, my in-laws took their beautiful, red convertible out for a drive, and all of a sudden, the horn started honking, randomly AND uncontrolably. This did not end anytime soon, so they took it to the dealership to find out the cause of this rather annoying problem, only to find two nickels had been shoved into the "creases" of the steering wheel where the horn is, causing it to short-circuit. Can you guess which of my lovely children was responsible for that?

Lori said...

Be careful with the coins is the moral of the story! :)

Joe said...


Christy said...

Sister Emery, that is really funny. I can see Fisher or McKendzie (when she was younger) doing that.

Alicia, great post. Sadie will do great when you're in labor. Kimmy is really all you need in situations like that. She can chase Sadie around the house playing games ALL DAY. I couldn't see the videos though. Will you send me permission to watch them? Love ya. ;)

Alicia said...

Do you still call her Sister Emery? Maybe one day you'll be cool like me and she'll let you call her Lori :)

I'll work on the video problem.

True, true about Kimmy - she'll wear our poor little Sadie our probably!

Sarah said...

I LOVE that first picture of Sadie, you should print that one and put it on your wall :) I love the other ones of Sadie too at the Library and with Ben. I have to say I absolutely love pictures taken without a flash ... I'm loving them more and more these days.