Here at the Kraft household, Fridays are a very exciting day for us. It is not only pizza night where we all get to have dinner together and stuff our faces with the most delicious gluten free pizza in town, but it also marks the start of a weekend filled with fun and movement!
Fridays start with an early wake up where my husband and I rush to get ready for work, our son ready for Bouncing Babies, and our updates sent out to grandma who will be spending the day with Bekytt. At the end of the day, Kyle and I hurry home to make sure we are home in time for Bekytt to steal a bite or two of our pizza before we help him drift off to sleep.
As I write this, it is lunch break on Wednesday, and I take a timeout to respond to a text from our nanny that says “Bekytt and I are okay! Just wanted you to know.” Which as a parent, I am sure you know sharing “we are okay” before a story, never means something good has happened. It is promptly followed by the run down of the active shooter in Middleton. This is significant because I literally just agreed that it was a good idea for her to take our son to Middleton to Play N Wisconsin to get some energy out on these rainy days. A quick online search and re-read of her texts shows me they indeed had to drive passed the active shooter and are now just 3 miles away. So many “what ifs” run through my head, but then I quickly remind myself, I cannot change the events of the world, nor protect my son from life, but still, I share a “Thank God you are okay” and pray for everyone involved in this terrible ordeal.
This event reminds me of so many lessons I have learned after recently finishing the audiobook How to Not Hate Your Husband After Kids for the third time, and not because I hate my husband, no worries, I do not. But because it reminds to cherish the everyday small, seemingly insignificant moments because we never know when we will get hit by a bus, or sadly, an active shooter. It reminds me of the story author Jancee Dunn shares of one dad saying “go get ‘em tiger” everyday to his daughter when she left for school and how this was what his daughter reported as the single most memorable moment of her childhood. I have listened to this book so many times because it is filled with simple, everyday reminders of how to cherish our spouses, how to fight fair, how to be role models for our children, and how not to feel crazy, when you are indeed going crazy after having a baby. It reminds me that while I try to plan our weekends with fun filled adventures, maybe the thing my son will most remember about his childhood is playing peek-a-boo with his Mondo Bloxx and not the thousand dollar trip to Door County.
So as I look forward to this weekend, I am looking forward to the smile and laugh I will get to share with my son as we work on his movement and creativity with his favorite blocks. Seriously, whether your child or grandchild is in the rolling, crawling, walking, or just staring at you phase, you are guaranteed a fun and educational time with Mondo Bloxx. Build a tower. Build a road. Knock down a tower. Tear apart the road. Play peek a boo. And check out our pictures in the slideshow above to see how we make indoor movement fun on rainy days and weekends at home!
Kathryn Kraft, MPT