Summer has struck with a bit of a thwack! It’s hot. Very hot in fact. We didn’t reach 40 here in Ballarat today but it came close! I’m not complaining (well not much anyway) because I love the sun and the feeling of summer in the air. But I must confess, after a hot night with little sleep, my girls probably wouldn’t vote me mummy of the year today. Might have been just a smidgen higher on the grumpy scale than normal.
Personally though I thought I was rather responsible. I put their drink bottles in the fridge early in the day and made them a snack box of healthy eats – which also went into the fridge. We opened all the doors and windows early in the morning to catch those first few fresh breaths of cool wind. And then closed the house up, curtains and all, before the heat started baking the ground. With the air-conditioner chugging away all in all it wasn’t that bad …… unless you stepped outside. Which I did to hang a basket of washing on the line …. and let’s just say it dried pretty dang fast!
I think what frustrates me most about extreme heat is that the girls can’t get outside. We tend to watch more TV and by the end of the day they’re restless and exploding with energy that seems to bounce off the walls and ceiling. If I’m on top of my mummy game (which clearly I wasn’t today) I plan things out. Things to keep their minds and bodies amused. Crafts, games and other odds and ends to keep them occupied without venturing out into the suffocating air. Instead of doing that today I created an awesome Pinterest Board full of beautiful Art Deco furniture. (Did I tell you I’m having a bit of a love affair with Art Deco at the moment?) Oh well I’m sure there will be more hot weather ahead for me to prove my mummy prowess and try to gain back my mum of the year status – at lease with my own kids. (By the middle of the afternoon we’d progressed from the healthy snack box to microwaved popcorn and icey-poles!)
Do you have any trick to help the kids deal with extreme heat? Do share – I’m sure we could all use them.