Edmonds Kind of Play

Edmonds Kind of Play: Spring break is next week — ideas for keeping the kids busy

Edmonds Kind of Play: Spring break is next week — ideas for keeping the kids busy

This week is the first week that both of my kids have been in school full-day, at the same time. Even though it’s happening, and right there in writing, it is still very hard to believe. Most people who know me have been asking what it’s like. The best way to describe how I feel is, you know how when you see a marathoner or sprinter cross the finish line and do that thing where they hunch over, lo... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Youth football and cheer — and glass camp!

Edmonds Kind of Play: Youth football and cheer — and glass camp!

When I was a new parent, I was baffled at how everyone seemingly just knew where and when to sign up for kids sports. We have tried our fair share of avenues to find the right thing for each child; I guess we are always kind of working on that. Once you meet other Moms, start getting The Craze in the mail, and have your kids in public school (flyers for this stuff magically come home in backpacks)... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: What to do with the kids on those ‘non-school days’

Edmonds Kind of Play: What to do with the kids on those ‘non-school days’

If you have kids in the Edmonds School District, you are fully aware that we’ve had two half days this week and that Friday is a non-student day. The two half days were for conferences and Friday is to help you remember what it’s like to have all your kids at home, otherwise known as a Teacher Professional Development Day. For Thursday’s half day, I hosted a play date, which took the total of litt... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Time to register your child for summer camp!

Edmonds Kind of Play: Time to register your child for summer camp!

I just got an email from Edmonds Parks and Recreation that said, “Mark your calendars! Summer camp registration begins Monday, March 17.” Fearing little more than a summer full of, “I’m bored! What are we doing today?” I had it marked on my calendar. Most people I know, including myself, have had that sinking “I missed camp registration” feeling recently. I’ve had a handful of texts with exclamati... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: ‘Peter Pan’ at Edmonds Elementary this weekend

Edmonds Kind of Play: ‘Peter Pan’ at Edmonds Elementary this weekend

There is something so satisfying in telling anyone that will listen that you are under the weather. Sometime, when I see people on Facebook posting about being sick, I have that thought that a lot of us do, “Why are you telling everyone?!?” Fast forward to the moment I get sick. My orders of thoughts are as follows: 1. Crap, I am sick 2. Maybe the kids will magically become self-suffic... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Resources for new moms — you are not alone

Edmonds Kind of Play: Resources for new moms — you are not alone

This week, our babysitter had her first baby. My sons were over the moon about it, having witnessed Chelsy’s belly grow as she watched them while I went to parent-teacher conferences and, well, more parent-teacher conferences. I have a video of my youngest crying because he wanted a baby, He was/is sad that I won’t be having another one, ever. Since I can almost taste the freedom of having two kid... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: ‘Mommy and Me’ movie day, last-minute Valentine ideas

Edmonds Kind of Play: ‘Mommy and Me’ movie day, last-minute Valentine ideas

I’ve realized my inner monologue is mostly questions followed by an expletive these days. “Why are the kids are off of school Friday?” “I have to help you make what?” “Wait, weren’t you JUST off school last week.” I’ll spare you the spicy language, but I think we’re probably on the same page as to what follows. I don’t want to be a full-time downer, ’cause class parties and projects are alwa... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Daddy Daughter Dance,  Jack and Jill Sale — and Kidstock!

Edmonds Kind of Play: Daddy Daughter Dance, Jack and Jill Sale — and Kidstock!

Any week that involves 700,000 people trying to get to the same place at the same time and also has a non-student day in the Edmonds School District, it’s a big week for parents. I mean, did you go to the Seahawks parade? It looks like 34 percent of us did, and what do you do with kids on a day off when you just took a day off? Didn’t we JUST have one of these?!? Anything out of the normal routine... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Have a child starting kindergarten or preschool next fall? What you need to know

Edmonds Kind of Play: Have a child starting kindergarten or preschool next fall? What you need to know

We are just days away from both report cards coming home and kindergarten registration opening here in the Edmonds School District. As a sure sign school is almost halfway over, we are shopping for our third backpack of the year and have already replaced multiple inexplicably destroyed binders and folders. I wish I knew how this stuff disintegrated, but I get the super-high shoulder shrug with a s... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Ways to enjoy Friday’s no-school day, plus soccer, starlight beach walk

Edmonds Kind of Play: Ways to enjoy Friday’s no-school day, plus soccer, starlight beach walk

I don’t know about you, but Seahawks Fever has hit my house. I mean, we did Blue Friday and watched the games before, but the chants of “We’re going to the Superbowl” can still be heard around here. While this is Blue Friday, it is also a Non-Student Day in the Edmonds School District and if you hadn’t already made arrangements for your kid to do a mini-camp or other event, the weather is on your ... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Glow in Dark dance party, ski school and Reading with Rover

Edmonds Kind of Play: Glow in Dark dance party, ski school and Reading with Rover

Chances are as you read this you can hear the sound of someone coughing. It may be your kid, your other kid, or you. The people I talk to the most have sick kids this week and each had that gnarly cough going around. I told myself that it would miss us, I don’t think I ever fully believed it but I had to pretend to in order to keep on truckin’ after Christmas and an early January kid birthday. If ... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Fun camps and classes for those non-student days ahead

Edmonds Kind of Play: Fun camps and classes for those non-student days ahead

If you are beat because you had the kids home with nothing to do over winter break, you are going to want to check out the Mini-Camps that Edmonds has to offer for the non-student days sneaking up on us. Now there are more days off than what I am listing, but they are holidays, etc. These are the Professional Development Days, all Fridays and the next one is Jan. 24. After that the dates are: Feb.... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: A New Year’s tradition that teaches kids gratitude — create a Memory Jar

Edmonds Kind of Play: A New Year’s tradition that teaches kids gratitude — create a Memory Jar

Did you make it?!? Can you believe Christmas has come and gone? I swear time moves at a different rate between Dec. 23 and the day after Christmas. Things go from “I can’t wait for Christmas” and the ever present “Is it Christmas yet?” to remembering all those toys don’t make kids stop asking for stuff or fighting with their siblings. In fact, it seems to make those kinds of things hap... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Parents — de-stress from holiday madness and enjoy Friday Night Out

Edmonds Kind of Play: Parents — de-stress from holiday madness and enjoy Friday Night Out

Has the panic set in? It has over here! Did I get everything on the list? How do I convince a 4-year-old that changing what he asks Santa for is against some North Pole bylaw? I’ve always wanted to be that person who loved the holidays and managed them with “perfect gift” grace. However, I am never more of a frazzled “Cathy” cartoon than during the holiday season; well maybe it’s a tie between thi... »

Edmonds Kind of Play, Part 2: Tastiest deals on gingerbread house kits

Edmonds Kind of Play, Part 2: Tastiest deals on gingerbread house kits

Each year we do a gingerbread house, meaning we buy a pre-made one and clumsily assemble it while I tell this kids, “Don’t eat that, it’s not technically food.” We then spend the rest of the month trying to keep the dog from eating it. I have been known to let the kids smash them in the backyard when the holidays are over, of course, assuming the dog hadn’t gotten to it first. Considering the Ging... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Part 1, weekend events and a ‘Giving Tree’ update

Edmonds Kind of Play: Part 1, weekend events and a ‘Giving Tree’ update

Seriously though, can you believe it’s December?!? I don’t know if it is the lack of constant rain or the fact that Christmas seemingly starts earlier every year but I feel like I blinked in late September and opened my eyes to see spammy e-mails about “the perfect Christmas gift.” At our house, we wrote a list of the things that we don’t want to miss before we blink again and it’s the middle of J... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: The Grateful Turkey and other ways to help kids appreciate holidays

Edmonds Kind of Play: The Grateful Turkey and other ways to help kids appreciate holidays

I have noticed a trend on Facebook, as well as in “real life.” Parents are openly worried about how to keep their children grateful in a world where you don’t even have to set an alarm on a Saturday to see the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I worry about this myself, a lot, and while I had it easier than my parents and they had it easier than theirs, our kids live in a time where giving thanks ... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Your kids can make a mess in these City of Edmonds classes

Edmonds Kind of Play: Your kids can make a mess in these City of Edmonds classes

Parenting isn’t really what I expected it to be, nor am I the parent I had imagined. I was going to be the kind of Mom you find on TV, whipping up snacks for the neighborhood kids with the perfect hair, you know, not too messy but not too helmet-y. I had grand plans of being a fun Mom in a house where kids came and went, popping homemade snacks into their wide smiles. Then I got carsick, I mean pr... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Friday Night Out, anyone?

Edmonds Kind of Play: Friday Night Out, anyone?

I don’t know about you, but between Halloween and the time change, we are due for a night out at this house. Since this most recent time change, I have read what feels like a million Facebook statuses of kids accidentally falling asleep an hour early because it is dark and, according to their little bodies, late. No such luck with us. We’ve had at least one kid up later than usual each night this ... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: What to do with that leftover Halloween candy

Edmonds Kind of Play: What to do with that leftover Halloween candy

I tend to think that the scariest thing about Halloween is all of the candy that is sitting in the cupboards after the big night. This year it is two overflowing mixing bowls worth! It’s not that I don’t eat any candy or don’t want my kids any, it’s that I don’t want us to ONLY eat candy. The Internet is full of ideas of what to do with the leftover buckets of candy. ... »

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