Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The summer of boxes

Why do parents bother getting loads of toys? Over the past months, I have realized a few things:
  1. Kids prefer to play with non-toy items
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  3. Most of those non-toy items can be find in your recycling bin
  4. Parents need to learn to accept that their house will be littered with trash that magically turns into toys. If you think your child is exempt from this phenomenon, you're a fool. I am now suspect of any house I walk into with a child over the age of 1 that is perfectly clean and doesn't have trash re-purposed into car ramps, oat container musical instruments, or things like toilet paper roll kaleidoscope. Hey Type A, OCDers--I was you once. But for the sake of your children's creativity...just let it go and indulge your children's imagination!
  5. Boxes rock.
The summer of boxes consisted of Miles figuring out a way to use all sorts of boxes for play. Currently, we have a cut up tissue box that serves as the roof for our "giraffe house." Or, on occasion, a car ramp.  The most recent box was used as his truck garage.

This is how we found him.
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Insert laugh.


Sometimes he is nice enough to invite "Bee-bix" in. (And by invite, I mean he demands "BEE-BIX IN!!!" And then he grabs his hand and tries to hold it. The look on Felix's face is priceless. I call it shock and awe.)
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 Another kind of box was "created" at our house this summer--built by two big boys. Daddy and Opat.
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We are now the proud owner's of a handmade 6x10 sandbox in our backyard. Or as Miles calls it, the "san-duh-box."

It came with a lot of hemming and hawing.

Somebody, who will remain nameless, was quite resistant to the potential loss of real estate with the dimensions.

Somebody, shot laser eyes and furrowed eyebrows my way when Mahna and I even suggested going 8x10.

...but Somebody, came through...and with the help of Opat, built the king of all san-duh-boxes. It was a huge labor of love that took countless hours, gallons of Gatorade, 3500 lbs (yes, really) of masonry sand, and lots of hard work. And a little more cash than I think we had anticipated. I hope someday Eric can build a sandbox with Miles and Felix for their children. Unless Apple comes up with some virtual iBox.

Miles prefers the role of san-duh-box conductor. He sits in the corner, and demands we make two turtles, or bury his feet. He's serious about his sand (and apparently mismatching).
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Felix isn't quite as enthralled with the boxes. He's more interested in eating people. (Please...can this third tooth erupt already?)
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And just because I'm really struggling to put together words tonight due to exhaustion, some box outtakes. I feel like tonight I need some extra smiles. And a bowl of ice cream.
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Full album here.

3 comments:

  1. Love this post and I am definitely sharing it with Dave. You know why.... :) Great pictures as always. I love the first picture with your mom, the boys, and the long tube. Thanks for sharing. -Marybeth

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  2. I too love this post - boxes are the best! We saved cereal boxes, toilet paper tubes, etc and made castles out of them using glued newspaper strips and they were awesome - one even had a working drawbridge. I am glad Miles and Felix are having such a fun summer.

    Can I hire Eric & Opa to come to WI and build us a cool sandbox?!?

    -Schlotty

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  3. Any preschool teacher will attest to your discovery about boxes and other beautiful junk, and the beauty of sandboxes is that the interest will grow with the child. As someone with neat tendencies myself, know that in the grand scheme of things, it's such a short time that your house is replete with beautiful junk. The payoff inspiring imaginative and creative children is worth every bit of mess! Undoubtedly it's good for keeping the adult brain active and creative as well! It has been a great thing for this Mahna's mental acuity.

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