Saturday, May 3, 2008
It's funny to look back over the years and remember all the different things I've brought to church to keep our girls occupied. I remember having a huge bag, lots of snacks, and a drink. This is what we bring now. This is it. This is all it takes to entertain Esther for sacrament meeting. (Plus a sippy with water and two snacks - and amazingly, she doesn't usually eat the snacks!)
And see how there isn't any paper to go with the Color Wonder markers? They're old & dried out and she just loves to open and close them as well as put the lids on her fingers. We put the necklaces in that container and take them back out, she puts bracelets on one of my wrists, pulls them off and puts them on the other wrist, we put pennies or nickles in the mini-tupperware key chain. We put everything in the bag and take it out again. She's so easy to entertain!
Honestly though, I think Autumn & Heidi were also this easy - I just didn't know they were! I didn't even think to try keeping them busy in these ways. So this is what we bring for Esther and then we bring paper & writing utensils for Autumn & Heidi. That's it (And no snacks for Autumn & Heidi. We've been trying a new policy. Once they're out of nursery, no snacks during sacrament meeting. We did it with Heidi and it worked out great.) And nobody gets any of their stuff until after the sacrament has been passed. It's so exciting to me that this works!