My grandkids and I had a great time this weekend while I was on granny nanny extreme overtime. Two of the things that were most popular with them, and that we played often – at least three-four times each day, was heading out the door into the backyard for our old favorite – ball tag fun, along with our newest "craze" that I've officially dubbed Swing Kick Ball. I wrote about it a while back, but since then, we've added some fun rules and additions I wanted to share with any of you in the Sandwich Generation who might like to join in our fun.
As I wrote earlier, the grandkids swing and I toss the ball at them to kick. We've had a lot of fun with that but now we also have a cute point system going on:
- Each time they kick the ball, they get 10 points
- Each time I catch the ball (which is pretty rare), I get 50 points
- If the ball goes over the fence, I get 250 points – for my "pain and suffering" to retrieve it
- If the ball lands in the tree, I get 250 points – for my even bigger headache of figuring out how to get it down. Of course, occasionally I don't succeed – then we have to wait for the next windstorm, like right now. Fortunately, we just bought another ball which gives us a good back-up. :)
As simple and silly as this sounds, it has kept us all entertained for weeks AND they get good exercise swinging and kicking while I get fun yet easier physical exercise tossing the ball and retrieving it. Right now, there are only 2 swings and 3 grandchildren so one usually helps me retrieve and catch. We're hoping to eventually add another swing and that should make it even more engaging and entertaining. Let me tell you, the way those balls can zing everywhere can give us all a good laugh. And a good laugh is always good medicine for all of us in the Sandwich Generation, don't you think?
P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I appreciate them very much and read each one. I also do my best to reply to them all but, as you can imagine, there are times (many times, lately :) ) when caregiving needs do not allow for that. Thank you for your patience and your sweet comments.