Quick survey question: Are you a canoe person or a kayak person? Not sure what I mean, I'll explain.
During that same camping trip I mentioned in my last blog (read here), two of the children went home early with Keri. The weather wasn't up to their liking, and they were ready for civilization. A day later, the weather turned beautiful again, and the two remaining children asked to go kayaking. Being the awesome dad that I am, I said yes.
There are a couple of things to know about kayaking that are different than canoeing.
Solo - The kayaks we could rent were single person, so I had to rent three. I wasn't going to let my kids do it without me close at hand. The canoe from a few days before could seat 6 keeping us crammed together.
Stability on the water - With fewer people comes less moving around and fewer variables, causing more control. But also, there is a higher chance of tipping yourself and having no one to blame. Side...
School is out...the sun is shining....the kids are fighting...
Wait! Hey kids, you are messing with my idea of our big, happy family.
Our kids are (9,8, and 7 year old twins) have just finished a whole year of school. For our twins, this was their first year of full-time school since they attended part-time kindergarten. This means for the past 9 months, they have spent the majority of the week around other kids and teachers. This is good for the most part (especially the teacher's influence - thank you very much!) but re-entry into 100% family time can be brutal.
They aren't used to each other. We as parents are not up to date on this new version of them. In the past 9 months they have learned so much academically but even more, they have learned some new behaviours. Some, I am a fan of like, they have learned how to be patient and adapt to other peoples ways of doing things. Some, I am not a fan of like they picked up some annoying new phrases...