Playtime on our rug boat

Last updated on March 4th, 2024 at 08:14 pm

rugboat our rug boat…

Welcome to the crazy house of LTM, where there is never a dull moment, especially with two little ones. My new favorite thing to do after making breakfast is to ask Buba what he wants to do that morning before Missy Moo’s morning nap. I used to make plans for us or give him a few options but now that he is getting older I want him to learn to think for himself and use his own imagination. Somedays, he just wants to watch Curious George, a show I really thought I would hate but secretly love to watch now. Other times, he really puts on his thinking cap and takes a moment to think about it. There are guidelines though, has to be inside or in our yard (no park not enough time before MM’s nap), can’t be eating snacks (he tried that) and needs to be something both him and Missy Moo can do and preferably Mommy too.

So come last Wednesday morning , he surprised Missy Moo and I with his easy to make “rug boat”.

I asked him what he wanted to do, and he didn’t reply, then he just walked into the living room and started folding the edges of the big area rug inward. “What are you doing?” I asked. “Put Missy Moo here,” he said pointing to the middle of the rug.  I followed orders like a good crew member. Then he started walking around it in circles, but looking around the room for something else. “What did you make?” I asked. “I need more.” He replied, grabbing four throw pillows and strategically placing them around Missy Moo. “So you don’t fall out of the boat Missy Moo.” He told her, then sat next to her to read a book. I was told their rug boat’s can’t hold big people like Mommy, thanks kid. So I watched from the couch with a hot coffee (rare I know) while Buba’s imagination took him and Missy Moo on a rug boat adventure, reading stories and playing with cars.

ordinarymoment15Eventually Buba got bored of his rug boat and decided the boat needed moved in front of the tv to watch Mickey Mouse but Missy Moo stayed put in the exact place I set her down in over an hour ago. Missy Moo continued to play cars while Buba laid across his boat and watched his cartoons. Their adventure was over for him.

I was so impressed with his imagination (as well as his bed head below). It’s great to give kids room to grow and see what they do with it. Not always an easy thing for me to give up control and planning but on this day, I am so glad I did. He created such a fun ordinary moment for him and his sister but a moment Mommy will cherish. I will never grow old of watching them bond together.

IMG_7236Missy Moo was still mesmerized by her brother’s creation and even more giddy when he vacated the boat and she had it all to herself.  Look at her face below, that is definitely a “this is my boat now” face! Queen Diva, I love you!

IMG_7248These moments are life’s greatest ordinary moments but those are always the best ones to cherish, never take for granted, and always, always remember as life really is too short.

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57 thoughts on “Playtime on our rug boat”

  1. Oh this is so lovely Jenny, and so sweet to see how their imaginations work. By far one of my favourite things is to role play with my girls and see their imaginations come to life. I may not be a crafty mama but I am good at that. We have never tried a rug boat but we make lots of dens, it is such a magical time! They are gorgeous photos, that last one of Missy Moo is just beautiful. x

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    • Thanks Katie. I wasn’t sure if my great imagination moment with my two would be perceived as stupid to others. Either way it was fun for us! lol Glad you liked it. They are so fun and silly and that’s what makes us have such a great time together. I am the same I may not craft as much but still using their creative sides. Oh I love a good den making day! When Missy Moo gets a bit older we will be doing lots of that I used to do it all the time with my siblings in the living room. My momma hated it. What a mess! hahaha Like mother like daughter. 😉 Thanks for hosting.

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  2. What gorgeous photos! A rug boat! What a lovely, simple idea. It looks so much fun and something I will be playing with my two very soon x

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    • Thanks Donna, although I can’t take any credit. Buba did it all on his own, making the boat, singing row row your boat and taking his sister aboard. lol Simple but fun and effective.

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  3. Aw Jenny, a little bit of imaginative play with your children is never going to seem stupid – especially not when they were clearly enjoying themselves so much!! #ordinarymoments

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    • Thanks Suzanne. I am hoping my photos are getting better and better. I am obsessed with my new camera. lol They are so fun. Their little personalities are both growing and sprouting out I love watching it.

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  4. That is fab- looks like they had a wicked time.
    I know exactly what you mean about allowing them to come up with ideas themselves- feed the imagination hey!
    Thanks for hosting #sharewithme!
    Happy Easter Lovely! x

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    • Happy Easter to you too lovely. I hope you all have a fab weekend together. Full of fun and laughter. Glad you like the linky thank you for supporting it and me. They were giggling like crazy. Good times to remember.

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    • Me neither. Don’t know what made him think of it but he did. I love that he was extra careful with the pillow so MM didn’t fall off the boat. lol

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    • Wow thanks that’s a great compliment. I have been trying to learn photography for a few months now and my camera in manual mode isn’t easy. Yes cant beat a good rug. We use it for everything. Indoor picnics, boats, hayrides pulling them around on it. So fun.

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  5. aww love this jenny she is simply adorable they both are its great that they can be creative together a lovely post xx

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  6. Oh how wonderful Jenny, such a great imagination. Really great post – I adore the photos too! Maybe we should all have our own rug boat 🙂

    Sorry I keep missing your Linky but I’m here with news of new photography projects 🙂

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    • I just read it. Fantastic. Photo projects are the best and so are your photos. So glad you linked up thank you!!! Yes definitely definitely everyone needs their own rug boat.

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  7. That looks like great fun. I must admit I am missing Curious George since we cancelled Sky, I really liked him! Your children are beautiful and I love seeing them grow, especially missy moo as I look forward to my little one doing the things she does. You give me great inspiration and ideas for family fun!

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    • Oh that’s a good one too. I don’t know where Buba thought of it but it was cute and my fave part was him thinking MM would fall out so got more pillows. hahaha

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    • Well Lucas and Ash, Buba came up with the rug boat name all by himself when Mommy asked him what he was doing to her home decor throw rug! lol He is ever so creative.

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  8. Little ones can be so creative. Making boats with rugs, trains with cardboard boxes… just give them a few cushions and blankets and they can create their own little worlds for hours. x Mel

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  9. That smile is heartwarming and what an interesting thing to do for siblings to bond 🙂 I agree , these moments are most precious DVD never to be taken for granted 🙂 happy Easter xx

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