Since I’ve been staying home with Water Boy for a Whole Month now, I’ve begun to really push beyond our regular boundaries. I stayed home with him for the first year after his birth, and was horrible about getting out of the house, let alone finding other moms to hang with or fun places or things to see. It led to me feeling very isolated and unloved, and I have vowed to stop it this time around by getting out and doing lots of things in our area.
We’ve been to several playdates at this point, all of which were awesome. I joined two bookclubs and have been to one meeting so far, as you can see in my previous post. I’ve got the schedule for the Fort Worth Nature Center and the Fort Worth Zoo.
But the thing we’ve really been good about so far, is the library. I’ve recently fallen back in love with my local library. I used to go very often when I was younger, but once I started doing the whole, wife/mom/working girl thing, I just never found the time. It was easier to run by the bookstore and buy what I wanted.
Now, however, with money being so tight it screams, I’ve rediscovered the joys of inter-library loans. If the library system has it anywhere, all I have to do is request it, and they’ll send it to my branch down the block, where I can conveniently pick it up during an errand run.
But that isn’t all! I never had the chance to appreciate this previously, but the library does story time at several branches all around Fort Worth, and we’ve been going to one every Monday morning. It’s just great. The lady reads two to three stories based around a theme, they sing a song, then do a craft. Then after the craft, they sing another good-bye song. It’s so simple, but I think Water Boy really loves it. This week’s theme was Mother Goose, and Water Boy made a little book with some nursery ryhmes in it.
Afterwards, we go over to the children’s section and pick out books for the week to take home with us. I enjoy going because I feel like, these are the kinds of activities and outings I’ll need to get used to when we homeschool. There are so many activities at your local library, I highly recommend checking them out! I’d go every day if I could.