While I want them to have loads of dear memories of their childhood, I know from my own life experience that you generally cannot "create" the most precious memories. You have to stand back and let them unfold.
For posterity, here are a few of the silly things we have started to do:
This is our gym. It was not designed to be a gym. It is intended to be a formal living room. But, really, a gym is much more appropriate in a house full of 3 year olds than a formal anything. When we moved a few months ago, we chose to leave this room empty. We don't have formal living room furniture and really aren't in that phase of life.
The greatest thing is that the children named it. One day last week after being at Day Camp we had some friends over the play. As they came inside, R said, "Come mere and pway in our gym. We have balls and ev-wee-thing." I have a distinct feeling no matter what type of furnishings wind up in that room one day, it will always be referred to as The Gym.
Loud, crashing musical instruments continue to be a favorite.
Yesterday, as a reward for 48 hours with NO accidents I introduced the kiddos to Coke floats. Even though they each only had about 2 oz. this was a HUGE treat since they had never had a Coca-Cola before. Interestingly, the boys did not take a nap after that...something about sugar and caffeine apparently got them a bit riled up.
Later, after a heavy thunderstorm, we decided to go play in a couple of large puddles (mini-lakes, really) that appeared on the golf course. It was really hard to tell who enjoyed it more--the kids or our lab, Haley!There is certainly a lot of laundry around here from these sweaty, energetic children...but the giggles, grins and memories make it all worthwhile!