The beach is a great frugal place to spend time. Oftentimes the most expensive part of a beach is getting there, but once you are at a beach, you can have hours or even days of fun just using your imagination so pack your sand toys and let’s go!
An obvious choice is to go swimming.
or to go for a walk along the shore and leave footprints.
I find that little kids attention span and physical ability tends to limit them to more terrestrial activities such as building sand castles.
and building bigger sand castles.
If sand castles aren’t your thing, then maybe getting or burying someone in sand is more appealing.
You can get creative and become a Merman
or a merman at a sushi bar
Or you can drive a sand car around.
or fly your sand airplane.
Just be careful that the land sharks don’t get you!
I have some more interesting blog posts in the works, but for now here are some pictures from our lives.
Here I am firing up the grill on the first nice day of Spring. I’m also imparting some wisdom to Frugal Boy who is perched on a five gallon bucket.
Later that night, Frugal Boy put together his very first banana boat.
A few days ago, we voted in a local election. Our mayoral race was not close, but the neighboring town was too close to call with only a 7 vote difference between candidates with 35 absentee votes still waiting to be returned.
Also on the ballot were school board members, the folks responsible for 62% of our property taxes. They probably have the biggest ratio of taxes to media coverage of any elected official.
Frugal Girl tried out a smile for size. It is hard to believe that she is almost a month old.
Frugal Boy and I went to see the circus. I don’t think he’ll be running away and joining them anytime soon. It was a bit of struggle to keep him interested.
Growing up, I was fortunate to receive good dental care. What I mean by that, is that my parents encouraged teeth brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and took my siblings and me to the dentist twice a year for cleanings. The industry term for these checkups is prophylaxis.
I have seen what disadvantages, such as a lack of fluoridated water (found nowadays in city tap water), can do to someone. My parents, part of the baby boomer generation, grew up without many of these basic preventative treatments and have felt the consequences respectively.
Now it is Frugal Boy’s turn. The general recommendation is that everyone age three and older have regular cleanings. I wasn’t sure how well he would do, but there was only one way to find out. Shae scheduled an appointment for all three of us and in we went.
Shae was in the room with Frugal Boy, and I was in the room next door having my cleanup done. Frugal Boy was up first and was very nervous about laying down in the chair. He gave Shae a look of “Are you going to leave me here?”
They gave him a pair of sunglasses to help him relax and then the hygienist began cleaning his teeth with the normal tools. Frugal Boy did a great job and followed instructions very well. I enjoyed listening in from the other room and made some small talk with my hygienist. Apparently, little kids fall into two groups, those that do horrid, and those that do great. I was deeply relieved that Frugal Boy was doing great. At the end of the cleaning, the hygienist used a small brush to paint on fluoride varnish onto his teeth. I have to say, he lucked out. When I grew up, I always got the horrible fluoride trays.
The dentist came and counted his teeth, took his picture, and had him pick out a prize. Frugal Boy really enjoyed the experience and spent the rest of his day telling anyone that would listen.
If you know that the grandparents are coming and are going to load your kid(s) up with sugary food, then schedule the dentist visit for afterwards!
Frugal Boy had his three year checkup today. 39 was the number of the day. He measured in at 39″ tall (88th percentile) and 39 pounds (97th percentile). I guess those fruits, veggies, and pb&j’s have really been adding up. 😉
I got my bit of enjoyment at the end of the checkup. The doctor asked if we wanted to give him a flu shot. I was under orders from the boss to oblige, for new baby’s sake. I explained to Frugal Boy what was going to happen and let him pick the receiving arm. He got the shot without crying but had that hurt look. Then I prompted him to thank the nurse for the ‘medicine’. Haha, I love the looks on the nurses faces when they get thank you’s. It makes my day.
It was a sunny day yesterday, so I took Frugal Boy outside to get some of the wiggles out. It didn’t take him long to find a scrap piece of wood and come swaggering over with a big grin on his face.
“Let’s play swords daddy!”
I found my scrap piece of wood and we commenced playing swords. My knuckles got rapped a couple of times before I decided to upgrade my sword with a guard. Of course, as soon as Frugal Boy saw my superior sword, he wanted to be on equal footing, so I ended up making two. A few quick cuts on the miter saw and six nails later and we had a pair of excellent play swords.