Sometimes it’s more of a curse than a blessing to have a child with a long memory. My, now 11 year old daughter clearly remembers celebrating Leap Day last time, when she was 7. Those were my homeschooling days when I spent a lot more time coming up with fun and “educational” things to do everyday.
Today, I have a sick child at home, 2 papers due for school (now that I’M the student) and a backlog of household chores that make me want to cry. But I’ve decided that they will still be there tomorrow.
February 29th only comes around once every 4 years. It hardly ever happens. I’m always complaining that I need more time, and here I have a whole extra day! Of course, it usually gets eaten up with the ordinary hustle and bustle. Just one more day in the rat race. What a shame! What a waste!
Why not take advantage of this bonus day to do something special?
Or, if you can’t think of something special, here are 10 silly ideas the girls and I came up with to celebrate Leap Day:
1. Play Leap Frog. The girls remember doing this last Leap Year with our friend Shannon, who was quite pregnant at the time. They were impressed!
2. Sing and Dance to “Jumping Songs”. If you have children, you can let them join in too!
5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
If You’re Happy and You Know it Leap Around
Jump Your Jigglies Out
Jump for my Love – Pointer Sisters
Jump Jump – Kriss Kross (remember them!)
3. Declare this to be EXTRA day – and give everyone extra. But only the good things: extra hugs, extra game, extra ice cream, extra Wii time…
4. Hide frog gummies all over the house. These are always fun, because you find candy in weird places for months to come.
5. Buy a box of EXTRA gum and hand it out to everyone you know.
6. Serve food that LEAPS: Kangaroo Steak, Bunny Tail and Jumping Beans for dinner. I suggest steak, mashed potatoes and green beans, but you can be as realistic as you like.
7. Watch Annie and try to work “Leaping Lizards” into every conversation.
8. Make a frog cake, then sing “Happy Leap Day to you!” Or you could be like me and buy an ice cream cake instead!
9. Write letters to yourself for next Leap Day, then put them in a time capsule to be opened in 2016. Futureme.org allows you to e-mail letters and photos to yourself, and will send it to you at some future date. You can even include pictures. This is so much easier than trying to keep track of it myself!
You can even get an app for your iPhone or iPad – only $0.99!
10. Watch Larry’s Leap Year Lesson. I must admit that I floundered when they asked me why we have leap year, something to do with the earth’s rotation and how we calculate the calendar… Larry the Cucumber cleared it right up for me.
I’m always looking for more ways to build memories and embarass my children. How do you celebrate Leap Year?
So here’s me, celebrating my made up holiday, because that’s how I want to use my extra time. I wonder what my kids will remember 4 years from now.