frugal fall fun raking leaves

October 29th, 2007

Frugal Fall Fun – Raking Leaves

So it turns out, my whole dilemma on which activity to take my son to this past Sunday was all for naught. Sunday morning, my son woke up with just enough of a cough and runny nose, with a cranky and slightly sleepy aspect to boot, that I knew we weren’t going anywhere, fun or not, that day. We kept him indoors for most of the morning, but by afternoon, even though he wasn’t feeling all that well, he was going a bit stir-crazy. He is a child who does not stay still and he loves being outside. My spouse needed to go rake some leaves for pickup today so I let my son go out with him to do a little raking and get some of his restlessness out of his system.

My daughter (who is very much a DADDY’S girl) protested her exclusion from this outing as much as a one year old can (basically by hightailing it to a window, peering outside and wailing “Dadddddddyyyyyy” in the most plaintive yet earpiercing voice in existence), so I bundled her up too and took her outside to observe the raking.

And really, the most wonderous thing happened. My daughter happily sat in a pile of leaves, picking up, examining, and putting down dozens of leaves happily for the better part of an hour, my son scavenged the yard for twigs that had fallen off our big maple tree, picking them up and making a large pile for our lawn recycling , and my spouse and I raked leaves to the curb for pickup (and also made a large pile in the middle of the yard for my son to repeatedly jump in before moving that to the curb as well), and we all had a great time. I’d wager we had as much fun cleaning up the yard as we would have had at either of the two fall-themed activities I was debating taking the kids to, and this activity was free (and actually useful for our yard).

And with all the wind we’ve had the past few days, the yard is already starting to be blanketed in leaves again (it is amazing just how many leaves a single large maple tree has) so I foresee another weekend of fall fun in our future that won’t cost us a dime. I should have just taken a page from Lynnae’s book in the first place and planned on leafy fun. I’m glad it worked out this way though, after all. The zoo and the pumpkin patches still will be there next year. And maybe we’ll decide to partake in one…. or not.

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10 Responses to “Frugal Fall Fun – Raking Leaves”

  1. This sort of reminds me of buying presents at Christmas for the kids at a very young age to find out that all they wanted to do was play with the wrapping paper.

    Oh, one other thing. I have some pretty massive trees in my yard, and the allure raking has grown a bit thin. Would Family PaidTwice be interested in having “fun” in my yard next weekend?

  2. Awww. My parents have pictures of me and my sister doing that kind of thing. I remember some of it and it was tremendous fun.

    Have you considered bringing out the new slide next time and using it with the leaf piles? We used to use our swingset for leaf jumping–much fun! (but you’d probably have to wash it off afterwards…)

  3. I love it when we have enough leaves to rake! The kids have tons of fun!

    We skipped the fall outings this year, too. Normally we go to the Pumpkin Patch, but we ran out of time. Oh well, it’s probably a blessing to our budget. :)

  4. Um.. not going to San Diego to rake. ;)

    The slide is a GREAT idea!! I never would have thought of that. If the weather is good next weekend we are totally trying that.

    Lynnae…. our budgets both say thank you. lol

  5. What a great story – just shows you don’t have to spend a lot of money (or any money) to make your kids happy. Some time with you and an activity are all that they want.


  6. So true.

  7. Damn, I wish I have a tree on my property. It sounds like fun.


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