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“Mommy, can you play?”

“Mommy, can you play?” Ari asked.

I looked at the clock. It was 7:58 p.m. I had 25 minutes until I need to be in my office for the #TWTBlog Twitter Chat.

“Yes, I can,” I replied.

Ari scampered off to his play room — or the room formerly known as our great room — where he grabbed two yellow school buses and some Little People. I brought my plates to the sink and watched him lay down beside one of the buses from my perch in the kitchen.

It’s strange how he lays down like that when he plays with his vehicles, I thought. I’ve seen plenty of little kids lay on the floor to “play trucks” or “play cars.” However, Isabelle never played like this so I’m still fascinated every time I notice Ari doing it.

I left my plate in the sink and joined Ari on the floor. (Not laying on it. Just sitting on it.) I observed as he zoomed the Little People around in a bus. First, they went to Hersheypark. Second, they drove to a museum. Third, they went to dinner at Devon, which is a local restaurant in Hershey.

“Are they tired?” I asked.

“Yes! They’re gonna go home to sleep!” he told me.

Once they arrived at their home, Ari scooted himself over to his Tonka trucks and began playing with them… on his belly. We played trucks for a few minutes. But then, I realized it was 8:20, which meant play time with me had to end. I texted Marc and asked him to relieve me. As soon as Ari saw Marc he said, “Daddy, you play golf?”

Someday, I’ll write about the two of them playing with an interior putting green. For now, I’ll just leave you with a few pics of a vehicle-loving boy playing on his belly.

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13 thoughts on ““Mommy, can you play?”

  1. Stacey- some of my most favorite memories of my kids are from playing with them. I still have a Superman necklace that my son made in his 3 year old class. It says “My Dad is my hero… because he plays with me.” Time goes on and my daughter was came along, and I play less. I should play more and can completely identify with this post. Thank you for sharing.

  2. How sweet is this? I love the photos because, believe or not, that is exactly how my son, Mark, who will be turning 50 (!) next week, played with his cars and trucks. Enjoy these moments (I know you do).

      1. Maybe it’s just little boys. My younger son did this too but not always. Amy, my daughter, NEVER did. Odd.

  3. Can’t say I’ve ever played trucks on my belly or seen any of my girls do that. Can’t say there were many trucks in our house! Golf, though! I can talk golf!

  4. Sounds like fun! Boys and cars are fun. At our house it’s LEGO, LEGO, LEGO. I’m always glad when I can sit down and build something with Spencer.

  5. Oh my gosh, so cute! I love that Ari has all these plans for the two of you : ) I have seen so many kids playing like this on their belly and your post is making me realize that I’ve never seen either of my own kids do this! Kids are so funny, aren’t they?!?

  6. Oh man – this brings back memories. And yes, apparently there is at least some required laying down when playing with vehicles. Maybe it makes them go faster!

  7. Oh, Stacy, grandson Jack does this all the time. I wonder sometimes what he finds so fascinating down there. Is it the tires?

  8. Being on the floor gives a different perspective. Try it next time. 😉
    I am glad you found the time to play with Ari even though your twitter chat time was ticking down fast.

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