What to Do with Two Toddlers in a Heat Wave with No Air Conditioning

100 degrees
Hot out there!

While there are many benefits to our lifestyle of being bicoastal, it’s not all wine and roses over here.

Well, we do drink wine.

But we also have to work. I’m lucky enough that I can do my job from anywhere, and my husband can, too … most of the time.

A couple of times a month he takes short business trips either back to his office in CA or to other locations. It’s a huge drag, but in the grand scheme, it’s not such a big deal since it means we can spend the summer here and do fun things as a family a lot of the time.

It is definitely hard on me, though. It becomes doubly hard when we encounter an obstacle, which we almost always do when he goes away.

Usually they get sick, which I’m waiting for since his cousins were diagnosed with double strep and pneumonia only days after we left them in New York.

But this time we had the added bonus of a horrible heat wave and no air-conditioning, too. My goal was to keep them cool and hydrated, and hopefully pass the time so they can’t even remember it’s miserable outside.

So, what the heck am I supposed to do with them? Here’s how we spent the last 48 hours. 

  • The Farm 1 of 7
    The Farm
    We made a quick early morning visit to the farm before it got unbearable. They visited their favorite sheep, chased some chickens and climbed on a play structure.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • A trip to the air-conditioned mall 2 of 7
    A trip to the air-conditioned mall
    Then it was off to the mall for as long as we could stand it. Luckily they had those little vehicles where you put some money in and they shake you up for forty-five seconds. I spent some money. Some days are like that.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Ice cream 3 of 7
    Ice cream
    A heat wave would not be complete without some I-C- E C-R-E-A-M.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • A long drive 4 of 7
    A long drive
    Then it was back in the car for a long drive, and two naps. I knew we wouldn't be able to nap at home in this heat.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Air-conditioning 5 of 7
    Luckily we had air-conditioning in the car because...well you can read the temperature for yourself.
  • The lake beach 6 of 7
    The lake beach
    The long drive was worth it to get to a beautiful shallow lake beach. We stayed there until almost 7pm. Peanut butter sandwiches for dinner. You can bet your hot buns I didn't cook yesterday.
  • Another run in the sprinklers! 7 of 7
    Another run in the sprinklers!
    Got home just in time for another jaunt through the sprinklers and then a real shower to remove all the lake sand. They still wouldn't go to bed until after 9pm. So much for tuckering them out.
    Photo Credit: Flickr

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