I love September. I love the beginning of a new school year, and not just for the fresh stationery. Every year, I blog the same details about how I dream of returning to class with my bouquet of sharpened pencils, side ponytail and new set of used books, covered carefully with cut up brown paper bag! It never gets old.
We’ve spent the last couple of weeks adjusting out of summer into fall mode. Kids tired from new schedules, trying to stay on top of chores, school supplies, laundry, side projects and beyond! I suppose I just didn’t realize how much re-establishing would be required, the kids missed their summer daddy time and taking each day as it comes.
They’ve done so well at the same time. Being in preschool is hard work, following a teacher all day, learning so many new motor skills and social skills.. I’m acutely aware that it’s wise to let this all take its time, especially for our preschooler Luke, keep honest expectations and celebrate each milestone. Kate has been missing her brother but is pleased to lead around sweet little Emma.
I’ve found myself uncharacteristically motivated as of late.. not that I’m unmotivated usually, but I have found a surge of endurance and interest in audiobooks covering being bossy and unrelenting and fantastic and wholly oneself. About following ideas and harnessing skills and not sleeping on the big dreams. I have a list of big life goals continually forming and there’s this hopeful piece of me stirring and hungry for life around me.
My goodness it is surely surreal to write that. And I’m sincerely wondering if being in disbelief over the pace of time or children’s ages ever goes out of style. I think not. That is the hallmark of adulthood maybe, that children observe you always going on about the swiftness of time.. well, here I am, I cannot believe Emma is ONE year old. Continue reading
I can hardly believe Kate is in the neighborhood of two and a half, plus a little more. These days with her range from the sweetest, gentlest moments to the most fierce, she is both all at once. She has the most thoughtful nature, always bringing everybody their belongings and wanting to be a supportive part of our family, and she so is!! Continue reading
We had such a good time stealing away a few days to visit with friends in Sacramento. We put our new car to the ultimate test (hello minivan!) Continue reading
I totally forgot to upload this from Fourth of July and I had so much fun with the kiddos, taking a few pictures on our lawn. I love these moments with them!
I am so incandescently happy with our summer so far.. have I mentioned that? I’m kidding, I’m pretty sure my last five posts say something the same.. In the last few months, we’ve been able to fly by the seat of our pants with day trips together practically everywhere in our neighborhood/county.
Once we got some of those trips out of our system, I’d wanted to get a rhythm going again with the kids. We don’t follow it every day but we try to keep morning and evening consistent, in particular. If we’ve got no unique plans for the day then we follow this pretty closely 🙂
Get dressed, make beds
Brush teeth, wash hands/face
Bible story, morning prayers
Morning clean up
Outing (park, museum, library, walk) or outside play
Activity (craft, puzzles, imaginary play, read aloud time)
Lunch, wash hands/face
Outing (see above) or outside play
Screen time (optional, while we make dinner only, don’t worry I only limit it so much since we have our fill the rest of the year *eye roll*)
Bath time, brush teeth, pjs
Daddy & momma time (reading, talking etc)
We’ve kept so busy this summer and as a result, my photography has been so quiet! More kiddo time will do that too 🙂 We’ve has so many beach days, many a strawberry stained lip, Continue reading
I’m so behind on these! I am forcing myself to sit down for a hot second so I don’t neglect to log these memories.
At ten months, Emma is smiley, giggly, observant, snuggly Continue reading
I’ve been a little less wordy lately, and no news is good news, or so they say! But in this case it really is.. we are having the best summer break so far!!—taking little trips all over, forgetting what time it is, naps in the car taking, lots of sun and splashing at the water park and the beach. Continue reading
My little babe is nine months! This is a really sweet phase.. Emma has an absolute sunshine personality, she is a joy for all of us. The kids are figuring out more and more how to make her belly laugh. She is feeling bigger every day, especially in her speech and she is LOUD. I don’t know what she is going to do with these pipes but let’s all hope something! Continue reading