Kate at two and a half

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

Our family summer routine

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 🙂

Wake up

Get dressed, make beds

Breakfast

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

Rest time

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*)

Dinner

Bath time, brush teeth, pjs

Daddy & momma time (reading, talking etc)

Bedtime

Spring reading list

This picture feels like it best emulates me as i try to achieve these short and simple reading lists! I’ll come back and share in depth on one or two of these but here’s what I’ve got in my bag as I scurry around this Spring! What have you got in your queue??

Preschool clues: Raising Smart, Inspired and Engaged Kids in a Screen-Filled World, Angela Santomero—I just cracked this one open this morning but excited to see what Santomero has to say in the subject of screen time. This is also the creator of Daniel Tiger (as we know Jr., we ultimately have Fred Rogers to thank ;), Blues Clues, Creative Galaxy and a few more my kids love. She has a lot to say about the background and shape of these shows and why they are as such!

Permission to Parent, Robin Bergman MD

Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin—I’ve had a few Baldwin works on rotation and have been eager to get into this.

The Floating World: A Novel, C. Morgan Babst

The Liturgical Year, Joan Chittister—a beautiful work by a catholic nun on the importance of the liturgical Christian calendar and the beauty of living day by day in view of Christ. This has been a superb introduction for me, as I’m less familiar with liturgy and the approach she takes. Adopting it all!

The Year of Less, Cait Flanders

Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty—I mean, I just can’t believe all the girl power generated from this novel and the show thereafter. We’ll see if this emulates the power squad that plays it on the series!