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

Emma at 9 months


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 “Emma at 9 months”

Mother’s Day notes

I am full in my heart today. Full of bacon, sweet memories, taking my time to wake up and only hiding in the bathroom once. Full with the wonder of each day with children, their new rush of energy and joy in the mornings, their purity, perspective, half-eaten meals, dirty fingernails, thousand-watt smiles and many injuries (them and us). Continue reading “Mother’s Day notes”

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!