I’ve written this post dozens of times in my mind. Too bad I didn’t dictate it to my phone so I could just copy and paste it now ;). But really, my cleaning schedule is something, sadly, I’ve spent a good portion of my adult life thinking about. I feel like I am made for grander things, but this is just my season to ponder on weekly cleaning schedules I suppose! And why not share my ponderings with all of you? I know it may come more easily to some than others. We’ve all got our thang. Too bad mine is as lame as cleaning!… Read the rest
What are your back to school traditions? We don’t usually do anything too crazy or fancy, but we do have a little family night, either the day before or two days before, and pick a family motto! This is something we can remind ourselves of throughout the year, a goal of sorts, to help us all be successful. My husband also gives each of my kids special father’s blessings for the upcoming school year. And then we shoo the littles out of the room and do a refresher on the all the super-fun-parenting-topics (good touching/bad touching, good pictures/bad pictures. and not to keep secrets from us!) And after such a serious conversation its critical to end with lots of hugs and A TREAT!… Read the rest
Sea World graciously provided 4 media passes to allow my family to spend the day at the park while we were in San Diego. Thank you Sea World!!! The kids had no idea so it was fun to pull up to the Sea World parking lot and have them discover where we were! We had a great time, but I definitely learned some things that can help you and your family MAXIMIZE your day.
How to Maximize Your Day at Sea World (and stay sane):
- Get there early: This is a no brainer, but I’m going to say it anyway. Sea World has a seasonal schedule (so check before you go!) but when we went (January) it didn’t open until 11.
I was folding laundry the other day when this idea came to me, and I have to admit, I’m pretty excited about it. Sometimes I put notes in my kids’ lunches, you know those fun joke cards flying around pinterest, just a simple “i love you”, encouragement, and occasionally a “challenge”. Like: find someone who looks sad and cheer them up. Just something to get them thinking not about themselves! As I was thinking about how to teach my kids service and gratitude, especially at this time of year when they are prone to be thinking only about what may or may not end up under that big tree, I thought about a daily lunch box challenge!… Read the rest
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Summer Slump [suhm-er sluhmp]: noun. When the novelty of not having to get up and make school lunches every morning wears off, and the reality of spending every waking moment with your children sets in.
Anyone else there? No? Just me? Don’t get me wrong, I am LOVING my kids not waking up until 9 (ok not the newborn), not having breakfast until 10 and not being dressed until noon (shhh don’t tell my hubby who leaves for work at 5:45). But by 2-3pm every day i’m ready for some *space* from these always-angelic (err… or something..) little human beings I created.… Read the rest