Do you ever wish you could get a glimpse in to what life is like for other families? Well, I’ve decided to pop in each month or so to give you A Glimpse Into Our Life. This round of A Glimpse Into Our Life includes a peek in to our June & July.
A Glimpse Into Our Life: June & July
Around here these days, I’m…
recovering from a busy start to the summer. Since our last Glimpse Into Our Life chat, I’ve released a new digital product, flown to Ohio, flown to Texas, tackled a beach trip with three little ones, shuttled my boys back and forth to three different weeks of camp, and traveled to WV with the kids to visit family. We have had a lot of fun, but this mama is ready to settle back in to our regular rhythms.
nesting. I am officially in my third trimester with baby number four – hard to believe! We are so excited to hold our new addition, but in the meantime, I am purging closets, obsessively reorganizing our pantry, and thinking through the freezer meals I want to have on hand for after the baby is born. If you’ve got any great ideas, shoot them my way – the easier the better.
spending one-on-one time with my boys. Thanks to our sweet Mommy’s Helper who has been able to spend some extra time with us this time, I have recently been able to slip away with each of my boys for some focused one-on-one time. This summer has included a handful of Caleb Days and a handful of Isaac Days – which usually means two or three hours of time spent alone with each of them. We might go out for icecream, visit a donut shop, hang out at the library and read together, swing at a nearby park, go on a walk – always simple things, but a highlight for them and for ME!
reading. Were you around earlier this summer when I announced the Books Over Buttons Challenge I was giving myself? It worked like a charm, and even though it ended a few weeks ago, I am still reading! Most of the books in my original stack were non-fiction reads that I had been wanting to get my hands on, but now I’m enjoying a little bit of fiction. I’m considering these to be bonus books since I did so well sticking to my challenge. ha! Reading always seems to be part of the nesting process for me. Just before baby comes, I read, read, read. I’m not sure why I do this unless – each time – I’m trying to cope with some kind of fear that it may be years before I have a chance to pick up a book again. Pregnant women do weird things.
grilling out. We have recently been trying a few new grill recipes – mostly in Grill Packets. Have you tried this idea? Basically it’s where you toss your meat, veggie, and potato all in to one foil bag – grilling everything together at once (with plenty of butter tossed in the bag as well!). We have tried a couple of different batches: Smoked Sausage with Potatoes and Veggies AND Summer Pork Chops with Potatoes – Both meals were delicious!
homeschooling in the summer. Around here, we have kind of a year-round family-style approach to homeschooling going on at this point. Thus far, we’ve settled in to a smooth rotation of doing science/social studies learning in the summer with a heavier focus on language arts and math throughout the “school year”. This m.o. has worked really well for us so far, and I see it continuing to be a great approach as we walk through these years with lots of littles. We will soon be a family of SIX, and it’s exciting to see how homeschooling can naturally be woven in to our day-to-day LIFE. With a baby on the way, there are a few additional things I’ve been working on with my first-grader (mostly diving in to the review material that kicks off his language arts curriculum for this year), and I love how at-home learning gifts us with that kind of flexibility. What a gift homeschooling has been for our current season of life!
increasing the chore load. As soon as our kiddos are ready, we like to encourage them to take responsibility for cleaning up their toys, helping with laundry, and clearing their seat at the table when they’re finished eating. These have been simple starter chores that have served to help our family life flow more smoothly, and our preschoolers seem to settle in to a good routine of helping with these things. My kids are used to hearing me say, We’re a family, and we work together to help each other. With the boys being a little older now, we’ve added a few extra ways for them to help around the house. They’re doing a smidge more in the way they help with the laundry, and they’ve also recently learned how to help me dust the baseboards. They place a sock on their hand – I spray the child-safe cleaner on their sock – and off they go to tackle their assigned zone. This whole scene is all the rage in our house right now, but I’ll be sure to let you know when they get tired of it. ha! In addition to these spray-and-go baseboard parties of ours, the oldest is also now in charge of emptying the dishwasher: the moment I have been waiting for, friends! At times, his little brother feels so upset that he can’t help, too – Someday I will remind him of this. ha!
prepping for a birthday party. With all of our littles having birthdays around the same time of year, we like to throw one of big family celebration. The grandparents travel in from out of town, and we always have a great time together. This year’s party is coming up in just a few weeks, and except for getting the food together (which usually involves a trip to Sam’s Club), I think everything is just about ready to go.
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