This round of A Glimpse Into Our Life includes a peek into Spring 2018.
A Glimpse Into Our Life
Around here these days, I’m…
juggling. People ask me all the time: What’s it like having four kids? I never know if they want my long or short answer! ha! Honestly, I have found two, three, and yes, even four kids to be easier than having one. That probably sounds crazy – I really don’t even know how to explain it, but for us, that has been true. However, our days require me to do a good bit of juggling. I’m juggling food prep, nap schedules, laundry, school lessons, and outside activities. Sometimes it feels wild, and yes, there are days that are hard, but I love it! I am so thankful for these four sweet gifts God has given to us!
cleaning up from Easter. Thanksgiving…then Christmas…then New Year’s…then Aubrey Day…then Valentine’s Day…then Easter – We love all of the celebrating, but for this mama, it usually means a good bit of STUFF is around for each occasion. Following Easter, most everything gets put away, and we’re able to focus on just the red, white, and blue for a bit: Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, etc. – a bit of a break from all the other holiday STUFF…at least until the fall rolls around again. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the festivities, but it is nice to get everything cleaned up and feel like there’s a little more space to breathe for a bit. My goal for this past week? To finally get the plastic Easter eggs packed up and put away til next year. Mission accomplished! Now, back to the laundry.
battling allergies. Warmer temps have us hanging outdoors a little more, but the pollen has us going crazy. Today, my oldest (As he scratched his itchy, red eyes!!), said, “Mama, why did God even MAKE pollen?!” I get it, kid. I get it. Poor guy! Doing all the elderberry…local honey…hot tea…oils…and belly wraps (just kidding on the belly wraps) – but wondering what else might help all of make it through the remainder of the spring…before we move into the summer months – the time of year when my other little boy and I are repeatedly bit by mosquitoes to the point that we cry anytime anyone asks us to go outside. Come to think of it, forget all the summer fun – This year, let’s just move on to the fall.
backing up photos. Ugh! This is chore I despise! Even though I feel like I have a pretty good system for keeping my photos organized, I don’t love the tasks of getting photos off my phone, clearing off memory cards, etc. – all after I’ve made sure I have everything backed up in multiple places. I feel like it takes me so much time, and I’m always worried I’ve made some kind of critical error that is going to result in my losing every single photo I’ve ever taken. ha! Anyway, as we get ready to move into summer fun (aka Mosquito Season), I want to make sure all of my devices are backed up, cleared off, and ready to take new pictures! After today, I should be good to go…and now I have space on my phone to put the Starbucks app back on it. This has caused us a few issues lately. ha! One Venti Blonde with cream, please and thank you!
reading a bit. In looking ahead to our summer of learning and our plans for the fall, I’ve recently been revisiting some of the ideas in Teaching from Rest, and I’m also getting ready to dive in to The Read-Aloud Family by the same author. If you’ve never read anything by Sarah MacKenzie, I think you would find her really encouraging. I’ve also recently browsed The Homeschooling Handbook and Homeschooling 101. I love how books can inspire you to try new ideas – while also giving you the freedom to leave behind things that wouldn’t work well for your specific situation. In addition to reading about homeschooling, I’ve also been reading through Triggers – It is all about how to parent with more grace and less frustration, and I am really excited about this one – actually considering getting the study guide. I think it would make a fantastic group study!
loving my Instant Pot. It took us awhile to jump on the Instant Pot bandwagon, but on Christmas morning, this was under the tree with my name on it. Following a brief session of hubby reading the instructions out loud while I pushed random buttons and prayed the pot didn’t explode, we were off and running and have never looked back. I am still very new to the whole thing, so I’m definitely not who you want to come to for advice, but I have learned a lot from other families who are using theirs! If you’re interested, this Facebook group is FULL of ideas! We us our IP almost everyday. We are wild about how tender the meats turn out, how quickly we can make perfect baked potatoes, and how easy it is to boil eggs. We’re committed for life – and wondering if our once-beloved Crock Pots feel lonely…just sitting there in the pantry…never being used anymore.
working on a new project. I am in the process of finishing up a new e-book I have been working on it for quite some time! The idea for this product has been on my mind and in my heart for a long time, but it has taken me awhile to upload my thoughts to my computer. Writing, blogging, editing photos, etc. is something I do when my kids are sleeping, and I have a 6-month old in the throws of sleep regression and possible teething, so needless to say, my creating moves pretty slow these days – but that’s okay. My six month old won’t always be around…but my computer will be – unless I continue to spill water on the keyboard. Anyway, if you’re interested in staying in the loop regarding the details of my new e-book: Lifestyle Homeschooling, you can sign up here. No pressure, friends – Just want to make sure you don’t miss out if it’s something that would encourage you.
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