Summer Rhythms

My first summer as a new mom didn’t really feel like summer. I had been staying home nearly a year and so, as I watched moms with older kids reframe their schedules and lament the loss of alone time that school provided, our routine stayed the same. Some things did change. After attending MOPS for … Continue reading Summer Rhythms

What I’m Learning From Mosses

It's the first week of summer and we're easing into life without routines here. Or, I suppose I should say "modified routines" because there's always a need for some sort of rhythm to our days. This year, I'm learning from the mosses as I try to embrace slow growth, longterm goals, and letting myself be … Continue reading What I’m Learning From Mosses

The Highs and Lows of Summer

At night when we eat dinner, we like to go around the table and share "highs and lows." Something good that has happened in the day and something that wasn't so great. Elle doesn't quite understand the idea and hers often go something like, "My high was going to the zoo with mommy and Bea. … Continue reading The Highs and Lows of Summer

Five Things I Learned in July

It's August, which means school starts in just a couple weeks and our routine will start again. I'm thankful for this month off - we had a busy July and it was such a relief to know that I could focus on the present, to not worry about self-imposed deadlines. But, for the necessity of … Continue reading Five Things I Learned in July

Enjoying the Noisiness of Summer

Different seasons have different volumes, don't they? Winter is quiet, hibernating. We are in a set routine and getting out of the house feels more necessary in some ways. Summer is loud, active. Even on days we don't get in the car, we're outside biking and climbing and getting wet. In those quiet winter months, … Continue reading Enjoying the Noisiness of Summer

Summers Are for Saying Yes

I had the honor of sharing these summer adventure ideas over at the MOPS blog this week. During the school year, we are a schedule-driven family. Preschool three days a week; MOPS one morning a week; one day free for play dates or pajama days, whichever we need most. Most of the time we need … Continue reading Summers Are for Saying Yes

What Are You Reading This Summer?

Even though we still have a month until the summer equinox, we are in summertime mode around here. School is out, the pool is open, Memorial Day barbecues have happened. I have a stack of library books I'm working through (and have put all my holds on suspension until I get through these!) I was … Continue reading What Are You Reading This Summer?

Yes to Lazy Summer Days

This weekend I had my semi-regular meltdown about the state of our playroom. I pulled out a garbage can and started throwing in all of the broken goody-bag toys, the loose papers, the pens without caps, and the stepped-on plastic Easter eggs. I threatened taking away all presents for every birthday and Christmas forevermore since … Continue reading Yes to Lazy Summer Days

Lazy Summer Days

Frank and I laugh that, if we could create a new branch of the extrovert/introvert labels we'd add "lazy extrovert" and "active introvert." On the occasion when we have no weekend plans, our personality differences are more apparent: I'm content to lounge and read but also get energized when we have brunch plans with friends. … Continue reading Lazy Summer Days

Lazy Summer

After a month in no-schedule summer-mode, Bea's had a week of morning Vacation Bible School at her preschool. It's been a fun week - projects, games, seeing some of her teachers, and best of all: Hanging out with teenagers!! Because our mornings are full again, we haven't done much else. Both girls need afternoon naps, and … Continue reading Lazy Summer