Stephen is in NYC for work this week, which means I have been parenting solo almost all week. Thankfully, he gets back tonight, and on the bright side, I have had a whole lot of help from parents, in-laws, and friends! On the dark side (literally) the rain has been incessant and kids tend to get a little fried and cabin-feverish in this environemt. The most stressful aspect of my day is a) bedtime and b) bedtime when toddlers take naps late in the day. These are the bane of my existence. On the bright side, Annabel is potty-trained It finally clicked for real while we were in San Fran, and now she is basically only wearing diapers at night. I count that as the brightest light at the end of the teething, needy, potty training tunnel.
This week I bought tres cases of diet coke which were on sale 3 for the price of 2. Hilariously, the kids woke up and watched Despicable Me 3 and each drank their own cold diet coke first thing in the morning yesterday. They had been asking and I had been saying no because the last thing I need is for them to drink caffeine with dinner when I'm putting them to bed solo. I finally caved and this post is brought to you by bad early morning habits in the Beck household. 😁😇 Only the best entertainment within our four walls.
I love our routine. I especially love my second cup of coffee habit I have developed while discussing pronouns and subjective complements and the difference between those and object of the preposition avec Molly. The other thing I love is how you can build onto and add to a specific routine. We have gotten in the habit of read aloud, so now I do 20 minutes for all the kids, then send the littles to recess/free play while I read a longer, harder book out loud to the big kids. They love it and I'm able to read a little longer everyday, which I like. We have also been trying to pray a rosary as a good start to our morning/day.
Lots of Rain
As I mentioned, we have had a torrential downpour everyday this entire week. I was hoping to meet a friend at the park and playground, but we ended up at the library. After running through rain, that was fun in its own way, because we were able stay dry while chatting homeschool schedule, books to read - for us and the kids- and great illustrators such as Stephen Kellogg. Amidst the downpour, I went thrift shopping for church clothes, when on Sunday I ended up frustrated that nothing in my closet for Mass really qualified as Fall weather apropo. We are far enough South that September doesn't really qualify as Fall. Oh well, with all the wet weather we have been getting, I'm just glad for a break in hot and humid. I will keep checking back with the thrift store when it finally does get cool enough to drink a PSL here. ha.
I love this throwback from when Annabel was a newborn baby. My Aunt had given us these cute pjs.
One more for posterity's sake....
Agh those little smiles !!! They get me every single time. :)
Upcoming on the blog
So upcoming, in the near future I will be participating in the 31 days challenge in October this year. I have been wanting to write and blog more, but it is easy to get discouraged and stop or stop almost completely. I see many online influencers who say the true and actual secret sauce of growth is posting with more frequency. I have never done the October challenge, so we'll see how this goes. I am brainstorming lots of culture-informed discussion like music, books, screen, and more books. :)
Question: What would you like to read more about in the blogosphere? Which are your favorite blogs? Would you rather discuss kitchen basics or culture? If you listen to podcasts, can you recommend for me a soothing voice to tune into? Asking for a friend.
Linking up with Kelly