We’ve settled into our somewhat regular school schedule, so most of our days consist of get up, eat breakfast, do chores, do schoolwork…do more chores all usually finished by noon.
Now don’t laugh at me when I tell you this… after all I’ve already raised 4 children; but about a month ago I started the kids on 2 hours of quiet time after lunch. OH MY GOODNESS how this has impacted our home (ME!).
The rule is you have to be on your bed and doing something quiet, you can nap, color, read, write letters, whatever you want but it has to be quiet! Peach (3) usually will sleep, and our 7 year old will almost always sleep for 2-3 hours!!! I was shocked! Then the 8 year old LOVES her quiet time too!
This gives me 2 hours to recharge, kind of like catching a second wind for the rest of the day! It’s great!!! Why didn’t I start this 7 months ago when the kids first came?
Quiet time is not only for me to recharge but it is also for them! They need to know how to be still, how to ‘cope’ without constant activity and entertainment. We live in such a loud culture! Embracing quietness is a GOOD thing…for all of us!
One night Cherish helped me make an apple pie as a surprise for Jeff. I love using my smaller cast iron pans for these.
Hayden… followed his nose…
After he ate his first piece, he came in the living room,
fell back in the recliner…
moaning and rubbing his stomach he mumbled,
“Mom, will you make that EVERY day?” ♥!
Last weekend we attended a bridal shower,
I made these super simple mini-cupcakes.
We’ve done some canning, yard work, purging the house of JUNK… just typical home-life kind of stuff!
And then there is this all too common scene of flat out silliness…
see the crazy people in the background?
We went to a birthday for a friend… that was loads of fun!
Enjoying the simple things in life:
One morning I sat sipping coffee when I looked over and Sweet Peach was cuddled up in the recliner holding the kitten like a little baby…rocking her … as she tenderly sang in her precious 3 year old voice, most of the words of “make you feel my love”. It was soooo sweet!
You know you live in the south when you hear yourself say, “Peach! Eat yer grits!”
I read a great article about foster care, but it applies to all relationship: When They Don’t Love Your Back