I like children’s books. Love them, really. So much so, I attempted to write one, before there was a blog. Who knows, maybe one day, some day, I’ll dust off those pages and try to do something with it.
Children’s books are just magic. I love the magic. The story. The pictures. The imagination. The anything is possible. The animals talking. The people flying.
This summer we started going to the library, again. I say again, because we are commiters and quitters. I have to pay for a library card and the last time I did, we were always leaving as my kid’s were screaming and I was trying not to cry. But, this year, we were just the right ages and it was real fun. We found many fun books we loved, and had fun scouring the shelves. I came across two that I thought but these two were worth the . . .
We’ve been on summer break for a good two weeks and it’s rained a lot. And, when I say a lot, I mean I’m questioning as to whether or not we live in Seattle or the south of England. But, since there is no sea on either side of me, I’m quite assured I’m right smack dab in the middle of corn field country still.
Giant puddles pooling everywhere and we haven’t even, really used our pool yet. Other then a few, “uh, I fell in with my clothes on,” situations. Which are explained as, “I know you are not going to let me swim right now, but this always works!”
Yesterday I had blogging and a bootie workout on my agenda, but the kids were bored and so we pulled out board games. I’m not a big games person. I didn’t really grow up playing games, and I think that has a lot do with it (do you find this true about you? like or dislike?).
Games or no games, I got thinking about what we like to do when the weather isn’t so winsome….
Keep reading for some summer ideas:
The other week I wrote about being one thing moms and everyones. That every-thing fills my mind. I get overwhelmed and then don’t do anything, sometimes. And, after all, I am more of a one thing.
My one thing that I was putting off, that I shared with you, was chore charts. Hanging them up takes five minutes, right? But, it took up, like, weeks in my brain. The procrastinating problem was that I knew I would had have a hard time being consistent. Marking them each night, reminding little ones to try to make their beds, pick up the play room, again, and on the list goes. I knew I’d fail at every single day and all week, and so I just kept putting it off, today.
Well, I put them up. And, since I shared, some of you have asked to see what our charts look like. And, that is what this post is.
I’m going to tell you, we did great the first week, and not so great this past week. It’s a funky week like that, being the last week of school filled with field day, beach day, finals and finding outfits for what the day called for. Oh, well. Life is like that, right? Some weeks we will do, well. And, other weeks, not so much. But, overall I’d like to do the best we can and be consistent in keeping the charts up. Because if they are in front of us, that helps.
I found the chart (pictured above), created by Leah ReMillet (downloadable PDF here) and I thought it was a perfect fit for our family. Since we are different ages and stages the blank lines work best for us and it’s simple. Over complicated means it will get under used – for us.
We wrote out responsibilities for our older ones and for the younger ones I drew little pictures of tasks. Do you want to see? You are going to really laugh. Lets just say that drawing is not where I excel creatively.
If you’d like to see what kind of chores seem to work for all ages . . . .
everything about this moody bedroom and cool animated photo by Anders Bergstedt for Entrance (most gorgeous site for selling homes in Sweden). Looks like I’m still swooning for floral wallpaper.
tiny floating house down the River Thames.
This tiny house floating down the River Thames. Yes, like for real. It’s for airbnb, which I still have yet to try and really want to soon. Where to go?
these words (and, this insta account). Live inside and under hope. Under the hope’s roof.
pretty ponytails. I loved this looped one (how to here).
chia pudding. I had the best chia pudding here and have been trying to replicate, ever since. I think this version from the Minimalist Baker looks like a fun one to try, too. Have you tried chia seed pudding?
Also, majorly loving this post, Life Advice for My Daughters.
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what are you loving this week?
Nine is just fine, Lukie (as long as i try not to think about ten). it’s that year where you can be a kid in all kid glory. you’re big enough to have adventures and do things you couldn’t do just last year, but still so much kid that you don’t have to waste any thoughts on all that being older business.
you can run, jump, play, and play and play the day away. yes, there is homework, but the real homework at this age, buddy, is to play. you’ll learn more from playing and imagining then from that monstrous math book hidden in your desk (don’t tell your teacher, i said this). read, draw, make and create. these are the days that you will draw upon in your tomorrows. you don’t know it now. and, it probably doesn’t even make sense when you read this, but it will be all kinds of crystal clear when you are fresh out of sense.
i also want you to be able to look back and remember that you are a tender hearted toughie, you might forget this from time to time as you grow and when you are grown. this is who you are. it’s who you are at 9, and who you will be at 90. you feel things deeply and love deeply. it’s not by accident. it’s by divine design. this is how you were weaved together in my womb. it has something and everything to do with who god created you to be and the beautiful unique plan and path that he has set out for you. don’t ever forget you are a tender hearted toughie.
so for now, get to drawing more robots (you are the best robot artist i’ve ever seen), going on backyard adventures, reading more books about predator animals, sports and maybe just a good old story or two (just for me, please), and keep on dreaming about your one day sports car and your some day career as a sports super star.
play the day away, boy.
+ you have to be on the bunk bed ladder to give goodnight hugs
+ high tops are still the only shoes for your feet
+ it’s all about the trading cards right now. football, especially.
+ you mastered a flip w/ a twist this summer on the trampoline
+ you like spicy food + sour candy
+ you ask us what kind of car we want because when you are a millionaire you are going to buy it
+ you are obsessed w/ cars. taking pictures of ones in parking lots + yelling out their names as we drive down the road
+ you shot a rabbit when i was out of town (wahhh), but you also rescued two baby bunnies from a hawk (yahhh).
+ you go to work every saturday morning with your dad and then stop at sonic’s for nerd slushies + tater tots
+ you’ve watched all episodes of wizards of waverly place with your sister
+ your favorite team is the Atlanta Falcons
+ you still like to sneak snacks and stash the wrappers in the weirdest places
+ you like to patrol your siblings
+ your smile is infectious and your eyes pure light
+ you are so strong and athletic