Do you ever wish you could get a glimpse in to what life is like for other families? Well, I’ve decided to pop in each month or so to give you A Glimpse Into Our Life. This round of A Glimpse Into Our Life includes a peek in to our February & March.
A Glimpse Into Our Life: February & March
Around here these days, I’m…
starting to feel a little better. Recently, I shared a glimpse in to the first trimester of this pregnancy. The past several weeks have included lots of feeling yucky, but overall, I’ve been feeling a little better lately. I still struggle with my energy levels and by the time evening comes, I feel pretty terrible and struggle with all things related to smelling and tasting…but it seems as if the worst of the ick has passed. This past week, I loaded the dishwasher for the first time since January, and last week, I actually did a load of laundry – It was just towels, but still. My sweet hubby has been doing everything around here…everything! So the day he walked in to discover I had emptied the kitchen sink, he was thrilled. If only I had remembered to actually start the dishwasher. #babysteps
finishing kindergarten. My oldest has officially finished kindergarten, and we had a great year learning together. Over the next couple of months, we are using Kumon books, on-line websites, and lots of hands-on activities to review the things we’ve learned this year as well as begin working on a few concepts that we will be seeing in our first-grade curriculum. If you’re curious about what kindergarten looked like for us at home, I just this week published a new post: Homeschooling Kindergarten where I share my favorite resources, planning strategies, creative teaching tips, and a little bit of insight in to how I juggle homeschooling multiple little ones together. Our days are busy, but I love them. I especially love the days when everyone naps and I am able to have dinner in the slow cooker in plenty of time for it to be ready in by din-din!
lesson planning. With our new addition expected to arrive this fall, we are planning to dive in to first-grade a little earlier than we had originally planned. From the time my oldest was first starting preschool activities at home, we settled in to a year-round homeschooling routine that has continued to work well for us. So the plan is to continue that approach this next year – staying busy with our learning throughout the summer – giving us the freedom to focus solely on family time when baby #4 arrives later this year.
looking at a stack of books. The Life Giving Home and Different by Sally Clarkson, Uninvited by Lisa TerKeurst, and Steven Curtis Chapman’s new book are all sitting on my nightstand waiting to be read. All great reads? I have no doubt! I love each of those authors and have been excited to read their newest books, but there they all sit…in a stack…wondering when I’m ever going to get started. Toward the end of each of my pregnancies, I have found myself frantically reading books as if I will never, ever have time to read again after the baby comes…and there may be something to that – because I’ve not read for my own personal enjoyment since the third trimester of my last pregnancy.
making plans. Speaking of before the baby comes, we have been making plans for the summer, and I’m excited about taking a few solo out-of-town trips to visit friends of mine who live out of state. It will probably be awhile before I’m able to to hit the road alone again, so I’m packing up a carry-on and hitting the skies. It’s going to be fun to have a little girl time, but I will probably cry when I leave my babies because I actually really like to be with them and have missed them terribly the few times I’ve been away in the past. Note: This will be the first time I’ve been away from baby girl overnight, so come time to be dropped off at the airport someone might need to hold me.
cleaning out closets. It’s that time of year! You know the time – when you realize that your kids are all wearing pants that are too short and it’s time rotate the next size in to their wardrobe. I like to shop ahead so I have things ready to go for them when they move in to the next size, but the boys have been growing so fast that lately it’s been hard to keep up with their long legs. Needless to say, I’ve got a stack of worn out things ready to pass on to someone else and a serious need for yard sale season to officially get started.
getting excited for yard sales. Y’all, I love yard sales. Those kids consignment sales? Oh my goodness gracious. While they were helpful when all my kids were itty bitty babies, I’ve reached a point now where:
(1) I have all the baby stuff I need.
(2) The selection in older boy’s things is not usually fantastic.
(3) Those tables FULL of talking Fisher Price toys literally give me hives all over my body. Just the photos that are shared on Facebook result in my needing to practice my deep breathing exercises. I simply can’t handle it.
Yard Sales are more my jam! The prices are better…The lines are shorter…and the hours work better for me. I head out alone super early on Saturday mornings, shop for an hour and a half or so, and then head home to hit the soccer field with my crew. Most of our clothing…most of our homeschooling resources…most of our home decor…lots of the party supplies I use for special events: It all comes from my Saturday morning adventures, and this mama is ready to shop!
I hope your spring is off to a great start! This family is excited for sunshine!
Deuteronomy 2:7 – “He has watched over my journey. He has been with me, and I have not lacked for anything.”
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