Oh, hello there!
A lot has happened around here since I last posted, but that’s a post for another day. Or maybe even a couple of posts because I’m not quite sure I how I can fit all of the fun events, experiences, and sweet smiles all in one post and do it really any justice!
Things are winding down as the school year is ending, but I know things are only going to start ramping up again with Alea starting summer school (fun classes like gymnastics, pom pom dance, acting, and a summer bucket list class), starting swimming lessons and softball, and everything in between. It may get a little hectic at times as I work full-time and ya know have to do laundry and adult things, but my goal this summer is to get outside more and spend more intentional time with my girls!
Let me just elaborate a little more here. Alea and I have so many fun memories together. When I was in nursing school, I spent a lot more time at home with her than I do now that I’m working full-time and that breaks my heart a little. Our summers together when I was out of school were some of my favorite summers ever. Things are a whole lot different now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have those moments together now and that doesn’t mean I can’t make those fun memories with Mckenna, too.
So, if dishes don’t get done or if laundry stacks up just a little bit, that’s okay. Right?
one | Learn Something New: Alea recently got a digital camera and she’s been so excited to take it out and take photos of her surroundings. She’s grown up with me lugging a camera around and I think she’s pretty excited to have one of her own to take photos with now! And I love seeing the world through her eyes. It’s pretty fascinating!
two | Bring a Tasty Beverage: If Alea has her choice of any drink at the grocery store, 9 times out of 10 she’ll choose chocolate milk. And since we’re not a big fan of high fructose corn syrup and GMOs in our home, I always gravitate towards TruMoo! I love that it’s packed with good-for-her nutrients that help her to refuel and recover after a long day of playing outside– just like kids should– it’s the perfect blend of carbs, proteins, and calcium to keep her going! Alea even said, “Mom! This is the best chocolate milk I’ve ever had!”
three | Stock-Up on Outdoor Toys: When we picked up our TruMoo treat, we also scoured the aisles for fun outdoor toys for both Mckenna & Alea. Some of which they can enjoy together and some of which is more appropriate for the individual age. Like, you better believe I’m not letting Mckenna get her hands on the spray paint chalk! That could be a disaster!
four | Organize Those Toys: When we were out shopping for outdoor toys, I also grabbed a cheap plastic laundry basket to store the toys in. That way we can just drag it out of the garage and the girls can grab what they want from it. Our garage is a bit of a black hole desperate for organization at the moment, but at least we’ll know where our toys are!
five | Let Them Get Dirty: Let them dig in the dirt, get chalk all over their knees and in their hair. Who cares. Bring the fun inside afterwards and make it bath night! I don’t know about your kids, but I know mine love bath night!
six | Let it Go: It’s not always easy for me to skip dishes after dinner to allow for outside time, but that’s what I’m going to start doing. The dishes can always wait until after I put Mckenna to bed. It’s not crucial they’re washed and the dishwasher is running immediately following dinner. I always say that you can make time for anything by rearranging your tasks. It’s totally doable!
Let’s just say that we’re all ready for permanently skinned knees, lots of sunshine, sticky popsicle fingers, and the perfume of sunscreen ALL SUMMER LONG!
What are YOUR plans for this summer?