Hey associates! How are you? How was your weekend? We spent the overwhelming majority of the weekend outdoors, both on the pool or within the lake, and had been blessed with some stunning climate for a lot of the weekend. Rainstorms held off till the late night each day which labored properly for everybody in our space hoping to grill out and swim!

As for this week, it’s an odd one as two of our three boys are out of college so we’re a bit of bit in limbo mode for the time being. The top of the college yr is in sight for Chase although and by Friday we’ll all be in Florida kicking off our summer time break!

In the present day I figured I’d share a catch-up model weblog submit of kinds within the type of a “At the moment” model submit to share a bit of bit about what’s at the moment occurring in our world over right here! Let’s dive in, we could?

At the moment: Might 2024

  • At the moment celebrating… The top of college

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(Guide: The Circus Ship — 10/10 advocate this ebook. All 3 of our boys proceed to like it. / Button-down High: Amazon — at the moment a Lightning Deal! / Denims: Previous Navy however outdated) 

We’ve got one foot in summer time break mode and on foot nonetheless very loosely in class mode. We’re undoubtedly feeling prepared for summer time and have been totally having fun with all of the mini celebrations that include the tip of the college yr! Rhett and Ryder’s college yr formally ended on Thursday however Chase nonetheless has two extra days this week. Our days have been stuffed with summer time birthday celebrations for all three boys, theme days, end-of-the-year events, the tip of martial arts for the summer time, the start of swim workforce, preschool commencement for Ryder and an enormous artwork gallery stroll by the place we get to take a look at all the artwork tasks Chase accomplished all year long in second grade. Whereas all of these items have actually added to the mayhem that’s Might, we’ve beloved them and it’s been so enjoyable seeing the boys so excited and so pleased with the issues they completed throughout one more great college yr.

  • At the moment checking on… Our backyard’s progress


We planted our backyard for the second yr in a row and the boys completely love checking on its progress each day. To this point we’re seeing strong progress from our cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, watermelon, basil and spinach. We’re studying as we go along with this entire gardening factor because the mattress we used final yr for wildflowers has proved to be a bit of tough for us this yr as we tried to overtake it to develop produce. The wildflowers wish to come again with a vengeance, regardless of our efforts to until the soil and add new soil, which has made it arduous to inform whether or not we had any sprouts from the bell peppers or the shishito peppers we planted. (I additionally understand I in all probability ought to’ve began the peppers inside and transplanted them for the perfect luck.) We pulled up what we might and suppose we might have inadvertently pulled up our peppers. Our new plan: Give what we suppose are our peppers one other couple of weeks to develop and in the event that they become flowers, we’ll rework that aspect of the backyard mattress again right into a mattress of wildflowers which we beloved final yr anyway. Gardening is actually a studying expertise for us proper now!

  • At the moment dwelling… In water!!

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My favourite a part of summer time! The water! Our youngsters love water simply as a lot as me and Ryan and the minute temperatures climb over 80 levels, we appear to spend nearly all of our time within the pool or lake. It’s the perfect and fortunately now we have three little fish who can by no means appear to get sufficient of pool and lake time, whether or not it’s splashing round in our neighborhood pool with associates or swimming and kayaking across the lake. Additionally, Pepper is stunning all of us with how a lot she loves the lake. She might appear to be a drowned hamster within the water however she will get so excited once we let her come out on the water with us and it’s so enjoyable to look at her swim forwards and backwards from kayak to kayak. Extra of this all summer time lengthy, please!

I can’t cease making my hen and chickpea salad. It checks all of the containers for me in relation to warm-weather eating: It’s chilly and refreshing, produce-packed and features a respectable quantity of protein to assist maintain me glad. I made it twice this weekend and even shared a Reel of the recipe on Instagram in case you’d wish to test it out and see a video model of learn how to make the recipe!

  • At the moment packing for… Our annual summer time journey to Florida

Chase will get his braces off late Thursday afternoon after which we’re off to Florida for our annual summer time journey! Our boys stay up for our prolonged time in Florida each summer time and we’ll maintain the custom going so long as attainable! We love the additional time with my dad and mom and sister’s household and can’t await days stuffed with household, seashore and pool time!

  • At the moment pondering by… Summer season routines, expectations and quiet time

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(Child chore charts: Etsy)

Over the weekend, Ryan and I began chatting about summer time break, expectations, routines and consistency. An enormous factor I’ve realized all through my motherhood journey is that in-built routines and expectations your youngsters know and perceive make parenting so much simpler. In the event that they know they’re supposed to assist with the dishes each evening, they’ll simply do it whereas in case you ask them to assist with x, y, z each every now and then, it’s possible you’ll face extra resistance. We’re planning to have a “household assembly” with the boys once we come again from Florida to allow them to know our expectations for the summer time and their tasks each day. (When you do one thing comparable, I’d like to know what your youngsters are chargeable for doing round your home each day! Our youngsters have already got a couple of tasks however I do know they’re able to extra.)

Additionally, it’s been a very long time since we’ve accomplished quiet time in our home (primarily as a result of the boys’ college pickup instances and actions made it virtually unattainable in the course of the college yr) however I’d like to get again to it on the times once we’re residence round lunchtime this summer time. My imaginative and prescient: Every child will get 30-45 minutes of alone time in separate areas to do a quiet exercise (studying, coloring, taking part in with toys, and so forth.) as a “reset” of kinds in the course of the day. In the summertime months, we’re collectively continuous so I feel some built-in separation for our boys the place they will decompress alone of their rooms could be useful for everybody.

  • At the moment studying… The Throne of Glass collection

I’m deep into this Sarah J. Maas collection with no sign of ending. I haven’t shared ebook recaps in my lately Issues I’m Loving Friday posts as a result of I’m making my manner by the 8-book Throne of Glass collection and plan to share my ideas as soon as I’m completed however it’s one other nice fantasy collection that has me utterly captivated.

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(Pajamas: Amazon / Pillow slides: Amazon)

These cozy pajamas are such a very good discover! I used to be in search of some summertime jammies that weren’t shorts however nonetheless felt mild and breezy. This set on Amazon caught my eye and I took an opportunity and ordered it within the mild blue shade. I really like the slot in individual greater than I do within the on-line picture (the highest shouldn’t be almost as cropped) and the refined detailing on the backside of the leg is so cute! I already ordered the set in black as properly!

  • At the moment watching… Enola Holmes (on Netflix)

It’s been months since Ryan and I’ve had a present or film to look at collectively… apart from Is It Cake? with our boys for household film evening. When he arrived residence from a piece journey lately telling me a few film on Netflix his coworkers had been loving, we figured we must always give it a shot and watched Enola Holmes after the boys had been in mattress on Sunday evening. The film follows Enola, the teenage estranged sister of Sherlock Holmes, as she makes use of her detective abilities to seek for her lacking mom. It was a unusual and artistic film and whereas I wouldn’t give it a ten/10, Ryan and I nonetheless each actually loved it! There’s apparently a sequel on Netflix as properly so we’ll be watching that one subsequent!

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