I wrote this a couple weeks ago and never published it so here you go:
As summer draws on, lounging out before me hot and dry, we are soaking it all in.
I would like to take a minute and capture something we have failed at so far:
Yep, all those cute little goals.
But really, I need to use different terminology. We haven't failed. We are still working on those little puppies, but those detailed charts have been pushed to the back-burner and we have concentrated more on the daily stuff to get to those goals.
When I took a step back and realized we were mostly just chasing our tails to try to get everything done, I decided that for this little season of life we need to simplify and concentrate on what I care the most about getting done this summer:
Reading and writing.
Those are things we can do from anywhere. And things I'm continually more and more worried about these children of mine excelling in and learning well.
Sure all the other stuff is important. All those laps they have swam in swim team, all the lofty ideas about having them each help me plan and make meals on various days and sorting and cleaning out boxes of freshly-moved junk in the garage. It's all good and we have touched on it all. But I'm not beating myself up about not perfecting it all because I'm narrowing my efforts. And that feels good.
We have slipped into a good pace.
Max is working his tail off at volleyball and work. He is practicing for Nationals in a couple weeks in Houston and is working at a skateboard shop.
He's also been working his heart out trying to learn some Chinese with a program you listen to on the computer before he heads to China in a couple weeks.
He will be working for Dave's business partner over there and having an experience of a lifetime, and my mother's heart will be sick worrying about him (it's already jumping into my throat every time I think about it) but also elated that he will have that awesome opportunity.
Elle and Grace have become my "secretaries" and are working for a few hours each day labeling pictures for me (I label them all in Lightroom and there are thousands upon thousands that need labeling) and sending out "Daughter of God" information requests (from this post back HERE...I get so darn many of those, so great to have some helpers emailing out the info.)
Claire and Lu get up early for swim team.
I have set aside a half hour each morning between those things that we sit down a read together for a half hour.
I have been assigning the kids a topic to write about each day in their journals. Lucy's favorite was when I told her she needed to imagine being an animal. Any animal she would like. This is what I got after she concentrated on it for quite a while:
Let's check that out a little closer:
When I was gone one morning Elle gave Lucy her topic and this is the picture she sent me:
Love it (although the cookie part worries me...so normal for kids but scary for BBS kids...).
I found this great resource for writing prompts on the internet HERE (probably thanks to some blog reader...thank you!). I love them and can't wait to see what the kids come up with as they write.
They would also be great dinnertime questions.
After we have that writing and reading under our belts we've still managed to have some time for a little fun on side.
Ok, a lot of fun from the looks of how many bikes line up here each day:
Here's to a simplified summer.
I will always love the "summer goals" with a plan we have used each summer for a while (back HERE), but sometimes in the midst of an extra crazy time of life you have to find a way to simplify.
And it feels good.