It's summer time in full swing around here. For the second summer, I'm home with my babies! It's an added perk of being a teacher. I was gone for a week in Paris (still owe a blog post about how great the trip was) and I will be gone a week for cancer camp while the girls take a family trip with A.
The rest of the summer is Camp Mom. We're babysitting a friend's two girls four weeks hanging here at their house. It helps me because it keeps us out of our home and not messing it up for showings and it makes a little extra money. A former coworker offered me her family's condo on the beach in Rockport, TX, so the girls and I are escaping for five days and we can't wait!
To help break up our weeks, I found a fun schedule on Pinterest. Yes, I'm a Pinterest addict. Each day has a theme and it's really helping. Maggie and I love the routine and the fun of knowing what each day is. Here is our schedule--
Make Something Monday--Craft time! This week, we made this homemade gumball machine. Decided that since Mama doesn't allow gum in the house, we would make it an M&M dispenser. It was a big hit! Thinking of this craft for next week. We'll see!
Time to Read Tuesday--Story time at the public library! Took some extra time to read at tables and then checked out a few books. Maggie loves all things American Girl, so we have the book about Lanie right now.
What's Cooking Wednesday--Baking or cooking of some sort. Last week, it was a sprinkle cake. This week? NUTELLA COOKIES. Make these. Trust me. The kids devoured them! Next week,
Be Thoughtful Thursday--This is a time to think about others. Write notes, volunteer (need to figure out something we can do with little ones), and have meetings for Heroes for Children. They have gone with me two weeks in a row to have HFC meetings and Maggie and I discuss helping others as we drive there. Today, the girls all wrote a note to someone they love and included a picture. The friends we're babysitting did their mom since she's out of town this week. Sweet Maggie chose her GaGa and Mom Mom (my mom and my grandma) who she adores.
Somewhere Fun Friday--Last week, it was the local splash pool. Tomorrow, it's a playdate at Tracey's. Each week, we're choosing somewhere fun to go and play. This is so nice because it's eliminated Maggie's begging to go somewhere every day. I don't have the money for that! So, with this, we are able to find fun things to do.
This schedule is a life saver! It has turned our summer into something really great and smooth. Each day, we have rest/nap time. Katie naps for a good two to two and a half hours. She plays so hard and is so wild that she crashes hard too. Maggie can watch TV, color, play quietly in her room but it has to be a quiet time for her as well. I can work on the computer, clean the house, and sometimes I sneak in a nap myself! Nights aren't really planned. They have two nights a week with their dad (I get them fully for two weeks of the summer and he gets two weeks) and one night of gymnastics. We have movie nights, play at the park, or swim in the pool. Last night, the four of us, including Military Man, all piled in the pool, laughing and playing. It was Breakfast for Dinner night (our favorite!)
Maggie is attending a VBS next week in the morning and we have our regular once a month date nights with the girls where A and I split up the girls two nights and do something special with each one. We started that last July and I make sure we set something up with the girls every month. Maggie gets to plan our nights together. Last month, she chose a restaurant we loved called Whiskey Cake then playing mini golf. We've painted pottery, gone to the movies, shopped at the mall and gone to museums. Next week is a girly night of getting our nails painted then seeing Brave at the movie theatre. Next month we have tickets to see the musical Peter Pan, courtesy of the Christmas gift from Boyfriend to see three musicals. Katie is a lot more simple. I take her to play at the mall, the playgroup, go swimming, or just play at home. It is my hope that we will continue this monthly date nights for many years to come with the girls. It's so good for them.
It's going to be a long summer with the house on the market and the uncertainty of where we will end up. It certainly has it's fair amount of stress and feelings of being overwhelmed for me, but hopefully, all my children will remember in the end is the fun we had and the time we spent together.