I will take all the 55 degree and sunny beach days in February that I can get. Even though they sometimes include toddler meltdowns, missed naps, messes and fights in the car. 😉 😂 All is always right at the beach.
Hello! 👋 I am finally emerging from the land of sick toddlers to bring you a “what I’m reading” post. 🤪 Many of you have asked how I have time to read with three kids, ages five and under, and the answer is - I work my tail off to get everything done during the afternoon so I can relax and read in the evenings after the boys go to bed. I try to read nonfiction in the morning (bible, devotional, biographies...) and a novel at night before bed. I’m almost done with Green Dolphin Street and WOW was it amazing!!!! And it was my first time reading Gift from the Sea. 🌊 I loved it. I feel like I rediscovered my passion for reading in 2019 and have so many on my list for this year! I’ve made Elizabeth Goudge my “author of the year” and want to read all of her works. I can’t believe I had never heard of her before. Reading her words makes my life richer. 📚 (also, for what it’s worth, I like Persuasion WAY more than P&P 🤷♀️)
Everyone else is outside soaking up the very brief hiatus from the rain, but this one has been doing play doh ALL day long (I mean, like seriously five hours) and is happy as he can be. 🤷♀️😂💙
Current kid reads! My kids are 15 months, 3.5 and 5.5 and here is what we are loving this week. We are actually listening to By the Shores of Silver Lake on Audible, but the rest are just read alouds. I have been trying to read a chapter of Charlottes Web right after they get home from school! We have book baskets all over our house, encouraging the practice of just picking up one and settling in on the couch. Grayson is not reading independently yet (and no, I’m not at all worried - he will in his own time) and loves nothing more than to be read to. We call books treasures in our home because they are! 📚📚📚
Today’s nature walk. 🌿 Hunting for ladybugs in the brush, catnaps on trees and checking under all the stumps for worms and beetles. I once read that if you want your kids to spend more time in nature, you need to take them. It’s definitely not always easy or convenient but we try every day. Sometimes (well, most of the time) I’d probably rather stay in with my cup of tea and slippers on but for the boys sake, I’m going to keep pulling on my boots and rain jacket and keep taking them out this winter. ❄️ Grayson is doing a really cool new outdoor occupational therapy program that is half therapy half forest school and I love it. During his first session, the kids hiked up into the woods, built a campfire and made hot cocoa! How cool is that?!? ✨
When I thought about my life when I was younger, I always assumed I would have a boy and a girl...or maybe two boys and two girls. I never ever EVER considered the fact that my house would be filled with boys. 😂 What a hilarious joy it is! The other day, I had taken the boys to a local museum and after, we were having lunch in the museum cafe. Not one, but TWO older people came over to me saying how “brave” I was and “are they all mine??” All? I have three kids, not twelve. I continually chuckle at comments like this. I asked the second man who confronted us commenting on my bravery if it was odd for a mother to take her children to museum for the day. No, he said, not odd but he never sees it anymore. 🤔 Who knows. Little do these people know that many places still totally give me panic attacks when I have to take all three children to them. The natural history museum is not one of them. What better place for the kids to run free while absorbing bits of art and culture along the way. Actually the museum is sort of my “safe spot” (as opposed to post offices, libraries, doctor waiting rooms...anywhere quiet where pens can be grabbed and thrown violently). Anyway, raising these boys sure is never boring but I’m thankful for each day I have loving them. They are each so unique and precious (also loud, rambunctious, physical, dirty and dare I say, gross). 💙
Christmas 2019 in the books. ✨ We’ve rested, played and eaten to our hearts content. What a joyful way to end this year. Feeling so thankful for family and just being together. I made a Christmas ham for lunch yesterday and spicy dungeness crab cioppino for dinner. We are so lucky - thank you, Jesus!
One of the things I love most about this advent season is the gathering of people all over the world in beautiful old churches to sing Christmas carols every Sunday. It is so moving and brings tears to my eyes. What a wonderful service we had today! Lessons + Carols will always be my favorite service of the year. It has been absolutely amazing to watch how God has been at work in our little church in Oakland, California in only two short years. ✨