{Summer is here}

We just got back from Grandma's house which just happens to be at the Lake of the Ozarks. So it's definitely a win-win situation for us. It's a mini vacation for us and we get to see family. We were able to put our swimsuits on, go boating, and just relax in the sun. While watching my kids splash around in the water and soaking in the hot sun, it dawned on me that summer is finally here. It also struck me that Gavin is no longer a preschooler and officially a kindergartener. That's so crazy to me! It's so cliche but it feels like it was just yesterday that I was putting Gavin in diapers and soothing him to sleep. Now he's going to be going to school all day next year! I'm so excited for him to grow and learn but can't deny the feeling I get in the pit of my stomach when I think about him growing up.

  Sigh.   I suppose I will save that thought for another post as I want to focus on the reason behind this post which is a summer routine! I've honestly never thought about having a summer routine as our day-to-day routine is a bit crazy. I can't help it! We are all a little laid back around here and mostly spontaneous. Which is nice but I can tell that the kids do thrive from having somewhat of a routine. 

I especially want Gavin to have some kind of routine that involves him continuing school work throughout the summer. Nothing too crazy or hard just the basics. With him going into kindergarten I don't want him to forget everything he's learned this year over 3 months! I can totally see that happening too. I'm a big believer in letting the kids play all day long and then playing a bit more. But I think the kids will be better for it if I try to enforce some kind of Summer routine. Here's what I'd like for our routine to look like: 

-Morning:

  • Breakfast  
  • Get ready
  • Practice writing, counting, etc. 
  • Attend daily Mass at least once a week. 
  • Play!

-Afternoon: 

  • Lunch
  • Creative activity (library, draw, paint,etc) 
  • Naps (mainly just for Lucy)  
  • Pick between educational app or show while Lucy naps.

Evening- 

  • Dinner
  • Baths, read out loud  
  • Play then bedtime. My goal is to have kids in bed by 7:45, hopefully sleeping by 8:30!  

See I told you, nothing too crazy or profound about my routine but now that I have it down and out there  it will be easier for me to follow.  Basically, I just want to make sure we are reading lots this summer and helping Gavin and Sophia get ready for school.

  I also really want to get the kids to bed a bit earlier. I recently read an article that really inspired me to do a better job of sticking to an earlier bedtime. If you're interested you can read it here: http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/the_kids/2016/05/put_your_kids_to_bed_early_to_make_them_smarter_happier_and_fitter.html

My children are like Energizer bunnies. It's as if they don't need a lot of sleep which I know just isn't true. Gavin will have to be at school before 8 a.m. so moving his bedtime back is going to be a must if we're going to get there on time every day! 

Overall, I'm really looking forward to what this summer will bring and I'm looking forward to bringing more order into the household. I just hope I have enough discipline and energy myself to start this new routine. I don't know about you guys, but I don't really like change and I believe my kids don't really like big changes either. So pray for me as I try to start this new summer routine!! Do you have a summer routine? If so, what activities are your favorites? 

 

my kindergartener with his buddies. 

my kindergartener with his buddies.