One of my favorite things to do is to go back in blog posts to see what our days used to look like. To see how our routine has changed over the years and how big the kids have gotten. I thought it would be fun to start doing these type of posts every few months. Taking time to quick snap a few pictures throughout our day.
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Now here’s a little peek at our Monday….
+ Every morning the kids watch PBS kids while I have a cup of coffee and have some quiet time with my Bible and journal. Before Carter was here I would wake up BEFORE everyone to do this. But, with a new baby waking up through the night to eat… early mornings just aren’t happening in this phase of life. And that’s okay! We have figured out a slow and pleasant morning routine that is a win-win for all of us 🙂
+ Meal times are important at our house. We gather around the table three times a day (unless we’re eating outside). I love seeing my babies all gathered around the table together. Also- I’m excited to share more about Ross Rustic Table Company in the next week. They’re the shop that made our table! I love that it’s a piece of furniture that I’m pretty sure my grand-babies will sit around one day!
+ Every morning while the kids eat their breakfast, Carter gets his morning bath in the kitchen sink. Sweet little piggy loves his baths!
+ While the kids do their morning chores (tidying up their rooms and animal/outside chores) I’ll tidy up the kitchen and get myself ready for the day. Then we meet back up in the living room for our Bible time as well as read-out-loud time (we’re going through the Chronicles of Narnia right now!). After our time together the kids will branch off and do their own subjects. Sometimes in the living room, sometimes outside on the trampoline (best classroom ever!), sometimes in the schoolroom and sometimes at the kitchen table. We’re pretty flexible with where we are learning!
+ While the kids were working on their math I quickly popped a roast into the crockpot. And speaking of dinner! If you haven’t had a chance to look at my Meal Plan post, click over here next. There are some amazing free printable that you will have access to! I hope it’s a blessing to you 🙂
+ This past school year has been a rewarding one for Cade. We are in a great groove and he is learning to READ! This picture is such a sweet one to me. Nursing the baby while listening to my sweet boy read through his words. An answer to prayer in so many ways.
+ Back at the table for lunch
+ Usually after lunch the kids will go outside for an hour to play while I tidy up from school and lunch. I’ll usually eat my lunch while they’re outside. A moment of peace and quiet is always welcome when you’re home with six kids. 😉 Then it’s time for our “quiet time”. We do this every single day. The little ones will take a nap. And my big kids will either read quietly, play games quietly together or go outside to play. They all know that the hour and a half of “quiet time” is my time to work on either Rodan and Fields, blog or just zone out by myself ;). We have had this expectation since they were babies and it works great for our family!
+ I picked up the game Battleship this past weekend and the big kids have been playing it every spare minute they have 🙂
+ I have been keeping Cash in a crib as long as possible just because it’s easy. And up until this afternoon he hasn’t tried to climb out. About 30 minutes into our quiet time I heard little feet running down the hall followed by “mama! mama! We climbed out by myself! We climbed out by myself!” So, nap time was cut a bit short today! 😉
+ And because nap time was cut short today… it called for an iced coffee. I’m playing with different mixtures and will report back on my favorite combo!
+ Every afternoon I love putting the baby in the stroller and going for a walk to our back pasture. Living out in the country with our babies has been such a huge blessing. I am so thankful for the fresh air and space for them to explore and run.
+ The kids played outside the rest of the afternoon while I worked around the house. And remember that roast I popped into the crockpot first thing this morning? I went to shred it and it was the toughest piece of meat ever. Travis was getting home a bit on the late side so we ended up just ordering pizza and calling it a WIN :).
+ And back outside until dark. Then in for baths and bedtime. Simple, full, messy, exhausting and wonderful days. I know we’ll blink and our babies will be grown. Soaking up these days and going to bed with full hearts.