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Read Aloud Time with the Kids

Read Aloud Time with the Kids

It had been a long time. Really too long. We used to read with the kids every.single.night. But then we basically did our jobs and BAM! they were readers. All three of them. So they got to read to themselves or to each other each night before bed. The routine was the same, the reader was different. We were no longer needed. And when you have three kids and a husband that often travels for work…the new process was so much easier.

But then Andy read “The Princess Bride” to all three of them over many, many nights and afterwards they enjoyed a movie night to compare the pages to the screen. Charlotte had a second grade class project that followed next which asked the entire family to read “The One and Only Ivan” together. Though it was quite the commitment, we enjoyed it. And finally Stella had the chance to meet Chris Colfer over the summer. I was with her and her love for his series was fantastic. She was truly starstruck. But what sticks out is her turning to me and saying, “Mom, I can’t believe you haven’t even read one of them. They are SO good.”

So as summer came to an end, we started a new reading project at home. Reading aloud one book one-on-one with each kid. Stella and I picked “Wonder” because “everyone is reading it and it’s going to be a MOVIE!” Charlotte and I chose Book 1 of “The Land of Stories” because “Stella loves them so much and it’s going to be a MOVIE!” Henry? Henry and Andy found an old baseball chapter book about Toilet Paper Tigers. I didn’t ask anymore than that. That’s all I got. And probably all I need to know.

It’s not an easy task sneaking pages in here and there whenever we can. Charlotte and I read during Stella’s piano practice, Stella and I read waiting for Henry at the bus stop, Charlotte reads to me while I prepare dinner, Stella and I read at soccer for the other two. Andy and Henry get the bedtime reading snuggles. And it’s been awesome. The girls and I have had some great side conversations that wouldn’t occur without these books. We’ve already decided we’ll take a break when these books are completed, but don’t want to wait as long before we do it again.


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Allowance Jars – Give, Save, Spend

Allowance Jars – Give, Save, Spend

Allowance Time Once the kids had Chore Charts that finally worked for us and they were getting old enough to make use of spending money, we wanted to start incorporating a weekly allowance. Just like chore charts, not every allowance system works for every family. However, here is what we have found works for us

The Chore Chart That Finally Works for Us!

The Chore Chart That Finally Works for Us!

The Chore Chart System That Works for Us I have to admit we started and stopped many chore chart efforts over the past few years. However, I’m happy to say we finally found a system that works for us. We are using a magnet system that lives in our mudroom. This location works well for

Chair Pockets

Chair Pockets

We have a great group of neighborhood ladies who are connected together on Facebook. Our neighborhood is 30+ years old and everyone is starting to update bathrooms, kitchens, backyards, etc. Last fall a few neighborhood moms that it would cool to host our own “Parade of Homes” and see in-person what each other is doing

Swim Bag Checklist for Kids

Swim Bag Checklist for Kids

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Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List

Yesterday, my kids had a one-hour early release. We had a little extra time after school before swim team practice. And everyone was hyped-up about the idea of summer starting. So I made them have a snack at the table and each kid create a list of things they wanted to do over the summer.

How to Create a Fairy Garden

How to Create a Fairy Garden

A couple of weeks ago I posted about painting fairy houses and clay pots. The kids really did enjoy that craft and then planting their own flowers for the Fairy Garden. But I also needed a few other supplies for our garden to come together completely. Let me say my motto was “go big or

Water Bottle Holder

Water Bottle Holder

When it comes to being a stay-at-home-mom with three little kids…well, I’m becoming more and more in love with small conveniences. And some of them are totally unnecessary, but I’m ok with it. Like my new “water bottle holder”. I cannot tell you how many times the kids throw their water bottles into a nice

Oh, the Places You’ll Go – End of School Tradition

Oh, the Places You’ll Go – End of School Tradition

I’d be surprised if you haven’t seen this on Pinterest or heard someone else tell you about it. You might ask yourself, who really does this? ME! I have three of these books – one for each kid. I started it at our daycare/preschool. Whenever one of my kids graduates from a classroom, I ask

The Secret to Bunk Bed Sheets

The Secret to Bunk Bed Sheets

If there’s one chore I really despise…it’s making the girls’ bunk beds. I am actually headed to boot camp this morning and will most likely burn the same calories as when I change their sheets. I’ll probably also be in some of the same positions. Making the top bunk often looks like doing a burpee.

No More Stroller

No More Stroller

There comes a point in your parenting journey when you can look at your spouse, give a high-5 and shout, “Woo-hoo!! We can go out with the kids WITHOUT packing a stroller!!!!” And then it hits you. Your next thought is suddenly, “What do we do with the stuff that the stroller hauls around for