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Showing posts from August, 2017

Self care: Sanctuary and a day of rest

I don't know if it's just me or if the messages that have been shared at church recently really have gotten better, but I have found church to be so uplifting and refreshing lately. Of course that's how it's supposed to be, but some days I find it easier than others to focus on what's being shared and figure out how it applies to my life.

Today, I walked into church {15 minutes late...okay maybe more like 20} in time to hear my brother-in-law's name announced as the first speaker. It was nice having him speak, if for no other reason than my kids were excited to see him up there so they were quiet while he was talking. {Kidding...sort of...} I sat on the bench and listened intently as he shared his feelings about the temple, and how attending the temple has changed his focus in life and given him peace when he has needed it the most. The strength of the testimony behind his words was palpable in the room and his words resonated with me. Perhaps because I have c…

Settling in to new routines and schedules

It's hard to believe how quickly the first weeks of school have gone by! This year, we have kids in 3 different schools and they take 4 different modes of transportation to and from school (none of which is me driving, haha). I thought that would make things completely crazy but it has actually been really nice. Instead of having to rush to get 3 or 4 kids out the door all at once, I can check in with each of them individually to make sure that they have everything they need and are ready to go. It has made getting Raya ready in the morning SO much easier than the past 2 school years.

One of the struggles she has had in the past is difficulty focusing on the things she needs to do to get ready for school in the morning. She was (and is) very easily distracted. Last year was especially difficult. Even with frequent reminders throughout the morning, I would find her playing with toys because she had gotten distracted and forgotten what she was supposed to be doing. It wasn't tha…

It's school time again!

After what felt like the SHORTEST summer break yet, we're a couple weeks in to another school year already. In some ways, the summer went by too quickly because we stayed so busy all summer, but we were ready to get back into the swing of things. We had a really REEEALLY busy summer, but it was also a great one. Some of the kids did swim team for the first time and really enjoyed it despite the 6 am practices. All but one did swimming lessons or diving classes and they all loved that too. In the past, I've felt like they didn't get much out of swimming lessons but it was great to watch how much progress they made after a solid 6 or 7 weeks of practice. Keeping them busy helped keep them happy too. Aside from all the pool time, we spent a lot of time at the library, playing with friends, having lunch at one of the nearby schools, doing chores, and reading. We spent a lot of time (almost all of it) together, and it was just what we needed. Sometimes that was exhausting in it…