For many weeks, before we hit a good, new groove, week days were hard. The pace was tough for us all, but added to that, the struggle with transitions made them very tough for my son. We all needed green space, relaxation and rest, but with the lack of outdoor space where we live, no garden and to be honest no time, it was nigh on impossible. As the warmer weather arrived and with it lighter evenings, plus some new meds and easier transitions, we’ve been able to push bedtime back an additional 30-45 minutes. And with that time, we’ve been able to do something: swimming, a bike ride, sometimes a craft (but the truth is, we all benefit more from time out of doors). I’m trying, even when very challenging to commit to carving out this time, even during the week when schedules are rushed, to give them an hour of just being in the moment - no talk of bedtime or what comes tomorrow, no errands or chores or cooking, just family time without distraction. I feel we all breathe easier and have the continued solidification as a unit that we need, not just on weekends, but each and every day; we have so much to make up for. My arthritis being easier the next day, after exercise, is another added bonus, too. And the benefits make the challenges (10:40pm and both children still awake, despite going to bed more than 2.5 hrs ago! Sigh!)
easier, a tad less frustrating !
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Money Spent On Groceries in 2013
Books Read in 2013
3. Flowers For Algernon
4. Animal Farm
6. The Secret Daughter
1.The Two Nazanins
2.Confessions Of A Bad Beekeeper
3.The Encouraging Parent
5.Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?
6.Raising A Right Brained Child In A Left Brained World
7.How To Make Your Child A Reader For Life
8.The Bookseller of Kabul
9.The Sane Woman's Guide To Raising A Large Family
Daughter Grade 3 (Chapter Books)
Stanley's Christmas Adventure
George's Marvelous Medicine
Sarah Plain and Tall
Ramona Books x 5
Road To Avonlea Chapter Books x 3
Junie B Jones Chapter Books x 6
James and The Giant Peach
Reader Level 4 Books x 9
Son Grade 1 (Picture Books)
January: 62 books
February: 73 books
March: 95 books
April: 89 books