So, after my last few "Family Book Club" posts, I've gotten a lot of "how do you have the energy to do all of that?", "You're SUPER MOM!", etc. kind of comments and emails and I want to make sure that you all know that there are lots of days around here where there's not a craft in sight :)
I always try to keep things engaging and I strive to do fun, educational things with them on the daily - but a lot of times that looks like the picture below and not a day full of fun book-themed activities.
On a lot of days we're not weaving with pipe cleaners or making paper tacos, but we're waiting out front for Dave to come home from work and I'm taking too many pictures :)
And there are a lot of days where we change out of our jammies, into our bathing suits - but not until after dinner :)
On most days I don't feel like Super Mom - and on days when I do, it's often days where we've done nothing productive, but instead we've read lots of stories, snuggled a lot and made a big mess.
Yesterday I felt like Super Mom and I never even got out my glue gun. ;)
I know I'm rambling, but what I'm trying to say is that I don't think "Super Moms" are the ones that do it all. Or the ones with the theme breakfasts. Or the ones that conduct taco sauce science experiments during quiet time.
Super Moms can do all of those things - for sure! - but I think Super Moms are the ones relishing in their children, which might happen during an impromptu tickle fight or a sweet pre-nap conversation and not during a planned activity. I LOVE doing all of those fun, crafty things with my kids - but I also don't put pressure on myself to do them every day. I do think that my kids will remember those special days, but more than that I think they'll remember the quality time we spent together as a family.
I do feel some self-imposed pressure to "make the most" of our time together in the summer since I work during the school year, but I've come to realize that that doesn't always mean a lesson plan. #teacherproblems :)
Now, no worries.... I have lots of crafts and book clubs and other fun stuff planned out... but we also have lots of lazy days and ice cream in our summer plans as well. :)