Friday, June 2, 2017

National Donut Day 2017

This might as well be a national holiday for me. My love for donuts- particularly sprinkled ones- runs deep. Here's a recent conversation between my husband and I about the fact that he went to the new donut joint without me:

And here is a picture of me with a donut as big as my face, because I am nothing if not classy. Go big or go home, I say.

So I'd love to stay and chat, but we're dashing down the street to our local donut hole, Daylight Donuts, to grab a dozen (or so...)

How will you be celebrating?


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Everyday #Goals: June

It’s June. Yes, you read that correctly. JUNE. As in, nearly half of the year is already gone. How am I handling it? Well, my house is in boxes, I don’t know whether or not I’m going to have a house to move into in a couple of weeks, and I just hid in the pantry to eat the last s’mores Pop Tart, so you could say I’m slaying at this 2017 thing.

Seriously though, it’s not been that bad. We’ve got a week-and-a-half left of school until our summer break and (fingers crossed) our move into a new house, so it’s about to get REAL, and so I’m getting organized. Here are my goals for June:

1. Finish the last of our school work and have an End of Year Party
I am SO proud of how well we’ve done this year with homeschooling. We’ve been consistent in doing school and I have rarely felt burnt out. I attribute all of this to our new Year-Round Homeschooling schedule, which I plan to talk about in an upcoming post. It was a total game-changer for us! Just a few more days of school work (mostly fun things!) and we’re officially finished with the 2016-17 school year! We're planning to celebrate with ice cream and a trip to the splash pad!

2. Finish packing up the house
Truth: I did a HUGE purge in every room of the house last summer and it has made it incredibly easy to pack up to move (if you haven't read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, drop everything and get it now). We stopped packing a few weeks ago because we needed everything that was left! It’s getting down to the wire now, and it’s time to get the rest of those things packed up!

3. Unpack bedrooms in *new* house
I’m trying to be realistic with unpacking the new place. It’s not going to feel completely unpacked for a while, but I would like for the kids to feel settled nearly right away, and I’d like for Ryan and I to have our room unpacked as well. That will make a big difference in feeling at home in the new place.

4. Read all of Charlotte Mason’s Principles (summarized here)
I’ve been really encouraged by the Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling and I’m looking forward to implementing many of those principles next year using AmblesideOnline! Planning ahead is an absolute necessity for me to feel like I can handle this homeschool thing. Doing the majority of the work up-front allows the rest of the year to run fairly smoothly, so I’m in the midst of curriculum planning right now!

5. Remember to take time to breathe
Our new neighborhood is going to have a pool and a park, so I am planning on taking full advantage of those free ways to entertain my family. My hammock will also be getting quite a bit of use this month and next. If I don’t take care of myself, how can I expect to care for my family?

6. One photo every day
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that earlier this year, I put down my camera and abandoned all of my personal projects in an effort to get some perspective and clarity in my life… but now I’m ready to pick it back up. I NEED that creative outlet. I absolutely love photography, and I really can’t wait to find new ways to capture our life.

Do you have some goals for this month? Are you vacationing for summer and have ZERO goals? Wish us luck on our upcoming move and stay tuned for the adventure!