This afternoon my feet are up, my thighs are tanned and my shoulders are sun burned! Guess what? I wouldn’t trade this feeling for the world. Here’s how I think of parenting (especially when you’re an intentional, all-in kind of parent). It’s an insane roller coaster and a huge part of the job is just trying to hold on for dear life because you weren’t provided with any sort of safety harness. Sometimes you’re in the trenches, the mud, the lowest of lows – you’re on the underground part of the track where it’s humid and smelly. Then, there are the highs – the exhilarating time at the top of the roller coaster where you get to look down below and see all of the places you’ve been and where you’re going and you get to stare with your mouth agape at the wonders around you. This week, we’re on the high. The last couple weeks have been lows or moderates, but on this beautiful Sunday I am thanking the universe for this wonderful high. You’ll notice the positivity pouring through me as you read this week’s Reads & Things Sunday post. I also want to note that I am not ignorant of the horrors and pain the world has experienced this past week. I am choosing to pour goodness and gratitude and joy into the world – to fill our cups with happiness.
READS & THINGS SUNDAY
What we’ve been reading and loving this week. Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. If you choose to purchase anything through my link I will receive a small commission, but at no extra cost to you.
- Cozy Classics – The Nutcracker by Jack Wang & Holman Wang. It has nothing to do with the fact that it’s a Christmas book and everything to do with the fact that Addison loves to say the word “Nutcracker”. The Cozy Classics series is cool for a few reasons. Firstly, instead of illustrations, they contain photographs of crocheted/knitted/sewed versions of scenes from the stories. I like that it’s a bit of a different medium than we are used to, it honestly makes it a little more interesting for us as parents to enjoy. Secondly, we value the idea of being knowledgable about classic literature and these stories are a small and gentle introduction into famous literary works. Instead of retelling the entire story, these books pick out the most important parts of the plot and pull one word for each page. It allows you as the parent to fill in the story with whatever you want (also testing your own knowledge of the classics). Super fun.
- Be a Star Wonder Woman! by Michael Dahl. I’ve mentioned this book on a few reads & things sunday posts recently, but that’s because it’s really been helpful when getting over separation anxiety (I wrote a whole post about how we have been struggling with separation issues ever since AJ started preschool and how we’re using books to help us). We really like superheroes in our home anyway – see below – so this book just makes so much sense for us from so many perspectives. I love when you find a book that seems to so completely fit your intentional bookshelf.
- I’ve just dipped my toes into The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer but so far I thoroughly enjoy it. I have been so deep into the psychological thrillers lately that it’s nice to have something a bit more sci-fi. I didn’t do much book reading this week, but I have been reading plenty of my favorite blogs. The posts I enjoyed most this week were: Separation Anxiety & Emotional Regulation for Daycare Drop-Off by Julia Pappas (super helpful for our current struggles) and Teaching Kids Love, Empathy and Acceptance by Emily Cretella on Mother Hustle (I contributed a list of books to help parents for this post, as well).
- One of the things I put on my Powersheets by Lara Casey as a huge goal for myself was to make some friends in our new home of South Carolina. I’m fairly introverted and very shy so introducing myself to people is not my cup of tea (or coffee, for that matter). However, my husband and I have made huge strides to make friends – and we have been super neighbors going out and meeting who lives near us and we now have actual friends! Our awesome neighbor invited our family on his boat on Saturday and we spent all day out on the water (we bought this brand of safety life jacket and it was very comfy for her and safe). Addison had such a fun time and even fell asleep on the boat. While we were out on the water with her sleeping in my arms, I was overflowing with admiration for the beautiful world we live in and for the blessings of a safe, healthy and kind daughter and loving, supportive husband. My daughter feeds every part of who I am and what I do. It’s crazy to think that without her I never would have started this blog and business. Because of her existence, I have learned something amazing about books and life and now have the honor of teaching others – blows my mind.
- I have been seriously jamming out in my office every day to The Eagles pandora station (you’d know this if you follow me on Instagram, I am always sharing screenshots in my story of what I’m listening too and even doing a little impromptu singing of my own). About 2 or 3 years ago we bought this Sony Bluetooth speaker (the older version of course) and it is still going strong and the music quality is superb! I have to keep the volume at about 50% because it’s *too loud* otherwise – which means the sound potential is huge. Music, dancing, and singing has always been a passion of mine and it’s so fun to be able to just feel the music while I’m being productive. Get that bluetooth speaker if you don’t have one already!
- We have decided that it’s not worth it to worry about making sure everything is perfect before we make our home truly ours (we are a military family and we move so often we don’t have any time to delay). We have jumped right in to making changes to our home – paint, creating gallery walls, you name it. They don’t have to be expensive investments to make a huge impact and I am finally feeling at home! My favorite space right now is Addison’s room (specifically above her dresser), I took some advice from my post about little details that make a reading space magical in this space. We are waiting for her really cool bookshelf to arrive – I’ll share that in next week’s post – but for now we have her favorite books, all the same height of course, displayed along with some artwork she helped pick out earlier this year. I also am loving our dining room – it was all red and we didn’t like that so we painted it white and gray and added some nice, minimal but bold pieces.
- I have a bonus! I hadn’t ever seen the Lego Batman Movie and I was soooo not disappointed! It’s funny, witty and outrageous (just like all the other lego movies). We had a little movie night on Friday and it was the perfect choice.