Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Rhythm and Balance


Our summer is starting to have a rhythm to it. Each day starts with breakfast together so we can discuss our plans for the day. The kids enjoy this time at the beginning of the day when Mommy is fresh and the possibilities are endless. Today we went to the bird sanctuary, came home for quiet time, had friends over for dinner, played in the yard and ended the day with my two older children telling very imaginative bedtime stories. It seems like our days have naturally taken on that rhythm. After dinner has become a time for the kids to release any leftover energy from the day. The final rush before bedtime. Last night my son started making super hero costumes from felt. After a little help and guidance from me, the three of them were “flying” around the yard with my youngest yelling, “Super Me! Super Me!”. Bedtimes are becoming calmer because they are tired from their days of exploring, running, playing and creating.




I’ve been reading a lot about the rhythm of a home. Schedules, organization, balance. It makes sense that a child likes to know what is coming next. Our school year has a different rhythm to it and I think it took all last week to find our summer rhythm. The kids like to play on their own, do a project with me and then wander away to play again. It’s given me the chance to spend time with them and then pursue my own projects without any struggle. (One of my summer reads is The Green Kitchen by Alice Waters. It’s filled with basic recipes for simple, seasonal cooking.)


Another thing that makes this summer more rhythmic is we got rid of a lot of “stuff”. Before school was out I spent 4 full days cleaning every room, closet and cupboard in the house. We donated the majority, recycled some and threw the rest into the garbage. Without the excess it’s been easier to keep the house tidy because everything has a place and the bedrooms aren’t overflowing. I am also much more conscious about what I bring into the house and that means less trips to store, more time for our family.


Today I saw a glimpse of our summer balance and rhythm forming. It was a beautiful day.


Valerie

2 comments:

  1. It seems like it took us a few days to find the summer rhythm too. It's different from school rhythm, but still predictable, so it works. My kids also have the after dinner energy burst, and it's nice they can get rid of it in the warm evenings we've been having! Great post!

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  2. It seems like it took us a few days to find the summer rhythm too. It's different from school rhythm, but still predictable, so it works. My kids also have the after dinner energy burst, and it's nice they can get rid of it in the warm evenings we've been having! Great post!

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