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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Blessed Routine

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1

Here are some pictures of these sweet boys! It seems we have a real schedule with school here. I've found even the most spontaneous of people thrive on routine.

There's something about being able to predict certain parts of the day that keeps you sane and focused. I'm all for last minute surprises and exciting unplanned activities (basically, with four kids this describes most of your life!) but I love the monotony of predictable days...get up, get dressed, go to school, come home, eat dinner, go to bed. These staples provide comfort in the turbulence of life.

When our time is well planned the unexpected doesn't toss us around as much. With a plan we can anchor ourselves in Christ and actually look forward to the surprises and call them pleasant! We're in a good season.

We love our new schedule. Even the things we love, like our new schedule, are hard to adjust to sometimes.

I have had a hard time making this blessed schedule "regular." I like down time, that is time to relax, think, sit, ponder. With the new fall thing, there is not time for idling after 6:40 AM! This is making me a bear. I have been telling everyone to bear with me on the adjusting! After some Saturday morning down time, I think I'm smoothly sailing in to autumn!

We took time off this weekend from hustling, from the gym. We took time to visit with friends at our awesome tailgate. We took time to snuggle in our pj's a little longer than Monday through Friday. We made our beds and vacuumed our floor before we rushed out the door. Sometimes routines need a little leeway...ours got it. Our new schedule is lovely!

We go to the gym every morning and then run errands. By the time we get home it's lunch! If you have little boys then you know, this is one of their most favorite times of the day. My boys like to eat...lots.

Today we started preschool...That in itself is food for another day's post! So, back to the non-preschool days. We finally got those down...after a week and a half! We got our get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, run errands, eat lunch, do chores and take a rest down for now.

Hunter is a strong helper. He holds doors for me. He gets groceries off the shelf for me. He loads the car and pushes the stroller. He is teaching Palmer how to walk through a parking lot holding Mommy's hand. He folds towels, washcloths and socks and can even put them away by himself. He makes his bed, cleans his room and puts his clothes in the dirty clothes. He leads by a strong example. We're off to a good year.

Palmer is learning so much these days. He knows the parts of the body including eyes, ears, nose, mouth, ears, hands, feet, toes and tummy. He knows blue, green and red. He says dog, milk, water, cracker and many other unintelligible things. He has had a toy phone glued to his ear while jabbering since Ms. Nettie gave it to him a week ago! He's a real estate agent of the future for sure!

He'd rather be outside than in the house. He'll fight against sleep until it ultimately overtakes him...sometimes the fight can be long and intense. He leans forward to "kiss" with his forehead but offers his lips when you make the "mmmmuuh" sound as you kiss him. He's chipped his two front teeth. We don't know how. He never ever cries from pain! Mommy says it messes up his perfect smile, but only a little. Daddy says it makes him look tough and grown up. Now those are two words mommies don't like to hear!

Enjoy these boys! (and those cheeks!)


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Wilhelmine Mitchell said...

The pictures are precious and I really enjoy being kept up-to-date on happenings!

Kathryn, Michael & Alex said...

Routines are glorious!!!

I thrive on them.

Such precious pictures of those boys, enjoy them.