|Hydrangeas from our yard, plums from the neighbor|
But today was the day I've been waiting for. The day when all the "beginning of school"-ness is over and our new daily routine feels like that - just our routine. Today wasn't any less busy. But instead of feeling like I need to have my eyes on the calendar and the clock at all times, we are able to flow from one thing to the next.
|The boys helping to wind yarn for Max's class|
One thing that has made our evenings easier this week was the removal of screen time for the boys. Usually they get 30 minutes a day, but as a consequence for some poor choices last weekend, it was taken away for the week. It's amazing how much more we are able to fit in that 30 minutes - we've played games, had mini-music concerts, and lots of Lego building has been occurring. The arguments between the two boys have decreased, also. It is really causing us to question why we should ever add it back into our evenings.
All I can say is that today was the day. The day when the world felt manageable again. And it's looking like tomorrow will be the same. There's soccer practice, meetings at work, tomatoes to finish canning, and a camping trip for which we need to pack. But we've got this. It's just part of the routine.