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It feels like I blinked and it’s Friday again! We had a fun week and enjoyed having my husband home an extra day to celebrate Independence Day. We went to my brother and sister in law’s house for a big July 4 block party – nothing like good food, good company, and an awesome fireworks display!
I’ve been reading The Everything Parent’s Guide to the Strong-Willed Child by Carl Pickhardt. I’ve found that it pretty much nails down experiences with my 4-year-old. This book not only helps to understand a strong-willed child but also gives ways to tailor parenting practices. In a very basic sense, it’s just nice to read a book that helps me to feel less discouraged that what we are experiencing isn’t a “unique” situation. So far, this book gives reassurance that although strong-willed children do present a unique challenge, it is possible to tailor parenting practices.
My husband and I finally sat down for a movie night last Saturday. We watched the movie Bad Moms. It’s a comedy about motherhood when three under-appreciate moms are pushed to their limits. I was happy to finally see it! It was what we expected, a night of comedic relief!
I listened to a podcast by Risen Motherhood, When Dad Works Long Hours. It’s definitely worth the listen if you ever feel like you’re soldiering on with the children and your husband is working late (again). If your husband works more than you think he should, or misses dinner because he works late, sometimes we expect our husbands to have more control over their schedules than they do.
Although the long days might leave you stuck in cycles of comparison, it’s important to remember that your husband or his job are not the enemy. It’s not a matter of being a door mat but it’s remembering to extend grace and not to make your husband “pay for” being late and then wasting away those precious moments you have with him.
The boys made a holiday poster to celebrate the Fourth of July. We tried straw painting for the first time and it was a big hit! My 4-year-old really enjoyed it and he’s the one who is often times finished with the project not long after we begin. But, straw painting was an art project homerun!
I wore this lovely navy crochet trim dress that was so comfortable. I ordered it just to be a comfortable summer dress but it was better quality than I anticipated. It can easily be dressed up with a little jewelry and a cute pair of sandals. This bouquet was one of my highlights that I picked up at the Farmer’s Market! Something about fresh blooms just makes my day! :)
We are looking forward to the weekend! As always, if you follow along on Instagram, I’m always sharing what we are up to through Instastories. You will probably find me and the boys splashing in the pool on Saturday while daddy works and then Sunday Funday will be a family day.
HAVE A HAPPY WEEKEND, LOVELIES!