We like books around here. There are piles of books in nearly every room of the house. And with four kids, the majority of the books are understandably for the kiddos. That’s totally fine by me, as I adore children’s stories. I love to have many options readily available for my girls, so that anytime can be story time.
Since Amani was born, a daily reading routine has developed that will help foster her love of books.
Life as a mother of four is starting to feel like my new normal. I’m no longer confused as how to manage them all. And while for the most part, I have it under control, it’s been exhausting. I’m often asked, “How do you do it?”
Quite honestly, I don’t really think about it, I just do it. To me, raising my daughters has been such a blessing I’m grateful for. That being said, it isn’t easy! I struggle to find “me time” even if it’s only for a few minutes for a cup of tea. Lately, I’ve been hearing five words that have been music to my ears and a relief for my arms.
If my husband had his way, all of our kids’ toys would be regaled to the basement, where they would stay for the rest of their childhood days.
“We always kept our toys in the basement!” he exclaims when he trips, yet again, over a stray Lego or play baby doll. But let’s face it–things are different nowadays then when we were kids. Not only do kids simply have more toys, as parents, we are more apt to get in on the fun of playing with our kids. And as a mom, I’ve found that allowing the kids to play with toys around the whole house keeps them happy and engaged and frees me up to do other tasks while they play close by.
However, I’m a mom who hates clutter and loves to organize. It makes me crazy to have toys littering the house and another mess to clean up. So, I’ve stuck to a few simple toy organization strategies over the years that help keep me sane–and the kids happy.
When I was a little girl, I remember my mother explaining to us that we had a new baby cousin–and that his name was Glacier.
I remember giggling a little at the name, but now, as a mother myself, I love the uniqueness of my cousin’s name. And my uncle, a nature lover, went on to continue his nature-theme with his subsequent children, naming them Canyon and Sierra. In the spirit of admiring the beauty of nature, here are baby names inspired by nature.