Hidden Art Friday

san diegoAs I mentioned on Monday, I spent last weekend in San Diego with all four kids while my husband stayed home for work stuff.  We survived, but I realized that it was a just-because-you-can-doesn’t-mean-you-should teaching moment for me.  Traveling alone with the children is not the best choice for me at this point in our life.  It was beautiful down there, and I got to see many friends I hadn’t seen in months or years!  But my miniscule amount of sleep and excessive amount of stress (has anyone else had a child escape out of their hotel room without anyone noticing?) resulted in a yucky cold for me and crabbiness all around.  So we’ve been resting and recovering all week, enjoying some home days.  The kids and I have been listening to The Railway Children online.  What are your favorite audiobooks?

In my attempts to simplify things around the house, I keep coming back to cutting back on cooking.  I love to cook–it’s my favorite homemaking task, and I would happily do it three times a day (if I didn’t have four little distractions who tend to be the neediest right before mealtimes).  But I’m trying to be more purposeful about saving a step or doing double duty prep with meals so that I’m not spending as much time on food prep every single day (during the roughest hour of our day).  Auntie Leila at Like Mother, Like Daughter has a great post on this, and I’d love to hear what has worked for you guys!

Have you read this article on overprotecting our kids?  It’s been making the rounds in my social networks, and I already posted the link in our facebook forum discussion on Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child, but it’s worth mentioning again.  (And I’ll mention that we’ll be discussing Method 7 this week on the forum.  Thanks to Jeannie who faithfully comments every week and keeps me accountable to read the right chapter in time!)

I’m looking forward to a weekend much saner than my last.  Hope that yours is lovely, too, dear readers!

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