It’s Saturday, and you know what that means…time for our weekly sip n’ share! What’s new with you this week? Did you have a good holiday (if you celebrated)? How are you holding up in this heat? I’m not sure what’s happening over here in our house, but this week has just flown by! It feels like such a blur quite honestly. I’m not sure if it’s the humidity, the 4th of July, or the anticipation of fun things coming up, but something is just making it feel like we’re dragging along.
What are you drinking this morning? Whatever it is, grab your cup and get comfy. Let’s chat!
The Holiday Blur
This year was our first ever 4th of July in North Carolina. As much as I’m not a fan of 4th of July, it did feel a little odd not to have our normal traditions in place. In Maryland we would’ve visited Snow Hill sometime around the 4th and watched the fireworks with our family and friends. We may have attended some kind of BBQ on the 4th. This year was different, though.
For this 4th of July we decided to stay at home. The idea of traveling anywhere seemed a bit overwhelming, as we’re still not very familiar with most of Charlotte. One of our neighbors had told me that if you stay in the neighborhood you’ll still be able to see fireworks. She was right!
We cooked, hung out as a family and BBQed throughout the day on the 4th. That night we decided to step outside for awhile to do some sparklers. Sure enough, while we were outside, the fireworks started. From about 9 p.m. until Midnight we had front row seats to fireworks all around us…they were in our neighborhood and the neighborhoods around us.
The Visitor Blur
I think another reason this past week seemed like such a blur was because of the fact that we had not one, but two set of visitors! Our girls were very excited to know that their grandparents and some of Daddy’s friends were coming to visit.
My parents were in town for a few days at the end of last week and beginning of this week. My husband’s friends stopped by for a few hours on Wednesday as they travelled back home from a camping trip. It’s nice having familiar faces in our home after moving so far away, but man does it make the days blur together! We’ve been fortunate enough to have a handful of visitors here in North Carolina since we moved here in September. Each time the visits feel quick and the days blur together. I think it’s just the natural way of things.
The Fighting Blur
I’m sure you know by now, but in case you don’t, we have two girls that are 8 and 6 years old. I’m not sure if it’s their ages, the Summer or what, but man have they been fighting a lot lately. It is exhausting. Every five seconds I find myself having to referee a battle of two strong-willed little girls. One is telling the other what to do, while the other is defiantly fighting the bossy one to the end. Other times they fight because one won’t allow the other to be codependent on her in that moment. It’s a lot.
Today I found myself Googling “ways to keep your kids from fighting.” I know that some fighting is normal, but I feel like it has been excessive lately. Keeping my cool as a Mom is something I know how to do, but even I am human. I can only take so much of the “Mommmmyyyyy!!!!!” before I snap. But that’s why I started looking for outside answers. One cool idea I found? A job jar. Anytime they start fighting you tell them to go pick a job from the job jar. They have to draw randomly and blindly, so they don’t know what they’re going to get.
Another funny idea? One Mom said she makes her kids sit nose-to-nose on the floor. The idea is that they get so uncomfortable that they start to giggle and laugh, forgetting that they were even fighting in the first place.
I’m not sure which route I’m going to go yet, but I do know one thing…they’ve got to learn to fight a little less often, and to communicate a bit more effectively!
Ready for Next Week
I don’t know about you, but I am ready for next week. For our household it will be busy, but I am hoping it’ll be a little less of a blur than this past week.
What do you do when your days going by fast and everything starts to blur together? Do you take time to give yourself a pause and reset?
I would love to hear about your week. Let me know in the comments below or send me an email.
Until next time…