Reminded once again last night how it's pretty essential to have your camera on hand to capture those good-old regular life moments.
Did you enjoy the exercise?
You will see in some of the shots below that Simon is definitely getting to the point where he is not too keen on having the camera pointed at him all the time.
Here are some of the photos I took – notice lots of blurred images and imperfect shots. Love them. Great reflection of real life for us. My layout will become a part of the book I am working on – planning on printing out the photos and the journaling (directly from here) and putting something together today.
Step One: Play something together as a family
Last night Simon was doing really great at sharing (something he has been working on a lot at school and here at home). He divided up all the marbles – some for me and some for Chris and some for him. We each took turns placing the marbles on the slides. Notice he has his jammie shirt on already – he has been big into his jammies lately.
Step Two: Bath Time
Most nights you take a bath. It is great simply as a part of the routine in moving towards bed (besides the fact that it gets you clean). You have pretty much always liked the bath. Now you are even washing your own hair – dumping water on your head and everything. Some nights we brush your teeth in the bath and other times you stand on a stool so you can reach the sink. Right now we are working on teaching you how to spit out the toothpaste.
Step Three: Dry Off + Jammies + Pick a book
I think I love the jammies just as much as you. One of my favorite things to get for you. Lately you have been going in to your room and picking out your own. Still working on getting you to put them on yourself.
Step Four: Read the book & say the prayer
This is an essential part of the routine. You love this part. One or two books (sometimes more). We read to you or you
"read" to us. Right now you are really into identifying the letters in words – spelling and then saying the words on the page. You are also using your finger to underline sentences as I read.
After books is the prayer. We say the same one every night. If you end up having to get up to go to the bathroom then you usually ask for the prayer again. Lights go out when we say the prayer.
Step Five: Relax, Clean Up, Check Email, Head to bed
Sometimes you turn your light back on and look at a book for a bit, but for the most part it is lights out for you.
That's us. Our nightly routine. Sometimes there's a bit of drama, but for the most part if we keep it consistent it is all good.