My sweet middle child has been having some rough days lately…
…hurt feelings on the playground
…a crushed lunch (someone accidentally? smashed his lunch to bits; plastic sandwich holder cracked into pieces and juice pouch sliced open leaking on everything!)
…tears at bedtime every night over "what will happen if our house burns down?"
(Mary Catherine is learning about Fire Science from the Olathe Fire Department with weekly visits…we know all about the Fire Triangle in this house...)
So I ran out this morning…on my day off…to buy Ben some new bed sheets.
Flannel bed sheets!
(Ben's had this sweet teddy bear since he was born…a gift from his Uncle Ryan (Chris' brother))
Bed time has felt rushed this school year.
Tired kids…and a tired mama…especially when Daddy's on-duty…has made for hurried and lapsed routines.
"Get on your jammies…no time for books…say your prayers to yourself," sadly has been my motto of late.
So, I promised Ben when I dropped him off at school this AM, that our evenings would flow better.
Flannel sheets won't take all of his fears away, but I'm hoping that being wrapped up in cozy flannel will somehow make the nights seem shorter…and warmer.
That, and returning to our bedtime normal…
…bath…books...and bedtime prayers…should help everyone fall asleep quicker and longer.
(Sight words on a ring…Dr. Seuss' "Oh the Places You'll Go World Travel Cards --beautiful and informative...and some of our favorite read-aloud picture books)
(Tear jerker of a story…about one mother's quest to remember and capture their "lasts" instead of letting them silently slip by)
(Our favorite bedtime activity…Holy Water and Prayers of Thanksgiving)
Wishing you all sweet dreams this evening wherever you lay your head down.