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Summer is in full swing and bedtimes have flown out the window.

During the school year, M began her bedtime routine at about 8pm.  By 9pm, all of us were in bed and the kids were usually sleeping.

That meant they woke up relatively early, even on the weekends.

Once summer hit, that routine just ended.  Bedtime has started around 10pm, and there are times M won’t sleep until almost midnight!

It’s not like I wanted it to be that way.

We went on vacation to Las Vegas about two weeks ago (hence the blog silence), and bedtimes don’t really exist on vacation…

The one thing about late bedtimes means that the girls are sleeping in until about 9:30am now.  It’s pretty nice.  Sleeping in feels nice.  It’s just that simple.

Honestly, I don’t like the super late bedtimes for the girls.  I’ve been trying to get the bedtime routine started about 9:30pm, but she’s just not used to it yet.  She’ll be in bed by 10pm.  Then she’s tossing and turning until almost midnight!

She’s lucky that she gets to sleep in!

I’m hoping that I can start getting her on an earlier bedtime again.

But it’s summer!  There is just too much to do!

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We’re officially on summer vacation.

YAY!

I have to say that these first few days without school have been a bit weird for me.  I keep waking up early thinking I have somewhere to go.

M, on the other hand, doesn’t even miss it!  She’s been fine not having to really adhere to any schedule right now.

We haven’t been doing much.  My parents came to visit for a few days after the graduation and we’ve just been lazy.

We’ve been giving our brains a break from the structure of the school day and the school year.  We’re waking up when we want and we are doing things (or not doing things) without a schedule.

She’s been thriving.  She’s feeling refreshed.

She’ll grab a coloring book and color.  She’ll grab a piece of paper, some water colors, and she’ll paint.  We’ll go outside, play with sidewalk chalk, and she’ll end up writing letters and words.  She’ll draw shapes and pictures.

She’s implementing all the wonderful things she’s learned from this past school year and adding it to her ‘play’ time.

I love it!

As the summer progresses, I do have some educational activity books that I would like to see her play around with.

I’ll slowly reintroduce a scheduled quiet and focus time so that she is prepared for the academic environment again.  I will work with her on some of the thing she needed to improve on based on her preschool teacher’s “end of the year” evaluation.

We’ll get into all of that as the summer progresses…

But for now, we’re just going to let loose and enjoy the free time.

As for K, I know she’s enjoying the fact that she isn’t constantly being strapped into a car seat and driven around all the time.  She’s also enjoying the fact that her sister is around all day!

How do you usually spend your summer vacation?  How lazy do you all yourselves to get?

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