Here's an article that talks about sleep as a competitive advantage (as opposed to thinking of working extra long hours as the competitive advantage). And if you think it's ironic to be writing about sleep when I have two babies in the house, you should look at this Ted talk about how we naturally sleep (Spoiler: it's not in a single stretch of eight consecutive hours!). Mothers of nursing babies, you have to read it! It will make you much more chill about that 2 am feeding.
I loved this article called Masters of Love. It has some wonderful thoughts about ways to have a lasting, successful, marriage. Years ago, when a newly engaged friend asked us for our best marriage advice, Ben had an immediate answer: Always assume positive intent. Is your spouse late? Messy? Grumpy? Did (s)he leave underwear on the floor in the bathroom? The answer is the same: assume positive intent. "Ah yes, a hermeneutic of generosity," our friend responded, which is a beautiful way of putting it. Whatever you're going to call it, I strive every single day to live it out with Ben, with our kids, and with whoever I might come across. It will change the way you look at the world.
This is exactly how I feel when I think about these babies growing up! This little girl has captured my emotions to a T. The best part is when the baby smiles at his sobbing sister.
Have you guys watched Bob's Burgers (link to one of our favorite episodes)? It is a seriously funny adult show (definitely not for kiddos!), and I think you'll find the characters just as silly as we do. Here's an interview with the cast which you should look at after you've watched a couple of episodes. Can you believe the way they cast those voice actors?
And here's some research that supports what I think many parents already know: it's play that makes kids smarter, not classroom time. And with that, carry on with all of your summer adventures!
We're taking a bit of a technology break these coming days: looking forward to dropping in soon!