Happy Sunday, lovelies! I’m sharing an often-requested post talking details for how the heck I get out the door each Sunday morning and why my kids love taking our Sunday photo. It’s so much more simple than you’d think.
It’s the last Sunday before school starts!!
It’s been an exciting night for the kids to find out who their teachers are! We’ll meet them tomorrow at Meet The Teacher night! We live in a newer area, so we don’t know any of the teachers but the kids are excited for adventure! If you ask them if they’re anxious to go to school they’ll say “Yes!” followed by a quiet, “but I’d rather stay home.” haha. I haven’t made their summer too exciting. They spend most of their mornings playing upstairs together. Then we swim in the backyard and have lunch before quiet-time & nap-time. The twins (5) still nap, but we’ve cut that down since they’ll be starting Kindergarten in a few days and won’t be napping there. Needless to say, the twins were THRILLED to skip their naps for these last few weeks of summer.
Our Sunday Routine
We’ve always considered Sundays to be a family day. This tradition was engrained into both of us while growing up. We try our best to keep the shopping, playdates, exercising, studying, work, etc.. to a minimum by making Sundays a day of rest and family time. On Instagram, I’m often asked what church I go to. Aaron and I were both raised Christian and you can pop over HERE to read more about our faith. Specifically, we belong to The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It’s where our hearts have found peace. When I was in my teens, I bounced around between a few churches and one time, I left religion all-together. I found myself in a really rough place and felt broken in nearly every way. It was in my lowest point that I felt a deep desire to know if there was a God that truly cared about me. I read the scriptures each day and over the course of the next few months, I had far too many spiritual experiences and peaceful reassurances to know for myself that He was real and the Savior gave His life for me. We love our church and have found comfort in making it a part of our weekly adventures.
Here’s what a typical Sunday looks like in our family!
5:50am- Aaron wakes up early to go to church. He serves in our church as a secretary to our bishop (similar to a pastor). Aaron spends quite a bit of time each week scheduling visits with the bishop, lessons given in church, sending out reminders, announcements. He genuinely loves it. Fun Fact: The bishop, teachers, youth leaders, etc are not paid. It’s all through volunteer efforts.
7:10am– Alarm goes off! The kids and I get ready for church. Quick granola bar + fruit breakfast and we’re out the door by 7:50 –ish. (wink wink)
TIP: Saturday night, I spend a few minutes getting the 4 kid’s outfits laid out. Matching the kids is honestly SO MUCH EASIER for me because I look for 1 dress and snag them in all 3 sizes. The kids get themselves dressed before they come out of their room.
8:00am- Church begins! We stay together as a family in the chapel, take the sacrament (or communion), recommit our desires to draw closer to the Savior and treat others with kindness and respect, listen to lessons prepared by a few youth & adult speakers from the congregation (yes, I’ve been invited to speak many times – always a good experience preparing, but say hello to public speaking anxiety for me!!). Then we split up into smaller classes. Avery goes to her nursery class, the kids go to singing time and Sunday school, and we head into the adult class.
10:00am– Head home. Take our family selfie picture. 😉 The kids all know that when we walk into the house, we’ll snap a family photo. They LOVE this because they’ll get a treat within 2 minutes of walking in the house. Win Win for everyone. Right after, clothes are ripped off and pajamas or play clothes are put on. We’ll have lunch, hang out, play games, clean up and then it’s quiet-time & nap-time.
4:00pm- Snacks. Play. Movies. Books. Games. Dinner (most of the time an easy dinner, we’re not making a nice Sunday dinner every week like my mama did. How did she do that every week?? Amazing).
Since we have a lot of family and friends that live close by, Sundays are a good time to get together for dinner or desserts. So maybe once/month we’re getting together with family or friends.
7:00pm– Read books with all of the kids. We’ll read short books separately and then either Aaron or I will read a few chapters from a novel. We recently started doing this from a non-picture book and it’s been a huge hit with all of us.
7:30pm– Bedtime for the kiddos! Brush teeth, prayers, hugs, 37 reminders to lay down. Then parental connection/chill time before trying to go to bed relatively early to start off the work week right!