Tangerine. It's mainly about my life as a music loving bookworm raising two boys in the south with my
Army man. Liv has asked me to share a post about summer, and I really don't know how to write
about anything other than books and music so I thought I'd share some summer favorites of ours.
To many, summer time means relaxation and freedom. Us moms of school-aged kids know
differently. Teachers are off the hook, and now it's up to us to entertain our kiddos for the next 3
months. That's not a bad thing, of course. This is the time of year when my 6 year old son and I have
the most fun together.
Jonathan, our little dinosaur boy.
One of the ways we bond is over books and music...naturally. Normally, I don't really censor my
music around the kids, (I don't generally listen to anything violent or inappropriate) but since we
are spending so much time together in the car, I try to pick music that they can also enjoy. Turns out
my kids don't appreciate Bon Iver and Radiohead the way I do. Whatever, kids. Like most
mini-people, they love music with a quick tempo and repetitive sounds. And thankfully, kids music has
really come a long way. I'm not one of those moms that can sit through Barney and Raffi, so I love
finding music that I can enjoy along with them. There's nothing better than singing along at the top of
our lungs as a family. That's bonding as it's finest.
Here are a few that we love to listen to on those long summer car trips.
Can't go wrong with The Beatles. Our favorites: Hey Jude (duh), Get Together,
For kids who love rock
They have a whole album about science. Our favorite: I am a
Our favorites: Across the Universe and The Muppets
My kids' current favorite and I have to admit...it grows on you.
It doesn't get any better than Three Little Birds
Jude, our little free spirit
As for books, without that school-night bedtime routine, reading together tends to get thrown to
wayside. We have to make a conscious effort to make the time to read either together or quietly.
This is when library trips are the most beneficial. Most libraries have story times and summer
reading programs during this time anyway, and hey, they're free! We also keep a bag of books in the
car for road trips and our current chapter book in my purse to read while we're out and waiting or being
lazy in the park.
This summer, we're going to be reading these books together:
I'm very excited.
Well, that's how we bond during the summertime. Do you find time to read with your kids during
the chaos of summer? Do you have special music you listen to as a family?
If you happen to be a lover of books like I am, I would love it if you could join us some time for our
weekly book chat link up. We discuss everything from our favorite love stories to our favorite endings.
I hope you enjoyed my guest post and I want to thank Liv for thinking of me!