Well, I attempted a Day in the Life post.
About twice a year, I do a “day in the life” post and kind of pride myself of capturing the whole day really well. Apparently, I can do that with three kids. With four kids, I capture snip-its here and there…because I kept forgetting I was doing it. I had written on my calendar to document this past Thursday, November 10. I always just pick a random day and go from there…the fact that I forgot chunks of our day pretty much explains where my brain is right now 🙂 . Here is a day in the life of us…
As soon as my alarm went off, I screen shot my phone. Up and at ’em at 4:20 AM. I love getting up early in the morning. This is my time: it’s quiet, my phone isn’t ringing, my house is cozy and I get so much done. I’m kind of addicted to waking up early.
That being said, if I didn’t have my coffee, there is absolutely no way I could wake up that early!
Here I am at my desk…robe, cozy blanket and coffee in hand.
(And if you use a Nespresso, it froths your black coffee…so that’s not a latte, it’s just the coffee finely frothed. Yummm!)
I’ve been reading the One Year Bible this year…so, here I am doing my quiet time and reading today’s scripture. I have loved reading through the Bible this year. I think I’m even going to start over and do it again in 2017 too.
So, I work until 6:00 and then I eat breakfast and do a few things before the kids wake up. Breakfast: oatmeal with peanut butter and a veggie juice.
At 6:30, I wake up the two big kids. I love this boy so much :).
Kensington and Smith asked to watch Home Alone 2 a few minutes before school while they ate their breakfast. I always tell them that when I was little, I used to really want a big family like Kevin’s…and now, I have one :). (I also wanted to live in Kevin’s house! I love that house!)
I emptied the dishwasher…
…and sorted laundry.
Andrew came home from the gym. Love this guy so much too!
The big kids got dressed and were about to head out right when Madeley woke up. Everyone is saying good morning. As you can see…Kensington went for the understated bow on this day…
Madeley is like “where’s my breakfast, mom?”.
And then I had to wake this one up. Poor Ashby! She was still so sleepy. She kept watching a little Home Alone 2 while she ate her breakfast too.
This year, we decided to make Thursdays our crazy days. We do all of our sports on Thursdays this year, so it’s nuts and we don’t get to eat dinner together, but the rest of the week, we don’t have anything after school and are home as a family every night…so it’s worth it. On Thursdays, I always put dinner in the slow cooker so that when you’re ready to eat, it’s there waiting on you (since we’re not eating together). On this night, I put Chicken Tortilla Soup in.
I got dressed and got my two littles dressed too.
Oops! We drove to Erika’s house to pick up Bowen and then took both Ashby and Bowen to school. They looked adorable…too bad I forgot to take a picture! This is Madeley and me getting back in the car after we dropped them off. You’ll just have to take my word that those two would have given me a great picture had I remembered! 😉
I had a quick doctor appointment and Miss Madeley came with me. She’s smelling her hands after putting hand sanitizer on. Nothing like the smell of Purell, right M? 😉
I took this sweet picture walking back to the car when we were done.
Annnnnd…then I apparently blacked out on a huge chunk of our day. We came home, we played, we ate lunch, we read a book and then Madeley went down for a nap around 12:15. I only remembered my day in the life pics when I sat down at my desk to work and saw…
…my new scented glitter gel pens and thought, I need to take a pic of these…oh wait? I should have been taking pics all along just now! #mombrain Kensington bought these pens at Barnes and Noble the other day and I borrowed one and LOVED it so much that I found them on Amazon and bought myself some. They write so smooth and have just a tiny bit of sparkle in them. They make me so happy (plus they smell nice too!).
So, between 12:15 and 3:00, I work…and sometimes pin :). And I listen to Christmas music the entire time too…because that makes me SO HAPPY!
Right at 3:00, I woke up this cutie and we headed out to pick up the big kids.
Here we are waiting for the bigger kids. Since I took to preschool that morning, Erika meets me with Ashby and Bowen and we pick up the other four kids together.
I attempted a picture when we all five got back home…but that wasn’t happening.
Whoa! The next two hours were a blur of unloading backpacks, doing homework, making lunches for the next day and getting everyone dressed and ready for their evening activities. Smith and Kensington had basketball at 5:00 and then Ashby and Kensington had dance at 6:15.
Andrew came home and took the big two to basketball, so me and the little two had dinner before dance.
Ashby colored a little before dinner…
…soup is ready! I just ladled, garnished and the three of us ate (M didn’t have soup but Ashby and I did). Then, the other three ate it later.
After dinner, we did a quick round of speech therapy homework. She got mini M&Ms on today’s assignment.
Time to get Ashby ready for dance…but she was too busy being pushed around the house…
…by her little sister :).
By 6:00, I have Ashby and Madeley up at dance. Andrew showed up a few minutes later and took M and gave me Kensington and Ebby Lee. So…I had about 1.5 hours of sitting at dance…and I used my time to read. #delightful
We’re walking back in the door right before 8:00. Kensington is hungry and Ashby is hyper. The blur is her dancing like crazy!
I was hungry and in need of some sort of snack: a little granola while I folded laundry and watched One Tree Hill on my phone. #multitaskingmama
And before I knew it, all four kids were bathed and in bed, I had taken a shower and just the two of us were left on the couch watching TV and eating a little brownie…it was about 9:15. We watched TV for about 30 minutes and then I read in bed for about 20 minutes more.
And that my friends, is a little example of a day in the life of us. It’s kind of crazy, full of energy, with lots of love. If you want to look back at other days in the life, just click below:
See you tomorrow :).