As you read, keep this in mind: Youngest - almost 4 year old girl, Middle - 5 year old girl, my son is 13, and Mr. Perfect is my husband. Let's start our day:
Believe it or not, my alarm wakes me more often than my kids do these days. I never thought I would say that! *knocks on wood*
6:15/6:30 a.m. Alarm sounds.
6:30 a.m. - 6:45 a.m. Snuggle with kids.
6:45 a.m. Shower and get ready for work.
7:15 a.m. Say good bye to the girls. Many times, this is still filled with, "Mommy, I don't want you to go!" or, "Mommy, when you get home, can we play?" I love saying, "Yes, we will play when I get home."
7:20 a.m. Pick up son's friend.
7:30 a.m. Drop off boys at middle school.
7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. Drive to work. I only listen to the radio two times per week. The silence on my commute is needed. It helps me focus on my OLW for the year.
8 a.m. COFFEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. This will never change!
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Work, coffee, Facebook, coffee, Google, Pinterest, coffee, Instagram, coffee, Google, blog, coffee, plan, eat, read, drink water, work, work, more work. I do a lot of my planning and blogging on my lunch breaks.
5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
On Mondays and Tuesdays, I go to yoga class. This is a recent development, and so needed. Taking time for self care is something I struggle with. Going to these two classes is an instant mood lifter, and it continues throughout the week. 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The rest of the week is my drive home. I am in a really good habit of having the radio off on the way home. Music is so much part of my soul, but the 20-30 minutes of peace and quiet on the drive home is needed. I immediately walk into a busy, bustling house when I get home, and while I love it, if I don't have the silence beforehand, it can be a little sensory overload.
5:30 p.m. "Mommy, Mommy, Mommy!!!" My girls run to me and hug me.
5:45 p.m. Change my clothes while the kids gab about their days.
6 p.m. Dinner. We haven't done much meal planning at the beginning of the week, but we pretty much eat the same things each week. It's not rocket science. We stick with what works! We discuss everyone's day and plans for the next day.
6:15 p.m. Clean up dinner. This often involves packing up part of the leftovers for lunch the next day.
6:30 p.m. Taxi time! Take the kids to karate, youth group, pick up friends, drop off friends. It is a never ending loop! Fortunately, we live in a small town and nothing is more than a ten minute drive from our house.
My son is a black belt!!! Amazing! The girls want to be just like him.
If we don't have anything scheduled, and since it stays light later, we will go on a walk, take a short bike ride, play in the backyard, etc. We read, color, put on puppet shows, or play a recently favorite game of match.
These puppets are awesome! And super cheap. Check them out here.
If the kids are playing well on their own, I will sneak off and pick up around the house, start a load of laundry or put laundry away, or address my Daily Zone. Sometimes, I sit and watch them play because it is so much fun to see their pure, innocent joy in the simplest of things.
7:30 p.m. Bedtime routine for the girls - take baths, floss and brush, get into pajamas, read books.
8 p.m. Bedtime for the girls! But first: hugs, kisses, I'm not tired, my foot hurts, another hug, I love you, will you sleep with me, I have a question, I love you, good night.
8 p.m. - 9 p.m. This is still my one on one time with my thirteen year old. We go over homework, read together, draw/write, play poker, or watch a show together. His current favorite show is "The Big Bang Theory".
9 p.m. Bedtime for my son. He gives me really long hugs, and I just love it. That's our secret, okay, internet?
9 p.m. Occasionally, this is one on one time with Mr. Perfect, but it is usually my quiet time because he is at work. I will have a show on in the background while I work on a project around the house, plan the next party, or sew something for my girls.
I sewed this skirt for my girls for Easter. The shirt is from Etsy.
During my quiet time, I put together an East Egg Hunt with clues. It was a huge hit!!!
Usually between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. is my bedtime.
We do have a more recent development that has been added to the mix. We got a chicken coop! And chickens. Well, chicks. They are about five weeks old now, and we got them when they were two weeks. I have to clean their bucket twice per day. I do this as soon as I wake up in the morning, and as soon as I get home from work in the evening. They are a lot of work, but also a great source of entertainment. The kids absolutely adore them. We call our middle daughter, "The Chicken Whisperer", because she is so good at catching them! I cannot wait until they are bigger and can roam around the backyard safely. And produce eggs.
The coop is from Costco! It took Mr. Perfect about 45 minutes to put it together.
The Chicken Whisperer
On the weekends, the 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. consists of more outdoor play, karate, a grocery run, crafts, play dates, and going to the park. It seems like we are constantly working on projects around the house. We have a hard time sitting still. Juggle all the things!
They are so excited it is warm enough to play in the water table!
The swimsuits are from the Easter Bunny (and Target).
This is a local children's theater. We enjoyed a showing of Shrek Jr. here.
My middle daughter is Miss Independence. She is making her own sandwich!
What has changed in the last two years? All of my kids are more independent. Even my oldest! Sometimes I feel as though I never see him anymore! He hangs out with his friends a lot on the weekends. I am very happy for his growing friendships. The girls do not require my attention 100% of the time anymore. There are other struggles. They still have tantrums aplenty, they argue, they don't want what I made for dinner, etc. But overall, they are much easier to manage than they were from my last update.
Mr. Perfect works a lot, and he works on the weekends, which is when I am off. The good news is that this eliminates the need for a lot of child care, a huge financial savings. But it is difficult to not see him very often. We text and FaceTime when possible. I am so thankful he has a job that he enjoys. We will have forever together when we retire, and then we will probably be sick of each other, ha!
If you share what your week looks like on your blog, post a link in the comments! I would love to be nosy and see what you're up to!