Oh, Monday. You were a busy one! (And yes, I realize this is Saturday and a whole work week just blew by. At least my photos have been ready to go all week. We’ll see if I remember any details.)
After getting up just once sometime in the middle of the night to nurse the baby, she woke again at 5:40. That actually worked out well. I nursed her and put her back down right before my 6:00 alarm. I got myself around for the day, including make up and “real” clothes, caught up on VA email, then faced the kitchen and the kids.
7:00 ~ Fried eggs for breakfast. The kids fix their own toast or bagels to go with. While I was getting breakfast, I was also cleaning up the weekend kitchen mess that I dropped the ball on the night before. (Waking up to a clean kitchen is blissful, but doesn’t always happen. We survive.)
Lemon, lavender, and peppermint in the diffuser lately to combat fall allergies. Bonus: it smells fantastic and the peppermint/lemon combo perks us up for the day ahead.
So, yes. A sink full of dishes. I wash on the left, dry on the right. Is that odd? I ask because when people come to our house, they are CONSTANTLY putting dirty dishes on top of my CLEAN ones on the right. Drives me nuts! (My mom would say, “Well, dry and put away your dishes right away and that won’t happen.” )
Yes, we have a dishwasher, but I don’t put bulky mixing bowls and sauce pans in there. Waste of space and energy.
7:30ish ~ Kids have eaten and are getting ready for school. Miss 11 prepared her lunch and was searching for containers. I need to do something about my storage situation. The lazy susan is not working well for my plastic stuff. I have it there for easy access for the kids, but it falls and gets disorganized quickly. Do they make storage tubs specially shaped for a lazy susan? Hmmm
Such a good helper. He took the compost out before school. Important, because the fruit flies are crazy right now!
7:45 ~ Attempted a meal plan and grocery list, because I had to go to town that morning. My baby bug had her 2 month check up.
“Why are you dressed, mom?” Maybe I should put “real clothes” on more often?
Alternate title: Mama Needs a Nap. And more makeup.
“All done, Mama!” She was ready to roll, headed to Grandma’s while I take baby sister to her appointment. (How much do I love that my parents moved just 20 minutes away? Let me count the ways!)
7:50 ~ A little last minute reading homework (oops!) signed and packed in the book bag. The kids usually head out the door between 7:45 and 7:55. I got them out the door and sat with my own breakfast. Then the doorbell rang.
Egg delivery! Some school friends have chickens and deliver 6 dozen to me about every 10 days or so. Yes, we eat a lot of eggs.
After eating my breakfast while checking email and doing a few computer things, I woke the baby (how sad is it to have to do that on a Monday morning?!) to feed and bathe her.
8:55 ~ Out the door for Baby J’s 2 month check. We dumped Miss 2 with grandma, and headed to the office. I decided to leave my bag in the car, thinking surely I won’t need it for a quick appointment.
Then she pooped. Of course.
After her check up we headed for a quick grocery shop, grabbed Miss 2 from grandma, then drove straight home in the nick of time to get Mr. 4 from preschool at 11:00. Phew!
She hung out patiently while I unloaded groceries and kids from the car, but was ready for Mama shortly after! We nursed, changed a diaper, fed the kids, got my husband’s lunch ready, and got the kids down for a nap by about 1:00.
Then I crashed with the baby.
At 3:00 he came up stairs looking for snuggles, and I had some to give while nursing. Two school kids arrived home at 3:15 while the other stayed for cheerleading practice.
“All done, nigh night!” And she was ready for the rest of the day.
After school, Miss 7 took a shower (to save time later in the evening) and then got started on a desert homework project. Mr. 4 assisted.
My cheerleader arrived home around 5, and my volleyball player took off for practice at 5:20. The football coach got home around 6, and volleyball at about 6:45.
I fixed tater tot casserole, peas, and apples for supper that night, and I ended up eating leftover roast beef, potatoes, and carrots. The family finished the casserole before I got my plate. Guess it’s time to make more food around here!
I dream of eating meals together, all eight of us around the table, but with practice schedules, game schedules, and a nursing infant, that is a dream most nights. It will become reality in the next few months, I just know it! I do love that my kitchen is now busted open, so the living room, dining room, and kitchen all flow together. It makes me feel more like we’re at least in the same room with 20 different things going on.
After supper we hopped on the homework/clean up/baths/showers/teeth/books/bed crazy train. There is a LOT I’m going to miss when all my littles grow up, but I’m not so sure I’ll miss that chaos when I’m already so tired at the end of the day.
I took my shower and was ready for bed by 11:00. Guess who was not?
Bedtime? Pshaw. The two of us chatted and giggled together for about 30 minutes, then she finally nursed and gave it up for a few hours.
No wonder I’m so tired!
New around here? It’s fun for me to record a day in my life each month on the 15th. You can find the archives here.