I was thinking about how I wanted to approach this particular post. My blog has always been a glimpse into my everyday life – so how is this any different? In the end, I decided I was doing this post specifically for my husband. If anyone else wants to read it – go for it. Since I decided to write this for Les, I’m not skimping on photos or info.
For the record Les, I will take a sick day in the future when you do. (Ahem.) If I take a sick day, all of this doesn’t get done & it’s hard to catch up. Our bedroom. Our basement. Enough said.
Awake. Need chai tea. (It’s my one weakness.)
Snuck downstairs to get my drink while Gabriel is still asleep.
I was thinking about how & why our day flows the way it does. You know I’m not a morning person. I’ve found that if I take about an hour to myself in the morning – reading – then I do much better. A gentle wake up instead of an abrupt one. Most days I’m not going to get another moment to myself until I crawl into bed at night. I just want to wake up in peace – as much as that is possible with the running up and down the hallway and the heads that appear in our doorway the second they realize I’m awake. The rest of the day is going to be filled with non-stop motion, I just want to breathe before running.
I make it a point (and I have for years now) to spend time with each of the kids every single day, one on one. Gabriel’s time is in the morning after he wakes up. How can you not want to love on him when the second he opens his eyes and looks at you, he’s all smiles! It changes as they age. You should have seen your oldest two this morning when they first woke up. Oh my.
I just changed his diaper and was changing his clothes when he decided to have a full blown conversation with me. Too cute!
You have peaceful showers. I am timed. The last half of my shower is usually rushed because someone decides he wants second breakfast.
Got dressed and nursed Gabriel. He slept while I brushed my teeth, etc. Of course, he woke up as soon as I tried to leave the room.
Went downstairs and set up the timeline. I had a helper.
The boys got their own cereal this morning and I did a load of dishes.
After the boys ate, they started their chores.
Found out this morning that the chickens are out of food in the barn. They have some in the coop but I’m trying to help that last as long as possible today until I plan to go out tomorrow anyway.
Got a load of laundry going and then ate breakfast myself
Just poured a second cup of chai tea….and my hands-free chore time is over.
Story time with the boys
Gabriel nurses again and goes to sleep for his first nap of the day. I purposely plan story time, Mad Libs, or a documentary for around this time because Gabriel consistently wants to sleep around this time.
Silent reading time for the boys. Justin stays downstairs otherwise he’d just play and visit his brothers. Now it’s become a right of passage to bring a hot drink and your chapter book to your room to read during story time. Amazing what motivates them, isn’t it? Apparently, it’s easier to read your book if you stand and it sits in the chair.
Gabriel hanging out while mommy tries to tackle the neglected clean laundry.
When he gets tired of laying on the ground, I can squeeze out a few more minutes by sitting him up to play next. I got 15 minutes of folding done! Then I went and did 15 minutes of listening to Justin read. Not a good brain day this morning. We had to review alphabet sounds. But…this afternoon was a completely different story. He was on fire this afternoon – everything was connecting. So unpredictable.
Gabriel apparently wanted to read Justin’s book too
Then Justin did some handwriting, spelling, and writing sentences while the other two were still reading.
Another laundry swap.
We did a lesson on North, South, East, and West. (Telling the direction using the sun, which directions the walls of our house were facing, using maps, etc.) There are four posters on our walls/window now.
Boys went to put the trash and recycling on the street for tomorrow and also refill the chicken’s water. I told them they could play in the snow afterwards.
Nursed Gabriel and he went down for another nap. I LOVE holding sleeping babies. (It’s my one weakness.) Lesson planning.
Sending some texts to you!
I could hear the boys just outside the window sledding down the hill while I was holding Gabriel. Then it went silent. Of course I got up to see what was happening. They decided the hill to the driveway wasn’t enough fun and decided to sled into the creek behind the chicken coop. Yelled down to them to get out of the water and I froze in the 10 seconds I was out on the deck! 5 degrees out!!!!
Boys still outside. Emptied dishwasher. Started another load of laundry.
Gabriel woke up and wanted to nurse again then went back to sleep.
Boys came in from outside and started math. Gabriel woke up.
As they finished their math, they started their spelling and sentences. I pulled out the alphabet game from the basement for Justin.
I went back to folding clothes. The boys came in to me to ask questions or to have me check their work. Gabriel played on the floor.
The kneaded, pull apart eraser Niki got Chris for his birthday is the BEST fidget toy EVER. He constantly has it in his hand twisting it and using it during school. It does a really good job of helping him stay focused.
Light snack – hot tea and half an apple with peanut butter
I emptied the dishwasher while the boys were finishing up the last of their school work.
He bounced it right over to the paper bags and pulled them over to himself. I let him so I could finish unloading the dishwasher.
The boys started their evening chores: putting away their folded clothes, putting up chickens, trash, and recycling
Chris washing eggs
I started dinner for us and Gabriel. I made carrots for Gabriel tonight. Sooo stinkin’ easy it’s ridiculous and they actually smelled and tasted like carrots unlike the the jarred stuff. He absolutely LOVED them. They are definitely his favorite so far. I was able to put away some for the next couple of days for him.
Gabriel decided at this point that I was not going to put him down anymore regardless of where that was. It was mommy time. He likes to help mommy these days. All. The. Time.
Reading through the baby food cookbook. I got it mostly for ideas – you know me and books. (It’s my one weakness.)
The boys played Gobblet and then UNO while I was making dinner. A certain someone had a meltdown during UNO since he wasn’t winning and then he forgot to say UNO and the other two called him on it. I wouldn’t let him give up. I had to help him calm down but you know how he gets and it was all downhill from there. I did get him to calm down though…but not slow down and think about what he’s doing.
Gabriel fell asleep. I need a sleeping attachment for that thing. A stiff, pillow neck thing or something. Not only does it look uncomfortable, it KILLS my back when he does that! I have to keep shifting him.
Cutting up onions while supporting Gabriel’s head
He woke up. Pureeing his dinner.
He LOVED the carrots!!!
Dinner – soup
Where in the World is Dad? via FaceTime
For those who don’t know – we play a game periodically where the boys ask dad questions to figure out where he is in the world.
The boys FaceTiming you on my phone.
The boys were taking turns with showers.
Chris and Justin did some speech therapy exercises.
I put away my clothes along with Gabriel’s while I was waiting for the last boy to finish his shower. He still falls backwards pretty often so I put a pillow behind him to cushion the fall.
Bedtime prayers. The boys have a thing where they try to call dibs on who is going to anoint Gabriel with holy water that night after prayers. It’s pretty cute.
Gave each of the boys a new audiobook CD to bring up to their rooms. Gave them each a Niki kiss on their forehead tonight. They thought it was awesome. Peaceful, uneventful bedtime for them this evening.
The morning goes to Gabriel. The day goes to the boys. The evening goes to Niki. Tonight she was working on homework at school so I had time to work on my post.