6:20 – #2 and 3 are in my bed, sean is not. i remember he has a men’s study early thursday mornings. snuggle #3 until he’s fast asleep while holding hands with #2.
6:45 – #3 wants his ritual cup of morning milk. get up in the freezing house (later find out the heater has been turned off!) to get the last of the milk for him. stumble blindly back into bed. more snuggles. more sleep.
7:30 – alone in bed (when did that happen?). #2 and 3 are playing nicely (!!!!). they wake me asking for vitamins – another daily ritual. i stumble out of bed and immediately throw on my warmest robe, turn on the heater, get them vitamins, then check my email. print out orders, update twitter, #1 wakes up for some snuggles.
7:45 – kids are begging for “brefkist”, so we go into the kitchen. they all fight over who gets to help, so i remind them they can’t have breakfast until their beds are made. 1.5 peaceful minutes alone before the girls start fighting over pillows or blankets or something insignificant.
8:00 – all 3 kids sitting at the island, eating oatmeal with brown sugar and strawberries. none for me. i won’t touch the stuff – nasty texture, uck! while they eat i start cleaning the kitchen, but only because i have a playdate later on today. let’s be honest now.
8:20 – my slow eaters are now fighting and #3 is in a timeout for hitting #2. sigh. start to a long day. can i have chocolate this early? hot chocolate! for me at least, the kids don’t have to know…
9:00 – powered past the chocolate cravings, cleaned the kitchen (mostly), and the rest of the great room. left the floors for later. story of my life. sean home for a bit. time to take a shower with the kids and start our day.
9:20 – still not in shower. got caught up reading gussy’s biz series. too good to pass up. finally get in shower.
9:45 – out of shower, boy is dressed, see its raining outside – perfect, since we’re heading out to run errands :( – remind girls/yell at girls to get dressed again. decide against blow drying hair since its raining anyway. get dressed, photograph. remind girls again to get dressed.
10:01 – i’m dressed, si is dressed, one girl is dressed -ish, and the other is yet to be. TIME TO GO! ok, i’ll process orders since i’m heading to the p.o. anyway…
10:15 – ready to go. wait! i have to brush my teef. and i forgot to eat breakfast! oh well, teeth win. out the door to run errands.
12:15 – home from p.o., costco, and new tj maxx. turns out simon says at the post office helps keep kids patient in line. nothing at tj maxx, which is good because it’ll be a long time until i’m tempted to go back again. feds the kids lunch while i swiffer vac’d the floor. silas ate 2 bites and asked to go to nap (typical).
12:50 – gracie and i are starting home school and lily is still eating (v e r y s l o w l y), the hopefully she’ll go to naps. i start a load of laundry and check my email.
1:00 – ok, home school is really starting now:
-sing “this is the day”
-work on poetry recitation/clean playroom (ADD daughter can’t really multitask, so this combo was a bad idea)
-get her started on explode the code while i go make myself a pb and j
-read the birth of jesus in children’s story bible
-read story of the world, talking about the birth of jesus (not a christian book, but learning about the historical facts
-do mapwork on life of jesus
2:00 – didn’t finish nearly enough schoolwork, but time for our playdate to start. we’ll catch up tomorrow…
5:00 – playdate over. called sean to see when he’ll be home (20 minutes). think about starting dinner, but check email instead.
5:30 – sean is home (YAYYYYY!). he clearly missed me today :) we start dinner together. rotisserie chicken, 4 cheese ravioli with pesto, and green beans, aka green french fries (si’s fave).
6:00 – eating dinner, but gracie keeps complaining about her loose tooth.
6:15 – sean yanks out my baby’s first loose tooth! she is ecstatic! i… am not.
7:00 – i’m researching tooth fairy ideas online (thanks for the twitter help!). a friend told her the tooth fairy wasn’t real, but i’m determined to change her mind!
7:30 – kids are in bed (i sneak some chocolate)
7:31 – kids are out of bed
7:32 – kids are in bed (i sneak some more chocolate)
7:33 – kids are out of bed
8:00 – kids are asleep and sean and i sit down to work on some forms for school next year. i break out the chocolate again. what?
9:00 – check email, rewrite the blog post that was erased yesterday (blasted blogger!)
10:00 – i need to decide what to sew. i think i’ll finish up some more of the checkbook covers i started last night. i try to watch a few different shows online, but they are all repeats. what’s up with that?
11:00 – finish up more checkbooks, then see that pile of apron pieces, so i start ironing them. watch survivor online. that parvati is sneaky!
11:45 – the tooth fairy snuck in without me even noticing and got her beautiful pink fairy dust all over the place! she left gracie’s tooth for her, as requested in a letter by grace, in a pretty little satin pouch, along with the teeniest note and a magical gold ($1) coin.
11:57 – blast! i missed my new not-yet-to-actually-be-enforced bedtime! time to turn off the computer, but first i click over to my reader just to look at
1 2 3 quick posts. unplug iron, wake sean up from the couch, lock the doors and turn out the lights. night all!