Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Another Day in the Life

Over the last 2 years, I have enjoyed every 6 months doing a "Day in the Life" post to reflect on how an ordinary, low key day looks for us!  I cannot believe I have been writing these posts for 2 years now.  This will be my 5th installment in the series!  Here are the past ones if you are interested in seeing how DIFFERENT life now is:

Okay, so let's start our morning off at:

7AM - This is progress as Malachi has been marching out of his room much earlier these days!  And score - both boys are STILL in their jammies and hadn't emptied out the dresser yet!

We pick up the toys they had taken out, grab some clothing for the day and Eli asks to "go downstairs!"

Mr. E immediately smells awful!  We are actually working on potty training Eli, but he is teething and has some yucky teething side effects right now......... so I may have learned the hard way to give the potty training a rest for a few days.......

                             A little 7AM dance party going on!  This boy has the moves!

7:30 AM - Breakfast is served.  It is usually oatmeal or cream of wheat but one day a week I splurge and let them have cold cereal with toast and banana's!

                                            Then it's playtime............ or not I guess!

                                              9:30 AM - Sabrina wakes up and joins the fun!

                                                                   Breakfast First!

                                                                  diaper change!

                                                       For two of my stinky babies ;)

                                                      Then Sabrina is off to the races!

Grandma stops by for a little  bit and we forget about picture taking.  She helps by feeding Bina some applesauce for breakfast!

                                                 10:30 AM - Snack time for the boys!

                                                         More playtime for Baby Girl!

                           11:30 AM - Lunch for the boys!  The DAILY request of PBJ and orange slices!

Before nap, I offer to read books.  The boys instantly run to the couch and wait for me. This week we are learning about Ducks and read Duck Books!

                            12:00 PM - Tuck my sweet littlest boy into his bed for his nap!

Get Sabrina a bottle and change another diaper!

                                                 Then I get some precious baby snuggles!

                                                              Sweet Dreams Lil Princess!

 12:15 PM - The patient Mr Malachi listened to mommy and waited his turn.  Now we get to work on a little bit of school!  We practice his memory verses and since today is the letter L day we add the sign for L to his signing the alphabet!

                                                       We also make a lion! ROAR!

12:30 PM - Then it is off to dreamland for my sweet oldest little man!  We have learned that napping the boys separately results in MUCH better naps, so I tuck Malachi into our bed!

I come downstairs, do my devotions first!  Dink around online for a bit while eating lunch and then get started on the never ending housework!

And before I know it is 3:00 and the boys, like clockwork are back up!  They start their afternoon with a snack (and diaper change for E)!

                            Then it is lots of playtime.  They LOVE to cook in their kitchen!

                                                                       And be tickled!

                                                                  And shoot hoops!

                                                                       And play cars!

                                      Around 3:35 I hear the princess talking up in her room!

                                    And she needs a new wardrobe (not to mention new bedding!)

                      Eli see's me coming with Sabrina's lunch and sits down right beside her to snack!

                                                   Today she gets cranberry with yogurt!

A few minutes later the doorbell rings and great-grandma arrives with a surprise tray of the yummiest sugar cookies!

                                                     And then it is back to playing for all!

                                    I put Sabrina in her exersaucer while I get dinner started!

Finally it is 5:15 and Daddy is home!  He gets right to work before playing with the boys!

5:30 PM - Miss Sabrina gets her dinner.  Green beans and carrots!

Dinner took a little (or a lot longer) than usual, so it was a very late dinner of 6:15.  For L Day we made Lasagna, lettuce salad, and Lemonaid! Malachi LOVES salad.  Poor Eli was pretty miserable with teething and didn't really want to eat anything.  He just wanted mommy to hold him.  Sabrina was the same way, so it was a pretty miserable dinner for all!

Poor Eli was just a miserable little boy this evening, even with teething tablets.

I finally got him  calmed down and was able to get some fruit down him, but overall he just wasn't hungry today.

With the late dinner, it meant a late bath and it was 7:15 before we even got them in the tub!

Mommy gets Sabrina all clean and then Daddy takes her and gets her dressed.

                           And he usually gives her a nighttime bottle.  It's their Daddy/Daughter time!

                            Meanwhile, I get the boys cleaned and let them brush their teeth!

And do Malachi's hair

                                         And then it is off to their room for lotion and PJ's!

Then I read them 2-3 stories.  We have a rotation of about 5 books they choose from.  Tonight it was The ABC Book and Please, Baby, Please!

By the time we are done reading, Daddy has Sabrina down and he prays with one of the boys while I sing with the other one.  Tonight Eli wanted to sing "Bless the Lord Oh My Soul", so that is what we sang :)

Then it is hugs and kisses and "Love You's" and we switch kiddo's.  Most of the time by this point Malachi is trying to push me out the door.  I turn off the light and Daddy stays in there with them for a few minutes more.

Life can definitely be exhausting but overall, looking back at 6 months ago it has gotten a lot easier.  We are in a really great routine with 3 kids now!  After the kids are in bed, Peter helps me out with some chores around the house before we settle in to catch up on a few tv shows or sometimes we we read books.  Then I get my shower for the day (nighttime shower's TRULY make my life easier!) After my shower, we sit down and are currently reading Beyond Ordinary: When A Good Marriage Just Isn't Good Enough.  It's been a good (and not gonna lie - HARD) book for us to read together!  It is definitely challenging us!

So there you have it - another day in the life!  I love my life and the people I share it with!


The Nanny That Knits said...

Amy, I love your 'days in the life'! It makes me want to start a blog and do this every so often. Plus, it makes me realize that our lives are not so different :)
Rachel Daniels