Wednesday, March 17, 2010
A Busy Ordinary Day...
Tuesday's are extraordinarily busy days with 2 therapy sessions, piano lessons, and this week both boys had baseball games at the same time. Papa helps coach one of the teams. The afternoon therapy session is new for my schedule and really isn't working out very well. I think I'm gonna have to cancel it. Although not required, I insist on participating in all therapies, which leaves the rest of the kiddos largely unsupervised during 1 hour of the busiest time of day. Baseball is the only sport my kiddos participate in, and we know this father-son time is really important. Even though we do have a sit down breakfast all together each morning, I despise not having a family dinner all together around the table, as we usually do every night. But Tuesday's are crazy and a big pot of something that everyone can eat when they need, works best on this busy night. I wish there was time for so much more, like exercise and reading my bible daily. I've vowed to find time starting in the summer. (Oh NO! I put that in print so now I'll have to follow through!) It's amazing that now that I look back at the list, there is so much I left out like phone calls and neighbors at the door and...
I set the camera out and told Papa and the kiddos to take pics through out the day. So most of the images are from them.
I really would like to recommend that my bloggie friends try this too. I'd love to see what your typical day is like!
Here it goes...
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
5:30am-- Wake up. Pray.
5:35am-- Shower and get dressed.
6:00am-- Check email and today's schedule. Occupational therapist has rescheduled session for Thursday. Make breakfast. Oatmeal, honeydew, juice.
6:15am-- Jujube wakes up, sit in high chair.
6:30am-- Breakfast-- All sit at table with kiddos and hear about everyone's dream last night to include stories about Elvis, a shooting, and Sunny's heart throb.
6:52am-- Surprised to realize my lower back is killing me which is strange since it hurts me every single morning for the last 3 months at exactly this time of day.
6:53am-- Throw a hot pack in the microwave for 3 1/2 minutes for my back.
6:59am-- Brush medium boys teeth- quick once over. (which my dad would be horified that I do, but without dental insurance I'm ust not willing to risk another cavity)
7:05am-- Get Jujube out of high chair and remove brace & remind Sunny to unload dishwasher before school.
7:13am-- Load the car to get kiddos to school (they picked this odd time, not me) As they walk out the door, stand in door way and check for backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets, tied shoes, buttoned shirts, and skirt length.
7:15am-- Run back into house to get hot pack for back while in car, only to realize that I inadvertently put the hot pack in a drawer below the microwave and heated nothing in the microwave for 3 1/2 minutes.
7:20am-- Drop off Livy, Patch and Boo off at school.
7:30am-- Drop off Sunny at her high school, and say a little car prayer asking God to please encourage her to actually go to before school math tutoring.
7:55am-- Arrive home and say good morning to Tess. Papa has gotten her out of bed.
8:00am-- Dry my hair, put earrings on, try to look like a girl, while T&J jump on my bed. Brush babes' hair.
8:10am-- Feed Tess breakfast only to realize that the dogs got the oatmeal I set aside for her, so she gets Cheerios. Start cleaning up the kitchen and continue laundry.
8:33am-- Remove heat pack only to find it missing... again.
8:34am-- Heat a different heat pack in microwave.
8:35am-- Spy Jujube removing heat pack from microwave and "hiding" it under sofa cushions with 2 other heat packs, one is still warm.
8:36am-- Put "found" hot pack back in microwave for 3 1/2 minutes, and keep Jujube in my arms.
8:40am-- Sit on couch with heat pack on back and simultaneously do music therapy for Tess and flip on last night's recorded Amazing Race for background noise.
9:10am-- Start music therapy for Jude -- He only listens for 8 minutes.
9:25am-- Check email.
9:40am-- Tidy babes' room, and throw in another load of laundry. Realize that planned dinner will never work with busy schedule. Switch dinner to chicken noodle soup, and take out frozen chicken to thaw.
11:00am-- Try to remember what happened to last 90 minutes. Dumbfounded.
11:50am-- Still finishing cleaning kitchen, still doing laundry, and use now thawed chicken to start dinner. Realize Amazing Race is still playing (on TiVo loop) for a second time.
11:56am-- Tess falls asleep right away, but I notice she has taken her shirt off for some reason. Jujube still singing in his bed.
12:10pm-- Jujube asleep.
12:15pm-- Lunch with Papa, extra PB&Js he made kiddos for lunch. Make him an iced Vietnamese coffee. (Recipe coming!)
12:45pm-- Papa returns to office. Return to laundry (4th load today) and tiding house.
2:30pm-- Clean game room for piano lessons. Kiddos will be home soon!
2:45pm-- Liv and Boo get home from school after walking home from bus stop, but Patch is missing. Worry that I'll be late to pick up Sunny from school.
2:57pm-- Get in car and drive around to find Patch who is watching hummingbirds in an open field between the bus stop and our house. Drop him off at home and wait for Boo to finish using the bathroom, (He always comes with me to pick up Sunny from school.) before we can go pick up Sunny from school.
3:03pm-- Give up waiting for Boo and ask Livy to watch him (and T&J who are still napping) while I go pick up Sunny from school.
3:14pm--Pick up Sunny from school, 14 minutes late.
3:45pm-- Look out window see Sunny and Patch burning something. Ask self if intervention is necessary. Not sure if I ever answer that question.
3:45pm-- Jujube wakes from nap.
4:00pm-- Ask boys to get uniforms on for baseball games.
4:20pm-- Say good bye to therapist.
4:25pm-- Feed boys and Papa chicken soup before practice. Babes decide to eat now too.
4:45pm-- Boys and Papa leave for baseball games.
5:15pm-- Go outside with babes to play and swinging therapy. (20 min. of swinging every day) Livy joins us outside to play.
6:45pm-- Ask Sunny to do Patch's chore and help Livy clean kitchen. Ignore obvious teen disapproval.
7:00pm-- Bedtime for babes. Put on Jujube braces and do "spinning" (a type of therapy for sensory issues done once a day)
7:10pm-- Boys come home and Papa finishes putting babes to bed while I collapse on couch. Patch's team lost 22-3. Boo's division doesn't keep score. They won 24-8.
7:10pm-- Patch and Boo eat second dinner-Thankfully soup isn't put away yet.
7:40pm-- Boys get ready for bed.
8:00pm-- Boys do homework. Quiz both boys on their spelling words, and check websites to see if all their homework is done. Boo REALLY has trouble tonight doing his homework this late. It takes far too long. Papa helps Patch study for a test.
8:50pm-- Boo finishes homework, and Papa tucks him into bed. Patch continues homework after mama finds a couple missing assignments.
9:10pm-- Papa snoring on couch.
9:15pm-- Insist that Papa go to bed. He complies. Check Patch's writing homework. Missing many parts. Patch continues homework.
9:20pm-- Patch starts to melt down. Mama starts to melt down. Pray.
9:22pm-- Tell Patch he's so awesome for working so hard on this busy day. And we'll get done, what we can get done for only 30 more minutes. Get some great ideas for his writing project, and he works very well for last 30 minutes.
10:00pm-- Tell Patch he's done a great job tonight, and it's time to go to bed even if homework isn't complete. If there's time before school tomorrow, he can do more tomorrow morning.
10:07pm-- Quiet mama time! All are asleep but me! Think that I should go to bed. Flip on "19 kids and Counting," and reflect that 6 kiddos isn't really that many in comparison. Sit on couch and flip through favorite blogs. Veg!
10:30pm-- Think I really should go to bed, but this quiet is so nice!
10:45pm-- Go to bed... rather think about going to bed. Stay on couch still veggin'
11:00pm-- No really, I'm gonna go to bed now! Turn off tv and close laptop. Put dogs out. Make sure rat has food and water. Turn all the lights off. Make sure dishwasher is running. Lock exterior doors. Make sure garage door is closed. Check to see that boys have put baseball uniforms in dirty clothes basket. Make sure teens have put cell phones away in kitchen basket. Last peek at kiddos sleeping. After seeing condition of boy's bedroom, try to figure out when they'll find time to clean their room before cleaning day tomorrow and give up trying to figure that out. Change into jammies. Wash face and brush teeth. Think flossing is grossly overrated for adults. Take cholesterol med. Hop into bed. Pray.