the podie people: A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

Monday, November 20, 2017

One of my favorite bloggers ( and @henandco) has done this blog
post a couple times and I love it so much!

Right now with me at home with the kids, our days are far less chaotic than they used to be. I have taken a verrrry long break from school and work since having Dash. Sometimes it's the best decision I ever made, some of the time I wish badly I had extra income and a place to get dressed up for. Everyday is appreciated and has it's unique set of challenges and blessings.

I have been a full time working mom, a mom in school, a mom that works weekends, a mom that works evenings, and now a mom that doesn't work at all. I have to say that a happy medium is a real IDEAL thing but by far being a SAHM mom is the most exhausting and rewarding! I am so so grateful for all of the opportunities I have had as a mother and to share what life looks like at every stage. Right now life looks like...

I wake up at 7:30. My kids are great sleepers so I am easily able to get up before them if I make the effort. Not going to lie I stay up late a lot of the time trying to relax, unwind, and get a few things done for myself so often mornings come quickly. I try to make my coffee, bed and throw myself together before the kids wake up but usually I stay in pajamas. I also always start a load of laundry or two to be folded at nap time.

I wake the kids up around 7:45 and Dash immediately walks to the kitchen table for breakfast. Krew is less of a morning guy so I lay out his clothes for him and he gets ready for school and watches a show. He prefers to grab a banana or bagel for breakfast on the way to school so usually it's just Dash and I eating in the morning. I love toast and hard boiled eggs for convenience but Dash would eat cereal for every meal if I let him.

While kids watch cartoons or play I get Krew's backpack ready, make sure theres nothing that needs to be sent to school and either pack his lunch or snack depending on if he wants to buy lunch that day. I always saw myself as a mom that only made home lunches but I've decided it's more about what makes the kids happy and truthfully I am really impressed with the school lunch menu so I happily let him decide which he wants that day and it's working out great!

We are out the door by 8:45 every morning to take Krew to school. Usually after asking kids to put their shoes on 988763 times. (You all know about that.) If I have errands to run that day Dash and I are both dressed and ready to go as well. Often times it's just errands and grocery store but on special days I'll go shopping or to play with friends. Whenever a schedule matches up with a friend is a great day for us!  Dash is not much of an errand runner so I try to make those trips short and sweet and be home by 11:30am, NOON at latest.

(*noticed after I uploaded this that Dash is crying and wanting Krew to let get go of the cart haha)

By 12:00pm Dash and I have lunch together and on the days I am not busy we go have lunch with Krew at his school. It's something I love to do and hope I can look back on one day as some of my favorite memories of having littles. He still is so proud and happy when Dash and I come to visit him and I never want to forget him wanting me around and being proud to share his friends and life with me. He is very social and we always have so much fun visiting his class and meeting his little friends.

Dash is a regular napper so I always make sure I am home by 12:30 to get him down. He will nap for 3 hours so he sleeps right up until the time I  go get Krew from school. During nap time I am always cleaning house, doing laundry, paying bills, working on a blog post or etsy order and eating my lunch in peace! Obviously if there is laundry folding, Netflix will be involved and I am unashamed of that hour of peace.

At 3:30 Dash and I get in the car to go get Krew then we are home shortly after that. I like to ask Krew about his day and find something that made him happy or the best part of his day as we drive home. Sometimes we stop for a coffee and the boys get a little treat.
After we get home Dad walks in the door around 4:15 everyday. The boys get to watch a show while I start dinner and Dylan cleans up from work. We usually try to go for a walk or do something as a family at this time before dinner. The boys love their daddy so I usually rely on him to entertain them while I cook.

We try to eat dinner everyday before 6:00. I'm a huge fan of the crockpot but on days I didn't prepare- dinner usually looks like pasta, tacos, or left overs. Sometimes we do breakfast for dinner too which is always a hit and so easy to whip up! I recently made my first casserole, shocking I know. Not sure why I never have before but I'm all about comfort food in the winter so "healthy" takes a backseat.

Our family lives really close to us, so if the weather is bad and we are cooped up inside we will run over to a grandparents house to say hi or catch a football game after the boys have gotten in jammies. But most nights we stay home, watch a movie and start our bed time routine. Although Krew has been wanting to start swimming lessons again so we might be busy doing that in the evening a couple days a week! (It's an indoor pool and great for the winter months when it's cold outside!)

After dinner around 7:00 -one of us loads up the dishwasher while the other starts bedtime routine or straightens up the house a bit. I try to always run the dishwasher at night so we have clean dishes in the morning and always start laundry in the morning so I never forget a load in the washer or dryer at the end of the day. I usually don't start any loads of laundry after Krew gets home from school because I'm bound to forget or be lazy. And I fold laundry while kids are in the bath or we are watching a movie together.

The bed time hours are kind of a whirl (7-830). The boys still bathe together and have always gone to bed together at the same time too ( they share a room) but recently I have been putting Dash down 15 min earlier so that we can have some time to read one on one with Krew. It's really helped with his reading and I think it's just the amount of special time he needs at the end of the day without crazy little brother attacking him and taking most of our time and attention. It helps us all settle down and get ready or bed.

By 8:30 both boys are in bed, lights out, no exceptions. Ha, except for a million drinks of water. Dylan and I always watch a little tv or "our show" together before bed. We both really value some quiet time at the end of the day before the kids go to bed. We are pretty fried from bed time so there's usually not a lot of important conversation but just having that time together is always a necessity. I usually stay up a little later than Dylan depending on if I am working on something or just need some extra mom time but have really tried to make a habit of going to bed earlier lately. Anything before 11:00 is my goal!

A lot of the time our days are even simpler and more boring than this but sometimes they are way more chaotic and crazy. I think that routine is such a healthy thing for people in general but especially littles so we really try to stick to that. I know in the next year our lives and schedule with change again so much so it's always nice to be able to look back on a post like this and see how our daily life went and the things that mattered the most to me in a day.