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A day in the (not so typical) life. So true! There is no typical day in our lives! On any given day, I might be at home with the kids, at one of the multiple office locations with my husband's law firm, so on and so forth. One of these days, I'll do a day in the life post on a day when I'm at the office, but, I decided to start with a day where I was at home and kept my camera with me all day one day last week.
Let's get started!
School means a bright and early start for Seanna and me. School starts at 8am, but Pre-K breakfast is right as it starts, so she has to be there a few minutes early. We're working on being able to independently get ready. Here, she wanted to try brushing her own hair; and did a pretty good job, too! I helped her finish up since she had trouble getting to the back of her hair still. Also, you may be wondering, "why a picture of a drawer?" Pretty much every morning, the panty drawer in the bathroom gets stuck and she starts calling for me to come help.
Russell took advantage of not having to be up at 4am for court and slept in a bit (yes, sleeping past 6-6:30 is sleeping in for all of us). On any given day, Russell might have to be at court in Chattanooga, Atlanta, Grundy County, Memphis, etc... so both EST and CST courts and all of them start bright and early. Plus, when going to one of the immigration courts, you have to factor in time for going through security. Sawyer enjoyed some extra snuggle time with his daddy, but him stealing my pillow is pretty typical. A typical night for us involves Sawyer starting off in his crib and then joining us (co-sleeping) with a middle of the night feeding. That said, with a little boy who's teething, nothing's typical right now. Btw, don't you just love the window light shining onto the mirror with Sawyer's crib?
Our early morning visitors ... there's a group of about 10 wild turkeys that we see quite a bit. They've gotten fairly brave, too, coming into the yard quite a bit.
Cayleigh is usually still asleep when Seanna and I leave for school, but this particular morning she woke up early. She still went through her wake-up routine of staring out the window and then rolling all around her bed and back under the covers before getting up. This morning, she, Russell, and Sawyer ended up playing for a few minutes while I took Seanna to school.
Before school, though, Seanna's reward, so to speak, for being ready early, was that she got a few minutes of watching her cartoons before we left.
Heading to the truck to go to school. And, Seanna had to have her pretzels with her to finish up as a pre-school/pre-breakfast snack.
The story of the morning with Cayleigh's cereal? How she didn't want breakfast. Every time that I would move her bowl back near her, she would push it right back across the table until it was sitting in the same spot again. That was the bowl's spot and it was reading time, not breakfast. That said, she did finally decide to eat (with the bowl in the same spot) when NiNi got her into her lap and fed her.
Morning coffee, very important; especially with cooler weather moving in. I just had a plain coffee cup for my coffee, so not very festive, I guess, maybe I need some red coffee cups?
Morning, of course, means feeding all of the animals and letting the chickens out. This morning, they had already laid some eggs, so I gather those. I also continued my "love to hate" relationship with one of the roosters, who is determined to attack. He's heading for a pot of chicken and dumplings if he doesn't straighten up.
Toys can end up anywhere at any given time. The goal, of course, with all of the organizing, etc... that we've been doing is to make it easier for the kids to pick up after themselves.
Of course, anything can be a toy, including plastic containers, colanders, wooden and plastic spoons ... "Oh, hi mommy, want to play peek-a-boo?"
Exploring the door ...
Cayleigh went along to the store with me to pick up some things for their kitchen corner while Sawyer hung out with NiNi at the house. I almost forgot to get her candy for being good, too (actually, we got out to the car and had to go back in). She was pretty funny when we went back, too ... she had to wait her turn to get to the counter and was standing there with her arms across her chest and tapping her foot as she (not so patiently) waited. Of course, when you picture a little pint-sized 2 year old, it's pretty cute.
One shelf of the kitchen corner. I've borrowed a lot of my inspiration for organizing things for the kids from the Montessori approach. Here, I moved the girls' plates, bowls, cups, etc... to where they can reach them and added a hook for their aprons, a small whisk broom (Cayleigh's favorite thing from the story other than her candy), and some kitchen utensils.
Cayleigh got right into the spirit of things, putting a plate on the table to let me know when she was ready for lunch. She quickly abandoned the plate for the hot dog cutter, though, when I got it out to show her how to cut her hot dog. Sawyer, was all smiles with his munchies. Although we do some baby food, we mostly have followed a baby-led weaning approach to introducing table food to him, and he loves it!
Naptime ... usually we nap in the crib, but, since he was having trouble sleeping, we opted for a cot on the floor in his room. The blanket he's wrapped in was one of mine when I was little.
Of course, when not napping, the most fun thing to do is to get into stuff while mommy (tries to) clean.
After adding a dress up container in the girls' room; most nights, the girls dress up in their costumes. Seanna got a later start with having dance and then her (requested) NiNi, Seanna, and Cayleigh outing to Sonic, but she still found a few minutes to be a pink princess (a break from Elsa and Anna, yay! Sidenote, any other moms out there who resort to hiding costumes at times for a break?). The tv usually goes off for the night around 6:30-7pm, but every now and then, like this night, the kiddos will get a few extra minutes if they're in the middle of a movie.
Getting ready for bed. Seanna is actually tall enough now to reach the sink without a stool, but sometimes she still wants one, so we keep a second one handy.
And a few more minutes of playing on NiNi's bed before everyone settles in for the night.
Landon was at the house tonight and claimed NiNi's bed. The girls enjoyed having their daddy read a bedtime story to them. We always have to start with Seanna's homework (the Pre-K kids are each assigned a book each week to be read to them at some point every day) and then we move on to one of the many books on the girls' bookshelf. I believer that this was one of the nights where we read a chapter from Tom Sawyer.
Cayleigh can be very particular about things at times and that includes what she wears. Here, she did not want to take her tutu off, so, she ended up going to be as a Minnie Mouse ballerina. Whatever works for keeping her calm and settled!
I hope that you enjoyed seeing a snapshot of our (not so typical) lives! While each day is different, so things definitely stay the same, plenty of play time for the kids, story time, and family time.