Did I Do A Lot Today?


So here is what I did today. You tell me if you think I got anything done.

Woke up at 6:30am (let’s be honest, I didn’t get up until about 6:50am with a lot of prodding from Juice) and went to the local church. I helped bag over 200 shares of food for Thanksgiving. I came home with 2 bags of food and a turkey. (I now have 2 turkeys. I am crazy.)

Home by 8am. Fed myself breakfast and got the kids all dressed. Juice got ready and I boxed up 2 boxes of kid books and 2 boxes of board games. I fought with the packing tape that kept tearing and ripping. SO frustrating.

By 9:45am, we were ready to head out the door. We stopped off at our storage unit and dropped off the boxes, plus the extra seat to our van. That way we have room to pack the van with boxes and the seat doesn’t have to be in our house.

By 10:15am, we were headed down the road to Ikea. We discovered at 11:20am that ALL of our kids can go into their Smaland (which is their child care area) and we were thrilled! We giggled as we left them swimming in a pit of balls and went on our merry way. We sat on couches. We discussed what kind would be go in our “new” house that we haven’t even bought yet. We saw people from our church there who were couch shopping too!

After lamenting the price of couches, buying new lights for our kitchen and a few other impulse buys, we went back for our kids. Lunch was next on the agenda, and we all had meatballs. Well, Pirate had macaroni and cheese. And some of my meatballs.

We picked up our shelf, browsed the As-Is section, and then loaded the kids into the car. We drove to the LDS bookstore from there, and bought a few things. Juice won a book. The kids all got free candy and flag pins. I got a free Christmas CD.

When we got home around 4pm, we listened to our messages. We had locked our storage unit open. Oops! Juice started to install the new kitchen lights and I ran to the storage unit to fix the problem.

While dinner was cooking (macaroni and cheese, second time for Pirate today!), I helped Juice install the lights. It is now brighter in our kitchen. We discovered we bought the wrong shelf and made plans to go back to Ikea. We broke up a few fights.

We had dinner about 6pm, and then Juice took everyone up to have baths. I did a few reviews and ate way too much candy.

Which brings us to now.

So, do you think I accomplished anything?

Oh I know! I washed all the sheets today. Go me!


Daily Blah


Seems daily life has caught up and consumed me.  I was thinking today about how I went out of the house 3 times.  Once to drop Butterfly off at the bus stop, once to pick her up from the bus stop, and once to drop dinner off at a friend’s house.  She had just had a new baby and she had to remind me that it was my night.  Oops.

In my defense, I did ask for either tonight or tomorrow and no one let me know what day.  (We organize it through our church.)  Also, I have provided dinner for different people for three nights in a row now.  Sunday night, we had the missionaries and our friend Lavender over for dinner.  Then Monday, we had friends of Juice’s over for dinner.  Then tonight, I dropped off dinner.

I’m kind of all dinnered out guys.  Tonight for our own dinner, we had leftovers.  The kids ate cereal and cold pizza.  I’m not sure what Juice had as he ran out the door for one of his many meetings.  I had steak and veggies.  Not leftovers.

Okay, now I realize that this blog post has deteriorated into what we are eating.  Shows you how small things have gotten lately.  Or maybe it shows how small I have allowed to get on the blog.  There are big things happening in my life.  Huge.  Life altering things.

I just don’t want to talk about them on here.

So instead, you get dinners and the fact that I almost didn’t drive my car at all today.

Daily life is mundane.


The Day In Numbers


6:30 am, when Professor decided he was up

1 actual breakfast eaten

10 minutes of van vacuuming (seriously, how many gold fish can be in the car?!)

36 rolls made

1 turkey, currently in brine on my porch (cold!)

1 eaten with honey butter

3 five year olds playing at the park

1 bored (and cold) Mommy along for the ride

1 out of shape dog chasing half of the balls I threw

1 massive headache

3 nasty diapers from Mr. Professor, aka -Tummy Hurt!

1 Daddy, happy to be home!

1 dinner shared with 2 boys

1 show

3 bed times

10 carrots washed, pealed, chopped and prepped

6 green onions sliced

6 celery stalks washed

1 bunch rosemary washed

1 bunch sage washed

1 large onion quartered

1 time line written down

5 lbs of potatoes to wash and peal tomorrow

1 bed, demanding my attention




Our little outing to DC yesterday warranted a full day at home for recovery.  Seriously, I was totally beat and ready for bed when the sun went down.  Convenient since we had no power and only 2 flash lights between the 3 of us.  Note to self: buy more batteries for flash lights; also, candles.  We did manage to stay up late-ish and play card games which was loads of fun in the dark.

Juice’s alarm clock has a battery in it that is supposed to remember the time (but not display it) until the power goes back on.  Our power came on with a whump in the middle of the night.  I turned on the fan because I was hot and went back to sleep.  Juice got up when his alarm went off.  The clock said it was 6am.  He came downstairs and glanced at his watch.  4:30am.  Oops.  He ended up at work before 6am today and worked over 12 hours.  I’m not thinking that battery is working too great.  It’s brand new.  Maybe it’s the clock.

We have introduced the kids to the video game Pikman and they are LOVING it.  It’s what we played all day long.  We also made cookies, totally awesome dressing, and blueberry casserole.

I think we’re mostly recovered and ready for our next adventure!


Question of the Week: Daily Life


This week’s question at the Multiples and More blog is all about our daily life.

Describe (in detail!) a full day in the life of YOU!

Here goes:
7:00-7:30 am- The kids wake up and wake me up.  I hear them over the monitor or I hear Butterfly getting up to go potty.  Juice has been long gone to work as he gets up at 6am and tries to get to work by 7am.  All 3 kids are sleeping in the same room right now while Flower is here so she can have a room to herself.  If they are crying, I wait for them to calm down a bit before I go get them.  For some odd reason if they calm down in their beds they do better than if I rush in there and get them up.
8am- Breakfast!  Sometimes the kids play before breakfast but most of the time Professor is begging me to feed him.  We have cold cereal in the mornings and yogurt.  Sometimes Pirate wants cheese for breakfast so I will give him left over mac and cheese.
8:30am- Play time!  If the kids are really cranky I will put on a show for them.  I try very hard not to turn on the tv at this time.  Lately they’ve been really good playing so I just let them play.  This is the time that I turn on my computer and look at my email for the morning for about half an hour.  This is also the time I change diapers and get everyone dressed for the day.
9am- Exercise time!  Well, I try for it to be my exercise time.  I will turn on a show for the kids and pray that they don’t get into any mischief while I’m doing jumping jacks.  It works about 80% of the time.  I often have Professor in my room with me playing quietly.  Pirate, if he’s with me as well, likes to jump when I jump.  He thinks it’s funny.  And nothing can pull Butterfly away from the tv.  That girl has some serious concentration skills.  After I exercise some I take a shower as fast as possible.  With Flower here, it’s better and the boys don’t get into too much trouble. Flower gets up sometime in this time frame and get herself breakfast and helps with the boys.
10am-  Out we go!  Well, most of the time it’s closer to 10:30 am but still, we get out.  Before the summer started we either went to Lolli’s house for preschool or out for a walk or errands.  Now that Flower is here and it’s summer, we are trying to play tourist again.  Tomorrow we’re headed downtown to a couple of museums.
12pm-  I try to get back to the house by this time but it rarely happens.  Once we get home, we have a very rushed lunch.  I am tired from wrangling everyone away from the house and they are tired from being out of the house.  Lunch is either macaroni and cheese or cheese and crackers and fruit.  Honestly I’m just happy when they eat something at this point, especially Professor.
1pm-  Nap time.  I am pretty stricked about their nap time.  Once they’ve had a diaper change, up they go to their beds.  They are mostly unhappy about it but they MUST sleep.  Once the boys are settled, I get Butterfly started with her show.  This is her quiet time.  The only way for her to actually BE quiet is to turn on a movie for her.  She’s actually very good but our house is small and her voice carries.
This is also the time that I try and get some work done.  It’s all computer work.  I sit on the couch next to Butterfly (and Flower) and she keeps me company with her show.
4:00-4:30pm-  Sometimes the boys wake up earlier, sometimes not.  They are CHAMPION sleepers and will often sleep for at least 3 hours.  This is the time that Flower becomes my right hand lady.  She gets the kids up from their beds so I can either finish working or start on dinner.  TV goes off.  Let’s get ready to rumble!  It’s now that most of the fights happen.
5:15pm- Juice comes home!  We’re so glad when Daddy comes home.
5:30pm- Dinner time!  Yay for dinner time.
6pm-6:45pm- Family time.  Sometimes we go for a walk.  Sometimes we just play in the living room.  Sometimes we play on the Wii.  Either way, we spend this time together.
6:45pm- Bed time for little boys!  On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights, they have baths.  Or at least we try to give them baths.  Pjs and family prayers and hopefully into bed by 7:15pm.  Sometimes they sit through a bedtime story, most of the time not.  I am in charge of putting the boys to bed and Juice spends some quality time with Butterfly one on one.
7:30pm- Time for Butterfly bed!  Juice is in charge of putting her to bed.  Most of the time this is when I write in my blog or read blogs.  Sometimes I clean the dining room up a little.
8pm- Juice come down from putting Butterfly into bed and goes and does the dishes.  He’s so good at doing the dishes.  I love letting him do them.  :)
8:30pm- We settle down into our nightly pursuits.  With Flower here, it’s been movies every night.  We love that.  When Flower’s not here, I try to do some work or I do a lot of blog related work.  I figure this is my time to be online and do the blog thing.  Juice mostly plays on his computer or will join me on the couch and watch a movie of his choice.  Friday nights are our date nights and we don’t do anything else but watch movies and spend some time together.
10:30pm-11pm- We start heading upstairs to bed.  I take Butterfly to the bathroom (she has peed in her bed for about 2 weeks straight so now I just take her to the bathroom before I go to bed).  She sleep walks through it and goes right back to sleep.
I count it a good night if I’m in bed by 11pm.  Sometimes I’m up later but I’d really rather not be.
Here’s a few other questions asked on the blog I’d like to answer:
  • How much (or how little?) “help” do you have?

Flower is my helper for the summer.  I love love love having her here.  It’s so awesome to have another set of hands on deck.  Plus, we totally play tourist (2 things a week in the area) and have a great time.  Come the beginning of August, she has to go back home *sniff* and so I’ll be without my extra set of hands again.  But then Butterfly starts school and we’ll have to figure out a whole new schedule.

  • What chores do you do on a daily basis?
I try to unload the dishwasher and load it in the mornings when the kids are eating.  I do at least 1 load of laundry a day.  At least.  Then there’s always the toy pick up through out the day.
Of course, all of this is subject to change.  A lot of change.