2.28.2011

A Day In The Life (AKA The Most Boring Email I've Ever Written)

I understand if you skip this, but it's going to be interesting in 100 yrs (and to me in 20). I promise... 

Thursday February 24, 2011 
7:45 I hear the kids

8:00 I open my eyes, check my email and favorite political and design blogs.
Pray.

8:20 I get Linus out of bed. Get him milk. Change his diaper. Start breakfast.

8:40 We all eat a banana, an egg, cold cereal and a cup of milk (Well...I never eat a banana, but the kids haven't noticed that yet. Plus, they don't care. They love bananas.).
Herbie claims that Woo gave him too much chocolate milk last night, and he can't finish his.
He puts it in the fridge for lunch.

9:15 Kids clear the table and Ruby and Herbie do their dishes.
Ruby wipes table.
Herbie helps me sweep the floor.
Linus scavenges what he can from the floor before its gone.
Moses gets the big pillows from my bed, and sets them in front of the TV. It's movie day!

9:30 We review the scripture we're memorizing (Alma 37:35).
Herbie has it.
Ruby needs a couple prompts.
Moses does a great job repeating after me.

9:35 Movies! It's Ruby's week to pick. She picked a Mickey Mouse Christmas movie and a short movie about trains at the library yesterday.
Linus smiles real big and bounces to the music on the train movie. The other kids are glued to the screen.

9:40 I sort laundry into piles for each kid, and then sub-piles of pants, shirts, underwear, etc. for easy put away for the kids. Folding is beyond them at this point, and if I fold the clothes, they'll be unfolded by the time the kids get them up the stairs and into their dressers, so I don't waste my time.
I fold and put away Mine, Woo's and Linus' clothes.
Linus does his own thing in the laundry room---his new favorite hang out.
Herbie: When I grow up, I'm going to drive a kid train. 
Me: When you grow up you won't be a kid anymore. 
Herbie: No, when I'm 10. Or 8. 

10:30 Linus goes down for his nap.

10:40 Woo emerges for breakfast. We see him less during the day now that the Master Bath is functional. I install two towel rings and TP holder in the Master Bath. It's not painted yet, but it will be months before that happens, and I want it to be comfortable to use now. Its not hard to remove that stuff right before I paint anyway.
I hang the towels/washcloths, place the rug. Too much turquoise! I'm going to need another color in there. Pink? Maybe red?

11:30 Linus wakes up, and I start to make lunch. We eat popcorn and fruit for lunch on Movie Day. Those of you who don't consider that a proper lunch can thank your lucky stars I'm not your mother!

11:45 Movie's over and the kids take their piles upstairs to their dressers.
Except Moses, he's hiding in the bathroom.

11:50 Herbie finishes and starts his breakfast/lunch.
Moses starts cleaning up after some prodding.

11:55 Ruby changes her outfit for school and starts lunch.

12:00 Moses finishes and starts lunch.

12:12 Ruby and I get ready and go to the bus stop. No one else is ready so they stay home.

12:20 I return to find Woo giving Herbie a lecture on what is and isn't fair. "Guess what, Herbie. Life isn't fair, and you're on the receiving end of that. You have way more than your fair share compared to most people."
I have a few minutes so I check my email and my blogs.
Woo shovels snow.
Moses plays with the sing-a-ma-jig.
Linus crawls around, and Herbie finally gets to eat some popcorn.

12:50 Story Time. Herbie and Moses each pick a book.
Woo goes back to work.

1:05 I put Linus to bed in the laundry room, and Moses, Herbie and I head upstairs.
Moses and Herbie sit in bed and read stories while I read scriptures.

1:25 I finish, the boys put their books away, and Herbie turns out the light. After a few minutes they settle down, and we all go to sleep.

3:30 We wake up.
Herbie hurries down to get his snack (a yoghurt and carrots).
Moses waits a few minutes for me.
We get Linus, and we all eat.

4:00 I go out to get the mail (my new shower curtain is here!), and Ruby runs off the bus. Brrr, it's cold! We hurry inside.
The kids are very curious about the package even though I told them exactly what it is. After I've made sure that Ruby gets her snack, I open the box.
At least they get to play with the box and packaging. I place the curtain on the rings and the rings on the rod out in the living room so the kids can watch.
Herbie hands me the rings as I need them. I put the whole thing up in the bathroom. Maybe I'll get my first shower in my own home for the first time in 10 months tonight?!?

4:30 The kids are busy playing that they're doctors so I check my email/blogs until it's time to make dinner.

4:55 Linus comes to tell me he needs a new diaper. At least that's what I assume he's trying to say because he whines until I pick him up and notice he's not fresh. (At first I thought he just wanted a hug, but no dice :(.

5:00 The kids decide they want to draw for chair time so I get them all set up, place Linus in his chair with some cheerios and start dinner. I make Outback-inspired potatoes, bacon and cheese. I slice tomatoes and avocado and put the ranch on the table. While it's cooking, I do the dishes in the sink.

5:50 Kids start cleaning up. They have 5 minutes from when I put the food on the table to clean up and get their own dishes (I tell them to start cleaning up before then), but Ruby pinched her fingers in a drawer, and needed attention and a break. Herbie & Moses were left to clean most of it up themselves. We had to bend the rules today.

6:00 We eat dinner.

6:50 After we're done and cleaned up, The kids play Twister. Woo spins the wheel while lying on the heater under a blanket.

7:00 Twister dissolves into chaos. We put it away and start Sorry.

7:20 Woo quits Sorry due to no one following the rules. The kids clean it up and go get their jammies.

7:25 Kids brush teeth and use the potty. We meet at the couch for scriptures.

7:30 Sing a hymn (The Time is Well Spent #266)
Ruby says a prayer.
We read half of Alma 61.
7:45 Woo reads the other kids a story while I put Linus in bed.

7:50 We kneel and each say a prayer.
Hugs.
It's my turn to pick the song, and we tuck the kids in bed.

8:00 I print and start filling out client registration forms for my first midwifery appointment tomorrow. Woo takes a short nap on the heater.

8:20 My visiting teacher comes (the other has hurt her shoulder). She's going to watch the kids on Tuesday while we go to the temple, and she offers to come help me paint Wednesday night. I decide to take advantage of her offer :).
Woo goes back to work.

8:50 She leaves, and Herbie says his belly hurts. I put him back to bed, and he goes to sleep.

8:55 I finish filling out forms/questionnaires.

9:50 I think about caulking trim upstairs, but decide to take a break for today, and spoon out some ice cream for Woo and I instead.

10:30 Read some.

11:00 I want to go to sleep, but I'm too tired to get ready for bed.

11:30 I finally pull myself out to take Herbie to the potty and get ready for bed.
Good Night!