**These picts are kinda random.
I want to document what our days look like right now. It is totally nothing fancy or outrageous but you can bet the days are full of excitement and chaos!!
Here is the rundown of how our Monday went. Christian worked 7-7 which is very typical for weekdays, so this was a fairly good example of what most of our days look like.
6:45: Aubrey taps me on the head and says, "mommy, can I get my IPad?" It never fails that she is at my bedside at exactly a quarter til 7:00, I swear she has an internal alarm clock set for that time. I usually make her get in bed with me and snuggle for about 30 minutes, and then I let her get her IPad and watch a show for about 30 more minutes.
7:30: Weston Hayes begins to stir and talk in his bed. He never cries, just begins to talk and I usually hear him on the monitor. He is such a happy little guy...he just wakes up in a good mood.
7:45-8:45: Breakfast. We usually do oatmeal or poptarts for Bre. Weston usually does a cereal bar or a banana. I try my best to unload the dishes or put a load of laundry in while the kiddos are contained and fairly occupied. I'd say my kiddos eat best in the morning, so sometimes they will eat for 45 minutes straight. I just let them.
8:45: I attempt to get myself and the kids dressed and presentable. On this particular day, we headed to the gym so I just threw on some workout clothes and loaded up the car. (Who am I kidding...that is my wardrobe everyday no matter what!) I always try and pack lunches and snacks for the day because chances are, we will be out during lunch. The kids love to snack in the car.
10:00: Gym time! This has become my new favorite thing! I try and go workout twice a week, and they have a fabulous nursery so I know the kids are having a blast. I either do a class or just workout on my own. It has become such a stress reliever for me. As a bonus, my sis is a member, so it is so fun to get to workout with her and chat.
11:30: We load up the car and head out to do a few errands. Aubrey is starving, so I give her a packed sandwich and pretzels. Weston snacks on some veggie straws.
11:45: I make a quick run into Home Goods to return a few items. These "quick" run ins always end in disaster. At the register, Weston pulls all the candy off the shelf, while Aubrey reprimands him by pulling his shirt and dragging him away. Weston throws a fit and begins to sqeal. I pack up my things and make a mad dash for the exit with a screaming baby in my hands and toddler walking behind trying to lecture her brother. Always fun times.
12:15: We stop at our favorite place to grab a few drinks because mommy needs a refresher. I get a diet coke and Bre gets a Sprite.
12:45: We make it home, unload and decide to enjoy the beautiful weather outside until naps. Aubrey swings, Weston waddles and we just have a blast out in the back yard. Those are some of my favorite times...just piddling out in the yard while Bre and Weston explore.
2:00: NAP TIME!!!! The most glorious part of any mother's day. The absolute cherished and looked forward to time of the schedule! I have both of them on the same nap schedule (Weston sometimes takes a morning and afternoon nap, but it isn't a must) and it is a life saver. Both will normally nap around 2 hours. I mostly use this time to get work done. I try and do my graphics and catch up on the books for my brother's construction company. Naptime is always gone in a flash and I never seem to get everything done. Occasionally on a Friday, when I am all caught up, I will take a nap with the kiddos or watch a Fixer Upper. Again...naptime is a gift from above!
4:30: both kiddos usually wake up and want to be held. It never fails that they both wake up minutes from each other and both are grumpy and need mommy. It usually take between 15-30 minutes for them to really wake up and not need to be held.
5:00: We decide to take some of our leftover bread down to the pond and feed the ducks. I know Bre has been wanting to see the ducks, so I decide since it is warm outside, we will take the plunge. We walk down the street to the front of the neighborhood (Aubrey is in her princess dress and heels) and to the pond. Bre has a blast feeding the ducks and Weston stands back and takes it all in. He keeps pointing to the ducks and saying, "dog". Apparently every animal is a dog. We make the treck back to the house and I attempt to get the kids inside. It never fails that Weston throws a fit when we have to go inside. He would prefer to stay outside all day if I would let him.
6:00: Dinnertime. By far one of the worst times of the day. My kids are not great eaters, so I feel like dinner is a struggle. Doing it alone is even worse. Since Christian is getting home late, we do leftovers.
7:00: bathtime...another crazy and chaotic time. Both kiddos like bath time and usually have fun together. Nothing makes me happier than smelling my clean babies after bath.
7:30: Daddy gets home and all is well with the world! There is usually a ton of screaming and hollering for joy when they see daddy pull in the driveway. Daddy gets hugs and kisses and I usually try and sneak off for a relaxing bath. C will usually put a movie on for Bre and then bring Weston to me to feed.
8:00: I nurse Weston and then put him down. He is the easiest thing ever to put to bed. He just lays down and goes to sleep without a peep.
8:30: We begin putting Bre to bed. This has been a challenge lately and we are really working on making bedtime easier with her. She tends to want to push the envelope at night and likes to get the last word in. She ALWAYS has to have a hug, kiss and an ugga mugga (it's where you rub noses and say those words...from Daniel Tiger). That is her big thing and if you don't do those three things correctly... she will throw a fit. Can't tell you how many times she has gotten a spanking because she threw a fit about getting the perfect "ugga mugga" LOL!
9:00: C and I usually read or watch a show for about 30 minutes and then we both crash. We are just so busy that we don't have the energy right now to make it past 10:00. I know things will settle down and get easier, but for now...we need all the sleep we can get.
There ya have it...a typical day in the life of our little family! I am soooo beyond thankful I am getting to stay home and experience these days with my babies. It is truly a dream come true. When I am knee deep in tantrums and dirty diapers...I just remind myself that I will miss these days very soon.