7:15 am: Wake up. This varies with the husband's work schedule and/or the awakening of children. Today was later than normal. When the husband gets up, so does Casey- onto the bed so we can snuggle, because I am horrible about getting up. Gus popped up shortly after, leading to our standard morning stalling activity: reading books in bed.
Greta appeared shortly after that in inside-out, backwards pants. Never a good sign, but it turned out okay.
7:45 am: Peel myself out of bed and start the morning routine: kids' breakfasts, dog's breakfast, start the tea water, empty the sink from the night before, check email in between each step, and sit down to eat breakfast, by the time of which someone has finished their breakfast and wants seconds.
8:00 am: Breakfast, tea, and blog reading/social media catch-up, the kids usually are off to play for a bit in their rooms. Gus gets dressed and begrudgingly makes his bed.
8:45: Tame the wild beast that is my hair. I am way, way, way overdue for a haircut. Flat iron front and center.
9:15 am: Get Greta dressed, grab snacks, and make sure we have everything we need and are ready to leave as we have errands and swimming lessons to get to for 11:00.
9:30 am: Get in the car. Forget two things and have to go back in. Finally make it out of the driveway.
11:00 am- noon: Swimming lessons. Gus is taking an intensive beginners course to help him get comfortable getting his face in the water and basic water safety. Two days in and he is loving it.
12:30 - 3:00 pm: Playdate at our house with two of Gus's besties from preschool. Five kids total. They have a blast and the moms get to sit (briefly) and chat.
3:00- 4:30 pm: Set the kids up with a quiet-time video, clean up the mess, and take a brief sit-down on the couch with a cup of tea.
4:30 pm: Start the dinner prep routine. Cook, eat, and clean the dishes. I have no photo of dinner because we were too busy eating it and I forgot, but I made this and it was great.
6:00 pm: Hang out in the backyard while the kids play in the sandbox and with the neighbors. Make backyard plans that may or may not happen. Enjoy the warm but not overly hot weather.
7:00 pm: Start cleanup and drag the kids in for baths and bed, done by the husband while I round up stray toys and straighten the small disaster made upstairs earlier in the day.
8:00 pm: Shower.
8:30 pm: Snack and blogging. Sometimes this is listing items, sometimes email answering, sometimes blog reading.
9:30 pm: Help the husband prep for an oral licensing exam he's taking as this is being published. Wish him luck! We've been reviewing every night this week.
10:00 pm: Lights out. Wonder what time someone will be down in the morning.
(edited to add: 1:37 am: Awoke to crying. Got up to administer Tylenol to Gus who was having leg cramps.)
It was a busy, kid-intensive day, so not much else got done, which means the other days this week will have to be catch-up days for things like laundry and shop orders. There's always a balance!