A Day In the Life - Thursday August 9, 2012
Somewhere between 12 am and 4am – I wake up to Harrison crying. I go into his room to give him his soother and he goes back to sleep instantly....so do I.
7:16am – I wake up to Adam getting dressed. I ask him what he is doing (I thought it was still really early because it was dark out AND I didn't hear any children crying or talking). "I’m getting up", he says. "I’m golfing at 8". I looked at the clock to find it is 7:16. Turns out it was a rainy day (hence the darkness).
was already awake – so was Ella, but she refused to get out of bed yet (NICE).
7:25 am – I go for a shower before Adam leaves and by the time I get out of the shower at 7:40, the other golfers are at our house. I have to scramble to get dressed so Adam can leave. Harry is running around the main floor with his undershirt and no diaper (bad diaper rash we’re trying to heal). He is so happy in the morning.
|I manage to find some sweat pants and a sweat shirt|
8:00 am – Ella comes out of her room and announces to Harry and I "I am awake!". The kids watch an episode of Diego while I make
9am – Harry goes for a nap while Ella and I sit at the table. Ella eats breakfast while I talk with her. The rain starts to come down harder. Ella says, “It’s raining outside! The rain is knocking on my door and it wants to come in our house and rain on us”. I start laughing about this. Ella is chattering on about a million things while I try (again) to do a few things around the kitchen.
|Ella likes to have a bowl of milk and cheerios with her oatmeal|
9:15 am – Ella wants to sit on the front step with her rubber boots, rain coat, apple and a towel (note - she refuses a blanket in case it gets wet). So we both get our apples and sit on the porch. This apple ends up being my breakfast. We end up sitting out there for about half an hour talking and singing and ‘catching planets’ (I can't even explain the catching planets thing...but I will say we had our arms stretched way up in the sky).
Then we come inside and Ella plays with some toys. I change my clothes and get a bag packed for the kids.
10:15 am – Harry wakes up and after getting him dressed, the three of us walk down the street to Claire's house to meet up with our regular Thursday crew (just a few moms and kids). I chat with the moms while we're there and try to keep Harrison entertained. Thankfully I remembered to grab my coffee on the way out the door...I had been wanting one all morning.
|The girls watching a TV show|
|Making soup and grilled cheese for the kids|
I started cleaning up the dishes while Adam puts Harrison to bed and Ella finishes her lunch. I try to get all the dishes cleaned before I start doing anything else - I hate working in a dirty/messy kitchen!
1:00 pm – After Adam reads Ella her stories, I take her to the potty, get her into bed and sing her 4 songs - Little Toy Trains, You Are My Sunshine, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
1:15 pm – I find another bread recipe (have been trying and failing at bread recipes all summer) and put it together into the bread machine...even though it's meant for the stand mixer. Mom stops in for tea and a chat – I show her some pics from the cottage. After she leaves at 2:20 pm I started looking through the new Today’s Parent magazine that came. I also find a mess of diapers in the bathroom, so I clean those.
2:42 pm – I pull the bread dough out of my bread machine when I realize it's not working…I pour the entire contents into the stand mixer, mix it up and put it in the oven to rise…hoping for the best.
2:50 pm – The kids wake up to find new shoes from
Adam and I get them ready and head out to Barrie to pick up a few things from Staples, Walmart and the library.
First stop - Staples. Adam runs in and we sit in the car. Ella thinks she sees a bridge in the parking lot, but it's just the median. Second stop - Walmart. We all go in, Ella comes with me and Harry goes with Adam. Ella and I look around at the toys for a few minutes and then we go to the craft section to pick out some felt and some scrap material. Final Stop - Midhurst Library. We all go in and the kids play with the toys for a few minutes while I look at the movies. We all sit in the children's section while Adam helps Ella pick out a few books and I put away the books Harrison has pulled off the shelf and thrown on the floor. I should also mention Harrison’s new car seat was installed before we left (Adam picked it up after lunch), so he gets to sit in it for the first time during this trip…it’s a tough adjustment for him.
5:00 pm - We pull into the driveway and Adam offers to cook dinner because I ‘Look tired’. Damn right. First I have to get the bread dough out of the oven, punch it down and put it into two pans and back in the oven to rise for another hour…I also sneak a cupcake because I’m starving.
After the bread business is out of the way I head down to the basement with the kids while Adam works away in the kitchen. The kids and I play/watch Dora. It’s been raining all day so we can’t go outside.
7pm – We get both kids out of the tub and into their PJ’s. While Adam give Harrison his bottle, I read Ella a story from one of her library books. She got a huge book of Dora stories. After the first story, I read her 5 more. Then we lay on the couch and read a different book and sing some songs….you are my sunshine, toy trains, twinkle twinkle, itsy bitsy spider (the usual ones). Then I tell her the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Adam joins us on the couch and we are all being silly. I take the bread out of the oven.
8:00 pm – After potty, drink of water and diaper, I get Ella into her bed. Adam heads out with some friends and I have to strip our bed because Ella had an accident during her afternoon nap…yes, she sleeps in our bed for her nap. Then I get the diapers in the laundry, but first I have to check on the Internet to see how to ‘strip’ them properly because they STINK!
8:30 pm – I finally get a taste of the bread and it’s delicious!! We finally have a winning recipe after June, July and part of August. I spent about 30 minutes writing the day’s blog post (Camping At The Pit: Part Two) and then I counted all the pieces in Ella’s 'Zoo Bin' that she borrowed form the OEYC (Ontario Early Years Centre) becaue we’re returning it tomorrow.
Thanks for reading :D