Week In Review: Ashley

Hey y’all hey! Welcome back to another Monday of Week In Reviews. 🙂 So glad you’re here. Ok, sooo prepare for lots of me going on and on about Pre-K drama.

Monday & Tuesday & Wednesday were pretty typical. As you know (or don’t know if you don’t regularly read my WIR posts…) we have been riding the struggle bus when it comes to getting Cooper adjusted to full day Pre-K. He has been freaking out at drop off each day. HOWEVER We had some fantastic days of drop off during the first part of this week! Cooper didn’t cry one bit which was super fantastic. I really felt like we were making some progress.

Then. His teacher called Wednesday afternoon to say that he’d been having a hard day. She said he was whining a lot and very concerned about what was going to happen next…as in he was asking her this every five minutes or so. The wanting to know what is next – well that’s just his personality. He’s super aware of his surroundings. He always wants to know the span of events that lie before him. I can understand though how that is frustrating. Because seriously you guys, some days I have to tell him “enough with the questions…I’ve already told you this over and over again.” She did suggest that maybe he needs more one on one time and attention from me. I get that. I decided I’d start making more deliberate attempts at giving him my attention in the evenings. Also, she thought maybe he was trying so hard to keep things together for my sake at drop off that the emotions were coming out throughout the day now. Thursday he was pretty upset at drop off BUT nothing major.  So that night we went to Chick-Fil-A and played at the playground and I took him to Target to pick out a toy for being so good at drop off for the four previous days.  I wanted to give him some positive reinforcement.

Friday morning was a rough rough rough. I’m pretty sure he sensed that it wasn’t a normal day. He could tell that I wasn’t going to work…we weren’t rushing like we normally do. So, about an hour before we had to leave he started getting upset and crying. I normally attempt to console him and do everything that I can to get him calmed down and not crying. However, that day I decided maybe he just needs to cry at home and get it all out of his system? So I let him go on and on. I told him it was ok to cry at home, but when we get to school he has to stop. Did that work? Hell no. He was in major freaking melt down mode once we got to school. I was crying. He was flipping out. It was bad bad bad. I actually told his teacher I was considering taking him out of school. She urged me to take him home that day and think things over, because the truth is that he’ll have to adjust now at Pre-K or later at Kindergarten.

I could tell that he was just doing all that he could in order to get to stay home with me. As soon as he realized he was going home he stopped crying and pitching a fit.

I honestly believe he has some major anxiety issues. I know part of it is that he just can’t control his anxiety and emotions. I get that. I feel for him. It’s stressful on both of us..and sometimes I make it all about me and how it makes me feel and how emotionally draining this whole process has been on me. But I have to remember that HE is the one going to school.

So. I’ve decided to implement some changes and start reinforcing routine for the morning. I don’t know how to fix his anxiety and make all of our transition problems magically go away, but I do know that he thrives in a routine. So yeah, I’m making some changes to our morning so that it will always be the same and consistent – you know as much as I can…I can’t control everything. Unfortunately. 😉 And his dad is going to start dropping him off .. I think that not having to leave me will help.  And I’m also going to do a calendar that we’ll put stickers on everyday that reflect how that day went at drop off and give him little rewards each day when he does well.

But yeah. We shall see if that all makes a difference.

This weekend? We stayed home. Took several trips to Target. Sunday afternoon we did get out for a bit to go the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport. If you are local, you should definitely take your children there. Sunday afternoons are a great time to go because it’s only $6 to enter. That night I made Sangria and watched the BEST Game of Thrones episode from this entire season.

There you have it. What have you guys been up to? Anyone else have some transitioning to Pre-K stories similar to mine? If so, tell me and make me feel better by saying it all worked out in the end. 😉

Week In Review: Ashley

Let’s see shall we?

Monday & Tuesday – We did the whole school/grandparent drop off, work, coffee, kid pick up, make dinner the kids won’t eat, play, chores, wine for mommy, bath/bedtime routine. Cooper cried every single day at drop off this week. Like. Screaming and crying. That was fun and definitely not emotionally exhausting for both of us. We survived though. Sophie seems ready to stay at school in a moment’s notice. On Wednesday I have to pry her away.. You know. While Cooper is screaming for me to stay with him.  🙁

Wednesday – Oh glorious day off in the middle of the week. I love it. Sophie and I took Cooper to school and then hit up Target. We got all of Cooper’s fall school supplies. I love school supplies shopping. Except for the hot minute that I thought I’d have to spend $30 for 300 paper plates. Thankfully, I found a 300 ct Target brand pack that was only $10.  We also went to Chick Fil A so that the kids could play and get some energy out. That afternoon they both had a doctor’s appointment. They’ve both had colds for about a month now that I can’t get rid of. However, according to Dr. Harper – they are suffering from intense allergies. So we got some medicine and I did some deep cleaning of their room to help cut down on the allergen inducing things. That night Rhonda and I went live on our Facebook Page for Wine Wednesday. Make sure you guys head over and like our page so that you won’t miss the next video! We’re hosting a giveaway for this week.

Thursday & Friday – So much sameness for Thursday. Sweet time with my babies and a job to go to. 🙂 I got a lot of great mail this week. Some new Nickel & Suede earrings arrived Thursday along with new glasses and contacts that I ordered. Inexplicably my current pair of glasses went missing Friday morning.  So the arrival of my new glasses was perfect. I may or may not be obsessed with them. I’ve taken way too many selfies in them. Oh well. Friday night I got to hang out with my Sister and her husband. We had a great dinner. It’s really nice to get to talk to the adults in my life without two little children underfoot begging you to stop talking and pay attention to them. 😉

Saturday – We hung out with Grammy and Ppop. Uncle Shane came over also. It was pretty much just a chill and relaxing day of hanging out…watching Shane wash his boat and my dad mow the whole neighborhood’s yards (ok that’s an exaggeration…just the neighbor across the street- but still…don’t you wish he was your neighbor?? I know I do!) eating delicious food cooked on the grill…and then the fun time of tearing away a very disappointed four year old who had to come home with Mommy instead of staying the night with his Ppop. That same four year old spent most of the rest of the night telling me how he wanted to go live with his Ppop, because he has a big yard and a pool and a pond and a lawn mower. You know. Unlike us. LOL

Sunday – We went to the park…came home for naps…and then just lounged the rest of the day. I ended the night with the latest Game of Thrones episode which was super great and of course ended way too soon.

What have y’all been up to?

5 Things We Learned on our Journey to Pre-K

Happy Monday! Ashley here to interrupt our regularly scheduled programming. We’re postponing our Week In Review Posts until tomorrow since today is a pretty momentous day in my household. Today is Cooper’s first official day of Pre-K. If you follow our snapchat (RAtheMOMachine) or have watched our Wine Wednesday Live Videos on our Facebook page (Rage Against The Momachine), then you have a little preview of what the journey to Pre-K has looked like for Coop – but I thought he deserved a little post of me droning on about how the time as flown … and of course a little insight into the things we had to learn along the way.

As I said today is Cooper’s first day of PreK. He’s been going to daycare/school since mid June. Half days. Today starts the real deal though. He’ll be there until I get off work at five to come pick him up. He’ll be there for naps. He’ll be there everyday learning all the necessary intellectual and practical skills that he will need to enter kindergarten. And he’s definitely not happy about it. Me? I’m pretty emotional myself.

I know moms say this all. the. time. BUT I swear when I look at him and see the little boy that he’s becoming…I cannot believe how quickly it’s all gone by. He’s the little boy I always wanted. He frustrates and tests me on a daily basis. He also makes my heart melt with those piercing eyes and the unexpected ways he can be incredibly sweet and considerate. A day does not go by that he doesn’t say to me, “Hey Mommy…know what? I love you.” So no matter how hard I try to be tough – when I’ve had to leave him (for countless mornings now) screaming for me to come back as I walk out the door of his daycare – my heart breaks. Our journey has not really been pretty. We were not prepared…I did not prepare my son like I should have. Poor guy. We can just add this to the many notches of first child problems. So what did we learn? What did we have to learn?

Prior to starting daycare/school this past June – Cooper was always watched by family. He’s spoiled. But hell. So was I and I went to daycare. The bottom line is that I was not prepared for the amount of independence he’d have to have at daycare. He sure as hell wasn’t prepared. So, I thought I’d share for all you parents out there who may have older children entering school who were previously cared for by relatives on a one on one basis the things that we had to learn. Cooper was potty trained…I thought that was enough…not so. Not so at all.

  1. We had to give up the sippy cup. Ok. Truth be told we haven’t completely gotten rid of it… BUT we did go hard core for several weeks until he mastered the regular cup. They use regular cups at school. Who knew? I should have…I just honestly didn’t think about it. To say he was devastated that he couldn’t use his sippy cup is an understatement. We survived though, and he’s pretty dang proud that he can drink out of a regular cup. 😉
  2. He had to learn how to completely undress and dress himself. People, we were NOWHERE near this skill. He could pull up his own underwear and pants…but I still did everything else for him. Why? I don’t know. I just didn’t think about it. I got him and Sophie dressed every single day. This was a major struggle and source of stress for Coop. He absolutely dreaded Wednesday water days at school which is so incredibly sad because that little boy loves being outside and he loves the water. But he had to undress himself and dress himself after the water festivities were finished. He didn’t know how to. No one told me when I registered him that he’d have to do this. I sent my baby in there with no clue. Most days he wouldn’t even get in the water because he said he wanted to stay perfect so he would be ready for pick up. Perfect as in his clothes wouldn’t be wet and wouldn’t need to be changed. Are you tearing up over there? Because I am. I can just picture him standing there watching everyone else playing..knowing that he wants to join in but won’t for fear of having to change his clothes. When water day officially ended….BOTH of us were so happy. The thing is he still dreads playing outside at school. I think it’s because he doesn’t quite trust that they won’t make him change clothes for some reason.
  3. This one is all me. I didn’t get pick up and drop off times in writing. This was such a source of annoyance and frustration for me. They let me drop him off at 7:30 for an entire month before the director called me to tell me that I was dropping him off too early. I was hot. I didn’t like the way she spoke to me and insinuated that I was knowingly bringing him early. I wasn’t. I was told that 7:30 was half day drop off. It wasn’t. 7:45 was. Maybe 15 minutes doesn’t seem like a big deal, but I have to be at work at eight. And when I registered him, one of the appeals was the 7:30 drop off time. I was also told the incorrect time for pick up. A later time. So. Lesson learned? Just get everything in writing.
  4. Nothing could prepare me for that first day of leaving him in the care of total strangers for the first time ever. He was totally fine that first week. He was excited and basically didn’t give me a second glance as he walked away to join the other kids. Me? Well that first day I got back to my car and couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t breathe and it took every bit of self control to not turn around to retrieve him. I thought to myself..”Are you literally crazy? You don’t know those people. Not really.” I’d said I would wait to call and check in on him until 10. I made it to nine. He was fine. I lived. But I can still vividly feel that feeling when I think of that day.
  5. Absolutely NOTHING could prepare me for the horrific feeling of having to leave my screaming child in the care of people who are not family as I walked out the door. The first time it happened I stayed with him for 20 minutes. I couldn’t calm him down, and I had to get to work. So one of the teachers distracted him while I slipped out of the room. Then I broke down. While still in the daycare. In front of another teacher and parent. They called me about ten minutes after I left to let me know he was fine. It’s heart wrenching…but we make it through. I say make – because that hasn’t ended. He screamed every single morning last week.

Watching your babies grow up is a beautiful thing. It makes me so happy and is one of my most favorite parts of being  a parent. Being there first hand to watch their little minds grow. To witness the development of their personalities, character, and traits. I treasure this front row seat. I am so lucky to have my babies. I am so privileged to have a role in their lives. To be their mom. But god. Putting my four year old in daycare has been one of the hardest things we’ve done. I’d have asked a shit ton more questions. I’d have waited a couple weeks and prepared Cooper for some of the things he needed to know how to do. I’d have tried to prepare myself. But we can’t go back. All I can do is share my experience…and well. Hope that the crying at drop off stops soon.

 

Week In Review: Ashley

Monday – Hmmm what did we do Monday. Just the usual. I woke up at six and started my day by getting ready. Then at about a quarter til seven the chaos of getting a four year old to dress himself and rangle a 1.5 year old began. We all survived to leave the house and head to work, school, and grandparents for the day. After all that? Well we had chores, dinner, and playing until bath/bed time. 🙂

Tuesday – I ended up being off this day instead of Wednesday. Cooper and Sophie had dentist appointments at 9 and 9:30 that morning. The dentist again? Yup. This time Cooper had a cleaning and Sophie was there for her 2 yr old check in. She turns two in September so we went ahead and got that taken care of since Cooper was there for a cleaning anyway. They both did great. I don’t know if you guys remember me telling you about Cooper falling and hitting his two front teeth a couple weeks ago? That was why were just at the dentist a couple weeks ago. Well they are both loose, but the one on the right has started to darken in color and die. So, it looks like we will have a toothless wonder soon. Otherwise, the dentist said his teeth look fantastic. 🙂

Wednesday to Friday – See Monday above for details..lol Same ole same ole. Although, Friday Cooper missed school because he was running a fever.

Saturday – We spent the day at Grammy and Ppop’s . The kids have been sick so they were a little under the weather. Plus it rained most the day…which you guys know is just my absolute favorite. Not. Cooper stayed at my parent’s house that night, while Soso came home with me. We stopped by Kohl’s on the way home to do a little shopping. Their towels were on sale plus I had coupon so I was able to get us some much needed new towels for the house. That night I cut up the old ones to use as rags. Super exciting Saturday night… 😉

Sunday – Thankfully, there was no rain! We had lunch at my sister’s house that day. Cooper had another low fever so we went home that afternoon for some rest and naps. Both kids have had a cold for about a month now that they just can’t seem to shake. I thought it was just their immune systems adjusting to Cooper being exposed to new germs from school. However, I’m now thinking there may be more going on. Anyway, we shall see when we go to the doctor. 🙂 I ended the night with Game of Thrones and an early bed time.

 

Hope you guys had a fantastic week and weekend! What were y’all up to?

Week In Review: Ashley

Well well…look who’s late to the party? Anyway, I made it…with a few hours to spare! So, let’s see what we were up to last week….

Monday & Tuesday – Usualness allll around over here. Per usual. 😉 Work, school, pick up kids, play time, make dinner (that they don’t eat), break up fights, threaten them with time out, sneak in some kisses and sweet cuddles…then bath and bed time at 7:30.

Wednesday – We were up bright and early to take Coop to school. I told him that after school we’d have to come straight home for naps. However, after Sophie and I met up with Aunt Grace at Target, after school drop off, I decided that we’d surprise Coop and go straight to the Trampoline Park after I picked him up. Wednesday night was Wine Wednesday on our Facebook page. Rhonda and I went live to discuss life…and whatever else came to mind with a glass of wine in hand. It was a lot of fun…make sure you’re there next week to catch the fun!

Friday night there was some shopping…Marshall’s has some super cute home decor stuff out right now. I also stopped by Kohl’s. These two songs are my current obsessions: Jule Vera Bad Company and Imagine Dragons Believer

Saturday – There was actually not another trip to Target. That picture is from Wednesday….. 😉 There was wine and catching up on West World…and some face masks…and as always..meme searching.  I spent Saturday Day at my parents.

Sunday – I had tentative plans to take the kids to the beach BUT of course it rained. Again. Like almost every other day since the beginning of May. So we went back to Grammy and Ppop’s for some family time …and yummy food.  And of course Sunday night was Game of Thrones. 🙂

What were YOU guys up to this past week???

Week In Review: Ashley

Hey hey guys! Welcome back to another WIR by yours truly. 😉 Hope you all had an amazing week and weekend…wanna know what we did? I mean. I’m going to tell you even if you don’t. 😉

Monday- Ooh, Monday. This Monday was super weird feeling to me. Work was extremely quiet…and overall felt like a Friday. I did have the upcoming Tuesday and Wednesday off from work .. sooo that may have had something to do with it. 😉 That evening the kids were lit. Cooper whined to go the park. They had so much energy and seemed to be dying cooped up in the house. (eye roll here..) So yeah. We did an impromptu after work trip to the park that evening. It was still super hot, so we didn’t stay long, but they thoroughly enjoyed the extra time outside. And were significantly less whiney, which I loved.

Tuesday – was the Fourth of July. As I said, I had the day off. We had plans to go to my brother’s house later in the afternoon and evening for a little get together. However, we started the morning bright and early. I decided to go ahead and get all of us dressed and hit the park. We also made a quick trip to WalMart for some food supplies. At home the kids napped while I cooked a few dishes to take to my brother’s. Around 2:30 the kids were up and we were in the car headed to Uncle Shane’s. There was lots of good food, a controversial game of Family Fued, great company, and firework fun galore.

Wednesday – I was once again off from work, but Cooper had school that day. So, Sophie and I took him to school and then went back home to take care of some chores. After school the kids napped and Aunt Grace came over to visit/eat lunch with me. 🙂 I got a lot of daily chores finished as well as some much needed closet organizing. Jealous of that TP hoard?? 😉 We also went to the park for a little bit when Soso and Coop woke up from their longggg naps. They were both tired. We’d stayed up past ten the night before because of 4th celebrations…normally they are both in bed shortly after eight.

Thursday & Friday – were back to work for me. Nothing too noteworthy happened on those days. My kid free Friday night consisted of some running around at Walmart and Target for household essentials…then a couple glasses of wine..and an early bed time for this tired momma.

Saturday – we hung out at Grammy and Ppop’s for most of the day. That evening Cooper stayed the night with my parents while Soso and I went to hang out at Aunt Grace’s house for most the evening. We rolled into the driving right at bath time .. Sophie’s bath time to be exact 😉 I put that tired baby promptly into the bath and on to bed … I stayed up way too late that night.

Sunday – I was determined to get to the beach on Sunday. Thankfully, the weather held out all morning and we enjoyed lots of sunshine…and high temps BUT I’ll take hawt temps over rain any day of the week. We went to our favorite spot in Ocean Springs – the Fort Maurepas area. We were able to enjoy the beach, walk across the street to the splash pad, do a quick change to dry clothes, and spend some time at the playground area. It’s really great kid/family/anyone friendly area of Ocean Springs. The beaches have these really great wide sidewalks, and I’ve never had trouble finding a parking spot.

And that is it y’all! What did you do this past week? How was your 4th?

Mommy Confessions Volume III

 

Hey y’all, and welcome back to another installment of Mommy Confessions. This is where we talk about things that we do…thoughts we have.. things we don’t do…as mothers…that are not usually widely accepted. I mean. It’s what we do. This is Rage Against the MOMachine..is it not? 😉

Ok, so Ashley here today to spill the beans on one of my Mommy Confessions. Are you dying to know? Are you sitting on the edge of your seat?

Alright. Alright. WHAT is it you say?

Here’s the thing. I don’t censor myself in front of my kids. Specifically I don’t censor my language which is what I’m here to mainly talk about today. However, I don’t censor much of anything. I don’t censor my body. I don’t censor the music I listen to. I don’t censor conversations I have around them (unless it’s a surprise for them – or something that would just hurt them). I definitely don’t censor my opinion.

Before I became a parent and even during those first few months of Cooper’s life – I felt like at some point I’d have to start giving up all those things I listed above. I’d have to watch the words I use, because heaven forbid he says a curse word. I thought that basically I’d have to not be myself in front of my kids. The thing is… That’s crazy. I know that as they grow their view of me will change. They will lose that childlike innocence that they see everything and everyone through; however, I don’t want them to be in middle school or high school and wake up one day and realize that I’m not actually the person I portrayed myself to be in front of them.

I know that we all have different value and belief sets. I know that language I use or behaviors I exhibit may not be acceptable under someone else’s set of values or beliefs. I’m not here to shame you because you don’t cuss in front of your kids or let them listen to music with mature lyrics. I’m just saying that in my household, those things are non issues. So why would I censor that?

Cooper recently picked up the word ‘fucking’. I know exactly where he heard it. I use it. I don’t use it in a derogatory manner. I don’t use it in reference to it’s sexual meaning in front of him. I use it as an expletive. Maybe we’re behind someone driving frustratingly slow..I might says “Geez why are you going so fucking slow?” I don’t use it all the time. He picked it up though. He uses it just like I do. At first I didn’t even really acknowledge it – other than to ask him why he said it. We were sitting in the Target parking lot and there was this huge very nice white pickup sitting across from us in the parking lot. Cooper says, “Mommy!! Will you just look at that fucking truck?!” He was in awe of it. It WAS a nice looking truck. I think a legitimate use of the word …right? 🙂

Anyway, I told everyone I was ok with it. I told his grandparents that if they didn’t want him using that word in their homes  – to tell him just that. I DIDN’T want anyone making a huge ordeal over it. Drawing attention to his use of that word. I didn’t want anyone to give that word more power than it should have.

For a while it was just here and there that he used it. Then all of a sudden it seemed like he was using it every single day. Just to describe things. On the Fourth of July he was looking out the window at his Uncle Shane’s new lawnmower and said, “Look at that new fucking lawn mower.” Why? Because he was impressed by it.

He’s going to school now, and he needs to know socially accepted use of language and behaviors. Also, even though I have no problem with the use of the word fuck…I don’t want to hear it in every single sentence. From anyone. So I started just suggesting other words. He asked me why I did that. I let him know that there was nothing wrong with the word fucking…but isn’t it boring to use the same word to describe everything you’re excited by? He agreed. He’s a pretty smart four year old .. 😉

The bottom line is… I can’t be a hypocrite. I can’t use words that I’m telling my children to not use. So I don’t do that.

 

Week In Review: Ashley

Wellll hey guys! I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve written a week in review. We missed last week. Life just got in the way BUT we’re back this week. 🙂

Ok, so since I didn’t recap the week before last – I think I’ll just do a mash up the previous two weeks. If that’s ok with you guys? … It is? Cool.

Last weekend I got the chance to fly out to Dallas and hang with Rhonda and Stuart. My plane was supposed to leave Friday evening. That didn’t happen though. After a mad rush to find a parking space and then HOURS waiting on the plane. The flight was cancelled and rescheduled for the next morning. That sucked so bad. I ended up spending Friday night at my parents, because they are a smidge closer to NOLA than my house. After about three hours of sleep I was back on the road to the airport. That flight took off without a hitch – except for when I got Dallas…sans my bag.

We still had a fabulous time! There was some day drinking, brunch eating, shopping, snapchat hilarity, girly time getting ready together….AND THEN we headed out to the Stockyards for the night. What did we do there? Well, I got a tattoo… we made friends with a band playing at one of the bars (per our usual)…and you know. Just a few shenanigans. 😉

I had so much fun…and I can’t wait to go back for a longer period of time!

The next week was the usual Monday and Tuesday work and after work grind. Wednesday I took Coop to get registered for summer day care and fall preschool. He actually starts tomorrow – and I’m quietly freaking out. He’s never been to any sort of day care. His grandparents and/or aunts and uncles are the only people that have ever cared for him in the absence of me or his dad. I’m sure he’ll do great. He’s incredibly social and eager to learn and meet new friends….I’m …well I’m just so nervous.

This past Friday night I got to go out with one of my favorite people, Michael, and see the band Dumm at the IP in Biloxi. I drank allll the wine and you know – just generally had a blast. 🙂

Saturday and Sunday we spent most of the day at my parents. Celebrating my dad. Cause you know. Father’s Day. 🙂

And now the kids are in bed…I’ve blabbed on enough about our ongoings …time to try to sleep while I stress about Cooper starting daycare. No big deal. 😉

What have you guys been up to??

 

Week In Review : Ashley

 

Hey hey! So glad to see you guys back for another look at what we did last week. What did we do? Not much really. Just the usual. Did I take a lot of pictures? Heck no. But what’s new??

So anyway. Let’s just start with Wednesday – you know as we usually do. Monday WAS Memorial Day, but we talked about that in the last WIR.

Wednesday we lounged around the house. The kids drug out all their toys, because would it really be playing unless every single toy was out of the toy box and half brought into the living room? Yeah. I didn’t think so. I mean. At least that’s how it goes around our house. We did manage to get our act together though and get dressed for the day at a reasonable time. Look at those cuties in their matching outfits!!

We went to the ‘park by the beach’ per Soso’s request. Sophie is finally at the age where I let her go on her own on the play equipment. I still hover close by, because she is still likely to easily fall down or you know, just walk off the side. But hey, we’re getting to more independence. 🙂

After about thirty minutes of play time the bottom fell out and we were confined to the pavilion. I had actually remembered to bring the bubbles, which were a big hit to pass the time as we waited for the rain to slack off. The kids ended up having a blast playing with each other under that pavilion.

Friday night the babies stayed with Grammy and Ppop, and mommy got to spend some time with Aunt Grace and Uncle Dejan. Their flight to Dallas then London that was supposed to leave Friday afternoon was delayed and then cancelled. That sucked for them. BUT we all got some extra time to see them before they left for two weeks. So yeah. We had mexican for dinner and then saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It was a really great night. Saturday morning we all just hung out at my parents, and that afternoon I took Grace and Dejan to the airport. They are currently in London having a blast and sending us some amazing pictures. 🙂

Doesn’t that look amazing? 🙂 Anyway, what you all up to this past week?

Day In the Life – Rhonda

I have always enjoyed seeing how others live their lives, so when I joined the blogging community over ten years ago, I read every Day In the Life I came across.  I have also done a couple myself because why not write what I love to read?

I decided to do it yesterday, on what I thought would probably be a pretty ordinary day – Wednesday.  I originally had a time jotted down each time I changed activities but it was hard to follow, I’ve decided to break it down hourly for an easier read.

6:01 am- Alarm goes off.  I have a routine to set my alarm to kiss Stuart goodbye before he goes to work.  Life is too short and we aren’t promised tomorrow.  I try to stay up at that time, so that I get a lot done before my kids wake up.  I haven’t been feeling great, so have been going back to sleep.

For the next nearly two hours, I alternate between going to the bathroom, watching the news half-asleep, scrolling Facebook, dozing, and taking medicine.

7:50 am- I check the time, listen and don’t hear kids, so I doze back off after I get up and put on a shirt (I sleep naked).

8:00ish – I have an unknown call and texts from Ashley.  I surf Facebook while waiting for 8:30.  I know that Stuart sets the coffeemaker for 8:30 if I am not fully awake when he leaves for work.  I definitely don’t want to have to wait in the kitchen for the coffee.

For the next hour, I drink coffee and work in my bullet journal, the way I start my weekdays without exception.

9:00 am- Claudia wakes up and comes to my room for her morning routine of OJ and a fruit snack in my bed.  I go refill my coffee and get her “breakfast.”  She drinks all her OJ and half my coffee while we watch Live! With Kelly and Ryan.  I also do some blogging while I watch.

10:00 am- I start laundry, check on some makeup brushes I have drying, and plug in some of the kids’ dying devices.  Then, I go to put chicken in the crock pot because I like to batch cook shredded chicken to use in several different ways.  Well, things get interesting.

As I am putting the empty chicken packaging into the garbage, I somehow spill fucking raw chicken juice allll over my feet, kitchen mat, and floor.  Well, as I am cleaning it off the floor I somehow cut one finger with one of my fingernails.  So, when I am outside cleaning the mat, the bleach spray gets in my wound and I basically feel like I would rather die than do what I am doing.  After all that mess was cleaned up, I am putting the spray back into the cabinet and somehow the bottle breaks and the cleaner goes everywhere.  I finally escape back up stairs, where I put on more laundry.

11:00 am- I finally get my teeth brushed and face washed, then get dressed and do my makeup, all while leisurely watching TV.  This is the time of the day when my kids realize I am boring and go downstairs to destroy that level of the house.

12:00 pm-  In this hour, I make a brand comparison video for my Lipsense business.  Then I get lost in texting all my frans, folding laundry, and watching Four Weddings on TLC.

1:00 pm- I somehow end up wasting time in this hour.  I browse Pinterest for wedding stuff, look online at some houses for sale, and make the kids lunch.

2:00 pm- It’s the kids’ nap hour, which always starts at 2 or 3, depending on what time they woke up.  They are allowed to use personal electronics and the only one who even occasionally naps is Claudia, but that’s the entire point.  I spend the hour working in my journal to get set up for June.  I also have a snack during this time.  It’s usually when I eat my lunch.  In peace, thanks.

3:00 pm- I spend the final nap hour doing some more journaling with HGTV on in the background.

4:00 pm- Knowing I have to start the evening routine, I get to a stopping place in my journal, take a deep breath, and go downstairs to start the chaos.  I go to tell them nap time is over, but find that Claudia is actually asleep.  So I let the boys get up and I take out the trash as usual.  I pick up a few things around the house.  Then, on my way back to my room, I start more laundry.

5:00 pm- I do a weight loss countdown in my journal, with some more HGTV in the background. I text a lot too, which drags everything out.

6:00 pm- I go downstairs since Claudia is now awake.  I start a super fancy dinner for the kids and pour some Shiraz-Grenache.

7:00 pm- I start making dinner for Stuart and me.  We generally eat different things than the kids and we always eat later than them, because I wait for him to get home from work.  While dinner cooks, I’m on social media and sipping my wine.

8:00 pm- Stuart comes home shortly after 8.  We sit down and have dinner together and talk about our days while the kids play.  Claudia spends most of this time on Stuart’s lap, eating his food.  We discuss mortgage loans.

9:00 pm- We begin doing dishes and cleaning the kitchen and sweeping the dining room.  We have drinks and chat (with ALLL the interruptions) while we work.

10:00 pm- We are still cleaning up downstairs for a bit, then we tuck everyone in, take their devices, and go upstairs.  We take our shower (yep, together 90% of the time).  I do some evening journaling while Stuart gets together mortgage documents.

11:00 pm- We turn the lights out and watch news as I finish my wine and Stuart snores within 10 minutes.

12:00 am- After answering a few questions in my Poshmark shop, I finally put my phone down and drift off to sleep.