Thursday, August 26, 2010

While You Are At School

Dear Mr. One,

You often ask me, "What do you do when I am at school?"  You seem curious how we spend our time, and then a little disappointed when it doesn't sound like very much.  Here is some documentation of our day at home while you are off learning.

We start off with breakfast and getting dressed.  This may not seem like a big thing, but it takes us lots of time to accomplish these tasks with two little boys.  Sometimes we even have visitors at the table.  I get distracted (baby cries, phone rings, etc.) many mornings and forget to finish my cereal (sound familiar?).

While I finish feeding Mr. Three, I surf the 'net and Mr. Two occupies himself on the couch. 

Mr. Three falls asleep on my shoulder and I attempt to type this way.  I love sleeping babies.  I debate on whether to hold him a bit longer and enjoy the moment, or use this nap as an opportunity to get something else done.

I check the clock and realize we need to get going.  I have an eye appointment at Costco and we need to pick up Grammy to come with us.  Mr. Two is enjoying his pilfered snack of Ritz crackers.  He loves using the step stool in the kitchen...

Mr. Two attempts to use the potty before getting in the car.  We spend a lot of time in this room...

We get to experience the first of several temper tantrums as Mr. Two decides he wants to get in the car.  No, doesn't want to get in the car.  Wants to put his shoes on himself.  No, wants me to put his shoes on.  (sigh)  Finally, we're buckled in.

We make it to Costco.  Mr. Three poops, so I have to run back to the car for the diaper bag.  Diaper changed and kids in cart.  The eye doctor is running late, so we wander the store.  Mr. Two enjoys scavenging through my purse for some fruit snacks.

We go to Grammy's for lunch.  Mr. Three takes a short nap.

I pause for a minute to glance in my purse.  What happened here?  Add on to do list, "clean out purse."

Enjoy a bit of play time after lunch.  Watch some Noggin (Nick Jr.) and act silly for the camera.  Squeeze in a few tickles and dance to the song on TV.

Grammy enjoys one last chance to hold Mr. Three.  Isn't he cute?  Then Mr. Three promptly spits up all down Grammy's shirt.  It's not a productive day if we don't have to clean a spit up mess.

Mr. Two doesn't want to be outdone, so he spills his cup of water on the carpet, then cleans it up with a napkin.  Somehow after cleaning, the floor usually looks worse than it did before the original spill.  Hmm...

Realize it's getting late in the afternoon and I still need to work on dinner and make some honey buns.  Rush home and start work on the buns.  Mr. Two helps.  I still have no idea what to do for dinner.

Read a few stories in between bun-making steps.

I rush through making the dough and finish kneading just in time to buckle into the car again and pick you up from school.  One small temper tantrum and Mr. Two and Mr. Three are asleep in the car.

Ok, maybe just Mr. Two is asleep...

After about 20 minutes of waiting in the car pick up line, we are at the pick up zone, and we see your happy face.  Now we can go home and spend time with our favorite kindergartener, you!  Maybe you can help us figure out what to make for dinner...




  1. I know it seems like you don't get much done in a day but just spending time with these precious boys is the most important job. You are a great mom!

  2. Wow, it may not seem like it, but you really get a lot done. I don't manage that much and I only have 1! :) Mr. Three looks exactly like Mr. Two in the picture where he is asleep on your shoulder. So adorable!

  3. This was a great inside to all of us who stay at home with the kiddos, what a great idea to actually blog about it. I bet he won't be asking that again, he he. I have been a sahm for over 11 years, and I know the daily rituals all too well. Nice post, I enjoyed it. :)