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Daily routine with kids??

Hey errbody…

Looking for some info to make mornings less ‘CRAZY’….so needing some help.

Having 3 boys, getting everyone up, dressed, bags packed, lunches made, hair ‘did’ (yes, even with boys)…and all of this with the house in some kind of ‘order’…is a real challenge…

If you read this, can you take a minute to share what your morning routines are with your kids? How much do they do themselves in the morning? How much of your morning routine do you do at night?

Thanks y’all!!



I recently had a “Ferris Beuller” or ‘Boondoggle” day…

When I started writing this blog, I had it in mind that I was on the hunt for balance. I would like to share my experiences, in hopes that my friends would share their experiences and tips on how they achieve balance in their own busy lives. Life (as all my mommy and daddy friends can attest to) is sometimes so crazy that you feel as though you do not know whether you are coming or going…keeping up with activities and homework, while making sure everyone is fed, clean, and happy. The last few weeks for me, have felt this way… and I still feel as though it is a struggle to achieve this elusive ‘balance’ in life right now, but I am trying  to take baby steps.

I think balance means something different for everyone. For some, it means doing less of something, while for some, it means doing more of something. For me, centering myself means remembering ‘me’, and acknowledging that I sometimes need time by myself, to do nothing specific…(ok, who am I kidding…I had VERY specific ideas of what I would do with time ALONE)…so that I can be charged and ready to perform my “mom” duties with gusto.

That, however is just one aspect of what makes me feel balanced, there are so many things that contribute to this feeling…working out, time with girlfriends, alone time with hubby, one on one time with each of my 3 gorgeous boys, time with my sisters, brothers and mom, reading a great book, painting, and of course, a good night’s sleep.

But this week, I decided to reacquaint myself with me…

It took WEEKS to decide to take a day off from work. Being a home daycare provider, taking a day off is very difficult, as it affects 4-5 other families….BUT, I managed to drum up enough courage to do so, and I have to say it was well worth it, once I was able to get past the guilt.

My day started off with bringing Kaeden to his grandparents. I can’t even begin to describe how awful I felt dropping him off for the day, knowing that I  planned a full day just for me…until, my little cherub walked through the door to his grandparents, had a snuggle with his grandma, said ‘where’s grampa’, then ‘bye mommy’…..guess I worried for nothing.

Then, it began….my 6.5 hours of pure heaven…

I know these things might seem trivial to some, but for me…just pure unadulterated bliss. I walked the isles of  Walmart…yes, Walmart, with NOT a kid in towe….I stopped at Timothy’s for a latte, and Starbucks, TWICE!! Shopped for some fall clothes, and actually tried EVERYTHING on…went for a massage, and I really hope I didn’t scare the therapist with my snoring…talk about RELAXED??? sigh…Finally, I met my yummy hubby for a coffee, (well, herbal tea) and had some grownup time with some friends, and even bought myself a book while browsing at Chapters…

After saying goodbye to my hubby, I came home to meet my 2 oldest boys from school, and have never felt calmer, or more refreshed…

I really learned a lesson on my “Ferris Beuller” day. I AM worth a day to myself every once in a while. While I love being a mom, and a wife, it was really nice to just be me. Having had a day off, I feel my inner sunshine re-emerging…which is a good thing, cuz it was ‘gettin a lil cloudy’.

Boondoggle? I think not.

Mommy minute…

Every once in a while, as a mom, you get to witness a moment like this…you can choose to react one of two ways. Run screaming from the house, or laugh and move on….(giggling as I write this)..

My baby Kaeden is a HUGE sleeper. Generally does 11-12 hours at night, and 3-4 hour nap during the day, which for me, is pure, unadulterated BLISS. His sleeping patterns definitely help me love him an awful lot more when he’s being a little monkey….

Today, however, as I put him down, I hear giggling, talking and laughter coming from his room….then quiet, but not for long…it then turns into a small cry, (which I ignore) then turns into screams and wailing…

For a minute, I consider leaving him to see if he’ll settle, and then I have visions of him with an arm, or a leg stuck in his crib (which he is known to do). But nothing, prepares me for what I find. LMAO…

As I open the door, I see my naked boy, standing in a puddle of pee. I smell poo, but there is no evidence of it anywhere. My little dude has taken off all of his clothing diaper et al, but managed NOT to make a mess! Thank goodness for small mercies…

So, as I stick him in a quick bath, and snuggle with my lil monkey then change his sheets, he promptly says “nite nite mommy. No more poo poo”.

Guess it’s time to potty train my big man…I’m sure there’ll be lots of stories…

…and here is the Oatmeal, Apple, choco chip, cinnamon muffin recipe!

1 cups flour

1 cup quick cooking oats

3 tsps baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup of  brown sugar

1 cup milk (maybe a little more)

2 tbsps cinnamon

3/4 cup of apple sauce

1 grated apple

1 egg

lots of chocolate chips..(I used 1 cup or more)

Mix everything together….bake at 400 for 25 mins!

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