My Mom will occasionally call and ask, "What did you do today? Fill me in on any cute stories about my grand kids." Or, Grady will come home from work and say, "How was your day?"
I'm always busy. I'm always moving. I've always got a To Do List. And, for goodness sake, I have three little people I'm always trying to keep alive. But, sometimes I don't have anything to say and I can't come up with an answer other than, "You know, just usual mom-type stuff."
Since time really does seem to fly and my kids are changing by the day, I thought I'd take time to document a "normal" week for me. Nothing super unusual or out of the ordinary planned for this week so why not make an effort to remember how I'm spending my days. I know that someday I'll look back on days like these be thankful for the details of the monotonous.
So, beginning today, bright and early on Monday:
Laundry. Three loads of clothes sorted, washed, folded, and put away.
After breakfast, they entertained themselves with another cartoon and computer games for an hour while I tackled the pile of clothes needing to be ironed. I've neglected ironing for over two weeks and have a massive pile.
Next, we head to the post office so I can mail two packages. Despite having the boys use the bathroom before leaving the house, Micah announced, rather loudly, while we were waiting in line that, "I have to go poopy!" Every head snapped to look in our direction as I quietly told Micah, "We don't need to say that out loud and you're going to have to wait a few minutes until we're done."
Next stop was Payless Shoe Source. I'm not a fan of Payless, but I am a fan of BOGO sales, especially when both boys need new tennis shoes and church shoes for the Fall. Annalyse quietly munched on Gerber Puffs while the boys ran up and down the aisle ensuring their choice in shoes allowed them to run "extra, extra fast."
Next, we returned some unused paper products to Party City and I also purchased a few things for Annalyses's upcoming birthday. Micah discovered some Curious George accessories he wants for his birthday and Grady Lee found a fireman costume and insists he wants to be a fireman for Halloween again this year.
While paying for things at Party City, Micah wanders and pushes a button on a helium tank and a mini fiasco erupts. I grab him and put him in the cart, Annalyse starts crying because the helium tank is screeching, Grady Lee is standing still with his hands over his ears and yelling, "Why is that loud noise happening?" and the very frazzled, but very patient, cashier has everything back to normal in no time.
It's now time for lunch and I remember that I have a few dollars left on a Wendy's gift card. Because the boys have cooperated and shown good attitudes, I decide a quick lunch out would be a fun treat.
When we returned home, I unloaded everything, put Annalyse down for a nap, and the boys got busy wiping down the kitchen set.
Before playing with new toys, though, the boys took care of their dishwasher-emptying chore. It takes longer when they do it, but it's practice in the making and I'm a firm believer that if you're a part of a family you are to be a contributing part of that family.
It's now 4:00 and I've got to think about dinner. [Insert light bulb flashing on in my brain.] I have a rotisserie chicken in the freezer from a BOGO last week. With lots of fresh veggies, some cheese, boiled eggs, and chicken, I decided on salad.
While I diced and chopped, the boys played in the sandbox and Annalyse played with the tupperware.
Time to relax with a brownie (or two) and watch a previously-recorded episode of So You Think You Can Dance.
Goodnight, Monday, goodnight.
Oh, and I'm highly annoyed with the issues Blogger is giving me with pictures. Not uploading correctly. Not displaying correctly. Not saving correctly. Maybe Tuesday will offer better luck.