My Daily Schedule

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I always love it when other people do posts about what their day to day life looks like. You might have wondered how I manage to keep four kids alive, blog daily AND work 20 hours a week, so here it goes— a sneak peak into our crazy. Feel free to marvel about how late I wake up. You can even make fun of me. I DON’T CARE, HAHA!

8-9am Slowly wake up with my 3 and 1.5 year old. The older two boys and Jesse are already at school for the day (I am so lucky to have a hubby who gets up for work, gets the two older boys dressed, and gets them all out door on time every morning!). And, yes, I’m also lucky that my babies are late risers like me 🙂

9am Cuddle with the babies in bed. Sing some songs, tickle some baby chub 🙂

9:30am Stumble around until my coffee is made. AHHHHHH. What, did you expect productive things from me this early in the morning? I don’t save the world until 10am, thank you. GROWL.

10am Nope. No saving the world. Just feeding the babies some oatmeal for breakfast. We usually mix in coconut sugar and blueberries! YUMMM. And I buy the gluten-free TJ’s oatmeal, because it isn’t cross contaminated.

10:30am Take care of any blogging business items while the boys are eating and/or playing with trains. If we are going to story time at the library or to a playdate, this is usually when we are getting out of the house.

11am-12pm Play with the boys, either outside or building blocks in the living room.

12pm AJ goes down for a nap. I clean up the house, while Gregory keeps playing (he’s a fantastic independent player! Sometimes, when I try to play with him, he tells me to go away!)

12:30pm Phone calls, logistics, answer emails, etc.

1pm Workout using a Blogilates or yoga video while Gregory laughs at me (just like his father. sigh.)

1:30pm Make lunch for Gregory and I.

2pm Shower, blowdry hair, put on makeup

2:30pm Get Gregory ready for his nap. AJ wakes up and I switch them, laying Gregory down (they can’t nap together for some reason! Must be all the giggling and shouting they do together…).

3pm Give my babysitter (my mom or mother in law) the run-down on the boys’ schedules, food, etc. Rush to work (my commute is approx. 6 minutes, depending on the lights).

3:15-4:45pm Latin class!

4:45-5pm Hurry, grab a latte at Starbucks! WHY ARE THERE SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE DRIVE THRU?? Step aside!

5-5:30pm Teach a piano lesson around the corner

5:30pm Run any needed errands, last minute dinner items, etc. Come home where Jesse and all 4 boys are waiting (I pay somebody to pick up our two older kids and take them to their after school activities. This way I can still teach piano lessons and Jesse can stay at work and get his grading done).

6pm Help Jesse finish making dinner (yes, we both share this task in our house, no shame!). Keep the boys from running into things since they’re usually wired and crazy at this time of night! Now that it’s lighter outside, I send them outside to water plants or count leaves or jump off things and break their arms (wait, is this just my kids?).

6:30pm Sit down to dinner, get the boys cleaned up, give everyone one treat for dessert (I buy the chocolate covered powerberries at TJs! Kinda healthy, right?).

7pm AJ goes to bed.

7-8pm Help our 10 year old with any extra homework.

8:15pm Help the two older boys call their Dad and say goodnight. Give everyone their vitamins and essential oils.

8:30pm Both older boys go to bed, lights out. Gregory gets some much needed individual attention from both Jesse and I. Usually, we read him a story or cuddle for a bit. He’s been really struggling, feeling attention deprived.

8:45pm Gregory goes to bed.

9-10pm Jesse finishes any grading while I write a new blog post for the next day. Sometimes, if I’m really far ahead with my posts, I edit pictures for the next week.

10-11pm Jesse and I watch an episode of whatever show we’re currently obsessed with. Sometimes we end up watching until midnight (shh!).

11pm Jesse packs his lunch while I shut down my computer, and we go to bed


So…there you have it! Not too crazy or hectic, right?


House Tour: The Nursery

Boys Room Cover Shot

I know– I’m breaking ALL the rules by not waiting until Saturday to show this. But they’re my rules. And my rules are made to be broken. Just ask my boys, right?

I’ll admit– while there are many things I’ve eased up on as a mother, my kids’ beds are not one of them. They only have organic mattresses and pillows, despite the fact that we’re on a budget and we scrimp and save in other ways. This just isn’t an area I am willing to compromise on.

This room is TINY, in case you can’t tell from the pictures– around 9′ by 14′, in fact. But it’s right off of our room, and easily fits two toddlers. We love having the boys so close for those bad dream nights.

Back in the day, when I was designing Gregory’s baby room in Dallas TX, I knew I wanted owls for the theme. I also knew that I wanted to incorporate woodsy/rustic furnishings, using the colors light gray and blue. When we moved the boys in together here at our new house, I found fabric online and used my new sewing machine to whip up curtains, duvet covers, and pillowcases. I knew that we couldn’t paint a birch tree accent wall like our old place, given that the main wall in this little room has large french doors, so I went with birch tree curtains instead!

Boys Room Wide Shot with curtains signature


Boys room owl lamp signature


Boys Room Owl Bedding Set signature


Boys Room toys


These wooden toys were handmade by a friend of my sister in law. Aren’t they just precious?

Boys Room wooden toys


Boys Room curtain closeup


Boys Room Owl and chevron bedding set signature


Boys Room Elephant Pictures

Fun fact: I hand-sewed (no machine even!) this owl blanket while I was pregnant with Gregory.

Boys Room rocking chair


You may have noticed you haven’t seen a dresser yet. That’s because we hid it in the closet! We also painted it with chalkboard paint so that we could label the drawers on the outside. And, yes– the handles are made from rope. I got it from a thrift store a few years ago, and it was beat up and missing a few handles, so we just took the plunge and removed them all!

Boys Room Chalkboard Dresser Signature


Boys Chalkboard dresser closeup


Boys Room Rope Handles on dresser

Boys room closet


At one end of their closet is an attic crawlspace. I hope they never find it!….

Boys Room crawlspace


Originally, Jesse told me this sign was too girly. I didn’t listen to him. “You Are My Sunshine” is a very special song for me, and I use the song lyrics whenever possible 🙂 The footprints below are from the birth center when Gregory was born!

Boys Room You Are My Sunshine


Boys Room Laundry Basket


Right outside the door, we have hooks for the boys with their jackets and bathrobes

Boys Room coat hooks with initials


That’s it! I hope you enjoyed the nursery tour!

On Learning To Hug

Gregory and AJ hugging 2013

Growing up, I was never a very “touchy-feely” type of person. Hugs, even amongst friends or loved ones always felt awkward, like being in a play and not knowing the stage directions.

And then, these two precious souls were given to me. And suddenly, I couldn’t keep myself away from them. If I’m not hugging or cuddling them in some way, I feel like I should be. I can’t go for more than a few hours without holding them, as though being away deprives me of oxygen. No matter how hard of a day, I want to be near them.

Gregory sweet face, August 2013

AJ cuddle bug Sept 2013 AJ face 22114 Gregory playing with trains Gregory face 2 22114

Of all the things parenthood has taught me, who would’ve thought that learning how to hug would be one of them? These kids, powerful creatures, they are. I can’t believe how blessed I am.

Check out my interview on Carly Gelsinger’s blog!



Preschool At Home: Week 2

Preschool at Home Week 2 Cover

Well, whaddya know, we got another week of homeschooling under our belts, until thing young one gets going to OVCA. This week, I had some help from a friend who was cleaning out her apartment. She had a bin full of projects she made during her Early Education Courses, and she offered them to me. It’s going to take me weeks to use it all!

Exhibit A: The Kittens Who Lost Their Mittens and hung them up to dry. We sang the song, then they took turns hanging up felt mittens and socks with small clothespins, practicing dexterity.

Preschool At Home Week 2 mittens


Preschool At Home Week 2 Gregory hanging mittens


Exhibit B: The Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly. We had the most fun with this book! It came with little animals that the kids were able to stuff into her mouth at the right time in the story. There was even a CD so that we could sing along with the song.

Preschool At Home Week 2 Old Lady Who Swallowed the Fly


Exhibit C: Last but not least, I put together a Montessori Imitation Exercise I’ve wanted to try for a while. Our 5 year old can write his own name and spells several sight words, but Gregory’s not quite there. Instead of allowing him to get discouraged trying to compete with a kid 2 years older, I made him this Imitation Exercise using sugar and an old Melissa and Doug box I had lying around. The whole idea is that they can practice imitation and dexterity without having to also hold a pencil and know what letter it is.

Preschool At Home Week 2 Montessori writing in sugar


He LOVED it. And he was good at it. I drew a bunch of designs on index cards, and he was at this for 30 minutes by himself at his little table, drawing and then flipping to another card.

I didn’t have the heart to tell him it was sugar, not sand. Poor kiddo, he missed out 😉

Preschool At Home Week 2 Montessori writing