It’s been far too long since we’ve done one of these!! I actually spent some time looking back at some of my older DITL posts, and it’s so fun/interesting to see how things change as seasons of life change!
Well, here’s a look at our current season…
4:30am – Alarm goes off. Hit snooze, against my better judgment.
4:39am – Alarm goes off again. Get up quickly, knowing I have about 10 minutes before Tal will be at the house to pick me up to head to class. Throw on workout clothes I set out the night before, brush teeth, throw hair up, head downstairs to grab my water bottle and eat half a Clif Z-Bar just as Tal is pulling into the driveway.
4:55am – Arrive at Anatomie and check in. Looking at the board, today’s workout seems like it’s going to be a doozy…
5:45am – Today’s workout is DEFINITELY a tough one. We all got to “make friends” with a medicine ball for the entire workout, which consisted of an AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) of…
Plus that dice game at the end, which consisted of lots of jumping lunges, burpees, and pushups. Wooof. We were WIPED. But I LOVE IT SO MUCH.
5:55am – Arrive back home. Head upstairs to head in the shower and not 10 seconds after I close the shower door, I hear the bathroom door open…Ohh, hello, Alex. He needs to go to the bathroom but it’s too bright for him, so I have the pleasure of showering in the dark for a good couple of minutes while he finishes and Jay brings him back to bed.
6:15am – Continue getting ready for the day, doing makeup, drying hair. All that fun stuff.
6:30am – Alex is back. And he’s all smiles. Despite our best efforts, we haven’t been super successful with him following the OK to Wake! Clock we got a few weeks ago. It’s a work in progress, but most days it’s not worth the fight or tears to send him back (as long as it isn’t stupid early). I finish drying my hair then get Alex dressed.
7:00am – Jay has already gone downstairs to make Alex’s smoothie for breakfast, so he’s back up with me once again while I get dressed, and is having a great time trying out some of my shoes.
7:15am – Hair is curled and I’m good to go for the day. Time to go wake up Lucas!
7:20am – Lucas is already mostly awake (thank goodness, because they’re both such bears when woken out of a good sleep!). We say our goodbyes to Jay, since it’s time for him to head to work. Then I have Lucas pick between two different outfit choices and we head downstairs shortly after.
7:45am – I pour my morning cup of coffee and sip on that while Lucas eats some breakfast and Alex plays with our neighbor, who is going to be getting on the bus with Lucas this morning!
8:00am – The kids all play for a bit while I make sure I’ve got lunches, snacks, and backpacks all ready to go for the boys and myself, and also try to make note of a few doctor’s bills I need to remember to call and follow up on today. Blahhh.
8:25am – The boys brush their teeth, I make their hair presentable, then glance around the living room at the mess. One of these days we’ll have a living room that isn’t overloaded with cars, but today is not that day. And it won’t be for years to come.
8:35am – We’re outside waiting for the bus!
8:45am – The bus arrives, Lucas and Mila are off, and Alex and I hop in the car to make our way over to preschool. I can already sense my anxiety creeping in about drop off.
9:00am – Arrive at preschool. We’ve been talking for days about preschool, and drop off, and how mommy has to leave to go to work but grownups always come back. He’s seemed pretty okay with our talks, so I’m feeling semi-confident about how today’s drop off is going to go.
9:10am – I walk out the door trying my very best to hold back the tears until I get into my car. My poor babe was trying SO hard to keep the tears at bay, and was even forcing a smile for me as he told me he loved me with his little crackled voice. But then when it actually came down to me leaving, the real tears started again. I gave him a kiss and a hug and left him with his teacher, who was doing a great job of trying to keep him preoccupied by talking about the babies he’d played with the last time he was there. I didn’t hear him screaming as I walked away this time, but I think the fact that he was trying so hard to smile for me got me even worse this time.
9:15am – Have a good little cry on my short ride over to work. Check makeup in the mirror, pull it together, and head in to get the day started.
9:55am – I’ve been working through lots of emails and messages, then finally realize my stomach is grumbling like crazy and I’m starving. Rightfully so, since I’ve been up for so long and worked out like, 4 hours ago! I usually try to eat something before leaving work on the mornings I workout, but I just lost track of time and couldn’t squeeze it in. Ahh well.
10:00am – Head to the cafeteria to make myself some breakfast, which today happens to be a couple packets of oatmeal mixed with almond milk, topped with peanut butter. I also make myself an iced coffee with some chocolate almond milk since I didn’t wind up stopping anywhere on my way into the office (pat on the back for me!).
11am – Time for a quick meeting with a coworker of mine, who works over in the UK.
11:50am – I see my phone getting a FaceTime notification, and am so thrilled to see it’s my smiling buddy Alex who wanted to show me the stamper he got at school this morning.
My MIL tells me that his teacher said he had a good day, and he tells me he had fun, so that makes me feel 10x better.
12:30pm – Break for a quick lunch at my desk. I debated on running out quick, but another coworker of mine is out for the day and things are a little busy at the moment, so I opt to stay back. Lunch today is salad with grilled chicken (shocker) and it tastes delicious, but somebody must have heated up some pizza or something in the office and it smells amazing, and it’s all I can think about now.
2:30pm – Been sitting too long – time for a little walk away from the desk and a refill of the water bottle. Once I’m back to my desk, I have a little snack of some cottage cheese + blueberries and a Luna bar from the cafeteria.
3:20pm – Wrap things up at work and it’s time to go! I have to make two quick pit stops today, which is only possible on the days my MIL is with Alex (otherwise, I’d be racing to pick him up from daycare first so I can get home before the school bus gets there). First up is a stop into Ulta to grab two tubes of the Tarte mascara I ordered online when they were on sale on Thursday, followed by a quick trip into Shop Rite for a loaf of bread to have with dinner.
Somehow, these huge chocolate chunk cookies wound up in my hands, and then into my car. I’m not mad about it.
3:40pm – Arrive at home and am happy to see that I still beat the bus! My MIL had just woken Alex up from a nap and he was still a little grumpy/waking up, but then he immediately perked up when I asked him where the donuts came from that were on the counter. He and my MIL had stopped after preschool and brought home some extras, which he then proceeded to dive into.
But since kiddo didn’t really need two whole donuts in one day, I took one for the team and ate about half of it to help out.
3:50pm – (I think?) The bus arrives and Lucas is home! All this kid wants to do when he gets home is stay out and play with his buddies (can’t blame him), so we do a quick handwashing/bathroom/unpack backpack break and then we’re back out the door…only to see that Jay has arrived home early. Woo!
4:15pm – The kids are out playing with some of the neighbors for a bit, but since both Jay and my MIL are home, I take advantage of that and run inside to quickly throw together the soup for tonight’s dinner. On the menu tonight is this Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Soup, but since I ran out of time this morning to prep it, I’m going the stove top route. And since the soup calls for some red wine, I give myself a tiny pour to try out. Because, why not?
I’ll almost always choose white wine over red, and I have zero idea what kind of red this is (Almez, which we received in a Blue Apron wine delivery FOREVER ago), but I’m actually really diggin’ it.
4:45pm – Soup is all set for now, so I let that simmer for a bit while I head back out to see what the crew is up to.
4:50pm – All of the kids are playing, alternating between riding in their cars or riding on their bikes.
And a bunch of the dads are out having a couple of beers, which is pretty much the norm when they all get together.
5:30pm – All of the families start wrapping up playtime outside to get everyone in for dinner, and I let the boys have about 15 minutes of tablet time while I finish the rest of dinner.
6:00pm – Dinner! This meatball soup is SO GOOD, and so easy, so I would 100% recommend adding it your menu if you want something new to try. We paired it with the bread I grabbed, which we also warmed in the oven for a few minutes. Mmmmm.
*The boys both had the meatballs from the soup, along with some plain noodles. I gave both of them a small serving of the soup to try (they aren’t big into soups/combined things)…Lucas liked it and ate it, Alex wanted nothing to do with it.
6:45pm – Dinner is done (it takes us…aka, the kids…forever to eat some nights!) and we all do our part to clean up the kitchen.
7:00pm – My MIL leaves for the day, then Jay and I hang out and play with the boys for a bit.
7:45pm – Bath/shower time for the boys. We try to keep the routine speedy by each of us taking one at the same time, so Jay helps Lucas get showered in our bathroom and I give Alex a bath in theirs.
8:05pm – Tubs are done, time to brush teeth, get on jammies, and read our stories.
It’s my turn to read to Alex tonight, so Alex and I say goodnight to Lucas, who’s reading with Jay. Alex and I read a few stories, and he’s adamant about sleeping with the Hess truck from the picture above. Typically, I say no to any toys that could hurt them if they roll over, but he’s been so bad about getting up multiple times once we put him down lately, that I tell him he can keep it ONLY IF he stays in bed AND waits to get up in the morning until his clock turns green.
IT WORKS. Kiddo, you can have that truck every night.
8:35pm – Say goodnight to Alex, head downstairs and do a quick sweep of the kitchen with whatever else I can pick up. I debate on making Lucas’s lunch for tomorrow, but decide I’ll wing it in the morning.
9:00pm – Snag one of those huge chocolate chunk cookies and plop down on the couch to watch my recorded episode of Bachelor in Paradise. One of my summertime favorites!
Glance around at all of the cars and trucks in the living room and tell myself (again) I should really pick them up. Buuuut, nope. Not tonight.
10:15pm – Realize that I totally missed like the last 30 minutes of the show because I had fallen asleep and woken up no less than 4 times. Note to Self: I really need to go to bed earlier.
10:30pm – Head upstairs, brush teeth, wash face, pass out in bed.
Well that was fun! And long. If you’re still with me, drop a line below to say ‘hey!’ and have a great Monday, friends!