Emma: 4.5 years
Hazel: 1.5 years
6 AM - I get up early. I set up to do some abs exercises before everyone is up. I've had a cold and I am still recovering from our recent trip, so getting up early to exercise is a challenge. Fortunately, it only takes about 15 minutes to do abs, and gets it out of the way! (I'll do the rest of my workout the next day while Emma is at preschool). Then I look at blogs and probably do some planning.
The kids get up and come over for snuggles. We've been having morning grumpiness for a while, which this picture does not capture!
We get breakfast for the kids. I give them some strawberry muffins (frozen from a few weeks ago), but they end up being not really into them.
Will gets ready and goes to work. I go looking for a stacking toy for Hazel, but the kids end up choosing this tool set toy instead, which is great since Emma has been very interested in building things lately, and I am trying to encourage that! I'm still looking for really good building activities for her age.
9AM - After I get a few things done around the house, we go outside. Hazel has been obsessed with wearing these slipper boots lately, but they are too big for her. I tried to capture how she is stumbling and falling all over the flagstone in this photo.
The kids' Nana told me she would come over to drop off Emma's vest (left at her house over the weekend), so I decide to do some yard work in the morning while we wait. I put Hazel in the pack-n-play while I use the electric hedge trimmer, and Emma wants to come too, which is good because it results in less crying from Hazel.
10 AM Next we have a little snack. I give them a little banana and slivered almonds to dip it in (we didn't have any coconut, plus I wanted to goad Emma into eating banana and to stop whining). Then I put Hazel down for her nap and set Emma up with some quiet activities: cutting, coloring.
While she's busy, I finish cleaning up the weeds and yard trimmings. I am loving these poppies that are growing wild in our yard!
I don't remember, but I think Emma and I end up having lunch while Hazel is napping because I am starving. I don't remember what we ate. When Hazel wakes up, I set her up with her own lunch and do a short (15 min) piano lesson with Emma. Emma is enjoying piano and I want to keep that momentum going, since I really struggled with it when I started at age 5 or 6. Maybe she just loves it more than I do and it will be easy and fun for her? Maybe she'll feel differently when she gets older. This particular lesson ends up being a little short because we are all tired.
Next we walk down to the park. I have Emma walk most of the way. She's carrying a bag of sand toys.
Some early cactus flowers.
Playtime at the park. We end up just missing Nana since she was running late. Emma finds a little boy (3 yo) with a 4-week-old little baby to play with, and they play throwing the sand toys all around. Hazel sticks a little closer to mom.
When we get home, the kids are a little wacky. Hazel is eating an apple ring and Emma is rolling on the floor with colored pencils.
5/5:30 PM Will comes home.
Dinner is my version of a silly thing that I ate while we were on vacation: tempeh, rice, kimchi and peanut sauce in a burrito (no kimchi for the kids since I bought a spicy flavor). Emma is pretty OK with her dinner - Hazel eats a little rice and not a lot of tempeh.
After dinner, the kids decide to play dress-up. They love wearing this giant (24 mo size) onesie that was a gift to Emma when she was younger. Cute and Hilarious.
7/7:30 Will puts the kids to bed. We are reading chapters of Charlotte's Web (I'm not sure if this is a great choice for a 4 year old!) I take the dog for a walk and enjoy these amazing roses we encounter - there are like 20 feet of roses at this property line and they are so beautiful.
I don't remember if bedtime was easy or hard this particluar night. I also don't remember what we did after the kids went to bed, but we did finish up Game of Thrones season 5 this week.
Now I can see why I am so tired after these sorts of days! Even a pretty simple day like this where we don't get in the car is long and exhausting! I've recently decided to re-instate quiet time for Emma and Me during summer, even if it means getting less done, because I just can't keep up the intensity like I have been without taking a break at some point.