Almost done with 168 hours of time logs! Did you stick with the whole week?
Last night, I watched football (Go Eagles!), ate various snacks, and put the kids to bed. I made it to bed around 11:30 (again! Perhaps my new bed time). Here’s how today went:
7:00 – 7:15 up with 2-year-old, who announced he needed to go potty (!) His diaper was wet, alas, so it was an ineffectual potty stop. We’re working on it. The 6-year-old got up too, so I set them up with a TV show, and got into my running clothes.
7:15-7:26 – 1.1 miles on the treadmill. A “better than nothing” day, and not much better than nothing — but if I hadn’t done it then, it wouldn’t have fit any other time.
7:26-8 – made breakfast for myself and the kids.
8-8:45 – got ready for church, along with 2-year-old and 6-year-old.
8:45-11:30 – drove to church and did various church stuff (my husband took the 10-year-old and 8-year-old skiing in the Poconos). My daughter sat in the choir loft with me for the pre-church rehearsal while the 2-year-old was in the nursery (he later moved to an actual Sunday school class). We were rehearsing “We Shall Overcome” — one of today’s anthems — and I heard a little voice singing along. Apparently my daughter knows that one! Collected the children afterwards and drove off.
11:30-12:00 – grocery store, plus unloaded groceries. We picked up the 2-year-old’s birthday cake for his 3rd birthday. Dinosaur Train!
12-12:30 – made and ate lunch with kids
12:30-1 – read while kids played
1-2:05- drove to DaVinci Science Center in Allentown to meet my husband and the boys
2:05-4:30 – DaVinci Science Center. This turned out pretty well as a family excursion (post-skiing for the older kids and post-church for the younger ones). All four enjoyed playing with various things. The biggest hits were pretty low tech: crawling through a maze with the lights on and then the lights off, and playing with balls and buckets on this giant contraption that the balls rolled through.
4:30-5:40 -drove home with half the kids, stopping to get gas along the way.
5:40-6 – 2-year-old had fallen asleep on the trip, so I spent this time trying to wake him up. He was snuggly, which was nice, but a little ornery about the whole thing, which was less nice.
6-6:30 – other car arrived, we cooked dinner for the kids, and sat with them while they ate.
6:30-7:30 – cake for the 2-year-old’s upcoming third birthday, then presents. There were a lot of presents! The living room was like a wrapping paper explosion. The older children definitely “helped” break in a lot of the toys…Toward the end of this, my husband cooked dinner for us.
7:30-7:45 – ate with husband while kids played. Steak and twice baked potatoes.
7:45-8:15 – cleaned up. The kitchen was a mess.
8:15-8:30 – started writing this post. Then was interrupted.
8:30-9 – had 2-year-old (his last day as a 2-year-old!) try the potty, get in his pajamas, and then do stories. The 10-year-old read him two stories and I read him others.
9- put the laundry in the machine, picked up more of the living room, and now I’m finishing this post. It’s been a pretty good week. I’ll write a recap post tomorrow. If you stuck with the tracking, I’d love to hear how it went!
Photo: Another fun DaVinci Science Center activity- making impressions of one’s face. I tried not to think of how many other children made impressions of their faces prior.