The date is Friday, July 8, 2016.
Dave and I are 34
Henry is 6 years, 9 months
Ben is 4 years, 5 months
Ellie is 22 months
5:47 a.m. My day begins with Ellie whining for me in her crib. We’re in the rising-before-the-sun stage with her – three for three on that – and this is actually better than some days. Of course, she’ll randomly sleep til 6:30 sometimes (even 7 a.m. once!!) but usually it’s well before 6 a.m. I bring her into my bed to snuggle, and within about five minutes she’s saying “show” “show” from behind her nuk.
6 a.m. I bring Ellie downstairs and she’s saying “hungry” so I make her a waffle and pour her some water and get her all set up on the couch. Little princess always insists on a blanket, her lambie and her nukie, though we’ve been attempting to keep the nuk solely for car rides and bedtime now that’s she’s pushing two years old. We’re successful about 95% of the time, and today I take the nuk with me and put it in the cupboard in the kitchen.
I turn on the TV and Dave must have been watching the news before bed because that’s the channel that’s on, and the first thing I see is “5 police officers killed.” I went to bed having just heard the news of what had happened in Dallas, but I hadn’t seen any coverage yet. Ellie doesn’t protest as I watch a few minutes of the coverage before turning the channel to Sprout for her so she can watch the shows she likes – Little People and YaYa and Zouk.
There aren’t really words for what a heavy, heavy heart I have as I go back upstairs. I just can’t believe this is our reality these days. Shooting after shooting. Such hatred. It’s terrifying and just completely heartbreaking.
6:20 a.m. I go back upstairs and lay back down for a minute, having plans to shower later in the day when Ellie naps, but then I decide it’ll just be easier to get it done now. I get back up and head into the bathroom. When I emerge from the shower at 6:28, I hear Ben’s up and I say good morning. Ellie climbs up the stairs, crying for her nukie and throws a fit on our bed when I tell her no.
Dave’s in the shower now; I head back downstairs and get Ben some cereal and Ellie some yogurt raisins that she’s pulled from the pantry. I pick my battles with this one. I get ready upstairs – put on makeup and blow-dry my hair – with various interruptions, mostly from Ellie. She insists on being in the bathroom with me while I get ready, and like always, I’m thankful that I don’t have to do this every morning like I used to! She puts contact solution in her eyes, and she reaches for her toothbrush and dumps all of them on the floor. She flushes the toilet for no reason – heaven help me. I put on a wrap because I’m going to Florida next week and would like to do two before I leave, if I can remember!
7 a.m. Henry gets up and I kiss him good morning. He’s my favorite in the mornings since, at almost 7 years old, he’s finally learned how to really SLEEP at night. Falls asleep fast and sleeps all night til 7 most days. Alelujah! I come downstairs and pour myself some coffee; Ellie brings a book down and insists I read it to her – an American Girl Itty Bitty Baby book, which is one we never really read together. We settle onto the couch to read.
7:20 a.m. We kiss Dave good-bye before he heads to work. Henry takes our picture.
Ellie is in RARE form this morning. I’d blame it on her early rising, but she rises early most days but isn’t normally the bear she is today. I threaten her with an early nap several times and she always says “noooooo!!” and stops crying for a bit. Henry asks for my phone and goes outside to take a picture of the “accepted offer” sign in our yard (yay!) and then of course takes some selfies, too.
The little kids ask for chocolate milk so I make them some, easy on the chocolate. The kids go back and forth from upstairs to downstairs and back again to grab blankets and pillows so they can jump off the couch – their annoying new favorite thing to do, and I allow it because, well, there’s not much room to play in our current house! Once we have nice furniture and more room to actually play – no way, man.
I check Timehop and see that I did my summer DITL on the same day last year – the day we had our inspection on the house we ended up thankfully not buying. Funny that we’re on almost the same exact timeline this year – this time with a house that I think, God willing, IS meant to be!
I ignore the kids awhile and sit in front of the TV and watch more coverage from the night before. I break down crying in my coffee, and then turn the TV off.
The kids fight here and there and my coffee hasn’t kicked in and Ellie’s still being just a bear. Henry’s upstairs attempting to take his mattress off his bunk bed (I’ve just changed his sheets) so they can jump on THAT and I tell him no WAY. Ellie has removed her diaper. I live in crazy town. When she cries yet again for seemingly no reason, I decide to put her down for a nap – it’s like 9:15 a.m. I close her door and prepare to hear her wailing for awhile, but she actually quiets right down and goes to sleep. Probably just happy to have her beloved nukie.
I come back downstairs and cut up a cantaloupe while I cook my breakfast. I sit in the living room and eat it in front of a few minutes of Live with Kelly. I miss Michael.
I’d told Henry he had to wait til Ellie’s nap to play video games, and lucky him, she’s taking an early one, and I want some peace, so I let him and his bro play some video games and tablet. Last weekend (4th of July weekend) we had a 5-day technology hiatus, which was really nice for all of us – though man, parenting is easier with electronics to keep them busy!
I do some internetting – Facebook, and then I pay an infuriating library fee, since I know we’re going later and I don’t want any fees on my card!
Long story short, I checked out Anne of Green Gables a couple weeks ago when I saw it in the kids’ section because my BFF is obsessed and I’ve never seen it. I watched 45 min of it the night I got it, and when I went back a few days later to watch more, the disc was just GONE. Vanished. Not in the XBox, not in any of our DVD cases, not in the toy room, the cupboard, on the bookshelf – NOWHERE. So I had to pay the fee for losing it – $29.99!!! So maddening, especially when I could buy it for half that on Amazon AND since I didn’t even get to watch the movie!! Darn kids. No more movies from the library.
10:15 a.m. Ellie wakes up after an hour-long nap and is in a MUCH better mood now. We snuggle on the couch and open up Snapchat to send Auntie Kate (Dave’s sis) a snap. Her husband is a cop and I’d texted her earlier to let her know we were thinking of them. This honeybee filter is new and it changes your voice and it’s hilarious. (Video)
We go downstairs to get laundry and bring it up to my room to fold. Ellie alternates between messing up my laundry and making a mess in her closet. She really is quite the mischief maker.
I tell the boys to turn off their games and everyone gets dressed for the day.
They head into the kitchen and ask for their daily Chew – Henry doles them out today – and I tell them to clean up the sun room. They do, and then we play and clean up the rest of the house before I make lunch around 11:30. The mail comes and Ellie gets a new pair of sandals that I’d ordered from Old Navy. She insists on putting them right on and keeping them on – they’re super cute!
I make PB&Js for lunch for them and a taco salad for me, since we had tacos last night and have some leftover meat. I give Ellie pretzels after she expresses that she does not like Sun Chips, but then she throws them on the floor and later stomps on them and makes a big mess.
The boys eat their whole lunch so they each get three Starbursts for dessert. Ellie is mad that she doesn’t get any, but she didn’t eat her lunch. I hear her in the kitchen as I’m still eating – she got herself up on the counter and is trying to get her OWN Starbursts. Naughty!! I tell her if she eats more sandwich and grapes, she can have a Starburst and so then she eats what I tell her to.
I sweep up the mess while the kids play.
The neighbors are having a rummage sale down the street and I told them we’d stop by, so that’s where we head after lunch. I grab a $20 and Henry grabs his own $5 bill. They’d asked if I wanted to participate in the sale, but unfortunately I’ve taken three HUGE loads to Goodwill over the past month so really have nothing left to get rid of!
We peruse the sale and chat with the neighbors and the kids go in the backyard to play for awhile. A half an hour later we walk home with a set of magnetic building toys, a paper shredder and a pair of Menards carpenter pencils, all for a whopping $5. I borrowed Henry’s $5 bill, and when we get home I give him a $10 instead – his five back plus five for his allowance. We try to give him $5 every two weeks for helping out around the house, but sometimes we both forget! It had been awhile, and I didn’t have a five to give him so it worked out. The kids play with the new toys and we try out the paper shredder, and then I tell them it’s time to head to the library. We need to get there and get back so that Ellie can take another nap.
1:30 p.m. We head to the library and spend probably 40 minutes there, playing and picking out a bunch of books – mostly beginner reader books that Henry can read to us. We’d probably have stayed a little longer than we did, but Ellie decided to poop so we had to get outta dodge.
2:30 p.m. Back home, we read a Berenstain Bears book together (after I change Ellie, of course!) while Ben turns on the “sports game” (Kinect Sports) since it’s his turn for the XBox. We put a sticker on Henry’s reading chart after he’s done reading me the book. I tell him he can watch some YouTube videos during Ellie’s second nap. This is admittedly a day that’s heavy on the electronics – usually we limit it to 1-2 hours total, but today is probably slightly more! Eh, whatev.
2:50 p.m. I put Ellie down for her second nap. She naps almost two hours this time. Normally she just takes one 2- or 3-hour nap in the afternoon, but the two naps today worked out well since we have plans for the evening that will keep her up late!
I spend Ellie’s nap time drinking iced coffee and doing more internetting – reading and watching news, scrolling FB, posting to our team page, reading Julia’s DITL, doing some money stuff, since June commissions posted today (whoo hoo!) and I want to figure out what we’re going to save where. I fold more laundry, and then put together a little welcome packet for my newest distributor, Elizabeth, who I have plans to have coffee with the following day.
5 p.m. We make pizzas, as we always do on Friday night, and I have the glass of wine I’ve been looking forward to all day. I just have one since we’re heading out shortly after Dave gets home from work. We’re heading to a church festival in Kenosha to see a Beatles tribute band with my Dad and Barb and Al and Kris.
We watch Star Wars The Force Awakens with our pizza, and Dave gets home around 5:30 (earlier than usual today, traffic must have been light!) and changes his clothes and eats some pizza. We get the kids ready, I change my clothes and we head out around 6:15 p.m.
7 p.m. We arrive in Kenosha and find a parking spot a few blocks from the church. Dave had driven since I’ll drive home, and I used the time to make some collages for this post. It’s a gorgeous summer night.
The crowd is very diverse and the police presence is noticeable and I’m definitely on edge walking into the festival after all that happened in Dallas the night before. I have my three precious kids with me and the last thing in the world I want is to put them in any situation where something bad might happen. I try to ignore the feelings and just enjoy myself, and once I get past the uneasy feeling, I do have fun. And I find myself wanting to just hug people, since I know a lot of them must be a bit on edge, too, and yet all most of us want is to just live our lives in peace.
We find the fam by the stage, and then we venture out to walk around the fest a bit. We buy some tickets and the kids jump in a bounce house for a good 10-15 minutes, then they play a few games and win prizes like suckers and fruit snacks – and an annoying musical instrument for Ben. Henry asks for a snow cone and I tell them we’ll get some a bit later.
The band is supposed to go on at 8 p.m., but shortly after 8, they announce that “George” got stuck in bad traffic because of an accident and won’t be there until closer to 9. What a bummer! The band ends up not going on til 9:25, and we’d been planning to leave by 10, which didn’t leave much time for music.
The kids get snow cones – yum – and those occupy them for a good long time. We visit with Al and Kris and then go back to our seats before the band comes on. When they finally do come on, Henry and Ellie and I go up in the front and dance by the stage. This makes me feel semi-self-conscious, but it’s a fun time. Ellie is a little star, twirling in her dress and just dancing up a storm.
10:40 p.m. We finally leave and I’m bummed we didn’t get to see more music, but it’s waaaaaaay past the kids’ bedtime and Dave is d-o-n-e, too. The kids did SO great being up so late, though, and they were actually really well-behaved the whole time we were there. Just a really fun summer evening! They all crash on the 40-min drive home.
11:30 p.m. We put the kids right to bed, the boys still in their clothes. Ellie wakes up briefly while I change her diaper and put jammies on her but then falls right back to sleep in her crib. She wakes up at 5:47 a.m., ready for the day, and I have to tell her no freakin way, little lady – and she does fall back to sleep til about 7:20. Still not late enough but oh well! Ben sleeps til 7:15, Henry til 8.
12:28 a.m. I’m up waaaaaay too late, even making it past Dave tonight. I’d cleaned up just a bit and posted to Instagram and taken a quick bath. I’m tired!!!!! But it was a really good day with my babes. The next morning we head back out for an excursion to Green Meadows Petting Farm in Waterford with my mom. Another GORGEOUS day and we have such a fun time!! But after three days of activities – zoo Thursday, festival Friday, farm Saturday, I am wiped and it’s time for these kids to have some down time. We lay low on Sunday.
One month til we move into our new house – our “forever” house, we hope! And we have lots of fun things planned for this month and the rest of the summer. Life is good!!