After a very fun and busy October, November has been pretty ho-hum. We have certainly stayed busy, but not with exciting activities--just routine. And my life has become very routine the last few months. Want to see how routine? Here's our typical schedule.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday are my gym days. I try to get up at 6:30 for some scripture study. The kids are usually up by 7. We get breakfast, and Tyler gets ready and out the door by 7:45. Once he has left, I feed Jackson and myself and get the twins ready. Then I spend about an hour doing chores--usually cleaning the kitchen. Sometimes I can get a bathroom clean or even mop the kitchen floor. We leave for the gym at 9:30 or 10. I wanted to shed 15 pounds of baby weight, so I started working out with a trainer. I love it, and it has become my me time. After the gym, we go home, I shower, and we eat lunch. We usually have some time before we need to get Tyler, and I either finish up chores or the twins and I will read books or play games together.
Tuesday and Thursday are preschool days. I get up at 6 so I can get ready and read scriptures before everyone else is up. I get Tyler out the door the same way, and then we get the twins ready and head out at 8:45 to drop them off at school. Then I get 2 1/2 hours with just Jackson. We go to the grocery store every Tuesday, and spend Thursday running other errands or doing stuff at home that I can't do with little fingers helping me. After lunch, we might go to the library, do a craft, or I just send them off to the playroom so I can do chores. (Yes, I feel like I am always doing these chores. With 4 boys it never ends.)
Once we pick up Tyler from school, it is mostly about him. He gets a snack, we do homework. He has karate 2 days a week and cub scouts. Dinnertime rolls around again. We do baths, read books, and get everyone to bed. Jackson is down my 8, the twins about 8:30 and Tyler by 9.
On top of this oh-so-exciting routine, Dan has been traveling a lot. He's been gone probably 10 nights this month. I am glad that he is going to be gone one night this week, and then no more traveling for a while, maybe till the end of the year.
If you think this was boring to read, imagine how I have felt living it!
And just to make it worth your while, here are the 4 pictures I have taken this month.
First, Carter was getting in my way while I was trying to wash dishes, so I had him help. He loved it.
Next, this little boy can FINALLY hold his own bottle!
I just loved this picture of my three sweet boys watching tv together.
And finally the cool rainbow we saw this afternoon.