Hope you all had a great weekend! Mother Nature blessed us again with great weather over the weekend so of course I have to whip out of my spring trends. It’s rare to say this but this weekend was pretty chill. Meaning we weren’t running around like crazy and got to just wing it. I was even able to meet my girlfriend in the city, sans kids, and spent FIVE glorious hours by myself. More on that another day.
Btw, if you entered the Krusteaz giveaway last week, the winner has been chosen. Go here to find out if you’d won!
Parents with kids, do you ever feel like wherever you go, whether it’s the grocery store, a restaurant, or in this case from these series of photos, a bookstore, you feel like you want to forewarn everyone before your crazies enter the room to be prepare because they’re about to get hit hard. These kids of mine are like Tasmanian devils on speed. Coming to wreck the entire place while screaming as loud as humanly possible and doing it with a smile on their faces the entire time. Good thing we were here for a birthday party and the place was closed to the public because we didn’t see Rhys 60% of the time. Rhys was being Rhys. Likes to march to his very own drum. These photos of me nursing Cole, just seconds later, BOTH kids were climbing all over us not giving us even a second of peace. These kids! Just imagine the looks we receive when we’re out. I certainly don’t care when I get looks. Most of the time those looks are people laughing at how ridiculous they are. Thankfully, I haven’t gotten those judgy looks because the second I do, I won’t have a problem shoving my kids in their arms while I continue to do whatever it is I’m doing in peace! I’m not one of those that gets nervous when all eyes are on me. It’s the Aries in me. Lol. Don’t make me shove my kids your way! You’ll only be sorry. Lol
I get asked time and time again how I manage to leave the house every day with three kids and how is it I can find ways to keep them entertained during these long winter months. First, coffee. After that, I’m go, go, go in order to keep me sane. Here’s a sample timeline from the start of the day till the Giant gets home from work.
6:30am-Cole wakes and the other two typically minutes after. The Giant will typically get them started with breakfast while I stay in bed for another 10
7:30am-Kids finishing off breakfast and changed
7:45am-I hit the shower, typically with Cole in the bathroom with me. Make-up and hair while the kids are watching tv or playing downstairs and Cole is with me destroying the bathroom.
9am-By this time, either Cole naps at home or if I’m heading to the city, Cole will nap in the car during this time. If he naps at home, I have some extra time to continue getting ready. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Littel G has preschool so I’ll be leaving at 8:55am to take him to school.
10am-12pm-This is when I have to find creative ways to keep the crazies entertained. I get asked A LOT what is it I do. It’s usually the followings.
- playdates about 2-3x a week
- go into the city to ride the”L” train (super cheap)
- indoor play places
- take them out for a walk or play outside. even if it’s only for 30 minutes, it helps breaks up the day
- mall to let them run around the play area
- train station by us and eat lunch there while waiting for the trains to go by
1pm-nap time. I sometimes nap with them too. If I’m not, I’m for sure relaxing because I’m mentally beat by now
3pm-leave the house again and keep them entertained till the Giant comes home from work at 5:30pm.
Hope this timeline makes sense and is somewhat helpful. This is just a tiny glimpse on how I manage my crazy life. I can’t stress it enough, it’s MORE stressful for me to be at home with three kids than to be out and about. I’m either cleaning more or they’re fighting. No thank you! It’s VERY rare but I do sometimes stay home (bad weather, sickness, etcand when I do, I’m not ashamed to admit this but the television will have to do to entertain themI’m open to ideas on what works for you moms as well! Would love to hear how you amazing moms out there does it!
Pausing life to indulge in a #mommoment over here. Roman’s first day of back-to-school was yesterday and needless to say I might have gotten a wee bit choked up – my firstborn is heading back to school for the second year! I swear, he’s growing up in the blink of an eye. This year, Roman’s class is almost all boys, just the way he likes it, wild and crazy!
I’ve had quite a few questions about how I manage to maintain my former identity (i.e. woman) with three little ones. Once you have children and are in constant mom-mode (you know, keeping alive your very own little humans), it’s easy to forget about yourself. I’ve found that it helps to pause, and ask yourself, what makes you feel good? Is it eating well? Going for a run? Finding time to have a glass of wine with your girlfriends or go on Date Night?
For me, it’s as simple as starting each day with doing my hair and makeup and putting on a curated outfit. Having a little creative ‘me time’ sets the tone for my day before I head out the door and allows me to feel like myself – feminine, fresh and ready for fun! In my hot mom wheels with sliding doors, of course, a.k.a. stacked Toyota Sienna minivan. Off to preschool we go!
How was your back-to-school?
What I Wore-
Boots (old, but similar here)