5:55 AM Tuesday are work days which means I wake up earlier than Aaron and the kids to get myself ready. “I am a morning person” which is mostly true and also my pep talk to get me out of bed. I shower and get dressed in my office clothes. My watch and wedding ring are generally the last items I I put on before I head out the door.
Most days I put her hair in a ponytail.
Tuesdays are garbage days around here. When I leave the house, I have tunnel vision – I need to drop Rowan off at before and after school care and then drive 50 ish minutes to work. My hope for today is that I don’t get caught behind a garbage truck.
1:59 PM Clinic is done and I rush to a meeting that I almost forgot about! Thanks Google calendar for the reminder and keeping me organize. After an extra long weekend with the kiddos my brain feels like mush. This is not like me and I am somewhat frustrated. As I run to my meeting, I enjoy the sunshine in the foyer at work and notice wall art that I have never seen before. Love opening my eyes during this project to see what is really around!
4:36 PM After two back to back afternoon meetings, I leave work. I wonder if there is enough time to run to the grocery store after work to buy some essentials like milk, bananas and strawberries before picking up Rowan. The sun is shining and I keep the windows open the whole way home to get a cool breeze. I desperately want to put my sandals on, but can’t. My drive takes almost an hour so my grocery store plans are foiled. I wonder if I will have enough energy to venture out after the kids go to bed. Spoiler alert: the answer is no. We have enough I tell myself, we will have to make due for one more day.
5:30 PM Rowan is helping to clean up when I stop in at blank school. Specifically she is sorting the dinosaurs and sea creatures into two separate bins. Her after school teacher says she had a good day and was a good listener. Rowan is excited to tell me this herself. She runs down the stairs, asks if we are going straight home and if she can watch some shows. I say yes to both things.
5:53 PM Ten minutes after we get home, so do Aaron and Sam. Charlie is excited see everyone as am I.
6:00 PM She asks a few times what is for dinner and if she can have a snack. I offer her cheese, crackers and grapes. She only chooses the crackers to eat. Right now, she loves to watch Sid the Science Kid. Tonight she watches an episode about the digestive system and asks me if she has a long intestine in her body while I make dinner. Ha! Never a dull moment in our household.
6:01 PM Sammy is excited for cheese when I bring out the snack. Right now, he loves to be in the learning tower helping me cook as he loves to be where the action is.
6:07 PM I boil some water for the pasta and start making a lemon, turkey and pea sauce.
6:08 PM Aaron takes off his suit jacket and grabs the mail. After flipping through mostly flyers, he goes up stairs to change. It is so nice to have him at home for dinner. I know that this won’t always be the case. In fact, today he texted me to say that his business trip next week has been confirmed. I will fly solo next week Monday to Thursday.
6:24 PM Dinner! Tonight she wants her pasta with cheese and only the peas from the sauce. It’s true, she is picky eater but she has come a long way. In addition to encouraging her to eat a variety of foods, we are also directing her to use her utensils. She uses her fork and I secretly do a happy dance in my seat. It’s an ebb and flow / fine balance of continually cheering her on and at times, she doesn’t always like my praise.
6:25 PM Love my goof balls.
6:42 PM He loves to follow what his sister does. Like Ro, Sam puts his cup and plate in the sink after getting down from his high chair. I like the help cleaning up.
Yeah, this dishes wont get done tonight. Dishwasher is packed, so they will have to wait for tomorrow.
7:11 PM Tonight is bath night. The kids race up stair and Aaron starts running the water in the bath tub. Rowan and Sam have a love/hate relationship when they play in the water. Usually, someone protests that the other has taken their toy unjustly. Tonight it is all about the love as the combine their efforts in splashing Daddy. We again employ man on man parenting. I take Sam out and chase him in the hallways until I wrangle him to put on his diaper and pjs. Aaron creates a story with Rowan and takes her downstairs for a bed time snack. After doing some stetches, I run the dishwasher and go to bed around 9:45. I am exhausted.
Although I was excited to go to work to have some adult alone time, I realize that there are actually tangible tasks that I need to complete! Ha / Blergh! It is good to see my coworkers and clients and catch up on how there Easter celebrations were but my head is foggy which is totally not like me. I am semi frustrated for my lack of clarity. I push through, because what else can I do, but “just keep swimming”. I am relieved to see my kiddos at home and to have a little down time in the evening. It’s crazy the difference that one day makes.
- I am grateful for coffee, coffee, coffee!
- I am grateful for podcasts and the chance to learn something new on my commute everyday
- I am grateful for the simplicity of pasta night dinners
Tuesday Present Participle List
Listening to the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast on my way to work
Buying coffee & tea for my coworkers at Tim Hortons – mama needs an extra pep in her step!
Attempting to speak in sentences at work; however, the extra long weekend has affected my word recognition…what the, the what?
Doing some stretching / deep knee bends after the kids go to bed as my piriformis muscle is sore
Wishing there were more hours in the day to do everything I need / want to do like going for a run along the beach.
Favourite Conversation From the Day:
As told by Aaron as he picks Sam up from daycare:
Aaron: “Hi Sammy!”
Sam (speaks like he has marbles in his mouth): “Daddy, I build big tower!”
Or so we think he said! Ha!
Overheard during bathtime when Rowan was chatting with Aaron about what she wanted to be when she is an adult:
Rowan: “When I grow up I want to be a Grandma! Yes, a Grandma Forster!:
Aaron: “You can have kids if that’s want you want, Rowan!”
Rowan (directing her comment at me); “Jess, you can be the mommy, I will be the Grandma!”
2017 Week In The Life Intention: To showcase the small things (stresses and all)