Monday, April 4, 2011

Our Typical Day

This post is an attempt to document what a typical day at home looks like for us right now.  In the very near future our typical day with change forever and I want to remember and for the girls to be able to remember how we spent so many of our days when they were 2 1/2 and almost 4 years old.  You might find it rather dull...as it wasn't written to entertain. 

Our morning starts at 7am.  The girls have FINALLY figured out what staying in their room until 7 means.  I'm not quite sure that Kenzie recognizes the 7 on the clock yet, but Madison does and they do a pretty good job of staying in until 7.

The girls each get to pick a cartoon that we from Netflix through the Wii.  Madison's favorites are Oswald and Leap Frog.  Makenzie usually picks Pingu, Kipper or WordWorld.


While they watch their shows I make their breakfast.  Food is a bit of an issue right now.  We are still trying to figure out where Madison's stomach issues come from.  About 6 months ago we cut out wheat in our home, but I would be pretty lenient about it when we were out and about, letting them get a cookie at Starbucks, etc.  Maddie has recently started complaining about her stomach again so I have once again cut out wheat completely hoping it will help.  For about 2 months in a row Maddie wanted to eat nothing but Strawberry yogurt with my homemade granola on it.  Last week she decided that the site of it made her vomit (literally).  Kenzie ate vanilla yogurt, but you couldn't call it "vanilla yogurt", you have to call it "just yogurt" or she wouldn't eat it...  Our new current favorite is oatmeal.  I mix a packet of Dinosaur Quaker instant oatmeal (yep, the sugary kind) with a 1/2 a cup of plain instant oatmeal.  It comes out to about 4 grams (or one teaspoon) of sugar each and I figure if I made plain oatmeal they would get at least that much brown sugar...so this is how I justify giving them sugary oatmeal.  They love it and it is easy. Actually we have a breakfast menu so that I don't have to figure out what to make every morning.  Monday and Thursday is eggs and bacon.  Tuesday and Friday is oatmeal.  And Wednesday is yogurt or gluten-free toast and fruit.

After breakfast I try to have structured activities until lunch.  They like to paint, play with playdoh, play games like memory, the fishy game, candyland, the ducky matching game, etc, play with stamps, color with crayon or markers, write on the chalkboard, have book time and do puzzles.  Madison loves to make "emails" for people by writing their names on an envelope and including a piece of her atwork inside.  We do any of these activities for about 20 minutes at a time.  I set a timer so that the girls know when they can be done, or else they will often give an activity about 2 minutes of attention before deciding they're done. 

About 11:30 I make the girls lunch.  Their favorite right now is chicken nuggets and carrots with ranch.  They also like gluten-free macaroni and cheese and gluten-free PB&J

Nap time is from about 12-1:30.  Some days it is later, if we are out and about or have a friend over.  And some days it is earlier, if the morning is dragging and there has been excessive amounts of crying, whining, and discipline.  This is typically when I would work on school work, up until a couple of weeks ago when I finished for the term and am now taking time off until the Fall.

After nap we cuddle on the couch for a bit.

Next, if I have a craft planned for the day this is typically when we do it. 

From about 2:30-3:30 the girls have room time.  They LOVE it.  I put a gate up in the hall so they only have access to their room and the guest room/baby's room.  They play so well together when the gate is up, and they honestly like having it up.  They dress up, do puzzles, sing, dance, laugh, read books to each other, etc.  The hall closet is full of activities that they are only allowed to have during room time, making it special for them.  They like their viewmasters, lacing cards, flashcards, puzzles, felts and matching games.  I do have to break up the occasional spat, but for the most part they play together beautifully.  This is when I blog, catch up on emails, shop online, plan menus, housework, work on my Bible study, etc.

After room time is the best part of the day: DADDY COMES HOME!!!  This is typically followed by an hour of running, chasing, tickling, hide and seek, and roughhousing.  On days where Josh comes home late or I am just too exhausted to function any further, the girls watch one of their favorite Disney movies together.  They don't have a favorite right now, pretty much anything will songs and a princess will do. 

While I make dinner Josh usually sits in with the girls playing guitar and singing for them while they take a bath.  I love the memories that are being created here.  The girls spend anywhere from 1-2 hours in the bath if time allows.  They love it. 

Bedtime starts about 7pm.  The girls brush their teeth and then read in their beds for 20 or 30 minutes.  Then Josh or I or both of us go in and read to the girls, tell them a story and pray with them.  The girls take turns praying for everything they are thankful for from the walls to their Uncles to their owies getting healed.  It is a precious thing to watch their prayer life grow.  Light out is about 7:30 or 8pm.

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