Monday started darkish and early with a exercise in our kitchen. I lately moved the weights I take advantage of for higher physique exercises from our storage right into a closet in our mudroom for simpler entry and it’s labored properly for me. (I’m simply much less on edge questioning if the boys have wandered downstairs within the mornings whereas I’m figuring out and it additionally permits me to extra simply do exercises in our home after they’re awake.) Something that makes it simpler to squeeze in a fast exercise is my jam today!
I acquired a little bit greater than midway by way of a 30-minute shoulder workout earlier than I noticed two fawns and a doe run by way of our yard. I knew the large children have been awake and enjoying of their room so I known as them downstairs and we cherished watching the deer because the solar got here up collectively. I’m 99 p.c positive the deer we see in our yard are accountable for annihilating the tomatoes I planted this summer season however they do carry our household a variety of pleasure so it’s a commerce off, I suppose.
After a ten minute break, I returned to my exercise and cranked out the ultimate quarter-hour earlier than packing up Chase’s backpack and saying goodbye to Chase and Ryan as they headed off to Chase’s college drop off. By then Rhett was awake and yelling, “MOM! You hear me? I awake! Come get me!” I like our demanding little man.
As soon as I had Rhett dressed and breakfast in his stomach, he and Ryder have been all about finishing some flooring puzzles collectively so I grabbed a fast bathe, sprayed my hair with dry shampoo and acquired dressed for the day forward.
I had about 10 minutes of alone time earlier than two little helpers barged into our toilet with Duck Duck Dance of their arms. Rhett and Ryder performed the sport collectively whereas I did my make-up which shocked me as a result of the minute Rhett sees me at my vainness counter, he virtually at all times insists on becoming a member of me and pulling all of my make-up out of my make-up bag. Duck Duck Dance saved the day! (For anybody with toddlers at dwelling, Duck Duck Dance was a birthday reward for Rhett from my dad and mom and it’s been an enormous hit! Rhett really performs it on a regular basis and it’s lovable.)
As soon as I used to be performed within the toilet and Duck Duck Dance was put away, Ryder requested me to play Hassle with him whereas Rhett performed his three-year-old model of Jenga, aka lining up Jenga blocks to make a DIY practice monitor.
Ultimately it was time to get everybody loaded into the automobile which ended up being a little bit extra disturbing than anticipated as a result of my automobile wouldn’t begin. After greater than 5 minutes of making an attempt, I known as Ryan and, after all, it began once I was on the cellphone with him. I fortunately acquired Rhett and Ryder to preschool safely however didn’t wish to take any possibilities with my automobile not beginning once more so I drove to Chase’s college parking zone earlier than turning my automobile off. It fortunately turned proper again on once I tried once more however I knew I had my automobile the place I wanted to be since I had plans to hitch Chase’s class on a faculty discipline journey yesterday morning.
I had about 45 minutes to spare earlier than I used to be wanted in Chase’s classroom so I walked to a close-by espresso store to work till it was time to go.
I spent the remainder of the morning with Chase’s class, visiting an assisted dwelling facility and enjoying balloon volleyball with among the residents, earlier than strolling again to his college and saying goodbye round lunchtime.
Afternoon + Night
I used the 40 minutes I had left till preschool pickup to pop into ALDI for some groceries after which scooped up Ryder and Rhett and headed dwelling.
We used the time between preschool pickup and Chase’s pickup to prep our favourite crockpot chicken corn chili for dinner after which I reheated leftover soup for lunch. (Rhett and Ryder eat lunch at preschool.)
On Mondays we have now a little bit longer between the boys’ college pickups as a result of Chase has martial arts after college which meant Rhett and Ryder had a little bit additional time to play yesterday. It additionally meant they have been very a lot into their video games once I mentioned it was time to move again out to pickup their massive brother. We had a pleasant little meltdown from Rhett who actually wished to proceed engaged on his “creation” (aka constructing with Picasso Tiles) and the primary 5 minutes of our drive have been a pleasant cacophony of cries and screams. Ultimately Rhett settled as soon as I acquired him laughing about who is aware of what and we arrived at martial arts with two joyful children once more. It’s a rollercoaster generally, I’m telling ya.
Chase started martial arts this previous spring and although we took just a few months off in the summertime, he’s again at it once more and completely loves it. I’m regularly impressed with this system he’s in and the best way it’s about a lot greater than self protection. There’s a psychological element that focuses on respect, self self-discipline, teamwork, honesty and extra and you realize that as a mother or father I’m all about that! I imply simply take my cash.
Final week Chase was particularly excited as a result of he earned his yellow belt!
We’re so pleased with our massive child!
Nearly each day after we make it dwelling from our varied college pickups, the boys unload their backpacks after which sprint again outdoors, prepared for some contemporary air. This typically seems like a motorbike trip and that’s precisely what they wished to do yesterday.
Pepper and I adopted Chase, Ryder and Rhett up and down our avenue as they pedaled their hearts out and requested me to observe them do varied creativeness issues, virtually all of them involving some type of racing, off roading, motorbike chases or dust biking.
By the point we made it inside, baths and pajamas have been on the agenda earlier than dinnertime.
I’m such a sucker for any holiday-themed pajamas.
Dinner final night time regarded just like the crockpot rooster corn chili we prepped earlier within the day (should you hurry over to Instagram, you possibly can see Tales of me and the boys whipping it up earlier than they disappear) adopted by some playtime with Ryan and the boys earlier than mattress.
As soon as we had everybody tucked into mattress, Ryan and I let Pepper out one final time after which, as soon as Ryder was asleep, Chase got here again all the way down to learn a little bit bit extra from his newest chapter ebook with us. Chase and Ryder share a room which makes bedtime a little bit difficult since Ryder, at 5-years-old, wants extra sleep than his 8-year-old brother. A number of nights every week, we’ve began to let Chase sneak out of his room as soon as Ryder is asleep (Ryder sometimes falls asleep FAST) to have some massive child time with us. Ryan and I learn just a few chapters of Dragon Defenders with Chase, his newest chapter ebook collection obsession, after which learn a bit ourselves earlier than falling asleep.
And now I’m heading motion from the boys upstairs so it’s time for me to sign off and get this Tuesday began. I hope you all have a very good week and thanks a lot for making my weblog part of your day.