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A Day in the Life


I sometimes feel like I exist in this strange place of straddling two different “seasons” of life at the same time.   Most of my friends are living in one season or the other – either doing the toddler/baby thing or working through parenting older kids and teens.  It feels like it’s hard to connect with my Toddler Mom friends because we are dealing with a house full of teens and then on the other hand, it can feel difficult to connect with my Older Kid/Teen Mom friends because I’m managing toddlers too.  Each season has its own set of joys, frustrations and issues but because I’m dealing with both, sometimes I end up feeling like I can’t connect easily with my friends – either literally connect and physically get together or figuratively connect in terms of shared experience.

I guess this blog post is my attempt at giving friends a better picture of what our life is like.  Our busyness comes from the sheer number of people in our household and not from being over-committed (at least that’s what I truly believe).  We keep our kids limited to one activity each and Alex & I don’t have much on our dance cards beyond work and home life.  But I often feel like I let my friends down because I just can’t do as much, meet as often, or connect like they can.  I end up missing & rescheduling play dates with my Toddler Mom friends and I can’t do the ladies night out stuff – leaving the littles behind – that my Teen Mom friends can do.  And it’s a bummer.  And sometimes I feel badly about it.  And sometimes it’s a bit lonely. 

I have a few moms in my life who understand all of this.  But they are few and far between.  Our culture just doesn’t often have families with toddlers & teens co-existing.  And that’s ok, it just makes things more interesting for those of us who are out there.  There are parts of this that only another mama in a similar situation can understand.  I hope none of this sounds like complaining, because I’m absolutely not.  I love my life, I love my kids and I chose this.  But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ups AND downs to it all.

So anyway…..point of this blog post.  A day in the life (this past Tuesday, to be exact):

  • Monday night – I put about 8 pounds of beans out to soak in anticipation of what I’m going to do on Tuesday.
  • Tuesday 6am – get up with the baby.  make coffee.  work hard to make my eyes open.
  • 7:30am – I put beans in 3 pots on the stove to boil.
  • 8am – Alex wakes up and gets dressed & ready for work, he comes out & “tags” me so I can go get dressed.
  • 9am – I run up to the highschool because Olivia had a problem with her 2nd semester schedule and I needed to meet w/the guidance counselor to sort it out.
  • After I get back (it takes about 30 minutes,) we spend the morning eating breakfast, feeding the toddlers.  Hope & Duncan get some direction with their school work (they are both homeschooling right now – 9th & 7th grade respectively).
  • 10:30am – our pastor comes over to meet with us about the home church that we lead, he plans to be here for about an hour, it goes for about 1.5 hours instead.
  • noon – Alex leaves for work, he takes Hope and drops her off @ her meeting with her homeschool advisor.
  • I spend the afternoon feeding the boys lunch and wrangling them down for naps (which Tru fights and ultimately doesn’t take!).  Duncan gets some direction w/school work.  I make 2 or 3 phone calls for appointments, insurance, etc.  Maybe I eat lunch???  (there are a lot of days that I honestly don’t remember!)
  • 2:30 – I start chopping onions, celery, garlic for the burritoes I’m making with the beans.  Get the beans drained and everything ready for when I get back.  I’m also getting dinner ready at the same time – so soup is cooking on the stove.
  • 3:45 – I leave to take Duncan to the Kitsap Transit Bus Stop so he can take the bus into Poulsbo.  We are hoping this will be a workable way to get him into Poulsbo for his 2x/week  KCMT play practice.
  • 4pm – I come home and start mashing beans and making burritoes.  I finish the soup so it’s ready for dinner and I make 40+ burritoes to put in the freezer for after-school snacks and Alex’s lunches.
  • 5:15pm – my mom gets home and pours a glass of wine…..WOW!  It sounds great, but I’ve still got more driving to do!  The soup didn’t turn out so great for some reason, so I am working on a back up plan for dinner – adding toasted cheese sammies to make sure everyone is full & satisfied.
  • 6:15pm – the big boys call, they are done with wrestling and ready to be picked up.  I throw out my dinner instructions to everyone and then leave about 10 minutes later.
  • 6:30pm – Grab the big boys from KHS, run them home and drop them off.  I stay in the van and immediately leave again to drive into Poulsbo to pick up Duncan.
  • 7:30pm – I get home, start working the bedtime routine with the little boys.  Get them to bed and then talk to the big kids about big kid stuff, check in about homework, sports, wrestling, etc.
  • 9pm – The house is pretty quiet, the baby is nursed to sleep.  Big kids are in their rooms.  I eat something for dinner.
  • I spend the evening running laundry and folding/stuffing diapers.  I prop my lap top up so I can see it while I’m doing the laundry.
  • 11:30pm – off to bed I go!

The baby is still breastfeeding, so my typical day includes 3-4 breaks throughout the day when I sit down to nurse him.  That’s usually when I check email & Facebook.  The schedule also includes the normal diaper changes, toddler play time, fielding calls from teens looking for rides because they missed the bus (not happenin’, hope they wore walking shoes!), calls from my hubby and other misc. stuff.  I end up either leaving the 2 littles more than I like so that I can get stuff done more quickly or I have to take them with me and sacrifice naptimes and their good humor.  It’s always a toss up!

This is a fairly typical day.  Obviously it varies.  On Wednesday night, my day was slightly less hectic  and I wasn’t making a gazillion burritoes, but I had a meeting in Poulsbo from 7:30 to 9:30 and I came home and stayed up until midnight laundering Alex’s work clothes and ironing them as he was all out of slacks and clean shirts.

Today didn’t have meetings, but it did have a grand total of SIX round trips from the house to either Poulsbo or Kingston.  I am sooooo tired of being in the van.  And a teenager just walked into the room to let me know that she we have to leave the house at 6:40 tomorrow morning so that she can be at school for Jazz rehearsal.  *sheesh!*

I posted this thinking maybe some of you are curious.  And I posted it hoping that it explains to some of my friends why I don’t return emails or texts or why I totally space that we were supposed to get together.  Or why I just can’t drag my littles out of the house one more time.

Aaaah, the life of a big family!  I wouldn’t trade it for anything!  (but I would love to hire a personal taxi service!!)


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RAK’ing Away for my Bday!

I’m a member of a few groups on Ravelry that have “RAK” threads.  RAK = Random Act of Kindness.  It’s a fun way to surprise each other with mail that’s not bills.  Or day-to-day, it’s just the thought of doing something unexpected & lovely for someone.

June is my birthday month.  I’ll be turning 35 on June 27, and in honor of my 35th birthday, I’ve decided to attempt to do 35 RAK’s in the month of June.  I’m hoping for some “in-real-life” RAK’s but I’ll be getting some ideas/names from my groups on Ravelry also.    I’m going to keep track in this blog post so keep checking back to see how I’m doing.

1. Pattern RAK (06/02)
2. RAK mailed to Bonnie (06/07)
3. RAK mailed to Cristi (06/07)
4. Pattern RAK (06/08)
5. Purple yarn RAK’ed to Bonnie (06/09)
6. Wishes RAK’ed to Emmie (06/10)
7. Hooks RAK’ed to Ashlee (06/18)
8. Pattern RAK (06/18)
9. Yarn RAK to Goppy (06/21)
10. Yarn RAK to scwkitty (06/21)
11. Surprise RAK to Schuppie (06/21)
12. Surprise RAK to PirateRed (06/21)
13. RAK group (06/22)
14. RAK group (06/22)
15. RAK group (06/22)
16. RAK group (06/22)
17. RAK group (06/22)
18. RAK group (06/22)
19. RAK group (06/22)
20. RAK group (06/23)
21. RAK group (06/23)
22. RAK group (06/23)
23. RAK group (06/23

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I recently discovered Chewbeads & would *LOVE* to have some so I can rock the style while Rean chews away!

This blog is having a super contest, so maybe we can win some! And you can check out Chewbeads here.

Mamas & babies……style & function have finally come together!

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If you like sparklies…..

…..and looking gorgeous, you need to check out my new favorite place to go on the interwebz: Sweet Libertine!!!

I recently ordered some of their awesome eye shadows….I’ve used them & LOVE them & have already put in a second order.  They are so awesome that they gave me a discount code to share with my friends.  Sooooo…..if you like sparklies, head over there and pick out some cool colors & use the code BLOGREF to get 20% off your order!!

This “Girl Next Door” gift set was one of the first things I ordered.  I think these 4 colors are a great starter set & would look good with lots of skin tones & eye colors.

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I Make Stuff

The first five (cinq) (cinco) (5) people to respond to this post will get something made by me.
This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully:

1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. (No refunds… no exchanges!!!!)
2. What I create will be just for you, with love from me.
3. It will be done this year (2009).
4. I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber. It may be weird or beautiful. I may even create something totally unbelievable and surprise you!! Who knows? Not you, that’s for sure!
5. I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.
6. In return, all you need to do is post this text into a note/post of your own and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to it.
7. Please send your mailing address (if you don’t live close to me in WA) to bradymom29 at gmail dot com (you can translate that into an email addy, right?) or you can PM if you’re on Ravelry (ID: bradymom29).
8. When you receive your handmade awesomeness, please post here so that people know that I held up my end of the bargain!

IMPORTANT: This offer is null and void if I do not see you post your own note to pay this forward.


So, come on, folks! Here’s your chance to get one of my amazing creations and spread your own handmade love!

When you pay it forward, you can use just about any media you want. Doesn’t have to be yarn! (Drawing, painting, clay, fabric, wire, Legos, popsicle sticks…)


The Rules, Simplified:

  1. You sign up (post here and then email me your mailing address if I don’t know where you live).
  2. I send you (assuming you’re in the first five to sign up) something I’ve made. No requests, no refunds.
  3. You post on your blog/social networking page/etc. an offer to do the same thing for five other people.

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On Being a Grown-Up

Why do I like being a grown-up? Eating cookies in the shower. That’s right. Cookies. In the shower.

Sometimes I eat cookies for breakfast. (doesn’t everybody?) But this morning, someone was keeping an eye on the baby so I could hop in the shower. I had cookies upstairs because I had been snacking on them last night. There was time for cookies or time for shower while the baby was occupied, but not both.

So I grabbed some cookies AND got in the shower. Because I’m a grown-up and I can do what I want.

And you’re not the boss of me.

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