Wednesday morning started with Luke asking me if I was going to run. I mumbled yes before opening my eyes and realizing that it was 5:02. I lay in bed for a while longer frustrated that I had missed my running window, but still not really wanting to get up. I finally stumbled downstairs for coffee around 5:30. I was met by Cora shortly after who had woken early with a bad dream. She tells me about how she, her best buddy Rory, and Blake (a school friend) were pink, green, and blue cactus and bad guys were after them. I would imagine, that being a cactus made it difficult to escape quickly.....
The mornings oversleeping meant that I got to me the one to make the bed (my least favorite morning chore). By the time I was out of the shower all 3 kids were up and dressed. Beau came out of his room wearing the shorts I told him it was too cold for the night before. I didn't say anything and could tell by the way he avoided eye contact and was being extra helpful that he was hoping I'd let him "get away" with it. I did. In fact, after I finished doing the girls' hair I came back into our room and the bed had miraculously been made! He really wanted to wear those shorts.
The rest of the morning went by quite smoothly with oatmeal and apples being the breakfast choice for Beau and Cora. All chores got done, even before being asked, and all three kids are happy and argument free.
It's after 8AM by the time all the daycare kids arrive. Since our current upstairs location is temporary for daycare there aren't any hooks or cubbies for their things, but it works for now. We're working on getting the basement finished and then daycare will move down there.
The later morning arrivals push everything back and we get a late start on breakfast. I realize we're out of milk.....again. We're ALWAYS out of milk.
The kids have been enjoying playing in the living room (with no toys) vs the playroom while I clean up meals. It amazes me how well they can play and how long they can be entertained with just a room, couple blankets, and no toys (at least when it's their idea). Today they play a version of house that includes a King, Princess, baby, and dinosaur.
Today's circle time includes calendar, weather, songs, and a discussion on swimming. We're working on figuring out which day of the week it is by looking at the calendar, and counting up to the date.
After circle time they move to the art table where they color a picture about the days topic. Then the older ones stay for an art project while the toddlers go play with the days selected toys.
Today I have some extra work for them as they go play. We've been working on our folding skills both with nap blankets and the wash rags, which we use for drying our hands.
More rain and inside play today. I notice less playing with the toys I give them, and more running and climbing. Typical of littles after 3 cold and rainy days in the house.
I tuck Sylvie in for nap last so I can spend a few extra minutes talking and snuggling with her. As I leave the room she has begun her typical sleepy routine, which is sucking her bottom lip and twiddling the fringe on her blankie.
Naptime began with cleaning up the living room and a longer PIYO session. Do you see the corner in the above picture? Yeah, well I didn't and as I stood and turned when stacking books I nearly gave myself a concussion. I'll blame it on the unfamiliarities of a new house. Kind of like when I go in a dark room and it takes FOREVER to find the light switch that I'm pretty sure is there somewhere.
Remember the candy stash. A screaming toddler for much of nap time caused me to deplete it.
Naptime ended with laundry (or course).
As I'm finishing up folding the laundry I see the kids coming home in the pouring rain, with one straggling behind refusing to use an umbrella. Needless to say he was dripping wet when he got home and had to borrow some of Beau's clothes. I came downstairs to find them sliding up and down the hallway in their wet, sweaty socks covering the floor in lovely streaks. Add mopping floor to my to do list.
The kids are excited to see frosted/sprinkled animal crackers for snack. We generally stick pretty closely to goldfish, graham crackers, string cheese, fruit, and the occasional pretzel. So a treat like frosted animal crackers is pretty exciting. I spied these on sale this week and couldn't resist. After serving a small portion to each of the 9 kids the bag was empty and I was reminded of why snacks like this don't make a more frequent appearance.
With the rainy weather and cooped up kids (again) I find myself offering up a movie afternoon once snack is cleaned up. Peabody and Sherman won the vote.
My photos end here for the day as Beau's homework sparked another very difficult afternoon and evening filled with frustration and defiance. He spent most of the night in his room, and thankfully Luke took over after he got home, attempting to talk to him about his afternoon and evening behavior. I spent time with the girls downstairs and watched an episode of Sophia the First. I was glad that in the end we finished bedtime with hugs and even a few giggles out of Beau. While relieved I felt drained, and after looking over a flyer for next year's preschool curriculum it was lights out for me by 9:30. Tomorrow is a new day.