Week in My Life: Day 1, Monday

If you’re new to Team Whitaker, this week, I’m participating in the “Week in My Life” series. Even though I know it’s going to mean some late nights and extra work, I am so excited for this!

Giddyup, let the crazy week begin.

The alarm went off at 6:15am. I had every intention of getting up. And then I didn’t.

At 6:45, I finally got the show on the road, put a load of laundry in the wash and got moving. Scott set out leftover donuts for breakfast because we’re going for “Parents of the Year.” I think we’re winning. I neglected to get a picture of the kids shuffling out the door because I was brushing my teeth. They did get kisses, though.

Monday is traditionally laundry day. I try my hardest to get a load or two going on Sunday night so Monday’s Mt. Everest is manageable. Spoiler alert:  today’s pile? 10 loads.

Before Luke got up, I knocked out some blog work for PreemieBabies101 and answered a few emails. Then, I heard, “MA!” When I opened the door, this is what greeted me.

While Luke enjoyed breakfast*, I unloaded the dishwasher and washed last night’s dishes in the sink. He helped me restock his supplement in the pantry. He kept asking, “Wittle bit, tv?” complete with hand motion of “little”. How could I resist? While I folded yet another load of laundry, he enjoyed a little Phineas and Ferb. Truth be told, I’d watch that show even if no kids were around. Don’t judge. It’s hilarious. Might I add that I adore the way Luke sits in that chair to watch tv. It’s “his” spot. If you’re in it, he’s likely to scream loud enough to make you move.

I threw another load in the wash and out the door we went for new shoes. New shoes! Big man Luke got new leg braces last week and they were too big for his old shoes. He was beside himself he was so excited. He kept repeating, “New soos. New soos for me!”

After shoe buying, we swung by Nana’s office to swap lost items and then headed to the grocery store. Can I just tell you I wish groceries bought and put themselves up all on their lonesome? :::sigh::: Fortunately, HEB wasn’t nearly as busy as I feared. L happily chatted in his own language while I zoomed through the store. We’re trying this new meal planning thing. Heard of it? Yeah, we fell off the wagon oh, about ten years ago, and we’re finally jumping back on it. Sidenote, here. If you do not have the Cozi app, get on that. Second sidenote, I am loving the fancy schmancy magnetic meal calendar. More on that in a few weeks. I’ve been waiting to see if it would really work before blogging about it.

It was home for lunch*, yet another load of laundry, a little playtime and then naps for Master Luke. One of these days, I am SO going to join him in that afternoon bliss. Alas, not today. Too much to do.

While Luke enjoyed a siesta, I worked on client work, logged onto a little social media and then did – wait for it – MORE LAUNDRY! I got 96% of it put up before getting L up from his nap and zooming off to carline to pick up the kids from school. Admittedly, I show up at the last minute. I detest waiting. The kids were all in great moods when I picked them up, holla for a miracle. I even got a great quote of the week from Sr. Jude Andrew. One of Will’s classmates is need of a doll for his saint costume and Will replied, “Oh I have lots of dolls!” I’m sure he’s really thanking SJA for relaying that story.

It didn’t take long for the sibling love to start shining through once we hit the doors, less than a minute, maybe? After some refereeing, assigning homework spots and doling out snacks, everybody found their {mostly} happy place. I parked myself in front of the ironing board and fielded homework questions for the next hour. John Paul on math, Anna-Laura on spelling, Will on Padre Pio. Clare and Luke happily played upstairs and then came downstairs to color.

After a busy hour, it was time to feed all those little people. Veal marsala was on tap tonight and fortunately it took less than 20 minutes to whip together dinner. During that 20 minutes, the kids got the table set, the gameroom picked up and I even fielded a call from Scott. Just as I set dinner on the table, Scott and John Paul walked out the door for flag football practice. Scott is coaching (never again, he says) and they usually prefer to eat after practice. The kids and I said the blessing and then went around for our usual “best and worst.” The bests were good (playing with friends, getting new shoes, etc.) and the worsts weren’t too horrible (yelling at mom, being mean to a sibling, taking a toy away). That’s always a plus.

There is where my picture taking falls off the cliff. I was on my own for the bedtime gig, so it was all about washing, drying and putting everybody up. Let the round robin of craziness begin. I sent the girls to shower, while I bathed Luke. After he finished, Will jumped in the shower and I put the girls to bed. I put L to bed and checked on Will and his homework. The girls were still being funny bunnies, so back in I went to shut down the party. Scott and John Paul arrived home, ate dinner, showered and the boys finally hit the sack at 8:30.

I tried to listen to tonight’s debates, but decided blogging about my day was way more fun. It’s all stump speeches now anyway. And, seriously. You cannot be undecided at this point. GO VOTE!

And, in rivoting pictorial evidence, here is my unmade bed. I told y’all, it never gets made. Here’s proof.

*Luke’s meals aren’t really meals. But, we’ve come a long way from throwing up at every meal, right? Breakfast was four bits out of a donut hole, both snacks were a handful of goldfish, lunch was four bites of a banana and dinner was, um, an attempted try at veal. He did plow through two boxes of his supplement. I’m hoping tomorrow is slightly better.

And, with that, day one for “Week in my Life” is in the books. Tomorrow, I emcee an event for a packed house. Wish me luck!


  1. Alexis on October 23, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Wow, sounds like a full day! Interesting to look into your life, and a great way to remember this busy and crazy time in our lives.

  2. Bonnie on October 23, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Wow. Just reading this has been really, really great for me, Kathryn.
    Mostly, what it communicated to me was #1 – I’m busy, you’re busy, our “busy” looks different because our kids are at different ages AND #2 – having a routine and rhythm in the day is a good thing. (Which I have one, but it’s neat to see how seeminly smoothly everything flowed for you.)

    Do you like doing laundry? I can’t believe you iron! Do you do it all with a sense of, “I have to do this, grin and bear it”? I hate laundry and if you have any encouragement for how to get through ten loads in one day I would LOVE to hear them! Maybe you blogged about this already?

    • Kathryn on October 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      I detest laundry. Actually, I like putting it in piles and washing it, but I detest folding it and putting it up. My motivating factor is if I can get it done before the kids let out from school, I feel a huge sense of accomplishment. And, I’m rejoicing because it will be a whole other week before having to do it again! I occasionally do a load or two during the week, but I’ve found it’s easier to just do it and get it over with as quickly as possible.

  3. Jamie@SouthMainMuse on October 23, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Looking at your neat laundry stacks. Your calendar — You at the ironing board.. Will you be my mommy? I am very impressed.

  4. Sarah @ TM2TS on October 23, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Okay, that’s a lot of laundry. You’re SO much better at keeping up with it than I am, LOL. I’m pathetic at that.

    Also: I watch P&F with no kids around too! I *pink puffy hearts* that show!

  5. Nichole on October 23, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Holy schnikes, that’s a lot of laundry! You did a great job taking pictures of your day.

  6. Lynn on October 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Kathryn,
    I am inspired that not only are you busy, but actually take the time to write about it! Hats off to you. Great to be reminded that we are a community of moms, all doing laundry together. (One sock at a time.) I really enjoy your blog. Thank you!

  7. Jessica Spencer on October 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    What a busy busy day, as I’m sure the rest of them will be. And, oh my gosh that’s a lot of laundry (and so neatly folded)! I’m visiting from the Adventuroo blog…it’s a small world – I work for the company that makes those leg braces (I think – can’t really tell from the photo).

    • Kathryn on October 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Do you work for Hanger? We’ve been frequent fliers for the past couple of years. They are so well made and we love our orthotists!

  8. Kelli @ Momma Needs a Beer on October 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Oh my… that’s a LOT of laundry!!! Looking at everything else you crammed into Monday, you are a rock-star Momma in my book, donuts for breakfast and all.

  9. Alissa | CleverCompass.com on October 23, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I adore your header. Seems from everyone’s post that you were not alone in your Monday laundry day. I had no idea so many people cleaned their clothes on this day. 🙂 The shot of “his spot” for TV watching is too cute. Love that he was so excited about his shoes, we have a friend whose son has the same kind of braces and they usually have to go up a size too. I love the shot of you all sitting down at the dinner table together. Good luck with your meal planning.

    I can’t wait to read more, especially about the event you are emcee’ing.

  10. Becky Wilson on October 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Katherine ,I love your family!!You have such precious children!I am going to enjoy watching them grow up on your blog!Oh my goodness! You have another hidden talent!:)

  11. Ava Jo Howard on October 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Love your blog and will check it out often.

  12. Ava Jo Howard on October 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Love the blog and can’t wait for more.

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