Week in My Life 2014: Tuesday

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Tuesday. She was full of an unexpected date, some tripped breakers and a husband who saved the day.

For those of you participating in the blogging side of WIML, just know that you can share whatever you want about your week – a play-by-play, a deep thought, a wonderful conversation – whatever you want that allows you to capture THIS moment in THIS season of your life. I’m really enjoying reading your posts (and seeing your grams!)

Sweet Gianna slept great and only woke once until 5:30. I tried my hardest for 45 minutes to get her back to slumberland – no dice. Scott came in the room (he took to the couch last night because of a nasty cough) to work his baby whisperer magic. Whatever he did worked, because Gianna and I didn’t roll out of bed until 7:30, just as he was walking out the door to take everyone to school! One of these days I’ll get up before the kids, but right now? Just sliding across the finish line.

This sixth baby has kicked my tail, y’all! I know this photo is grainy, but I had to capture it. Someday – very soon – that little swaddled snuggle bunny won’t be in my bed. I do so love her.

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Our morning was spent doing laundry, picking up the house, a three-hour nap for Gianna (what?!) and client work for me. Three days a week I share preschool carpool duties with a neighbor. It is awesome. Here’s Luke waiting for “John’s mom” – she no longer has a first name. Sorry, Veronica!

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Funny story alert: Last night as I was putting the girls to bed, Clare informs me that she had an accident in her bed and I need to wash her sheets. I was all, “Clare, why didn’t you tell me that this morning so I could’ve washed your sheets?” Her reply? “Oh it was three days ago. I just now remembered to tell you.” Exxxxxcellent.

Around 11:30, I got a lunch text from Scott. Y’all. Please know we are not this social, but two dates in one week with the Mr.? Yes, please. We dined at one of our all-time favorites, Torchy’s. I’m still thinking about that queso. After lunch, I did a lightening fast diaper change in the parking lot and Gianna and I jetted off to get Luke and our carpooling buddy. Once a month they have chapel and I made it just in time.

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As we were walking back from pickup, his pre-k teacher caught me and shared that his fine motor skills had greatly improved since the school year. “I’m so impressed at his progress!” she shared. You’d be proud of me. I didn’t tear up, instead I grinned and said what awesome news it was. Four years of occupational therapy, paying off.

We came home, I got both Luke and Gianna down for a nap just in time to grab a quick glass of water and then welcome a neighbor’s daughter as my afternoon sitter. Today and tomorrow I’m putting on my teacher hat and sharing some photography and graphic design knowledge with our 7th and 8th grade yearbook students. It is so fabulous to be back in a classroom again. And, those kids were very attentive and polite. It probably didn’t hurt that the teacher threatened them with a demerit if they didn’t listen. HA. They would’ve been fantastic even without that. Our school should look forward to a great book with kids that enthusiastic and engaged.

I’m not gonna lie, Will was pretty excited when I picked him up at carline early. {sarcasm font} Actually, I should probably title this photo: the great chewing gum demerit. Looks as if he thought he could take gum to school but because he wasn’t chewing it, that he wouldn’t get in trouble. Busted in the carline, just as I pulled up. I believe we call that #firstworldproblems

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We swung by to pick up a friend, do a teeny bit of homework, wash some dishes and then head to a 4-H practice for the Food Challenge competition. It’s like Iron Chef, but with kids who have knives. You don’t even know how hard it is not to help them out during their 40-minute prep time. Painful. But, they’ll be on their own during the competition. All the moms just forced smiles and hid our laughs. Thank goodness this is practice. Competition is next week! The funny ha-ha about today’s practice was the kids kept tripping the breakers because we had so much electricity flowing in that kitchen.


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While we’re there, I get a text from Scott asking where I was. Poor guy came home early to an empty house and an oven cooking dinner! I had planned to go by the grocery store after practice, but Scott graciously went instead. Don’t feel too bad for him. His dad used to own a chain of grocery stores, so he pretty much rocks the list.

Homework was painful. Again. But at least I had reinforcements with Scott.

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Dinner got changed at the last minute because we realized we were missing a key ingredient. We cued up the kids very favorite, Tasty Soup (recipe below). The quote of the night was Anna-Laura, “Mom, just so you know, I really love milk.” Me, too, sister. Here, she’s reading one of our Christmas cards from a friend. We keep all the cards sent to us and every night at the dinner table, we pick a new family to pray for and read about. It is our very favorite mealtime tradition.

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More homework, a bath for sweet G and rocky bedtime, a blogging session and a workout for the hubs later and we called it a night.


Tomorrow?ย I’m hoping for homework without tears. I dream big.TPC_recipe

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  1. Week in My life day 2 | Untangling Chaos on November 12, 2014 at 12:21 am

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  2. Annie on November 12, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Homework with out tears I am with you on that!!!!!! I can’t imagine what it would be like with more kids, since we just have one right now. But first grade homework makes me CRAZY.

    • Kathryn on November 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      No fun, but we’re figuring out what works and, obviously, what doesn’t!

  3. Nora @ Savory Nothings on November 12, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Wow, a three hour nap?? That’s pretty impressive! You had such a busy day again! Keeping my fingers crossed for your homework dreams!

    • Kathryn on November 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Cross those fingers again, Nora!!

  4. Holly on November 12, 2014 at 6:56 am

    That Food Challenge sounds so fun! And Gianna is adorable. She looks just Luke. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Ann-Marie on November 12, 2014 at 6:57 am

    I love that picture of Luke. So sweet.

  6. Jenny on November 12, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I’ve had that exact “accident” conversation…down to the number of days! Whew, your days are full momma, good for you.

  7. christina on November 12, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I am so with you about wondering if I will ever get up before the kids! The sixth has been an adjustment for me for sure. Our baby turns 1 tomorrow and I am slowly getting my groove back. I love all the detail you add to your day! I am going to write more in my post for tomorrow.

  8. Karen on November 12, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I love that toy that Gianna has in her seat picture, we saw it at our OT’s office.

    Question – when you do carpool, do you keep an extra carseat for Luke’s classmate? How does that work in a car that usually carts around a full house?

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Kathryn on November 12, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      We have two extra boosters in the back for the girls, so I just move one up for her to sit in on carpool days.

  9. Laura on November 12, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I think it is so cute that you use gloves when you wash the dishes!! Old fashioned! Maybe that is why my hands are so dry….

    • Kathryn on November 12, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      Those are the BEST things I own! A fabulous find at The Container Store. I love those things. And, PINK!

  10. Colleen on November 12, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    My 2 year old was sitting on my lap when I was reading this and she said Hi to the life size Jesus in the preschool pic and then as I scrolled away, she said “bye Jesus!” And then she asked your name and “why washing hands?”
    Just wanted to let you know Miriam is really enjoying your “week in your life!”
    Sorry about the gum chewer…I had to play the mean mom the other day and make my 11 year old wash makeup off before school.

    • Kathryn on November 12, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      Ha. So fabulous! Eh, the gum chewer learned some lessons. I asked him for a piece of gum today but he didn’t like my sense of humor ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Erica Saint @ Saint Affairs on November 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I love your mealtime tradition. We keep the cards we receive, too. I think I will add your tradition to our day! And the tasty soup sounds yummy. I am going to make it next week!

  12. Elise on November 12, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    What a lucky girl – two lunch dates in one week! So awesome. Might have to try that “Tasty Soup” recipe – thanks for sharing!

    • Kathryn on November 12, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      I am lucky! The soup is awesome and super easy!

  13. Bonnie on November 14, 2014 at 6:37 am

    I’m still dreaming about that queso! I don’t know if there’s anywhere in Central Illinois where I can get something similar and oh! how I miss it! (though really it’s probably good that it’s not much of an option.)

    I love these posts, Kathryn. Thanks for sharing all the details. You are a real role model for me and I am so grateful to see a peak into your life – as a Catholic schooling mom of many. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kathryn on November 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      I need to see if I can track down a recipe for you, Bonnie. It’s heaven. Thanks for your sweet words. Very kind. I love how freely you share your heart. Lots of folks see you as an inspiration – me included!

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