If I had updated my Facebook status about every 30 minutes today, it might have sounded something like this:
6:00am: There are some VERY loud banging sounds coming from the boy's room. And I'm pretty sure Gabe isn't awake yet.
6:30am: So nice to have a warm, snuggly 3-year-old cuddling on the couch while I do my quiet time.
7:00am: Super Dad: Ready for work, dishing up breakfast while I accidentally fall back asleep.
7:30am: Gabe: "Oh...that's an owl? Oh goooooooooooooosh."
8:00am: Elliott thinks food makes the best hair gel.
8:30am: Ahhh...the sound of a tub of toys being dumped out.
9:00am: It is a great aid to my striving for self-control that it's IMPOSSIBLE to watch anything on Hulu when it's not naptime.
9:30am: "Gabe, I want you to get your cars out of the bathroom or you will wake Elliott up." "But I want to SEE you."
10:00am: "Gabe, we are going to the library." "Oh! I love the library." "Baby Ellie will be there. Would you like to see her?" "Yes!....kind of."
10:30am: Miss Cheryl is really earning her paycheck today. Only the mommies are listening to the story. I think she's doing the fast-forward version.
11:00am: Forgot that I packed Ell's bottle to drink at the library. Was wondering why he was so fussy.
11:30am: If my 3-year-old wants to army crawl/slide around on the floor in the adult section of the library, I really don't mind, as long as he's quiet. Not a bad tradeoff if you ask me.
12:00pm: 10 minutes after I asked Gabe to stay close to the deck while playing out back, I hear his drums being played in the garage...attached to the front of the house.
12:30pm: Mommies, someone once told me to use a cheese shredder to shred apples for babies who can't eat chunks of apples yet. I just remembered this today and Ell is DEVOURING his apple. Thought I'd pass it on.
1:00pm: I'll admit, I don't know what I'd rather hear these days from Gabe: "Mommy, I love you" ~or~ "I need to go potty."
1:30pm: Our house is showing tomorrow. Please pray that it sells!
2:00pm: Washing machine broken: laundromat with two toddlers, or handwash?
2:30pm: "Gabe, did you bite your brother?" "He was pretending he was food."
3:00pm: Forgot the detergent...another $.75 a load...or load the boys back up to go get it?
3:30pm: So proud! The boys are on their BEST behavior! They love watching all these front loader washers!
4:00pm: Out of quarters...clothes are still wet. Good thing the dryer isn't broken!
4:30pm: 1 box of Elbow Macaroni dumped out on the kitchen floor. I have not lost my mind or my temper. Truly only the Lord could have changed my heart so I'm not yelling right now.
5:00pm: Dumbo cued and dinner on the table. Is that enough prep to keep the boys happy for 30 minutes? Gotta teach a voice lesson.
5:30pm: Love that Zoe Cooper.
6:00pm: Washing out the "hair gel".
6:30pm: Look at that boy go! Elliott has been walking everywhere!
7:00pm: Gabe must be exhausted. He is being so naughty! Both boys to bed early.