What we did and when we did it. Sometimes.

What we did and when we did it. Sometimes. People, places and events to remember.

Monday, January 25, 2010

A Typical Day

I've been feeling sentimental. Evan will start kindergarten in September, so this is my last year of having him around during the day. He still goes to preschool three mornings/week, but he's home with Corrie and me on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

So I don't forget a typical preschool day:

7 a.m. Everybody wakes up. Evan usually comes in to check on us, letting us know whether he managed to stay dry all night. Corrie calls from her crib. When I pick her up, she gives me a big hug and "G'Mornin'!"

8 a.m. Hopefully by now, everyone is dressed. Evan gets himself together. He does not like to wear long-sleeved shirts and jeans, so he usually puts on a T-shirt and shorts. He often wears his T-shirts backwards ... on purpose. He likes the designs on the back of shirts, and wants to see the cool pictures.

We eat breakfast.

8:25 I start encouraging everyone to brush teeth and put on shoes, so we can make it to school on time.

8:35 When we should leave the house.

8:45 When we actually do leave the house.

On the drive to school, Evan requests a story about Star Wars. His favorite character is C3PO. In our stories, C3PO always pilots the biggest ship, uses a lightsaber, and defeats the Emperor.

Meanwhile, Corrie likes to sing songs about people we know. She chants their names. Currently, she sings "Mommy, Daddy, Corrie, Evan" and occasionally adds Daniel (her uncle), Jon Jon (a cousin), and Rosie (our dog) to the list.

9:05 We take Evan to his classroom. He is excited to be there. It has been a real blessing this year that he is mostly always glad to go to preschool.

Back in the car! More singing for Corrie!

9:25 Arrive at the gym for my Zumba class. Corrie hangs out in the childcare room with her little friend, Brynn. Brynn's mommy and I go to class.

10:30 Class ends. Corrie and I either run errands or go home for a little while.

12:00 Pick Evan up. If it's a nice day, play on the playground outside preschool for at least 30 minutes.

1:00 By this time, we're either at home or on the way. We have lunch together. Evan loves Flamin' Hot Cheetos, so it's a real treat for him to have a salami sandwich, flamin' hots, and a pear or some carrots. Corrie eats PB&J and some fruit.

1:30 Naptime! Corrie goes down for a couple of hours. Evan and I play a game or two (he likes Uno, Candyland, and a card game called Dinosaur Duel) and read some books. Eventually, I send him upstairs for quiet time. He plays in his room for an hour or so. He either tells Star Wars stories to himself or builds with Legos. Last year at this time, he would have been designing massive dinosaur migrations across his room, complete with rockslides and meteor showers. Now, he builds starships.

3:30 The kids are up and around. I get dinner started while they play. Sometimes we watch a video. Corrie loves Bob the Tomato. We might have a snack.

4:30ish We go outside to play. Evan rides his bike around our cul-de-sac, while Corrie runs in circles (shouting, appropriately: "Circles! Circles!).

5:30 Emmett comes home! Hooray! I finish assembling dinner. We eat together, then play.

6:45 Daddy gives Corrie a bath, while I clean up from dinner or read to Evan. Then we trade. I take Corrie to her room for stories and bedtime, while Emmett gives Evan a bath. After he puts on his PJs, Evan might play with his Dad for a while, or hang out with Mom. We read a book and a Bible story, pray together, then it's bedtime (around 8:00).

I will miss these days.

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