Yesterday my alarm went off before 6 am – after hitting snooze a couple of times I dragged myself out of bed.

Luckily both boys stayed sleeping while I got Chloe dressed, fed and ready for school. After getting Chloe on the bus Miles woke up. I got him dressed, fed and ready for pre-school. Got on twitter for a tad – read email – no time to respond.

Realized two seconds before my friend Meredith came to pick Miles up that today was a special day and I was supposed to pack Miles a lunch, threw together lunch in .2 seconds. Meredith arrived and asked if I had a bear for Miles. BEAR day. YIKES. I had to run in grab a couple of bears and run back out. Chatted with her for a tad then went back inside to get dressed to run on the treadmill.

While getting dressed Colton woke up – so my indoor run turned into getting ready for a stroller run outside. Thankfully it was warm and thanks to a certain speedy runner I wore shorts instead of capris.

Ready to run

Ran 6 miles outside pushing baby C. Ran into Lisa of the blog Got2RunNow while running. Stroller running is so much easier when you have a friend to keep your mind occupied on something other than the pain.

  • Mile 1: 8:08
  • Mile 2: 8:17
  • Mile 3: 7:32 [Lisa was doing a tempo so I was trying to keep up :)]
  • Mile 4: 7:55
  • Mile 5: 8:08
  • Mile 6: 8:12

Back to the house and it was time for baby C and I to shower and get ready.

After getting ready I packed up the car. Going anywhere with a little kid takes forever to get out of the house and involved way more *stuff* than I ever imagined.

Headed to Starbucks, then dropped off Hubby’s dry cleaning at the cleaners, then headed to Miles’s pre-school to pick him up and his little girlfriend Sophie.

Waited in the carpool line – got them – drove to Sophie’s house and dropped her off – chatted with Meredith for a bit [a highlight of my Tuesdays and Thursdays].

Immediately headed into Reston to meet my mommy and grandmother at Reston Town Center. Chatted with them, had lunch and of course went into J Crew and Anthropologie to check out the sale section. Which by the way is an extra 40% off at J Crew right now in case you are an addict like me.

Stayed till the last minute I could and then rushed over to Chloe’s school to make it just in time to wait in the car room line and pick her up. I had planned to go visit my friend Jess of the blog Pace of Me,  but my little people were screaming about wanting to go to a park because it was so nice out.

I can see the house I grew up in from Chloe's school - it makes me happy!

I debated what to do since at this point Colton had NOT had a nap and boy NEEDS a nap.

In the end I decided on the park because it was literally 60 degrees out.

What I didn’t realize till we got to the little park was that Colton hasn’t been to a playground like this since he has been walking. HE WENT NUTS. So happy – giggling – running all around. It was so fun. When you get to the third child you sort of forget what they have and haven’t done yet – things become a blur at times.

Watching his little face MADE my day. Seriously – I can’t stop smiling about how much fun he had.

Waving to a dog. of course.

After staying for a bit I tried to drag the kids away. Colton was kicking, screaming and crying as I buckled him in to the car. Guess he really loved it?

Came home – started to tidy – put on the laundry – did dishes – got dinner ready.

After dinner it was time for PJ’s – more dishes – more laundry –  homework for Chloe.

The kids were in bed by 7:15 and honestly it’s the first break or moment of peace I had the entire day. Hubby and I watched HOMELAND on demand [I’m crazy about this show] and then fell asleep on the couch by 8:15. I finally dragged myself up to bed at 8:30ish and didn’t wake up again till the middle of the night when I heard crying.

The MADDENING part about the crying was that it wasn’t one of my kids crying it was my dog. If it’s not one thing it’s another. After 30 minutes or so he gave up and I went back to bed and didn’t wake up again till it was time to get up this morning for Chloe.

Before I had kids I had all the time in the world and wouldn’t make time for running. Now that I have NO time running is one of my top priorities. Running gets me through the day – gives me energy for all that there is to do.

On the run Lisa said I don’t know how you do it. I don’t know how any mom does it. I constantly am behind and wonder in my head – how does that mom do it? How does Meredith do it? How does Karen {Hungry Mom} do it? How did my mom do it? I don’t know how any mom does it….but they do….we do….I do…..

Comments

  1. We will always make do when we have our priorities in line. Faith & family first. Somehow God gives us *exactly* the right amount of time in each day to accomplish His plan. Your focus on motherhood, famil & health is His plan right now. We do it because He enables us to do it. Super Mom capes are optional… =)

  2. Thats the one thing my kids have taught me is how to cherish and appreciate the time I do get to do “me” things. Pre kids I took it all for granted and for a long while after kids I thought I just didn’t have time …. that was until I started to MAKE time :-)

  3. Aww..Thank you for the mention. :) I had to giggle when I read the part about you “keeping up with me” for my tempo run. I did (and many thanks to you) manage to get 8 miles in yesterday (only about 3 were true tempo”ish” pace). Really, really enjoyed reading this post- it reminds me that being a mom is truly the toughest job you’ll ever love, and it is all about juggling and sacrifice. And, you are certainly right. “We do”. We just do. 😉

  4. You are so right, you do it because you have to! It gives you sanity in the crazy rush of being a mom!!

  5. Glad you got to have lunch with your mom and grandmother:-) That must have been a nice break. And I totally know what you mean about the dog. Although now if it’s not the baby or the dog, it’s the one in my tummy waking me up…ughh. But like you said, we do it. I think that is what defines a mother.

  6. PS I love that I can comment now hehe

  7. Wow, this sounds like my day times 3!! I only have one lil one, 10 1/2 month baby girl, and I feel all jumbled most days. If is funny how when you take your baby somewhere it seems like you have to pack your whole house, lol. Running is much more important to me now then before I had a baby, its the reason I am finally back to pre-baby size after gaining 74 lbs during pregnancy. :) I Thank God for the gift of running!!

  8. Oh I can relate to this post on so many levels. I have been thinking about this alot this week too. I am home with no kids or hubby for 4 days. my MIL died suddenly on monday and they are up in Canada while i’m getting thigns ready. I couldn’t figure out WHY it is HARDER to run with all this free time then my life is utter chaos. it’s a mystery but somehow having NO time, makes you MAKE the time. I guess I do better with my busy crazy life:)

  9. Moms. Are. So. Bada$$.

    :)

  10. I totally live this life! On Tuesdays and Thursdays I homeschool my older 2 and then I really have to work to get things done. That and lower my expectations. :)

  11. One foot in front of the other, keeping it going in a forward motion and take a head count every once and awhile. 😉

  12. I am always amazed how you all do it! It is impressive and I will stand by my opinion that your job is 1000x harder than the one I have where I sit at a desk most of the day!!
    P.S. I absolutely LOVE Homeland too! Have you watched the finlevyet? I am dying to see where it goes next season!

  13. Whoops! *finale yet…

  14. Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal says:

    I watched them all at once – well over a week but we watched it on demand. I’m going through withdraw now. I seriously love it!! Did you used to watch 24 too? I loved that one when it first started.

  15. Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal says:

    Love this Missy – so true!

  16. Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal says:

    Michelle – I love that you can comment now too!!!

I love a good comment!

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