Welcome to the first link-up for Week in My Life 2013! The linky is below- just link to your post for Tuesday! Don’t forget to use the daily images (like the one below) to help you along (optional of course).
Mornings in the Culbertson household as of late have included Daniel or I having to wake the kids up in the morning. Okay, well it’s only been the past couple of mornings but I still find it strange that they’re sleeping until 7:30-7:45 (especially remembering past Week In My Life weeks where that was most definitely not the case).
Mornings in our house are still a work-in-progress. The kids are supposed to potty and brush teeth first but sometimes there’s lots of whining, especially from Ethan. Noah typically does well with this, but if he wakes up before we do, he’ll only potty and brush teeth without being asked about 60% of the time.
Our mornings look at lot like this:
- Me squishing my make-up bag onto a free space on the dresser
- Listening to WUNC (our local NPR station) while Daniel and I get ready for work
- Ethan yelling for me to come carry him downstairs, which I oblige because he’s so darn cuddly
- Noah plopping down on our bed, rubbing his eyes and slowly waking up
- The kids brushing their teeth in our bathroom (we have a downstairs master so they do potty and brush teeth in our room)- dang, messy room
- Ethan pushing the kitchen chair to the pantry, then proceeding to pick out things he can’t have for breakfast (cookies, chocolate chips, regular chips, ya know, SNACKS)
- Ethan finally settling on yogurt and a cherry pomegranate toaster pastry (he ended up ditching the yogurt- figures!)
They get dressed downstairs and are supposed to take their clothes up to their rooms, but usually only Noah does. They typically get in one show on Netflix before we’re out the door.
On Tuesdays and Thursday, I work from the office. I get there around 9:45 after dropping off both kids and driving 22 miles, then leave around 3:10 to pick Noah up from school. Ethan goes home with a preschool teacher (who happens to be the mom of his best friend) on these days. She brings him to my house at 4:30 pm.
Lately, I’ve been listening to podcasts on the way to work since it’s about a 30 minute drive. Look how nerdy I am! It’s a podcast about backlinks. NERD ALERT NERD ALERT! My fave podcast right now is Pat Flynn‘s if you ever want to check it out (Pat is featured in my Blog Design for Dummies book and is a genuine nice guy to boot!).
The Burt’s Bees office is located in Durham in an old renovated tobacco mill. The view from the parking garage is the Durham bus station and as you can see, there’s a lot of old, brick buildings full of character. Our building is part of this area, called the American Tobacco Campus.
After work and carpool, Noah and I have a little time together to work through his homework (after his after-school snack, which is a requirement for kids it appears!). Then he typically makes some bracelets with the obsession-inducing Rainbow Loom!
Every Tuesday night, I head to the nearest YMCA for Zumba class. I tell you what, I taught group fitness for 10 years (up until 2011) and still miss it. One of these days I’ll get my certification renewed for primary group fitness, then certify for Zumba. You know, when I have more time and stuff. At the gym, the kids love pressing the handicap door button and then Noah likes to tell the lady at the kids club desk what my 4-digit number is for them to write on their bracelets. They then go into separate rooms (18 mo – 5 yrs room and the 5+ room). When we leave the gym, they like to walk along the blocks around the landscaping then jump off. Just like boys. Forgive my randomness in these last pics but I had to include them. Noah kept making faces when I tried to take a picture during his homework so this is what I ended up with! He was counting crayons for his homework so that’s reason for the mess (he had to do more than just count them but no need to bore you with first grade homework). Also? He wanted to sleep with a soccer ball tonight, along with his three sleeping companions (more on those companions later this week). I love his smile.
As for Ethan, earlier that day they watched the show Wild Kratts and they were talking about elephants. The showed elephants drinking from their trunks and at the end, one of the Kratt brothers got picked up by an elephant by her trunk. The pictures below are Ethan drinking from his cup like an elephant (dipping his hand in and slurping the water) and then me picking him up by my “trunk.” Oh these kids. I do love them so.