a day in the life


It's been a hot minute since I've done one of these but I thought that since we sort of have our back-to-school routine down (for now, ask me in a month I bet it will be totally different) it might be fun to do an updated day in the life back to school edition. School days are b-a-n-a-n-a-s. This was last Friday.

5:30 am: I had just fallen back asleep when my "wake up and run" alarm went off. Dom had woken up at 3:30 which he never does and complained for a bit. Followed immediately by Letty waking up to use the bathroom slash discuss a new booboo on her finger. She went right back down but I was restless for a bit. Anyways the alarm went off at the perfect time. I get dressed and go down to run for 45 minutes. 
6:30 am: After I work out I shower and do my makeup before it's time to wake Letty. My alarm to get her goes off at 6:40 and I am usually dragging her physically out of bed. She makes her bed and heads downstairs to get dressed... I have all the kids clothes ready and waiting on the kitchen table. I get dressed as well and head down to help get her out the door. Matt has already given her breakfast which we have to remind her to eat 76 times.  I water my flowers and get her water bottle to her back pack and an ice pack into her lunch that I had packed yesterday. Oh and I have a coffee. Sometimes I fold laundry from the night before. 
7:30 am: Letty has been wanting a "pattern" in who drives her to school in the morning. Today was my day. I still hate seeing her walk away from me! So so so so much. But at least I don't cry? Matt's home with the boys where he has given them breakfast. When I get back I get them dressed and do their hair and teeth routine and then they play. Read: make a mess. 
8:30 am: We will leave for David's drop off here shortly but for now I need a second cup. With creamer. We also clean up the destroyed playroom and get on the whole shoe and bathroom routine. 
9:30 am: David has been successfully dropped off at school after about twenty hugs and kisses, which I mean, I'm not complaining. Then we go back to my house where my mom is waiting for us so we can go to this local farm that is just so freaking adorable and dripping all things fall for some more white pumpkins. They have goats and horses and cows and chickens and Dom just loves it. They even have a donkey named Dominic so you know I'm loving that. And I got my super affordable white pumpkins and this wood ladder thing for our dining room.
10:30 am: My father kindly gifted his old laptop (right?! He is so good to her/us) to Letty, who is over the moon excited. It just sounds so grown up right? So I was working on setting up an account for her and of course setting up every single parental control I could get my fingers on. And giving her pink windows, because, Letty.
11:30 am: Dom and I run out to pick up David from school. We wait in the hall and like to watch the kids come in from the playground. They are always in a line, walking, with their hands behind their back and their cheeks puffed up because they are over-exaggerating keeping their mouths shut and quiet. Once he gets his backpack he comes running out into the hallway with a big smile and a hug! We come home and I throw together a quick lunch for the three of us. Lots of peanut butter all around!
12:30 pm: The boys are playing (fighting) and I am sort of a one woman jungle gym for Dom. He is a rough and tough kid for sure. He goes down for his nap at 1. And I probably escaped with no bruises.
1:30 pm: During Dom's naps I try and do whatever David wants to do. Try. Because sometimes I just want to read. But! Today David chose the basement. He doesn't go down there alone because his sister told him there were dinosaurs there or something. And it is easier to be down there when Dom isn't potentially eating all the Legos... So basement it was! Lots of train time and trampolines and the like.
2:30 pm: It's school bus time! Our district doesn't allow the elementary kids off the bus unless a parent or designated adult is there so I have to be there every day. Which is super easy as it is two houses down... Then it's unpack Letty's backpack time. This would be when I would repack tomorrow's lunch and snack but as it is the weekend I just throw all her stuff into the dishwasher instead. All I learn from her about her day is that a kid in her class got yogurt all over her. Hair. Shorts. Shirt. Etc. And I had to ask for a hug.
3:30 pm: My little computer geek! Here I thought I would have to demonstrate how to use the touch pad or close a window and nope! She's got this! Where did she learn it? Don't know. But she knows. She checks out all the games that came with the computer and then plays ABC Mouse for awhile.
4:30 pm: We are having dinner at my parent's house tonight. Now that school is in session we don't get to see our Fitzs every Friday... more like every other. Which is sad but we get it... Stuff is crazy now! Matt and I pour a glass of wine and we gird our loins for the misbehavioral children that normally act out even more at night time. 
5:30 pm: Dom has eaten and he is done. He wants nothing to do with sitting patiently at the table until we are finished and Matt and I (and my parents, most likely) don't want anything to do with hearing him complain so... he's free to go play. Dinner of course was a mess because David wouldn't say nice things like thank you or I'm sorry so we had some conversations about that. Feedback, as it were.
6:30 pm: Letty has her first birthday party at a place called Go N' Bananas. Which is just what the name claims to be. So we leave my parent's early in order to get there for the start time. She dons her socks and off she goes to party with a whole bunch of her friends. And I discover that most of them live in our development. Where do I live? Under a rock. Apparently. And thanks to Miley Cirus all the other parents and I were singing "Wrecking Ball" as our girls swung back and forth. Sigh. Miley. Sigh.
7:30 pm: The girls have pizza and cake and then they sing happy birthday and the birthday girl opens her gifts, all of which are Shopkins related, no wonder Letty and her are friends! And then they are off again running around just going b-a-n-a-n-a-s.
8:30 pm: They have bowled by now which was basically just throwing the bowling ball onto the lane and hoping for the best all to rounds of screams by their friends. Then it's off to the bumper car area where the music is loud and the squeals are louder. I'm yawning at this point but Letty is still going strong. Then they hand out $5 worth of games to each kid and to the arcade we go...
9:30 pm: We were invited back to one of the party guest's houses who, you guessed it, lives in our development and so we went home to drop off the car and her disgusting socks before walking up the street. I grabbed a sippy cup (yes, my hospital mug from when I had Dom) of wine because after that night..... well every night, it was necessary.
10:30 pm: These girls have the energy of the bunny himself. Playing the piano at 10:30? Sure! Why ever not? I convinced Letty very shortly after this that it was time to head home where she got a quick shower and was sent straight to bed. And I followed very quickly after her. 
Ask me if she slept in the next morning??? Go ahead. I dare you.


lake tobias


Visiting Lake Tobias was one item on my summer bucket list that we just never quite got around too. Thankfully a few Saturdays ago we remedied that situation. There is a lake there, sure, but the main draw are the animals. It's a wildlife preserve. And not just North American animals like one might think, but lions and tigers and bears, oh my! They offer a Safari Tour which we took, where we were able to touch (if you wanted) all sorts of creatures! Bison and ostriches, longhorns and reindeer and antelopes, all sorts! Just roaming free within the preserve. 
Afterwards we wandered around the different animal exhibits checking things out. The petting zoo gave me anxiety because Dom is a bit of a bull himself and I was afraid he would get kicked in the face by an injured goat. And there was an awfully lot of poop all over the ground and like I said.... Dom is just my trouble child. 
The reptile exhibit was pretty cool, lots of big snakes in safe glass rooms. We got to pet an alligator and a snake if we wanted too, which of course the boys wanted to do a lot of. David took some cajoling though but it became his most favorite, that he petted a snake.
Because this day happened to be Founder's Day they were doing free face painting so of course Letty participated in that... And then we ate lunch to the lovely sound of Dominic's theatrics because I wouldn't let him on the playset. Soon to be followed by David's theatrics because I made him go to the bathroom after he said he had to use the bathroom. I am just the worst sort of mommy. The icing on the proverbial cake was Letteria's constant attitude-filled tone of voice. I left defeated. Why I bother sometimes, you know? What could have been a lovely day... tainted by their bad behavior. Yet I saunter on...
Back to school is hard.


an apple dessert!


Sometimes a girl just needs an apple dessert, yes? I am one such girl. I love apples and cinnamon and brown sugar all together and butter! I'm a sucker for anything apple crisp-type labelled. This apple crisp dessert whatever you want to call it was so good that I didn't get to snap a photo of the finished product all plated and pretty because it was just shoveled into our mouths faster than you can say pass me the whip cream.
What you shall need is...

For the crumb topping:
1/2 c flour
1/2 c old fashioned oats
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 c butter, cut into small pieces.

For the goodness you toss the apples around in:
3-4 apples, peeled and thinly sliced
3 tbsp melted butter
2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and butter in a bowl and using a fork mix together until it looks sort of crumbly. For the apple coating blend everything together and just cover your sliced apples with them. Sort of even them out in the baking sheet after they are coated and then top with the crumbs. I baked mine for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

My kitchen smelled so good that afternoon! Partially from the crisp and partially from this:

Two apples, one orange peel, some cinnamon because I was out of sticks, a tablespoon of cloves, a tablespoon of vanilla extract and about two cups of water later.... It smells so good! I've made this one too in the past several times and I love love love it! I cannot fathom how I am out of almond extract but I was so... I made do without it.


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