how i do it "all"

I don't mean with coffee and wine, although those help.

 I get comments quite often about how I "get it all done" or how I "do it all" and while that most certainly is not true, there is always more I want to be doing; I feel as though I am in control of my life and do get most things "done". 

So... how? There are a lot of words below that ramble on and on about what boils down to just these three things: priorities, organization and Matt

Since no one else has a Matt I will elaborate on that first. He is an extremely hands on father. Changing diapers, giving tubbies, putting the kids to bed, getting them dressed, getting their dietary needs met, the list goes on and on. Pretty damn special is he and quite lucky am I. As an added bonus, as if there could be more, he works from home. This doesn't mean that he is at my or the kid's beck and call all day long, but it does mean there is flexibility. He can arrange his day if he wants in such a way that he can assist with preschool drop offs or pick ups, swim lessons, getting the kids dressed for the day, my work out time, shower freedom, etc. He is the number one reason why I am able to function in any sort of capacity. That said, he isn't always available or around. Some days he has the life of a regular working dad and he leaves at 7:30 and returns past 5. Sometimes he leaves for two weeks at a time (okay once a year, max). During these times this ship does not sink. It survives and sails right along. Just with a wee bit more anxiety and maybe more yelling. 

Which leads me to my other two excuses for excess. I prioritize. And I organize. 

What are my priorities? What is important to me on a daily basis? 
- My kid's needs being met of course. They are dressed with teeth brushed, hair done and are fed multiple times a day (sometimes it feels like all they do is eat). They are safe. They aren't plopped in front of a tv all day long. They get a tubby every other day unless extra dirty. They are in bed by 8 p.m.
- Working out. For forty-five minutes.
- I am showered and dressed. 
- My house is clean.
- Laundry is done and away. 
- I blog five times a week. 

These are things that are always taken care of first. Before I would run out to a park or to DW or a play date or hell, even running to my mother's house, they are all done. I make sure to be up at whatever hour I need to be up so I can work out, whether that is 5 am or 6:45 am; I do it. Before I jump in the shower I make sure all kids are safe and occupied and that the baby is fed and clean and someplace no one can mess with him. Should he start to scream whilst I am covered in shampoo well he can just go on screaming because I'll be right out, and I know his basic needs have been met. 

Now I have never turned down an opportunity to do something because let's say, my laundry isn't done. Which leads me to how I can function so quickly, which is that I am organized.

- Monday through Thursday I have a specific house chore I do. For example Wednesday's I wash all the bedding in the house. That's all I do that day house wise (minus dishes or toy clean up). Broken into small pieces it doesn't take long at all. I try and include the kids whenever I can. Letty helps gather towels and put them in the washer. She helps clean door knobs and light switches. David likes to put anything into the dryer. Both kids clean up toys, although David isn't the best at that.
- All house chores are done with lightening speed. Think: cardio. I'm not here to take a vacation I mean business. Normally by the time the bathrooms are done I am sweating. But they are done!
- The diaper bag is always fully stocked and ready to go. Snacks. Extra pair of clothes per kid. Diapers. Wipes. SPF. You name it. The first thing I do whenever I get home is restock so it's always ready to go the next morning.
- The DW bag is also always ready to go. With our season passes we go there multiple times a week, sometimes with very little notice other than a quick text from our old neighbors. Having the bag packed already means why yes I can most certainly meet you there and I'll be leaving in 5. Bathing suits, swim diapers, snacks, towels, soda refill cup, etc is all waiting right by the door. Every day. All summer long. 
- When the kids are in the tubby and after I have washed them I don't sit in the bathroom with them. I pop in and out and keep an ear out for sure but I multi-task. I go grab their jammies. I prep their room for bedtime. I pick their outfits for the next day. I don't spare a moment.

And that's it. All the above is how I do what I do day to day. How I'm able to be out the door so quickly, how I'm never late. For anyone who may wonder....And we mostly have Matt to thank let's be honest.