November 26, 2013

If My Life Were A Reality Show...

I used to watch The Real World, back before it was all hook ups and partying, and I always thought it'd be cool to have a reality show of my own.  And now every Kendra, Rachel and Lisa can get their turn in the spotlight and people will tune in.  Now that I know of the reality show curse, you know, every married couple who does a reality show ends up divorced, I don't want any part of that business.  Besides, it would go something like this.

I wake up maybe before the children, maybe, and drink a cup coffee while it's still hot, if I'm lucky.  If we had a good night James slept all night and Kendall only woke up once to pee.  I usually feed the baby while the toddler, who isn't a toddler anymore so I should probably stop calling her that, begs me for fruit snacks {which she knows she has to wait until at least 11am to get}.  I usually feed Kendall better than myself.  She will have waffles with a side of fruit, cereal {Honey Bunches of Oats, preferably} and some toast or yogurt and oatmeal.  I typically have eggs of some sort, usually scrambled with salsa, and a warmed up cup of coffee.  Some days I don't even get that in {I know, I know} before it's out the door.

If it's Tuesday or Thursday we have preschool from 9-11:30.  I love the car ride to and from school.  James usually sleeps so Kendall and I sing songs, talk about the traffic, "Mom, where are all these people going?!" and what happened at school that day, aka what she had for snack.  On those days she's really hyper and naps are usually a struggle.

James eats when we get home from drop off which pretty much takes all my preschooler-free time but it's OK because that's usually when I catch up on the DVR.  We NEVER watch anything live, or even the same night it's even on TV.  You can typically find me watching Parenthood, Kendra on Top, Modern Family, Biggest Loser, or Grey's Anatomy  I'm happy to report that since cutting back on our cable I have really cut out all the reality TV garbage.  I usually try to clean, unload the dishwasher, fold a load of laundry or wash bottles during this time too but doesn't always happen #needybaby.

Kendall usually naps from 1-3, give or take, and James usually sleeps during this time too.  This is my big block of "me time" so I have to use it wisely.  I like to get on the treadmill during this time but some times other things are more important, like blogging, getting dinner ready or, if I'm lucky, showering.  I usually have some afternoon coffee at this point too and it's actually become the part of the day I look forward to the most.

Jimmy gets home around 4 unless it's a Monday or Wednesday, he teaches at the union hall for his local those nights.  I have to admit, Mondays and Wednesdays are LONG and I cannot wait until I see his face at 8pm.  But also, those nights are usually pretty difficult at bedtime.  Kendall just gets so excited to see him and it's RIGHT at bedtime so it's hard for her to wind down and get sleepy.  I'm thankful that Jimmy's started taking over  the preschooler bedtime and she actually seems to be doing better with him doing it.

I make dinner, always.  Jimmy claims he can cook, if I'd just let him, but he's not shoving me out of the kitchen to take over either. I cook and I like it that way.  Cooking is my thing, my happy place. So is the grocery store.  I always do the grocery shopping and I'm 100% A-OK with that.  I don't take the kids, so I am all alone and it kinda sorta feels like a vacation.  Pathetic, I know.  Plus now that I use and they do my grocery list for me it takes the hard part out of grocery shopping so I'm done in a jiffy.  If Jimmy does go with me it's a nightmare.  He's all over the place, gets us way more than we need and we spend double, so I prefer to go alone.

On a good night Kendall will only get out of bed once for a drink, a hug, a potty trip, re-covering up, a nightlight to turn on or off, the list of excuses is endless but she's getting better and bed time is getting easier.  James is so different from her at bedtime  When she was a baby she'd eat and go straight to bed.  He will take a bottle and be up for another hour or so and then he's ready for bed.  I'm happy to report that he sleeps through the night most nights now!  It's so interesting how well I can function on 6 hours of sleep so long as it's a solid 6 hours.  I feel like a million bucks.

Once the babies are in bed Jimmy and I enjoy an hour or two to ourselves.  We usually watch a  movie or something on Netflix, we are finishing up Dexter right now.  Movie night doesn't typically go well, we have such opposite tastes in movies, but I usually fall asleep no matter what we watch so I usually cave before he does when it comes to compromising our movie choices.

The best decision I've made recently was choosing to take my shower at night.  Mornings are always hectic and I'm way to afraid to shower before the kids get up because I just know that they'll hear the shower or hair dryer and wake up anyway.  So I take it at night now, while Jimmy puts Kendall to bed.  No matter what I wake up and my hair is a hot mess so I rely on dry shampoo these days, Batiste Dry Shampoo Original Clean & Classic is my favorite.

There's nothing too exciting or too boring going on in our house, so I'm sure no one would tune in to our show but sometimes I do think it'd be fun to get a glimpse into a real housewives life.  You know, one that's not all fancy dinner parties and fake eyelashes.


  1. I miss RHONY--when is that coming back on? ;)

  2. Is Kendra on top any good? I started to write a post like this but our days are so random and I felt like boring so I stopped.

  3. Have you tried the Suave professionals? I have tried so many expensive and cheap dry shampoos and that one is surprisingly my fave.

  4. That sounds like such a full day! I don't know how you do it day after day!