What DO you do all day?

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This is her time-out face. I think *I* may be in trouble.

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This is a compilation of various days at home, but the rhythm and feel is true to a typical day.

Waking up

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Morning light... usually we go somewhere in the mornings, outside or on a playdate or to run errands.

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She's been trying really hard lately at coming down the stairs facing forward, but this worries her brother.

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The first time I ever heard the word "bored."

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Laundry to the rescue.

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Lunch time.

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She *really* wanted a bite.

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Epic pudding face.

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Anticipating story time.

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During their nap, I do housework and occasionally spend time on my computer in the office downstairs. This is the view upstairs to the kitchen.

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Instead of sleeping in her actual bed, she wanted to crawl into her doll bed and be silly.

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They love to climb.

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C's awake too, now.

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He tried on a new "spring sweater" for me.

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Afternoons are tough. There's clinginess, nursing, fussing, banging pots & pans, trying to play but someone always needs to be picked up or changed or someone whacks someone with something. No one seems to be able to focus on anything, territoriality sets in, and the only thing that will calm them is going outside. But there are so many impediments to stepping just 6 feet out that door: waiting for someone to wake up, feeding everyone, everyone changed or going to the potty, putting on at least shoes if not locating the socks that were once on but now are lost, and trying to get them *not* to run back into the house with their shoes on and jump on the sofa with their muddy boots just long enough for me to get my shoes on. And WHY WHY WHY do clothing manufacturers make baby clothes that snap from one ankle up the crotch and alllll the way back down to the other ankle in a patience-defying Arch of Torture for both parent and baby? Don't they know, as a friend of mine once said, that trying to diaper a one-year-old is like trying to gift wrap a live trout?!

But after the tension of the afternoon eases, snacks happen, we play outside awhile, we come in, music comes on...all is right again.

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And Daddy comes home.

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