Jessi, Hayley and I were talking recently about juggling everything. Then Jessi recently wrote this on her blog and it was incredibly eye.opening for me. I love people. And I love helping people and loving people well, so finding the balance can be a challenge for me.
Used to.... I would trade in "free" moments to respond to everyone and get things done. And then one day I realized I was missing out. I didn't want to trade the moments anymore.
You see, even if I am at home playing with my kids...I want to be present.
I want to be engaging with them, playing with them, loving them. One of the reasons why Ashley is one of my very very best friends is because she totally gets this. She values the same. We can talk once every three weeks and that is perfect... she is the dearest of the dear and loves me regardless of how often we talk.
Chris and I try to be intentional with each of our kiddos. We want them to feel special within our family as individuals.
I wanted to share what a typical day looks like for me. Not all days are exactly like this (it's an example day to give a perspective)....sometimes it is give or take but this is a tiny window into "juggling it all".
Multiple kids, multiple "jobs".
I am going to do a followup post on Friday with some thoughts on all of this. But I wanted to say-
in the midst of this day, there are moments of laughter, moments of tears.
Teachable moments, conversations of sharing...there are snuggles and cuddles.
There are many things in the midst of this "schedule" that you can't see.
But they are there.
**If I was going to teach a party for Artsy or run an adult class (for example) my day would look different and Chris would have to watch the kids.... this is just one example day!
3:00 am Wake up to feed Apple. Rock her, put her back to sleep.
5:00 am Ainsleigh wakes up and wants milk. I go get her milk, climb into her big girl bed so that she will go back to sleep for a few hours.
6:00 am feed Apple, wake up with her for the day.
Throw a load of laundry in washer.
If Chris is awake I will let him snuggle Apple so that I can return a few emails/ edit photos for blog posts. I blog for Disney Baby ( 3 times a week), my own blog (5-6 days a week), Simple Design and A Little Artsy blog. I also have to take care of things for our art studio. (a little artsy). On top of this I have a few side projects going on and I also paint for people on commission- mostly local.
7:30 am Ainsleigh wakes up. I take Apple and Ainsleigh into the kitchen and make Ainsleigh breakfast. I sit with them both (feed apple as well so that she will go to sleep).
8:00 am put Apple down for nap.
8:15 Take Ainsleigh into her room. Change diaper, get her dressed for the day.
8:25 take Ainsleigh with me. Shower/ get ready for the day myself.
Then she and I take out the dogs/ refill their food bowls, etc.
Aiden wakes up, get him breakfast. Then take him to get dressed/ready for the day.
9:00-10:00 am Skype Meeting (Chris watches kids if he is home/ if he is not home then I usually have to miss the session).
10:00 Apple wakes up. Diaper change. Feed her. Get shoes on all three kiddos/ pack bags.
10:15 head to Michaels. Pick up art supplies for A Little Artsy.
Head to studio. Drop off supplies, pick up checks. Check on everything.
The kids adore the studio so if we have time, we will stick around to paint or hang out for an extra few minutes.
(Taking all three kids anywhere is an adventure in itself but we do it often!- usually two big kids in stroller and wear Apple.)
11:30 Take all three kids with me to Grocery Store. Go by bank to drop off artsy checks. Come home/ drop off food. Feed Apple.- put her down for nap #2
12:00 Apple down. Big kids eat lunch with me. This is normally when I move laundry from washer to dryer.
12:30 Move Apple (still asleep, move her into carrier). Take kids out either to playdate with friends, a park date or something fun.
Run by post office/ take prints and ship them off. (any orders that have come in that week)
2:00 Come home. Neither of my big kids nap anymore (Ainsleigh occasionally does). Feed Apple. Make kids a snack. Play in playroom/ puzzles, make a zoo, read books, playdoh, art, etc.
3:30 Put Apple down for third nap. Take kids outside to play in yard. Fold Laundry out on back porch.
4:00 start on dinner. I let the kids help with this, they both love it.
5:00 eat dinner. feed Apple. clean up kitchen.
6:00 give all three kids baths. Put away laundry.
6:45 clean up playroom
7:00 this is the time of night we either: go on a walk, go do something fun with daddy, go see grandparents, head to park, walk the mall, watch a family movie, etc etc//Family time!!!
anywhere between 8:00-10:00 are bedtimes. we are flexible on this, whenever they fall asleep basically.
I start working at 10:00: I post my Disney post first. Make sure I have responded to my Disney emails.
Then I post CaseyLeigh next. Upload to facebook, twitter, Instagram. I pin my Disney post. Return emails.
Return texts/ phonecalls.
Look at artsy schedule for parties/ class inquiries. Return those emails.
Talk to our other artsy teachers if need be.
Paint if I have any commissions to get to or if I have an art show coming up.
Package orders of prints to ship.
Make sure everything for that day is checked off of the list.
(A few times a week atleast I am up past one am working and getting caught up).
11:00 on the nights that I am not working late, spend time with Chris. watch movie
12:00 am feed Apple. rock her/ put her back down.
3:00 am start over again
Follow up post Friday!
Completely un.related to the post above, I had an idea tonight that I thought I would share real quick.
I have had so many people tell me that they have connected, made friends or found blogs through the "on your heart" linkup that I post on Fridays. So it got me thinking.
What if we carry that over to Instagram. Through the week if you have a picture that you are really proud of, something that you feel like sharing, something fun, something heavy/ a prayer request, anything really....then tag me: @caseyleighwiegand and hashtag #caseyleighconnect.
This way we can all go through the hashtags and meet new friends.
AND I will pull a few and feature them with Friday's linkups. What do you think?!?
fox doll c/o: I sew lucky