Sunday, July 17, 2011

Rena never stops

This post is inspired by the Brooke Burke interview by Amy Spencer in the July 2011 issue of REDBOOK (149-152).

The article is a fun journal-style of Brooke's hour-to-hour daily activities. 
I thought it'd be fun to do the same thing as if Spencer interviewed me.

A day in the life of Rena
(Disclaimer: The summertime version of Rena is a tad less busier than school-year Rena.)

7:30a.m.  RISE AND SHINE
During the school year, I actually get up at 5:45, to get ready for work, but during the summer I getup at 7:30 when either my 3 yo son or my 11 month old puppy Spike needs a potty break. While downstairs, I made a Xocai Healthy Chocolate shake for a protein pick-me-up and a 20oz bottle of water. I usually mix a packet of Crystal Light Energy into the water too.

I make breakfast for the kids. When it's a really busy day, I flip the top off a couple of yogurts for the kids and maybe give em a strawberry muffin. (I make muffins once a week and then freeze them for quick snacks.) With  more time, I make banana pancakes, french toast, or scrambled eggs.

8:30a.m. DISHES
I wash dishes while I watch my kids play outside from the kitchen window.

9:00a.m. WORKOUT
I set my alarm clock to go off at 9am everyday as a reminder to work out. My workouts vary, and right now I'm doing a Last Chance Workout DVD that lasts between 35-45 minutes. I feel strongly about being all by myself when I work out. When my kids distract me with childhood demands, my workouts suffer, so I make sure they are parked in front of cartoons or are playing with the dog or in their rooms when I exercise.

Quick shower. The kids are getting nutso by this time and ready to move on to the next activity that I have to take a warp speed shower.

Laundry. I watch reruns of Buffy or Gilmore girls while folding and putting away my laundry. My kids are really good at helping me gather hangers and putting away their own clothing. 
If it isn't a laundry day, my kids and I will target one area of the house and clean it. They love Windexing mirrors--haven't got the whole wiping it clean part down yet, but I'm teaching them. My 6yo daughter is an expert duster, and my 3yo son can pick up toys like a pro. 

I have to think about lunch this early, because my kids get cranky if it's not ready by noon o'clock. 

After the kids eat, we run the errands or do fun stuff:
  • swimming
  • grocery shopping
  • running to the bank
  • gardening
  • going to the park
  • calling phone company to complain about bogus charges
  • dropping off stuff at the Herald
  • conducting interviews for articles for the Herald
  • going to events for the Herald
Or if I need to get work done, I am either writing an article for the Herald, working on lesson plans for the school year, doing homework for one of the 3 conferences I attended this summer, or blogging. 

4:30p.m. EASY AS PIE
Depending on the busyness of my day, I either make something crazy easy, like popping frozen chicken nuggets into the oven, or I might do something that requires more mixing, measuring, and sauteing, like tuna noodle casserole.

6:00p.m. BIKING
I take the kids outside to ride bikes, while I sit in the garage and read Tina Fey's Bossypants on my Kindle and fix my kid's wonky training wheels when the need arises.

7:00p.m. BATH TIME
This is when I give the kids a bath and hope they don't dump enough water on the floor to cause permanent damage. Again. 

8:00p.m. BEDTIME
I am probably the most inconsistant person in the world when it comes to bedtime rituals, but on my good days, it goes like this.
I put Vin down first, b/c he goes to sleep earlier. I give him some milk and tell him a story about Blasty the Rocket Ship, which is just a metaphor for Vin's own life and challenges. Then we say prayers and the tucking in ritual commences. (A blanket hug, which sometimes develops into a giggle fest, therefore ruining the whole "wind-down" plan.) 
Then Lane gets the same treatment, but we read a story together. She puts those glasses on and we trade off reading pages of a book of her choice. We are really into the BONE series by Jeff Smith right now. 

9:00p.m. HUBBY TIME
I snuggle with Rick and watch TV. Or we both catch up on facebooking side-by-side with laptops on our bellies.  

10:30p.m. BEAUTY SLEEP
I need plenty of it.

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