I have done a record of our daily lives for the last three years and I absolutely love looking back at the details, even more as the years go by. For 2012, I was kind of waiting for a less busy, "normal" day to record and by December I was realizing that we may not have many of those and I needed to get it done if I wanted one this year. The light was terrible on this day with very limited daylight but it kind of adds to the raw feel of it all.

Even though Theo was cranky and congested, I decided to go for it and we started out our day with "Tom the Cat" which is a sure hit with him every time. Now I really am not a phone babysitter type of mom as I know it could be a slippery slope for me. However, good old Tom can instantly cheer up my boy and I went for it. He giggled like crazy as he said, "Wee-wee" (Ruby) over and over again.

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Off to get Tymen who sleeps with his blanket over his head and feet sticking out.

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Giraffey greeted me.

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Ruby cleaning her glasses. We have a schedule set for her in the morning and she's pretty on the ball with getting ready on time.

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Diaper change where Theo loves it when we freak out over his stinky feet.

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Focusing is not always his strong point. Running around naked with a sweatpants turban was a strong pull.

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Ruby gets school lunch once a week. The rest we pack.

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Complaints from the table when Daddy was taking too long with the eggs.

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(Dad looks tired...no coffee yet.)

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When mummy makes breakfast we have smoothies or fruit along with eggs and toast but dad keeps it simple. Egg. Toast. Coffee.

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We absolutely love "late start Mondays" when we get to sleep in an hour later. Ah, it's like Fall Daylight Savings every week! On Mondays I pile everyone in the van and we drop off Ruby first and then run to Tymen's preschool.

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Love that laugh.....

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....which turns into an embarrassed face when she realizes her friends are coming and her mom is hanging out the van window with a camera. I still make her kiss me goodbye.

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Off to Tymen's preschool. Jasper loves seeing his old teachers every M, W, F.

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Tymen signs in.

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Every time we drive up our hill and his this patch, Theo commands, "Mama!!!! WHOA!!!" which is my cue to swerve on the road and we all yell, "Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!"

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By the time I get in from the van, Theo has run like the wind, pulled a chair up to the island, and started pounding down the popcorn snowman that we made.

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Jasper has some fun making words with a new kit we were given and building. He really needs alone time, this one. Actually, I think we all do. I build "alone time" into everyone's day.

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Ben is working away, jumping into a work week. We are so very thankful he gets to work from home.

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While Jasper is busy and Theo has "playpen time" where he plays for an hour too, I get to my desk with my iced coffee for some editing time and a peek at Facebook.

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Ben tries to distract me by talking to me with Tom the Cat.

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After his quiet time, Theo charges into the office and yells, "Laddy!!!" (Daddy). Ben always takes time to swing him around.

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Jasper and I started very basic reading last January and I am so proud of how far my kindergartner has come. I take time to have him read to me for about 10 minutes each day.

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Before we need to pick up Tymen, Jasper helps me make peanut butter and jelly heart sandwiches. You can see Theo trying to heave himself on the counter trying to get some and then yelling, "Mine!"

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While Jasper eats and then walks to the schoolbus with Daddy, Theo and I run back to preschool to pick up Tymen.

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Theo loves Miss Megan who hugs him and then he points to her candy jar.

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We're so blessed to have such great teachers for our kids!

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Meanwhile Jasper makes it on the schoolbus with Daddy. He LOVES the schoolbus. His kind busdriver has pulled aside a time or two for this crazy late mom running down the street with her three boys.

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At home after lunch, Theo wants to call "Bopa" (Opa) who he dearly loves.

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Not so sure he wants to nap today.

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Tymen gets some playtime in his room. My boys love building and pretend sets.

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He and I are just starting Bob books and he is terribly proud.

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A wee bit more time for Mummy to do some blogging in the office.

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I'm off to school by 3:10 while the youngest two are sleeping at home with Daddy to pick up Jasper from kindergarten. Ruby has art class on Mondays which is really her cup of tea.

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Always reminding that boy to put his boots in the closet.

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Snacktime and reading books with mummy.

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I start a load of wash.

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Bedheaded snacker. This is often when I let the kids watch a half hour show like Curious George.

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I run off to pick up Ruby from her class.

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Accelerated Reader..she was on the wall of fame for the school this month.

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It's been getting dark already by the time she's done her class.

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At home she finishes some hand stitching on the emblem that will go on the capes we're making for the boys and Cousin Quinny.

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On busy days I throw a freezer meal in the oven. Shepherd's pie and salad. Nice. The kids love to get daddy for dinner because he runs down the stairs with them.

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Peeking while he prays.

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After dinner the girls go to the office to sew and finish the project. Ben wrestles with the boys and takes them shopping.

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On their shopping trip to buy mum's Christmas present, they also pick up ice cream. My facebook status the next morning was:

This morning Ben's shopping helpers from last night jumped up and down, "Just guess what your present is!!"
With big eyes and smiles, "It's big and has two wheels and starts with a B".
When I was already laughing so hard and obviously "not getting it", Tymen tried to help me further and sounded out, "B-B-B-I-I-K-K-"
Hmmmm, what could it be, Ben Hamilton? So glad your boys can keep a secret ;)

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Brushing away the sugar bugs.

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Books and Bible time with daddy.

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I read and pray and cuddle with Ruby tonight.

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Downstairs to fold some laundry and cozy up with my love while we watch Storage Wars. I love him.

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I came across the quote this morning on someone's daily project.

"All of it is ordinary to everyone but me." Susan Vreeland.

I treasure these days, these messy, noisy, hairy, quirky times. Even the hard ones, especially the wonderful ones. I am thankful for every day that I have with this great family of mine.

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