A Day in the Life

October 10, 2017

I thought it would be fun to do "A day in the life" post, not necessarily because I think anyone cares, but when I look back at the old blog posts these are my favorite. I love remembering the day to day....all the stuff I use to think I would never forget....but sadly have. When I pull up a post of when we had 3 under 3 I honestly don't remember most of it. It takes rereading post after post to start to remember those little gems. 
So here is a day in the life now with a 9, 7, 6, 3, and 1 year old.  Three big kids who help run our herd, and two little ones holding on for the ride. 

My alarm goes off at 5:30, sometimes I get up....sometimes the fall air starts to sneak in and the cool mornings makes it hard to get up on time. I finally got out of bed at 6 only to find I had a nice pot of hot helps if you actually add the coffee. I guess in my excitement to get everything ready for today's post I forgot to actually add the coffee grounds. 😒

While I was remaking coffee little miss woke up. She legit wets though every single brand of diapers we put her in. It's so annoying!! So got her changed and rocked back to sleep, and finally at about 6:30 I was able to enjoy some coffee and catch up on the news. 

These two are my current go to books in the morning. 

About 7:30 I started some oatmeal in the instant pot and waited for my kiddos to start waking up. Side note if you are on the fence about an instant pot DO IT! It seriously is a game changer! 

First one up. 

Dakota begged for chocolate chips in his oatmeal and honestly 99 percent of the time I say no to pretty much anything fun, so I thought I would change it up today. 


9:10 I was dressed ready to go (in real clothes I might add!) so of course I needed to document it. 

 Home School babies plugging away. 

While we do school Archer and Goldie pretty much get out every toy we own and destroy the house, then I pay everyone in chocolate chips to clean it up. 

More school with a little buddy. All the stories Jacey writes she reads to either Mocha the dog, or Birdie the rabbit. She says they like it. 

By about 12:15 we were done with morning school and while I was making lunch the kiddos were supposed to be cleaning......😉

We were having sweet potatoes for lunch so I made cinnamon honey butter to go on top and oh my word was it good! 

Lunch line up.And again the instant pot is fabulous! Ten minutes and I have happy kiddos! 
And just in case you think this is how they always eat, its not. They legit have been on a hot dogs and fish sticks bender for about a 2 weeks so i though they should get a little bit of not crap in their systems. 

After lunch the two babies went down for naps, big kids had their reading time, I folded some laundry, kids did the dishes, spent a little more time on math, then I let them watch some tv while I hid in my room in silence and drank some coffee. 

After naps we loaded up to take Miss Jacey to dance. While she danced we went to Nathan's work so Colt could sell some boy scout popcorn, and so Archer could get a closer look at the "crane" (material handler) his daddy is always talking about. 

We picked Miss J up and headed home so I could get dinner going before Colton had scouts. 

My sweet herd. 

After dinner Colt and Nathan went to boy scouts, these two unloaded and loaded the dish washer, and I put the babies in a bath. 

7:15, playing for a bit before their 7:30 bedtime....most nights its 7:30 anyway 😉

Finally got the babies in bed. Did some reading with these two cutie pies, and got them tucked in for bed. 

Eight is usually when I get my big kids in bed. Colt finally got home about 9, he was busy selling popcorn after his meeting. Thanks everyone who is supporting our handsome scout! So he is now in bed, another load of laundry is in the wash, and i'm headed to bed as soon as I publish this post! 
Thanks for reading about our day! 

The Mercantile

October 1, 2017

A couple weeks back, my mom, sisters, and myself started talking about taking a girls trip. Everyone had got their new school year under way and it seemed like the perfect time to sneak away for a bit. We decided to leave the little girls at home and just have it  be a sisters and mom trip. It has been a long time since we all have gone somewhere just the four of us!  

We went to Katie's house Friday night ( got a full nights sleep!) and headed out early Saturday morning. Before we left town we stopped at Jane's Landing and got some coffee for the road. If you ever get a chance to stop in and get some coffee, do! It's delicious!! 

We made it to Pawhuska Oklahoma about 8:30-9 am which was perfect timing! There was just a hand full of people in the store shopping and a few upstairs at the bakery and coffee shop. It was so nice to look around without it being crowded and see what we liked. There was already a line starting to get in and eat breakfast but we decided to play it by ear and look around a bit and just hope we could get in for lunch. 

(sorry the pictures are a little blurry, and random, I'm not a professional....or even a very good photographer 😊)

Mom and Katie getting ready to start shopping at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile . 

I pretty much wanted one of everything but I absolutely loved these bread boxes! If I had a little more counter space I would of absolutely brought one of these bad boys home. 

This map was another thing I debated long and hard about. I loved it! And the muted colors were so pretty......this one will most likely end up on my Christmas wish list. I didn't think I would have wall space for this....but now that I'm home I think I have a couple spots this would look adorable in! 

I was very impressed with how much merchandise they had but it wasn't over cluttered or hard to get to. Also most of the drawers had little treasures in them too! Good thing we made a couple laps around because the first few laps I missed them completely!  

We decided to head up stairs for some cinnamon rolls and coffee and plan out our shopping strategy now that we had a lay of the land.  

The upstairs was super cute! Around the corner was where they had all their pastries and coffee and then the little candy bar was in the front. 

I'm so glad we came early because by about 11 this place was packed!

The cinnamon rolls and lemon bar both were delicious! 

Since it was just the four of us without any of the kids we decided to go ahead and wait in line to eat. We waited a little over an hour and were able to get in on the lunch menu. It was nice and cool and there was benches so it wasn't a big deal to wait but I'm so so glad it was just us and I didn't have my children there. There were a lot of kids in line and the staff at the Mercantile were so accommodating, I saw lots of them being brought drinks, and other little goodies! But if you do decide to bring your kiddos bring stuff for them to do. The people who were in line after us were waiting 3-4 hours! 

The food was really good! We had queso which we devoured before I remembered to take a picture. We ordered steak salad, grilled cheese and homemade chips, fancy mac and cheese, tomato soup and grilled cheese dippers, and not pictured chicken strips, and we all shared. Now I don't know if it was the fact that it was just us sister with our mom, or the fact that we all order meals that our children would order, but it all felt and tasted very homey. 

While we were waiting in line the place started to fill up very quickly and there wasn't a whole lot of room to move around, and by the time we got done eating the place was packed! 
 I'm so glad that we looked around when we first got there so we could see all that there was and what we wanted to bring home with us! 

We made our purchased and headed back to Wichita.  My poor sisters were both sick and by the time we were done shopping neither one of them were looking to great. So we made it back to Wichita and Katie and Libby headed back to the hotel for a nap, mom went to World Market but before she did I had her drop me off at myself.  Friends it has been a hot minute since I have actually been able to walk around Target and actually shop. There isn't one where I live and when I do finally make it to one usually I have my sweet children, or my husband with me. And while I love them all to pieces......walking around Target by myself with an iced coffee is just heavenly. I tired on clothes, and shoes, read though a magazine, browsed home decor and Halloween decorations, I even looked at pretty fancy trash cans.....I don't need a pretty fancy trash can but by golly I picked them up and looked them all over for a good 20 minutes just because I could.  I even ran into an old friend and got to meet all three of his sweet girls and actually got to stop and have a conversation with all of them! Seriously Target without children or my husband might be my new love language! 

Mom came back and picked me up, we hit a couple more shops and then the sickies finally rallied enough to go have dinner. 

Our sweet mama treated us to a steak dinner which was wonderful! It was so nice to be able to actually sit and talk to everyone without having to cut up someone else's dinner! 

After dinner we made another Target run for face masks and then headed back to the hotel. 

Sunday morning this was the picture I sent Nathan. Two full night sleeps in a row AND sleeping in and waking up on my own, makes me a much nicer person! 

In not even 24 hours we made 6 Target runs at 2 different Targets. We hit some other stores too but Target was well visited. 

The two sickies finally succumbed to their fevers and we decided to call it a weekend. The Mercantile was a lot of fun but if you get a chance to run away for a weekend with your mom and sisters, even if it's just to Target ;), do it! 💗