I, Full Plate Mom, get a lot of questions about how FPD and I juggle the responsibilities of eight kids. When I decided to post my day, and the boringness of it, in the form of a ‘How Do We Do It?’ post, I decided to use Instagram to show everyone what a typical day around here is like.
I wanted to show everyone how we’re just a regular family.
Well, maybe a little larger, I guess.
Usually, my Mondays are quite boring. I don’t work on Mondays. Around here, Mondays are affectionately known as ‘Mama Monday.’ It’s the day that the littlest, non-school age children, get a special day with me to run errands and just hang. We usually do lunch with FullPlate Mana and Bupa too (my parents). In fact, we almost always do lunch, because the little peanut pictured below will have it no other way.
My day started normally. I am usually woken up by this little princess.
I am the morning person around here, so while FPD sleeps a little longer, I get everyone ready. He works on Mondays, so he drives to school. As soon as everyone is out the door, I begin dealing with the aftermath of the morning tornado.
Yes, that’s a bottle. There is a certain girl here who won’t give it up at bedtime. Don’t judge me.
This certain girl and I enjoy tidying up and alternately watching Elmo. She likes to help.
We have to use multiple Dyson products to get the job done.
We headed out to our favorite hang out to buy our weekly allotment of TP, air freshener (the boys, they are slightly stinky) and other necessities.
This is where our perfectly planned day went off the rails. While we were waiting in line, the very friendly Health Office Attendant at the school called. This boy…
After cleaning up one large pile of dook, we raced back here.
To get this crew…
FPD picked up Giggles.
Then the homework begins.
On Mondays, the little girls dance.
I have a helper. Always. She enjoys a little play time, as do the rest of the kiddos, because TV is not allowed during the week.