Tuesday, January 6, 2015

"What do we do all day?" A series of blogs from mothers around the country

Let me introduce you to my blog. Mainly used as a family blog to archive our journey and share a ridiculous amount of photos of our kids doing things we are sure is cuter than any other child alive. I mean come on, they are adorable! Sometimes however, I write something Witty, or something of great value to all of mankind! Go ahead and add my blog now and you will see what I mean. :)

This time it might be a little of both. Over the next few weeks I will be doing a series of blogs answering the age old annoying question of; "What do we do all day??" I have enlisted the help of moms across the nation, both working and stay at home moms. Real moms, not reality TV moms.  Now I imagine our working mothers might not get that question as much, but I am sure they get some equally annoying questions about motherhood and balance, etc, etc. I also wanted to do this series because lets face it, motherhood is difficult. Extremely difficult. I'm not going to say that being a father is not equally difficult, or not of the same value as motherhood. It is. They are different. Whether you are a full time working mom or a stay at home mom, or part time working mom, the intensity and responsibility of raising little people can be draining. Worth it, and a privilege, but also draining. I hope you enjoy the stories and a day in the life of the women raising the future generation.

My Life - I am a Kansas City mother of three, Olathe Kansas to be exact. I have an almost 5 year old, Caleb, a Just turned 3 year old Corinne, and a 5 month old Collin. Yes I am aware they all have C names... we are that family. A year ago I quit my college teaching jobs with the surprise of becoming pregnant with baby number three. A beautiful surprise that I badly wanted. I now am mainly a SAHM. I direct a choir at my church and have a photography business. The majority of my time is spent raising the little people in our home.

Here is a typical Monday for this Midwestern family:

I get up between 6:30-7:30am looking something like this! Beautiful I know, and I drink coffee until the cup, cups are empty. I let them enjoy a few cartoons while I make some breakfast.

 It looks something like this, but really depends on the day


Here's some of the Shenanigans that go on while I am trying to run around to get them and me ready for the day, and feed Collin, and feed Collin again, and again, because he nurses about every 2 hours!!!

"Corinne, Caleb, come get dressed."

"Corinne, leave Toby alone."

"Collin, stay right there and be cute!"

I take Caleb to preschool that starts at 9am, it's about a 15-20 minute drive, but the best preschool around! While he is in school Corinne, Collin and I usually run errands. Grocery store, target, etc. Pick up is 11:30am. 

When we get home around noon we eat lunch, I feed Collin again :) and they have a little more play time before we have quiet time, my favorite time of day. 

Quiet time..... ahhhhhh. Sadly the only child that naps is Collin.... If the the other two take a nap they won't sleep until 10-11pm. I prefer them sleeping at 7:30-8pm. So sometimes they lie in their beds and rest for an hour, and most times I let them watch a few shows or a movie. I also lie down for a little bit to regain my strength for the afternoon / evening marathon. 

By this time its around 2:30-3:00pm. The kids have a snack. When the weather is nice we go for walks, or to the park, except in the winter when the flu is everywhere!!!!! We stay inside and play. I try to get some kind of cleaning done and the kids actually ask to help... uh, sure! I might bathe Collin at this time because it's one less thing I have to do after dinner. 

Around 4:30 or 5:00pm I start dinner. Collin has eaten several times, and taken a few naps. Now, this part of the day, for some unknown reason young children all seem to loose there minds! I am trying to make dinner and it is the witching hour. I think it is a combination of being tired, hungry and overwhelmed from the day. This is usually when fights between siblings, or temper tantrums happen. Good times! 

Most nights my husband is home for dinner which is really nice, however, he is a family medicine resident so there's never a guarantee, and some nights he's not home until they are in bed. After dinner, the kids go straight to bath and the marathon begins. Scrub little people, lotion little people,  find pajamas, put them on little people, little people brush their teeth, they clean playroom, Corinne to bed, Collin wants to nurse, Collin to bed, Caleb to bed, Collin wakes up, Collin back to bed, Pick up house, Clean the dishes, fold laundry........Collins awake again :)

About 8:30 or 9pm I might sit down with Justin for 30 mins before passing out from pure exhaustion! 
Tomorrow I do it all over again

This is an example of what this stay at home mom does all day. It's wonderful, and exhausting, and some days it seems to go on forever, and other days I look at my children and wonder how it is going so fast. See, I view my choice to be home with them as extremely important. I feel privileged and blessed to be able to do it. This is a crazy time in our families life, but I wouldn't change it for the world. 

***** Next in the series Jessica Keys Luttrell talks about being at stay at home mom, a working mom, and a SAHM with postpartum depression. You don't want to miss it!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Highlights

2014 has been a wonderful year! Mainly filled with ups, a few downs here and there, but that's life!
Here are the highlights from the Legris Family of 2014

An amazing year with the man I adore and the family god has given us

Justin had a birthday and Caleb turned four!


 We moved to Olathe Kansas


My Tummy Got big! 

 We got to see family and Justin Graduated from KU Medical School!  

My tummy got BIGGER!! 


Dad built a swing set, Corinne started dance, and we did a lot of swimming!

 We added to our family!! July 23rd 2014 Collin Michael Legris was born

 We saw the sunflowers in KS

 Grandpa came to visit and we had a wonderful Fall

We had one small snow before Christmas! 

We saw a croc on the way to the beach in Florida, and spent some time on the sand

Sand snowman for a Christmas in FL

 A nice way to wrap up 2014 with my family