Wednesday, October 22, 2014


It is my biggest downfall.  I can do a pretty good job of keeping us stocked with clean clothes, but folding them and putting them away?  Whew, that is really asking a lot.  Sometimes, when I get really ambitious and get three loads washed and dried in one day, I have this great idea that I can fold and catch up on some shows on netflix or something.  Except that I am the SLOWEST FOLDER EVER.  Seriously, I have no idea why it takes me so long.  It couldn't be that I get totally focused on the show and completely forget that I am folding laundry.  And it surely couldn't be that I am intermittently checking facebook and lose track of time.  And it definitely couldn't be that I pause for a quick little bowl of ice cream.  Then, all of a sudden it is 10:30 pm and I have no idea what just happened to the last hour.  Or the show I was watching (I am currently working my way through Gilmore Girls on Netflix - I've never seen it! Jess, you'd be proud) ends and I look at my folded clothes pile and there is about half a load and I look at my to-fold pile and it is about two and a half loads.  Well, then I am so tired and ready for bed that I decide tomorrow night will be a much better night for laundry folding.  So, I proceed to leave my piles all over the couch and in the basket(s) til tomorrow.  When tomorrow comes, it is pretty much the exact same cycle.  But there are certain occasions that I actually get it all folded, but then comes the life dilemma of PUTTING THE LAUNDRY AWAY, and who really has the time or energy for that?  I mean, I already got everything clean and even took it one step further and folded it, putting it away is just too hard.

Sometimes when I am really trying to convince myself to stick with it and follow the cycle on to completion (folded AND put away laundry), I will put the folded clothes on our bed because I think to myself, "Self, you will want to go to bed eventually tonight and if you put the clothes on the bed it will make you have to put them away before you get in bed, so you can have room to lay down, right?"  Wrong.  Somehow the clothes magically end up back in the empty laundry basket piled on the floor.  Next morning, the basket gets moved back on the bed and the cycle continues.  How many days are we up to from when the clothes were actually cleaned?  You've lost count?  Me too.  Are they wrinkled?  Probably.  Better wash them again.  Kidding.  ...Sometimes.

Whew, are you as worn out as I am?  Mom, Claudia?  Would you like to come for a week and do my laundry?

Now you have all lived through the laundry saga at the Braschler house.  I'm so sorry.  And please feel sorry for my poor husband.


Disclaimer: Nick is super awesome about helping with laundry on a regular basis.  Also, I am so very grateful to have clothes to wear and a washer and dryer to clean them with.  Just felt like "airing my dirty laundry" with a funny post.  Haha - see what I did there? ;)
And don't even get me started on ironing...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Day in the Life

Whew.  It is truly amazing to me how quickly a month passes.  I didn't post one thing in September and we're already halfway through October.

Here is a typical day in the life rundown.  Only thing that has changed recently is that my pumping days are just about over.  I'm not too sad about that.  ;)
And our bottle calf will only be a bottle calf for a little while longer.  But this is a pretty good glimpse of life for the past several months.

4:45 am - My alarms start going off. I relish any extra sleep I can get by hitting the snooze button.

5:15 am - Get out of bed, feed Caitlyn (Nick and I take turns doing this - and this is only if she has slept all night - usually it's around 3-4 am) and hop in the shower.

5:35 am - head to the living room with makeup bag, hair dryer and pump and get ready while watching the news (Hair dryer only happens if I'm really on top of things, ha! Most days I don't get that far- it's impressive if I even get a shower!).

6:00-6:30ish am - Wash & dry bottles and accessories, get out milk for Caitlyn for daycare, ice pack and little cooler for me for work, pack up diaper bag, pump, throw some clothes on, brush teeth. If it's a good day and things are going quicker or smoother than normal I might actually straighten or curl some of my hair (note that I said "some". Usually this means I do what I can as fast as I can and by the time I get to work it looks terrible, so it almost always ends up in a ponytail).  Since we have a bottle calf now, Nick will usually get up and try to go feed him real quick. (A post is coming about our cows).

6:30 am - Nick is back. We usually each take a child to get dressed and ready.  One is a lot more wiggly and less compliant than the other - unless you make it a race to get dressed and get shoes on.  :)

These were some beautiful sunrises I caught while driving in to work the past few weeks - in real life they were so stunning!

6:50 am - The kids and I are out the door and headed to daycare and work.

7:00 am - Get to work.  If I'm on top of things, I'm a tiny bit early.  Most days I'm not early, but right on time.  Here's where the magic happens.  :)

10:00ish - as my father-in-law says, "provide nourishment" for my child ;)  I have a cozy little room I go to and it is nice to get away and I sometimes take a laptop to work or I check facebook on my phone or I make it a prayer time.

11:30 am - Lunch break - usually this is going home and trying to at least unload the dishes, maybe throw in a load of laundry, eat some leftovers, some days I go to the store do as much grocery shopping as possible.  My favorite days are when I get to have a lunch date with my hubby.

1:30 pm - More nourishment time

4:00 pm - Off work and headed to pick up the kids.

4:30 pm - Unload the crew, all the bags, wash bottles, put stuff in freezer, get snack for Caleb, feed Caitlyn, start dinner, play with kiddos.

5:30 pm - where did the last hour go?  I'm still doing everything listed above.

5:30-7:00 - finish up dinner, everyone eats, clean up dinner, feed Caitlyn, the boys head to feed the calf and check the cows.

7:30 pm - Play with kids.  Oh yeah, tonight is bath night. Start baths.  We do both at the same time. Lately Caleb has put up a fight to having water poured on his head the first time.  Every single time - once his hair gets wet he does fine, just fights getting to that step.

8:00-8:30ish - PJs on, read books, sing songs, pray, kisses, hugs, zerberts, kisses, hugs. Tell Caleb goodnight.  Go to living room and finally sit down.  Caleb needs to tell Caitlyn goodnight.  Again.  Back to bed. He needs to give me one more kiss and hug.  Back to bed.  He needs to tell Daddy goodnight. Back to bed.

9:00ish - Feed Caitlyn again.  Clean up whatever possible - dishes, couple of toys on floor; Nick is usually working on his grad school seminary class.
More nourishment

10:00/10:30ish - head to bed.  If we make it to 10:30, then we like to catch the beginning of Jimmy Fallon.  Which means that we'll be up 20 more minutes.


Thank the Lord for another day and the strength and energy to get through it.  :)  I thank Him for my husband who is a wonderful partner to do life with and raise a family with.  We both work hard for our family and while this schedule may look a little full, it does not fully reflect all the laughs, smiles, good memories and fun we make as a family and as a couple.