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A Day in My Life (With Twins)

I’ve wanted to write this post for awhile, but I knew that it would require some serious work!  So without further adieu. 🙂


I hear the boys over the monitor around 6:30. I am not a morning person. I struggle to get out of bed, throw my hair in a pony tail and snap this picture out the backdoor. The views of the sun rising from the back of our house are always beautiful. I almost smile, but it is too early. I feel like a zombie.

The boys’ room is downstairs so I go down there and heft them both in my arms (close to 50 lbs of toddler now!) and head back upstairs.

Breakfast time for the boys!


I struggle sometimes with getting them to eat, so I feed them what I know will get food in their tummies. Breakfast is normally some dry cereal to keep them happy while I get everything else ready (Kix today), half a banana each and some toaster waffles.  We have tried a ton of different things (eggs etc) and this seems to work, so eh, this is what we will stick with for now.  Which is how a lot of things seem to work in the land of Twindom.


Henry was unhappy, and required being picked up by Mommy. I don’t remember why now. This does happen multiple times a day.  See the big fat tear?

7:00 am – First diaper changes of the day.  I’ll spare you the details.


I turn on the morning news while the boys play.  The laundry I threw in the washer the night before goes in the dryer.



I watch as the boys play in ‘Their Drawer’ in the kitchen.  I have it filled with miscellaneous kitchen stuff they can’t hurt themselves with and I don’t mind finding strewn across the house.  They think they’re hot stuff because they can get into drawers.

7:15 finds the boys ‘helping me’ get food from the fridge to make eggs for Daddy and Mommy.


And helping cook. Thank goodness for knob covers.


The Lupie takes her meds.


Eggs are done! Delicious, but not too appetizing looking.


I gave up on drinking hot coffee in the morning because by the time I am able to finish it, it is cold. I feel if I start out with iced coffee, I don’t feel so sad when it is still cool 2 hours later. 🙂


It’s 7:35 and the boys watch some Barney so A and I can eat!


Breakfast is over for us, A is off to work. I make the bed. I find I always feel more organized and better about the day if I manage to get this accomplished.


It’s only 8:10 and someone else needs cuddles. I oblige. Sad faces.


Not pictured:

8:40 – Get the boys dressed! This normally involves me chasing them around a bit so I can catch them. Them wrangling them into clothes. Sometimes it resembles bathing a screeching, unhappy cat.

I sneak into the bathroom to put my contacts in (I can SEE!), brush my teeth and wash my face.  These 3 are essentials. Still no hairbrush used. Eh, oh well.

Time for a walk! Well a walk/run for Mama. 2 miles pushing these guys is truly a workout now! This was part of my cool down at the end. Sorry so shaky.

We’re back in the house and the boys are in their high chairs again, this time for a snack, at 9:30.  They act like I’m starving them and eat everything I put in front of them!  Fruit (which they will always eat) and half a breakfast bar each.


After their snack the boys play and Mama cleans. Yay.

Dishes before:


And after. The story of my life.


Then comes Diaper Change #2 at 10 am.

The boys play while I…


Fold the now dry laundry!


Made beds also make for good clothes folding surfaces!

I’m a super fast folder and by 10:10 I’m sitting down for the first time since breakfast to watch a little Olympics. I try to ignore the mess that is the living room.


It’s 10:30 and time to take the boys on their own walk!


Think Hudson is ready?

He threw a temper tantrum because he had to hold my hand. I thought the terribleness came at 2? Apparently not in our household.

We are back by 11 for the boys’ lunchtime.

Again, starving.


Lunch is pb&j. They will eat peanut butter or grilled cheese. God forbid I try to sneak some meat in there.  They get some blackberries which they gobble up and something else, but I can’t remember what now.

They get a 4 oz bottle of milk (I know, I know). 3rd diaper change of the day and then NAP TIME.

They go down without a fuss by noon.

Score 1 point for Mama for the day.

I scarf some leftovers.


I do almost everything during their nap time as fast as possible because you never know how long they will sleep. Hudson is a great napper and I can count on at least 2 hours from him. Henry? It could be 1 hour, 45 minutes, 2 hours? No matter what I’ve tried, I can never really rely on how long he will sleep.


Time to clean the kitchen again.  I wash the dishes and start the dishwasher. No after photo this time.

But there is a before photo of a dirty, sweaty me!


It’s 12:20 and I decide to take a quick bath. I throw in some epsom salts as I have been particularly achy lately. 🙁  Lupus sucks.


I’ve only ever half dropped my phone in the bath before. Don’t tell my husband.

And after! The boys were still sleeping at 12:45 so I did my hairs! Clean clothes! Everything! No makeup, but I don’t have anyone to impress today. 😉


I do a few things around the house, trying to be as quiet as possible. I check email on my laptop and putter around on the internet.


I find Henry sleeping with his butt up in the air all the time.

When they’re napping it is like I’m expecting them to wake up at any time.  I should have taken a nap because they slept for about 2 1/2 hours! Like I said, you just never know.

Again with the starving so they get another snack: raisins and Goldfish, their two favorites. (Not pictured)

Insert diaper change #4 here.

It’s 3:06 and I’m comforting another child.


Around 3:15 I decide it is time to get out of the house so we head to the grocery store! Just to Aldi, and I hate running to get their carts so far from the parking spots and leaving the boys in the van so instead we take the stroller and a huge 21 bag inside.


We hunt down mostly staples and head on out.

It’s too hot to be out.


At least in and out of the van that fast. It doesn’t seem to cool down the trip there or back.


I get help unloading.IMG_20160809_162234

I get the groceries put away and catch a breather around 4:30 and watch a little bit of Ellen while we all cool off and drink some ice water.


The boys play:


2,500 toys and the kid plays with an empty oats container?!?IMG_20160809_163551

Blue eyes.IMG_20160809_163557

Everything becomes a phone. I say, “Hello? Hello? Who is it?” at least 20 times a day.


It’s 5 pm and it’s been almost 3 hours so you know what it’s time for? Eating!

Chicken strips, potatoes, green beans and strawberries. Though Henry has decided to become a vegetarian and spits out any chicken I try to feed him. Hudson takes after me and eats all the things.

Anyone else have kids that love to throw their cups on the floor?

Dada shows up during dinner and so afterwards it is playtime!

You should see their faces light up when they see him.

Tonight is bath night. Hudson looooves baths and keeps saying, “Basth, basth!” all excitedly. Mama gets stuff ready and just before 6 they’re in the tub.


Henry was having fun dipping his face in the bubbles. We had fun laughing at his bubble facial hair.

By 10 after 6, the boys are out (by Henry’s choosing) and dressed in a fresh diaper (#5) and jammies.

I cuddle a crabby Hudson.  (Are we detecting the theme of the day here??)


Then they get their night night bottles.


Afterwards, another diaper change (#6, 12 diapers if you’re counting) and then we help them brush their teeth.

By 7 we take them downstairs and put them to bed. Hardly any peeps!

Laundry time again! This time washing.


I take a longish phone call, A works out, then starts dinner.

Laundry goes into the dryer by 8!


Then it’s time for Taco Tuesday (not intentionally).


Turkey tacos, that is.

We sit down to eat around 8:15 and start watching the newest to DVD Divergent movie.


We end up turning it off and watch the Olympics instead.  A is working. 🙁

I take a break from the tv and clean up some things in the garage.

Then I fold the laundry!


This time I put it all away.


Dishes for the last time today. Thank the Lord.


All cleaned up and ready for breakfast tomorrow!


It’s just before 10 and Mama takes her night meds.

I write this blog and then head to bed. 🙂

It’s not perfect, it’s not always pretty. But I love this life, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

And that’s my day! Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into our world. 🙂

5k for a Cure!


If you live in the southwestern Missouri area (or know someone who does) I hope you will join me this Saturday the 14th for Midwest Technical Institute’s 1st Annual P.O.P. for Lupus 5k Walk/Run in Springfield, Missouri.

Feel free to come and walk, or run with me and help raise awareness for lupus!!!

Check out the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/956642067718220/?ti=cl or sign up directly at https://runsignup.com/Race/MO/Springfield/MTIPOPforLupus5k. I hope I will see you there!!



See What Happens.

As I have been dealing with this:



I am learning more about this:



Soooooo, I’m not exactly sure what is wrong, but I do know my cell phone is heavy enough to do some major damage to small appendages!

My toe is looking better the more I have been resting it though, so we shall see how it looks this week as to whether I will be continuing my c25k training!

Send me healing thoughts!

C25k Progress – Done with Week 3!

3-16-16 run


This was Week 4 Day 1 of C25k!  I’m taking the day off today as yesterday felt a little rough.  I have been going through the program a little faster than is suggested… but only because it has felt great so far!

(Don’t know what C25k is?  Check out this link here!)

I have been trying out new (to me) walking trails and paths around our area and have been discovering some really beautiful and fun places to run.  98% of my runs have been pushing the boys in the jogging stroller though. And let me tell you, it has made C25k a lot more difficult.  But I do feel like I am getting into better shape quicker than I would have otherwise.

I have already signed up for a 5k on April 23rd (right after the boys’ first birthday!) (omg!) and if I keep on track I should be running the race instead of doing walking/jogging intervals.  If I’m not that far along, I’m fine with that too… but my goal is to be running and not walking at that point.

And, since I won’t be pushing a jogging stroller, I should be supa fast, right? Ha!

I think I am finally far enough along in the C25k training program that I don’t feel slightly hopeless and totally out of shape. It still isn’t fun, per-say… but I am enjoying my runs more and more. And I am definitely enjoying the way I feel afterwards.  Running for me is definitely addicting.  <<<<One thing I thought I would never say.

If you would have asked me a month ago if I felt like getting back in shape within a couple months was possible I would have laughed in your silly face.  I was getting winded just taking the boys on walks.  I thought having lupus would slow my efforts down, but like I said in my last blog, I just keep telling myself I can do this, and that I can change my body and that I AM.

bill phillips quote


This Blog is for You.

3-6 Run

I started C25k AGAIN!

I am on my second week and man, have I missed running.

It it not yet fun. I am thinking it is going to be a few more weeks before I start to enjoy it even a little bit.

Before re-starting C25k this time, the last time I ran was August 23, 2014. That was a long time ago.  I ran a 5k race that day. It was rough. I felt overheated, exhausted and I thought I shouldn’t have been. Little did I know that I was pregnant with twins at the time.  But, alas that was a LONG time ago. I had a nice long pregnancy, a tough time with a lot of things after the birth of my boys… but it feels like my life is starting to find its own new normalcy now.

August 23, 2014 seems like ages ago. And to my body, which has gone through many changes, it definitely was. I had not worked out much at all the last 19 months save the random walk or workout video here or there.  I am back at square one. Well, minus square one because I am not massaging full-time like I used to, and that kept me in better shape than being a mommy seems to be.

I lost the majority of the muscle I had. My body changed from carrying twins in my belly for 9 months.  My body fat percentage is much higher.

In 2008 when I first started this long road to becoming a healthier person I was starting at what I thought was the beginning.  I started walking.  Then I found out about Couch to 5k. I started that program and loved the feeling that little bit of running gave me, but it was so hard. So hard. The beginning was the roughest. I didn’t know if I could make it through each workout. I felt so hopeless. I felt like a big slobby, sweaty, slow mess.


I wanted to write a blog to stay updated on life, and running and babies and all of the things in my life right now… but I also wanted to write this blog for YOU.

You. The one who has  just started a new workout regimen. The one who has only just thought about it. The one who has never worked out a day in your life.  You might be me, circa 2008.

I do have something now that I wish I had back in 2008.

I know I can do this.  Because I did it once before. And believe me, if I can do this, you certainly can! I really wish I could transplant this thought/feeling into your brain that you can.

It isn’t going to be fun at first. It’s going to suck sometimes. You’ll feel like giving up. But don’t! It will all be worth it in the end.  That feeling you get at the end of your workout (even if it is just relief that you finished)? THAT will be intensified by a bazillion times when you squat the most you ever have in your life. When you cross the finish line at your first 5k. The first time you hold a plank for 2 minutes. Keep on looking to those huge milestones and the next and the next and the next.

So, as I huff and puff doing my C25k runs I keep telling myself this: I can do this. It’s so going to be worth it.   I hope you’ll join with me on this tough, awesome journey. 🙂

you can do this - defyinglupus

My Spring 2014 Workout Playlist

Like a Bullet Train!

Spring 2014 Workout Playlist

I’ve been trying to motivate myself lately to workout more. A huge way I do that is with great music to listen to.

I tell myself to get in at least 10 minutes… then I can quit if I want.  Normally by the time 10 minutes rolls by I am in the groove and enjoying the music so much I just don’t want to stop!

Here is my workout playlist for Spring!

What are you favorite songs to work out to? Please share!