The plan was to start the day and get everyone busy doing their schoolwork or playing nicely after morning prayer time. So I could write a blog post about our day in the mist of our day. I thought it would help with the feel of it all. Silly me to think that was a good idea. I ended up cleaning oatmeal off the floor of the entire main level of the house. This happened because I didn’t take the bowl of dried oatmeal from the toddler in the first place. Why not? I was too busy trying to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee before starting a busy day. My morning and afternoon are busy and then when 3:00 comes around I do chores and try to get the kids to help. So blog posts come when the day is done. The goal over the past few days has been to start our morning prayers and reading of the gospel by 9 am. The kids should have eaten and gotten dressed by then. (I was getting tired of seeing one of my daughter’s in pajamas all day.) We had been starting our days very early for a while so I didn’t need to set a time but for some reason everyone has been getting up later. As much as our days are similar they are never the same and small adjustments need to be made from time to time. We don’t have a concrete routine but the kids get their work done and we get our reading done. I stress about the unorganized feel of our day and the mess my toddler and 5 year old make around the house all day. And all the cleaning I never get to… But smiles, kisses, hugs, kids playing together under a blanket fort, teaching their younger sibling to perfect their karate moves, reading together, playing with a baby whom everybody loves. How could I ask for more? Ok, I really would like a clean house but we live here so that won’t happen. I keep trying to be more structured, consistent and disciplined, maybe one day I will be. For now I will just keep trying to do my best, love my kids, my husband and enjoy this beautiful life God has given us.