Thursday, April 26, 2007


For anyone who's curious what a SAHM does all day, I present to you:

The following takes place between 12:00 am and 12:09am
Tori is sleeping. Hard. She even begins to dream...
(dint, dint, dint, dint- that's the ticking clock sound like on the show)
The Following takes place between 12:09 am and 6:00am
Liv starts screaming as she has the last few nites.
Tori tries to let her "cry it out."
Liv is stubborn.
Tori enters Liv's room and attempts to soothe her and get her to sleep in her crib.
Does not work.
Tori lies down on the trundle bed in the Liv's room. The bed is actually for Taj, but he is in Sei and Tori's bed...again.
The mattress on the bed in Liv's room is not made for people with junk in the trunk. It is basically springs with some cloth over them.
Tori attempts to "sleep" while she is stabbed by springs and kicked in the head by a tiny size 4. Liv takes 2 hours to fall asleep.
(dint, dint, dint, dint)
The Following takes place between 6:00 am and 7:00 am
Tori attempts to lie Liv in her crib again. Yeah, not gonna happen.
Tori takes Liv to her own bed because Sei will be getting up soon.
Tori has a crick in her neck.
6:17 Taj whines for chocolate milk.
6:30 Sei's alarm goes off. Tori kicks nudges him when he doesn't get up.
6:47 Tori finally gets Liv to lay in her own crib.
Tori starts to fall asleep.
(dint dint dint dint)
The Following takes place between 7:00 am and 7:36 am
Tori alarm goes off at 7am. She hits snooze.
Alarm goes off 5 minutes later.
Tori wakes the 3 oldest kids up for school.
She fixes them breakfast.
She makes sure they brush their teeth, have their backpacks and a jacket.
She fixes Isabel's hair.
The kids go to the bus stop.
(dint dint dint dint)
The Following takes place between 7:36 am and 8:00 am
Tori checks her emails. She reads 2 blogs and realizes she was nominated for the Thinking Blogger Award. Tori writes a quick post with her nominations.
Tori thinks about going back to bed, so of course Taj wakes up.
Tori throws in a load of laundry, unloads and loads the dishwasher.
(dint dint dint dint)
The Following takes place between 8:00 am and 9:00am
Taj asks for "Texas Waffles"- waffles cut with a Texas cookie cutter.
Tori gets them. She also fixes herself some "circle waffles" - waffles not cut.
Tori washes her face and puts on workout clothes.
Tori cleans up Taj's waffle mess and gets him a bowl of cereal with no milk- his new favorite.
Liv wakes up. (She needed to sleep in. She had a rough nite!)
(dint dint dint dint)
The Following takes place between 9:00 am and noon
Liv eats grapes and a waffle for breakfast.
Tori cleans up grapes and waffles off the floor.
Liv poops. Tori changes her diaper.
Throws wet laundry into dryer and starts to wash another load.
Pays some bills online.
Balances checkbook.
Balances checkbook for NorthStar.
Tori tries to decide between the treadmill or running outside.
It's a beautiful day, so she opts for outside.
Tori loads Taj and Liv into double jogging stroller.
Grabs snacks, waters, house keys, camera, mp3 player... Yeah, I think that's everything.
Jogs/walks over a mile to the park including up a hill that made her butt muscles explode!
Plays at the park for an hour with the kids.
Jogs/walks home with Liv cyring the whole time. Thank goodness for earphones.
Cleans Taj and Liv's hands.
Feeds Taj and Liv lunch.
Cleans Taj and Liv again.
Changes Liv's diaper and puts her down for a nap.
Goes out to the trampoline with Taj and pretends to be a bird for 1/2 an hour.
Tori tells Taj she needs to take a shower.
Taj throws psycho fit as neighbor watches.
Tori bribes Taj with "Spongebob" and they go inside.
Tori cleans dirt from backyard off of Taj. Again.
(dint dint dint dint)
The Following takes place between 12:00 pm and 3:00pm
Tori finally gets a shower.
Tori realizes she never ate lunch and eats some crackers.
Tori starts cooking chicken for the 2 meals she's preparing that nite- her family's meal and for NorthStar.
Tori gets clothes out of dryer and throws the wet ones in.
Tori emails some people from church to get things ready for an activity she's in charge of.
Tori checks her emails- doesn't reply to any. Reads a couple of blogs for about 10 minutes and comments.
Taj whines. Tori plays with him.
Liv wakes up.
The 3 older kids come home from school.
(dint dint dint dint)
The Following takes place between 3:00pm and 7:00 pm
Tori changes Liv's diaper and gets the load of laundry out of the dryer.
Tori cleans up some toys downstairs.
Tori takes Isabel to gymnastics. Taj cries to come with her, so she let's him. Liv stays home with her big brothers.
Tori drops Isabel off and goes to the grocery store.
Taj puts a baseball bat in the basket. And a Spiderman umbrella.
Tori pays and leaves minus the umbrella but with a bat.
Tori realizes she forgot to get more pull ups. Ugh.
Sei calls and asks if the dinner is ready for NorthStar. Tori laughs.
Taj falls asleep on the way home.
Tori puts together a casserole for NorthStar with Liv "helping."
Tori looks for a recipe for something to make her family for dinner.
Casserole is ready and Sei takes it and Liv (he's so awesome!!) to drop off the meal and pick up Isabel.
Tori makes chicken casserole and sweet cornbread for dinner.
(dint dint dint dint)
The Following takes place between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Tori serves out dinner. Isabel complains, but ends up liking it.
Liv signs "All done" and "Bath."
Tori throws Liv in the bath. Hurrying to clean her before she poops. (She didn't!)
Tori sweeps kitchen, while the boys load the dishwasher.
Tori brushes Isabel's hair out. She cries.
Tori gets Liv dressed for bed.
Taj takes a bath. Luckily he dresses himself.
Tori watches part of the Mavericks game before getting the older kids off to bed.
Older kids go to bed. Taj bounces off wall. Liv is happy running around making Taj mad.
(dint dint dint dint)
The Following takes place between 9:00 pm and 12:20 am
Tori looks for airline tickets online for Kelsea and Karlea to fly down on.
Tori pays more bills.
Tori writes down what she did during the day so she could do this post.
Sei lays Liv down for bed.
Sei and Tori watch a little American Idol. Tori is bored and asks to watch the Mavs game again. They win. (WOO HOO!)
Taj is tired now (he took a long nap) so Tori lays down with him to get him to sleep while Sei takes a shower.
Tori thinks Taj is asleep and tries to sneak out to get ready for bed.
Taj isn't asleep and yells for her to "COME BACK MOM!!"
Tori lays with Taj again.
Finally Taj is asleep.
Sei and Tori talk. And talk. And talk. Realize it's after midnite.
Tori gets ready for bed.
Sleep at last... until around 2am.
**This post did not include the constant high pitch squeal that Liv has perfected or the major fits Taj is prone for throwing. Those would require a video to do them justice.


~j. said...

I LOVED reading this! I've always wanted to do this until I realized that writing everything down is just one more thing to do. Bravo!

Amanda said...

Phew!!! What a day. You are a cool mom for sure,
Goes out to the trampoline with Taj and pretends to be a bird for 1/2 an hour.
Tori tells Taj she needs to take a shower.
Taj throws psycho fit as neighbor watches.
Tori bribes Taj with "Spongebob" and they go inside.

I always wonder how much my neighbors can hear and why they haven't called CPS yet because of my screaming kids.

Abbie said...

A CIRCLE waffle huh? You're pretty fancy.

Chrissy said...

What a day, but I'm guessing this is what every day is like for you.
Even though I really didn't want to return to work, I can see that's it's easier to be here.

Mrs. Burns said...

That was great!!! Except for being a Maverick's fan. BTW Thanks for Steve Nash. He has come in quite handy.

Tori :) said...

Mrs. Burns- Just so ya know, I was just telling Sei last nite that if the Mavs didn't go to the finals then I want the Suns too. I am too big of a Nash fan to cut the Suns off completely. Not to mention I love the Phoenix area. I'm still pissed at the Mavs for trading Nash. He constantly amazes me. I just wish he and Dirk were back together. :(

Lauren said...

Wow, what a day! You are a super mom!!!

In love with my wife said...

All I have to say is that you are simply amazing! You did all of this and didn't have to bite anybodys neck or cut anybody's head off with a hacksaw. This post would make even Jack proud. I don't know how you do it and manage to look so freakin cute all the time. My wife rocks my world. Love ya!!

Toni said...

I like the 24 with Keifer better. It's not as exhausting.

Hope you have a better night tonight!

Stepherz said...

First, THANK YOU for the nomination! I have never been nominated for anything, nor has my bottom ever gotten props before. Yayyy!

I am totally relating to your post. I had the same idea the other day because I was plum tuckered by 9 p.m. (as I am everyday) and thought it might be fun to show why (since Jeremy also thinks I have leisure all day). Some days are like a rat race. Today was more relaxed. Babes just woke up from a 2.5 hour nap! Wooo-hooo!

tara said...

I have so much to say... at a time like this it'd just be more convenient to get on the telephone! But alas, I have laundry to fold...

that was such a fun post! I did my nominations, that was fun... you totally flatter me Tori! thanks. I needed that today!

swampbaby said...

And you didn't even include any cleaning, bank runs, post office runs, phone calls, homework help, meetings, etc...

Kayelyn said...

I'm tired after reading your post. Could I have Texas waffles for breakfast, too?

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No Cool Story said...

Hey! No bath poop. YAY!

Just like Amanda: ...Tori bribes Taj with "Spongebob" and they go inside, that was probably my favorite part.

I am so tired now Tori, I am going to bed :D

Heffalump said...

I don't know...there were no assasination attempts in your version of 24...
I think you should do a video. That would be great...I can see it rising in the You Tube ranks in no time.

Tori :) said...

Heffalump- What a great idea!! I also didn't yell "Give me a name!!!" once.

Gretchen said...

I'm exhausted just reading it!. I need more coffee!
GOD bless mothers!

Robin said...

Holy Crap! I could never be as Super Mom as you are! I feel like such a baby for feeling like my life is hard some days!

Tori :) said...

I wasn't trying to seem "Super Mom-ish" I just think some people think people at home with little kids don't do anything but sit around and blog.

s--max said...

See ~ No way could I have more than one. It's hard enough to keep up w/work, school, baseball & softball. I've always admired you ~ you have great strength & patience! You're AWESOME!!!

Liam's Mom - Gina said...

Well I knew you didn't just hang around playing with little kids all day. I have never been able to figure out how you do it ALL. And I betcha this is a normal report for your days minus the all nighter with Liv. That sucks getting zero sleep. I so know how that is, but you sucked it up and went jogging, you crazy thing! I am in awe, seriously... and I know that isn't what you want to hear, but I am, okay?

Anonymous said...

That's awesome!! I made up one of my own "agendas" for my husband one day. After he told me that at least I get to take naps during the day. What IS a nap?

Shauna said...

Cute post.
I found you from clicking from another blog (but I don't remember where... you know how it goes where you just keep clicking...). I love the way you talk about your family and husband. Such a sweet love you have for each other. We should all be so blessed.

aubrey said...

oh my gosh, tori. this is so true to life. i LOVED it!