A Day in the Life - November 2013

Time for another day-in-the-life post. I remember last year when I typed that post, I couldn't imagine how life could get much different in the years to come. Looking back, I barely remember life as it was back then! Here is our new normal, so when I come back and read next year, I'll have something to remember.
My alarm goes off every morning at 6am however, I'm normally awake and out of bed way before that. I have no idea why my internal clock is set so early but it pretty much sucks on the days when I do want to sleep in.
Merle and I crawl out of bed anywhere between 5am - 6am. If I don't wake him up and take him in the bathroom with me, he is scratching at the door mid-way through my bath. He is never quite ready to wake up yet so he makes himself a nest on the rug next to me and sleeps his way through my morning routine.
If I'm awake before my 6am alarm, I lay in bed and check Instagram and play Candy Crush until I'm out of lives. If my alarm wakes me up, I lay in the tub and get my fix until the first 7 minutes of the news is over. Then I better get to washing.
I'm out of the tub and have the basics done by 6:30, which is when I get started on my hair. If I'm not started by then, I know I'm going to be late. I'm done with my hair by 6:45 (when the Birthday's come on) and I go in Tylee's room to wake her up and turn on SpongeBob. Often times, she is already awake and we use this time to get her some breakfast. If I have to actually wake her up, it usually takes her awhile and this is her down-time before starting her day. Either way, after I deal with her, I get started on my make-up. 
At 7am, when the national news come on, I get her dressed and ready to go. She is ready to go about 7:10 and I give myself 5 minutes, give or take, to get dressed and spray my hair. I've usually halfway thought about what I'm going to wear whilst getting ready - so it doesn't actually take that long. We try to be out the door by 7:15/7:20.
TJ is usually around in the mornings but there isn't much for him to do. He usually camps out on the couch watching ESPN until we are gone and he can make his way into the bathroom. If him and Tylee are both awake at the 6:45 mark, I usually holler at him to make her breakfast.
Tylee rides to Altamont for school with me, and depending on our morning, she either A) Eats her breakfast at 6:45, B) Eats something easy in the car, or C) We grab something on our way through town.
This morning it was C. The girl loves her some Egg McMuffin.
I drop her off anywhere between 7:45 and 8:00 and head to work.
Work, work, work.
Lunch, lunch, lunch.
After school, a 5th grade girl walks Tylee to my office. They usually get there about 3:30, we get her a snack and drink, and she entertains herself for an hour while I finish up my day. She has a craft box with about everything you can imagine in it for her to do, as well as her iPad and the extra computer in the office behind me.

We head home at 4:30 and get home around 5:00. However, I'd say 3 out of 5 nights I have to make a grocery store run which puts us home later. Note to self: be a better planner. I cook dinner as soon as I get home and we usually eat around 5:30 or 6:00. TJ is a huge help in the dinner department so we either cook something together or he has something started before I get home and I'll finish it up while he entertains Tylee. Sometimes he lays on the couch while I do everything from start to finish but dinner is typically something we enjoy doing together. He happend to be gone the day I chose to document so that night, it was diet food for me and McD's for Tylee. (Twice in one day, I know.)
After dinner, we usually take care of Tylee's school business. She doesn't have homework yet but it seems like it is always something: book orders, fundraisers, sight words, library books, sorting through a weeks worth of papers, ect.
We usually do some sort of one-on-one activity each night. Some nights Tylee helps with dinner, sometimes we color while watching TV, and tonight we just happened to wrap a couple Christmas presents.
Between 7:00 or 7:30, TJ or I start Tylee's bath water and she gets in the tub. Somewhere along the way, she started a tradition of always getting a popsicle. I'm not really sure how that got started and I'm sure it isn't the healthiest thing ever, but hey, she is only young once. We usually wash her hair and then she lays in there and watches SpongeBob for anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. She looooves her bath just like her Momma.
After bath, I usually help her get dressed and ready for bed. If she is really tired and wound up, she usually goes to bed around 8:00pm. If she is snuggling on the couch or doing something quiet, she stays up a little later. She gets water and a bedtime snack and watches SpongeBob in her room until 9pm, when her sleep-timer goes off. 99% of the time she is asleep before it goes off.
After she is in bed, I usually spend a little time with TJ in the living room and then hit the sack myself. I like to be in bed by 9 and watch the news until I see the weather. Sometimes I read for awhile but most of the time, I play my Candy Crush lives and am asleep by 9:30. TJ usually comes to bed around 10 and we get ready to start all over again the next day!