Joanna: For breakfast, our kids love toast with peanut butter and Nutella, and, for some reason, our kids love dipping it in ketchup.
I believe the original was this man.
Hi, everyone, it's Joanna.
Welcome to my morning.
It's 6:20, and it is a school day. I have to get everybody up.
I'm about to start making breakfast for everybody, and get big kids off to school, my twins off to daycare, and this is how our morning goes.
Now, our morning has evolved a lot over the years, especially when we had our twins, but one thing that stayed pretty constant is that my husband, Mike, has always got our twins.
Pretty much every morning, before I do anything else, I do a quick workout.
So come join me, and then I'll start getting ready for the day.
Some days I do longer workouts and some days I do shorter, but regardless of how long my workout is, even just doing a few stretches in my abs in the morning before I get started with my day and jump into it with the kids, I find I can handle a lot more – a lot more stress and everything.
For example, yesterday I did my workout in the morning and then, later in the day, one of my twins was throwing a bit of a temper tantrum in our car and threw a full sippy of milk in the car.
The whole thing exploded all over the carpet, which I'm going to have to probably deal with today.
Although I was very frustrated, I was able to keep my cool, and I really think it's because I got my workout in that morning, and I was just able to kind of collect myself before I decided how I was going to deal with it.
So it's pretty important every day.
The days I don't do it, I can find I get feeling anxious, so it's a great way to start my day.
Okay, so now I'm going to put a bit of makeup on.
I always shower in the evenings. I'm not going to wash my hair today. I might throw it up in some braids. And I think I'm just going to keep my workout clothes on for the morning.
I may change after I get home before I jump onto some conference calls.
So why don't you come with me while I wash my face and do my makeup.
Okay, and I'm ready for my day. I threw in some quick braids into my hair because my hair's a little dirty. I haven't washed it for two days, so this is kind of keeping it going until I wash it tonight.
And I'm wearing makeup because I do Facebook Live sometimes.
I'm going to go start making breakfast for the kids, and then Mike will be bringing the twins down for me, which he has always been awesome and done for me.
He always goes in and gets the twins in the morning.
Joanna: It's a beautiful morning out there, so I'm gonna get everything going right now, and I'm gonna start making my coffee and my breakfast, and then work on the kids' breakfast too.
So in the morning, our twins drink milk and our big kids like orange juice.
It's more just preference.
Our big kids never liked milk once they switched from bottles.
I could never really get our big kids to drink milk once they switched from bottles, unless it's in cereal or mixed in with something, so they drink orange juice.
Mike: It's time to get the twins.
So, I always get the twins in the morning.
And it's kind of like rolling the dice.
Some mornings they're in great moods, and some mornings they're in not-great moods.
Cross your fingers and let's see.
Everly: We were eating the lunch.
Mike: You guys are eating lunch?
Mia: Well, we were pretending.
Mike: Oh, pretending?
Mia: Yeah, pretending.
Mike: Oh, did you have good sleeps?
Everly: And bunny doesn't opened her mouth.
Mike: Bunny didn't open her mouth.
No, just pretending.
Did you have good sleeps?
Did you guys have dreams?
Mike: You didn't have any –
Mike: Yeah, good dreams?
You had good dreams? Okay.
Mia: Daddy, daddy!
Mia: You have forgot this.
Mike: The gate?
Mike: Okay, I'll move the gate, and then we will change our bums and go downstairs.
Joanna: What's happening here?
Oh, my goodness, when did you start standing?
Daddy's going to have to lower your crib.
I know, I know, I know.
Let's change your bum.
Oh, you are soaked. Oh, my goodness, you are soaked.
Mike: There's like a million stuffed animals in your bed.
And some books.
Oh, were you doing some reading?
Gruffalo, my favorite.
What were you doing, Everly?
Everly: I had the –
Mike: You have the mermaid, and you have Clifford the dog.
Everly: I have, I have, I have, I have the –
Okay, time to change them up, so both of you lay down.
Both lay down, and then we'll do it.
Lay down, lay on the ground.
Mia, I'll do you first.
Don't worry, that's fine.
Lay on the ground.
All right, time to change diapers into big girl underpants!
So it's a giant box of big girl underpants, and the girls feel really special when they get to pick which ones they want for the day. So we let them do that every morning.
Right, are you a big girl?
Diapers are all changed into big girl underpants.
Get your bunnies!
Jeez, do you have enough bunnies?
We bring our bunnies downstairs to breakfast.
Joanna: Good morning.
Mike: Oh, where's your seat?
Joanna: Good morning.
For breakfast, our kids love toast with peanut butter and Nutella, and, for some reason, our kids love dipping it in ketchup.
I believe the original was this man.
Holden: I also like it without ketchup.
Joanna: So this is what Mia and Everly are having for breakfast today.
Banana, strawberry, and some peanut butter on whole-wheat toast with some milk.
Is that yummy, Mia?
Everly, what are you eating?
Everly: And a banana and toast.
Joanna: Yeah, strawberry and a banana and toast.
She's watching her brother.
Mia is our messy eater, and Everly is very tidy. And Everly will take her time, where Mia just rushes through and shoves it all in.
She loves to put food all over her face.
Yesterday she had pasta up her nose.
What is he doing?
Joanna: Okay, so –
Everly: More basil!
Joanna: We don't have any more bagels, Everly. She calls bagels "basils," it's pretty cute.
Anyways, it's time for me to finally eat my breakfast.
Lately, I've been having apples dipped in almond butter, coffee, water, and instant steel-cut oatmeal.
Now, as far as screen time goes, we typically don't let a lot of screen time at the table.
Sometimes at breakfast –
Joanna: Hold on one second, Mia.
Sometimes at breakfast we have the news on and then a kid's show. But occasionally when a kid is having a rough morning – Beau has been having a sore throat – we let them just tune out, especially with all the brothers and sisters, and put headphones on –
Mia: Mommy, I want to do the –
Joanna: With their iPad. Right, sweetie?
Mia: Mommy, I want to do the vitamins.
Joanna: You want to be my vitamin helper?
Would you like to hand them out?
Okay, go hand them out.
Mia: We got orange?
Joanna: No, there's no orange.
Mia: There's no more orange.
Joanna: Okay, give one to each.
What do you say?
Beau: There's my toe on this.
Joanna: So some of our kids are morning people, and some of them aren't, just like you and I.
Hi, Beau, good morning.
Joanna: So I kind of treat everyone a little differently, and I know what to expect from some kids and what not to.
Joanna: It's hard for some of us to wake up in the morning.
Joanna: So breakfast is winding down. So, like I said, we watch the news sometimes. I find it's a really good opportunity to sometimes explain some things to Holden, who's 8.
And we just had a great conversation about love and just treating everyone as equals.
I find morning, especially with him and the news on, is actually a great learning moment. Things naturally come up.
We have some really great discussions.
This is my little helper in the morning.
So, Mia, who's 3, loves to help. Right, Mia?
Joanna: What are you doing for me?
Mia: I'm cleaning.
Joanna: Yeah, are you sweeping the floor? What a helper!
Watch your hand.
Do you need help with this or you got it?
Wow, Mia, good job.
Mia: Mom, can you help me?
Joanna: Well, I'm gonna go get your clothes for school, okay? I don't even think you need help. I think you're doing a great job.
To make life easier, I always dress our twins downstairs.
They brush their teeth in our downstairs bathroom.
Our big kids go and dress themselves.
I'll show you what they use to make life easier.
On the weekends I make a point to put all of our big kids' clothes in these drawers so I don't even have to tell them what to wear. They just go and put it on.
We're at a point now where our twins are getting older and so is Holden. And I actually don't think Holden needs that anymore.
There he is. You don't need that anymore, do you?
Holden: Need what anymore?
Joanna: Those drawers?
You can start putting together your own outfits.
Holden: What if we try it today?
Joanna: So we're gonna do that in just a couple weeks, okay?
Holden: Mmm hmm.
Joanna: So can you get dressed, sweetie?
Joanna: Thank you.
So I'm gonna pick out our twins' clothes, and then we'll be doing the switchover soon, which I think they're really ready for that extra responsibility.
It's time to make lunches, and I am desperate to go grocery shopping. I need to go grocery shopping today. So I need to get a little creative.
So when it comes to making lunches, Holden likes bigger meals and Beau just likes lots and lots of snacks.
She will not touch any kind of pasta or sandwich or anything if I put it in there.
It took me a long time to finally give in to this, but now I know that that's what she likes, so I stick with it.
But she does eat a lot of healthy snacks, so at least there's that.
The twins get fed at daycare, and of course they eat tons of vegetables when they cook them there. So it's actually really nice because I know that Mia and Everly get lots of hot, homemade meals there. And then when they come home, and are maybe very picky at dinner because they're tired, I know they've had their vegetables. So I don't stress too much about it.
Joanna: So if your hair is done, girls, get your shoes on, okay?
Yep, you've got to sit up, you've got to sit up.
You know what, let me worry about the twins, guys.
You want that thing?
Joanna: Okay, down, you're done.
Okay, Beau, come sit. Where is your best brush?
We cannot be late for camp, so we need to go.
Beau: Mom, how about this.
Joanna: Okay, it's time to go.
People are a little upset I turned the TV off.
All right, off we go. Shoes on, and we're heading out the door.
Joanna: And, I'm home.
I'm home from all the drop-offs. Everything went quite well today.
And that was very typical of our routine.
What I'd love to know is, how would your morning routine differ, and do you have any little tips or tricks that we can all learn from you about your morning routine?
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