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I wanted to share the original pin I talked about yesterday with you, but I CANNOT FIND IT!!! Insert super sad face here. I did have the schedule written down, so I’m going to share that with you now and continue to hunt for the Pin so I can properly site it.


A basic toddler schedule
6am – Mama wake up, Personal breakfast, Devotional & Scripture study
7am – Q wakes up, Sing songs, Pray, Read Scriptures together, breakfast
8am – Morning chores & TV or alone activity/preschool time
9am – Play time!
10:30am – Snack
11:30am – Toddler clean up & Mama lunch prep.
12pm – Lunch & Mama clean up
1pm – Playtime with Mama
2pm – Nap time, Afternoon chores & emails
4pm – Outside play!
5pm – Dinner prep & TV or alone activity/preschool time
6pm – Dinner
7pm – Scriptures & Songs
7:30pm – Bath & Story time
8pm – Bed time + Snuggles
9pm – Mama time, spouse time, tidy up & prep for tomorrow
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Our Toddler + Twins Schedule
6am – Mama wake up, Personal breakfast, Devotional & Scripture study
6:30am – Q wakes up, Sing songs, Pray, Read Scriptures together, breakfast
7am – Babies wake up, breakfast & snuggles
8am – Mama & Quinn showers & highchair playtime for twins
8:30am – Morning chores & Quinn TV time/play time. Babies roll around & play on the floor (or baby bath time).      Mama blogging or primary prep time.
9:30am – Bottles & Nap time for Babies (or run errands while babies stroller nap)
10am – Mama & Quinn preschool & snack time
11:30am – Quinn & Mama clean up. Babies wake up.
12pm – Lunch prep.
12:30pm – Lunch & Mama clean up.
1:30pm – Puzzles, Mazes, Play dough & Playtime with Mama
2:30pm – Nap time
4:30pm – Outside play with neighbors
5:30pm – Dinner prep & TV or activity time
6:30pm – Dinner
7:30pm – Bottles & bed for babies
8pm – Mama & Daddy stories to Quinn & Calm down time
8:30pm – Quinn bed time
9p – Mama & Daddy time, tidy up, reading, writing, more blogging & prep for tomorrow
10:30pm – Mama & Daddy bed time

So, how do you keep a schedule with your littles?
Tell us in the comments below.



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I had the opportunity to speak in church yesterday and I want to share with you the words that were spoken.
*yes, it’s a bit long, it’s basically a mini novel*

I recently fell into a trap – perhaps you’ve heard of it… it’s called the Internet. This past Winter we were essentially on doctors orders not to leave the house. We attended the very needed park days, did some occasional Costco trips and went on family walks, but essentially we were home bound. RSV can be very deadly to infants, especially to preemies, and even with the vaccines the twins received every month we were still cautioned against large crowds and public places.

The one time we got a cold over the winter had me on edge. I found myself regularly listening to the twins chests making sure they’re airways didn’t sound restricted or wheezy. I was on high alert and for good reason. But I was also a very driven and busy person who had just been thrust into nothingness.

And because it is just so darn easy to be online all the time, on my phone and my computer that is where I found myself far too much. I began to notice little things… Quinn acting out a bit, me loosing my cool a little too easily with him. Me watching the clock, just waiting for the twin’s nap time instead of enjoying the precious moments I have with them. Instead of searching out ways to teach and nurture, I found myself searching out ways to avoid and in a way escape them. And it was easy, and fun, and everything online is so pretty and happy. While sometimes things at home are hard and sad and DRAMATIC!!!

And it really hit me a while ago, after winter had officially subsided, that I was no longer doing what was best for my babies by keeping them indoors. I was no longer looking out for their wellbeing, I was simply being wasteful of my time. But it’s difficult to get out of a nice comfy little rut that you’ve built for yourself, so I went in search of some assistance and ironically enough I found it on Pinterest. It was a pin titled ‘The importance of keeping a schedule with toddlers’. I loved what this article had to offer so much that I quickly jotted down this woman’s schedule and implemented it the very next day. I knew I would need to personalize it, since it was clearly written from a mother who did not have multiples and who’s oldest was older than mine. But I loved how basic it was – it allowed personal devotion time, chores, snacks, naps, personal play and mommy play time… It was simple, and yet it was exactly what I needed.

I kept it within site so that when we had finished one step from the list I knew where to go with my time next, and I found that as I followed this schedule I felt much more free and much less wasteful of my time. I felt myself quickly getting out of my wasteful rut and turning less and less to the pretty internet and finding a great deal more joy in my own home and my own children.

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This all reminds me of the talk Sister Dalton gave this past Saturday morning session of conference, which coincidentally was the only session I was able to watch uninterrupted. The stars aligned that morning and my children were little angles so that I could clearly hear and take to heart the words that were spoken. And what sister Dalton focused on was mothers and a little phrase that went “What-e’er thou art, act well thy part.”

I didn’t see it at the time, but the title of that Pin now strikes me as ultimately perfect. ‘The importance of a schedule with toddlers’, because that is what we all are in the eyes of the Lord. We are all toddlers sent to this earth to be tried and tested, to act well our parts and choose the good over the evil. I couldn’t see the time waste and the silly rut I had built for myself while I was building it, that’s the beauty of the adversary. He works his way into our hearts and minds through the little things. Through the pretty little emails and magazines and whatever that I was choosing to focus on instead of choosing to teach my littles.

I want to tell you a quick story about some friends of mine. These friends recently installed a home security system; cameras, key pads, alarms.. the whole bit. They live on a somewhat busy street and had a previous break in that left them a bit uneasy. They also have two girls and want to ensure their safety.

Shortly after installing this system they had a visitor come to their door while they weren’t home. On the video you can see that she looked happy, was smiling and looked genuinely friendly. But because of this security system my friends were able to see that she was merely sent as a distraction. That if someone had been home her role would have been to keep them occupied while her counterpart snuck around to break in the back door and rob them. Because of the security system the thieves were only able to grab a few items before eventually giving in to the pressure of the alarm, and our friends were able to supply authorities with video evidence of the robbery in action as well as images of the robbers faces.

This story is very similar to one recounted by Neil L Andersen titled ‘Beware of the Evil behind the Smiling Eyes”. The lady was smiling she seemed happy, and yet her heart was not pure, her intent was not good. One of the biggest struggles we have on this earth is the choice to do good over evil. And we know from 2 Timothy 3:1-5 that these last days will be exceptionally hard…

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
“Without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
“Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
“Having a form of godliness; but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Tim. 3:1–5).

In Sister Dalton’s talk she made the comment – “In a morally desensitizing world, young women need women and men to “stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places.” Never before has this been more important than now.

I now want to tell you a very silly story – well, it’s only silly now, after the fact. A few weeks back Eric was driving our old Explorer somewhere when all of a sudden the locks started freaking out and going up and down, up and down, up and down… He tried everything he could think of to make them stop and nothing worked, so eventually he unplugged the battery and stated that he needed to take the car to the shop.

After three days in the shop, they called us and informed us that they had tried everything they could think of. They had replaced the mechanisms in the doors that should have corrected the issue and they now thought it was an electrical problem and nothing that they could help with. So we went and picked up the car and were very surprised to hear that they would not be charging us for anything – not their time or their talents – since they hadn’t been able to fix the issue.

We brought the car home with very heavy hearts and were a bit freaked out trying to wrap our heads around the situation. Who knew how long the specialist would need to spend on the car and the price that would go along with it. But as our main transportation of our little family and our little families giant stroller we felt the need to get it fixed and decided to pursue that option.

The next day Eric left the crazy Explorer with me as he took our more reliable commuter car to work. He had stated that the doors had stopped going up and down, and up and down, and up and down on his drive home from the shop so I was hopeful it would stay that way as I went out to switch around the carseats. However the doors continued in their freak out mode for the duration of my carseat swap and by the end of the event I was ready to take a hammer to those silly doors.

In my frustration I pounded down one the electric locks and to my surprise that lock stopped going up and down, up and down, up and down. So I walked around to all of the other locks and did the same with them. The only one left was the back door – so I inspected it and realized that it had no piece that went up and down, but you could still hear the mechanism locking and unlocking. I them remembered that there was lock/unlock button in the storage space in the back of the car and while searching for it, found the cause of all our sorrows.

The giant stroller that I spoke of earlier, was in the trunk and situated in such a way that it was leaning on the lock/unlock button, causing all of the doors in the car to go up and down, up and down, up and down.

I took a quick photo and sent it to Eric, and we then had to make a decision. Do we tell the shop and risk them charging us for three days worth of labor and materials, or do we not? We chose to do the right thing and tell the shop who then told us that they appreciate our Integrity and consider themselves men of Integrity as well, and still did not charge us for anything.

I tell you this story because there was a very real moment when Eric and I almost allowed ourselves to be desensitized and to now show our Integrity.

As part of the trap that I had fallen into with my Internet usage, I had become desensitized to my ultimate calling. I was shirking my parental and maternal responsibilities in search of personal escape and fulfillment and in doing so had been denying myself the powers of the gospel and true fulfillment. I had allowed the smiling eyes of the internet to pull me into my rut and it wasn’t until I got back on a schedule that allowed for private scripture study and devotional time that I was able to clearly see just how far off the path I had strayed.

President Gordon B. Hinckley made this comment in general conference in 2001;

“And so, my brothers and sisters, we are met together in this great conference to fortify and strengthen one another, to help and lift one another, to give encouragement and build faith, to reflect on the wonderful things the Lord has made available to us, and to strengthen our resolve to oppose evil in whatever form it may take.”

I am thankful for this gospel. I am thankful for the power of the atonement in my life, and for the power of the priesthood. I want to leave us with just a few points from Elder Neil L. Anderson that we can all do to help us ‘oppose evil in whatever form it may take.’

first – talk to our parents. Our parents love us and have a deep interest in our choosing the right.
second – follow the prophet. As we do so the Lord has promised that He ‘will disperse the powers of darkness from before you’.
third – let the Holy Ghost be your guide. As we live righteously, the still, small voice will come into our mind and into our heart.
fourth, and last – gain your own testimony of the Savior. Take time to think about who Jesus really is and how His life and sacrifice are important to you.

If we follow all of these steps we will better be able to stay away from those evil smiling eyes and be disciples of Christ. And as we read in John 8:31-32

“…If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;”
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

As President Andersen has said “As we increase our understanding and love for the Savior, His light will illuminate everything around us. We will then see evil for what it is.”

I want to bear my testimony that I know this gospel is true, that through Christ’s atoning sacrifice I can one day return to live with my Heavenly Father and my eternal family.

These things I leave with you in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


rhys_sickdays quinn_sickdays pileonmama_sickdays mamarhys_sickdays mama_sickdays avery_sickdaysSlowly but surely we are both loosing and winning the sickness battle.

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