Here’s a peek at one Saturday at the Coppinger Castle!
Over the weekend, I decided to snap pictures throughout the day to share what a typical Saturday looks like at our house. Ready to join the fun?
One Saturday at the Coppinger Castle
5:00 I fed BabyBoy#11, then put him back to bed and headed downstairs for some God Time.
6:20 Keith, Acacia, and Josie woke up and found me, wide awake ready to start their day! Since it was a Saturday, I turned on a show for them (something we don’t do on weekdays). Here’s a very blurry photo of Blippi. :)
7:00 We turned off the show and headed to the kitchen. I had made Applesauce Bread that week, so we sliced some for breakfast. We had leftover baked potatoes so I cut and fried them in butter with salt. So good!
7:30 I had started a load of laundry earlier, so Keith and I headed downstairs to put it into the dryer.
8:00 Matt and I decided to take the kids to our favorite library for a Sensory Story Hour – an awesome story time that caters to kids with extra sensory needs. This is so perfect for so many of our littles! We spent an hour getting everyone dressed and ready to load up. I made four juice cups for Keith, Anna, Acacia, and Josie to enjoy on the way home (they usually have juice around 10:30 every day).
9:17 We arrived at the library just a few minutes after the program was to start. Not too bad, with this many littles!
9:20 We found our special chairs and some weighted puppies, and got started with Story Hour.
9:20-10:00 The kids loved every minute of this special Story Time. Ms. Diane does a wonderful job. Today’s theme was Penguins. :) Even BabyBoy#11 focused in today. And look who’s learning how to clap!!
10:00-11:00 After the official Story Time was over, we headed into the main library area where there are educational toys to enjoy.
We spent some time in a little reading nook enjoying a few books.
11:00 Everyone started to scatter and get restless, so Matt and I decided that it was time to load up to go home. It was still a little bit too chilly to play outside, so at home I got out a craft kit that we’d picked up at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago. Everyone colored Scarecrows and we put them together with brads.
11:30 More laundry, but this time with Anna’s help!
12:00ish We warmed up leftovers for lunch. There were leftover Instant Pot Mac and Cheese and Lazy Dogs. Plus carrots, cucumbers, and fruit.
12:30 I caught Brayden having a sweet moment with BabyBoy#11!
1:00 NAPTIME!!! After full mornings like this, we do appreciate it when 1:00 rolls around. :)
The four littlest napped while Brayden, Kiya, and Keith had an hour rest time and then went to play outside.
2:45 Josie and Acacia woke up.
3:30 Brayden came inside distraught because of a nasty conversation with a sibling so I suggested that he take a break, wash his hands, and help me make pizza for dinner. The idea completely turned around his disposition for the positive and he happily made a mess – I mean happily made pizza with me. :)
Meanwhile, Josie had started to feel crummy. :(
4:00 Once we got the pizzas ready, I put them into the oven but didn’t turn on the oven yet. We played outside to take advantage of the warm weather. By then, Josie had a fever so she just hung out with us on a bench outside.
4:40 I ran inside to turn the oven on so our pizzas could bake.
5:00 Elias came in and made salad to go with our dinner. We ate pizza, watermelon, and salad.
5:45 We played outside again, and I didn’t get any pictures. :) I did snap this one of all the clean dishes waiting to be put away. Slowly but surely we conquered the huge load.
6:20 We started the Saturday night bath process. This is a full-on two adult job. We usually start with the three little girls together in the tub. Then we switch them out for Keith and BabyBoy#11. While one parent is bathing, the other is diapering and jammy-ing the clean kids. Once the littlest five are finished, we help Brayden shower. Then Kiya. PHEW. Getting all seven bathed always feels like a huge accomplishment.
Here, Keith and BabyBoy#11 are in the boys’ room waiting for their turn in the tub.
7:20 Everyone is clean, jammied, and in the living room for Singing and Prayer time. While we’re singing, the girls take turns sitting on my lap so I can brush and braid their clean hair.
Poor Josie only wanted Daddy snuggles because of her fever.
7:50 We survived the day and some form of Singing and Prayer time with the crew. We finish our time in the living room by saying all of Psalm 23 together. Then we headed upstairs to brush teeth, put on Acacia’s leg brace, and tuck everyone in for bed. This is a loud, hectic process that often comes with some behavior struggles, along with the general craziness involved with
herding cats tucking in multiple toddlers. Matt and I continually assess to try and figure out how we might make this time more peaceful, but I think if there was a way to do it, we would be doing it. For now, we continue to pray and ask for strength to model patience and calm responses through the bedtime storm.
8:15 BabyBoy#11 enjoys a little bit of 2-on-1 time with us while Matt and I decompress, talk about tomorrow’s needs, and give Baby his final swigs of milk before bed.
And that is a Saturday at the Coppinger Castle!