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A Tuesday in the Life of Mandi Moore

Mandi Moore is a busy mom to two toddlers, passionate teacher to first-graders in Lewisville ISD and loving wife to Zach, broker/owner at Repeat Realty. The couple lives in Lantana with their 4-year-old son, Maddox, and 2-year-old daughter, Mia, who keep them busy and on their toes.
5:30AM My alarm is set for three different times … I usually get up at the second one. This is my personal devotional time. I do a devo from Beth Moore and have some quiet time before the rest of the house wakes up.
6AM Once I’m dressed, it’s time to make lunch for everyone. Thrilling, right?
6:30AM The kids are still peacefully asleep, and waking them up is really hard. Thankfully, once they’re awake, they’re both morning people and get up and going pretty easily.
7AM Getting everyone out the door with backpacks, nap mats and lunches can be tricky, but Daddy is always a huge help with our morning routine.
7:15AM I arrive at school. Like most mornings, I have coffee to help me make it through the morning.
7:45AM First-graders enter my classroom with smiles and lots of energy. We get straight to work on reading, writing and all the other fun stuff.
9:45AM My conference time is always peaceful. I play Lauren Daigle on Spotify while I grade and prep materials.
10AM Teaching littles to read is hard work. They sure are cute though!
10:45AM I must have a midmorning snack (or I will die).
11AM I love what I do. Seeing these kiddos grow and learn is such a joy! I like to make my classroom feel like home. It is definitely my home away from home, so I put a lot of time and effort into my decor and design. Watching the kids’ faces light up when they walk in for the first time totally makes it worth the hard work.
2PM The afternoon flies by and I need a midday pick-me-up. Yup, I like caffeine. Lunch, recess and wrapping up the school day requires more energy, so Spark by Advocare is an easy and healthy way to do that.
3PM Car line duty calls. I open the doors for my students and wave goodbye.
3:30PM After the kiddos are gone, I usually have parent-teacher meetings or prep time; today, I spend some time prepping for tomorrow. My favorite part of the day is when I walk down to the pre-K hallway to pick up Maddox. I love seeing him smile and skip up to me and give me a big hug! We check his folder together and gather his backpack and head home.
4PM Zach picks up Mia around the same time I pick up Maddox. As soon as we all get home we hit the park. We live so close to the park that it’s a necessity to visit every day (unless the weather is bad). Maddox rides his bike and Mia rides her scooter. We have the absolute best neighbors who always gather at the park, so it’s nice to chat with some other mamas while the kids get dirty. Then we opt for inside play with coloring, Play-Doh and dress-up.
5:30PM Dinnertime! It’s not always easy to get dinner on the table with two screaming, hyper kids but we try our best. Maddox and Mia play in the backyard and jump on the trampoline while we prepare dinner. Zach and I make a great team when it comes to the “witching hour.” He cooks while I wrangle the kids and set the table. Dinner is always a great time for us to talk about our day with the kids. We ask them about their highs and lows. I like to ask them about their Bible memory verse at dinnertime because I know I have their full attention.
6:30PM Bathtime. I have actually learned to love bathtime with two toddlers. When it was one baby and one toddler it was a lot harder, but now it’s just fun playtime in the tub. We sing songs, talk about our day and just have fun.
7PM Mia’s bedtime. We read two books, sing some songs, say our prayers and snuggle for three minutes. She is such a sweet snuggler. She likes to put her arm around me and squeeze her eyes shut while we relax our breathing and get ready for sleep.
7:30PM Maddox’s bedtime. We read four books, say our prayers and snuggle for three minutes. I never turn down cuddling with my boy. My days are busy and super exhausting but I always try to remember that the days are long but the years are short.
8PM Mommy and Daddy get to relax. Most nights we like to catch up on a TV show we watch and enjoy a glass of wine. It’s nice to unwind and just have some alone time with the hubs.
9:30PM Bedtime for the rest of the Moores. I’m asleep by 10, and Zach reads or watches sports until he’s ready for bed. Then before we know it, the alarm goes off and it starts all over again …

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