Our Daily Grind, Playgrounds, Letterman and how I said no to Mom Guilt.Kori Gardner
Lots of people ask what our day is like on tour with kids. I’ve narrowed it down in about two hours of blogging:
Wake up at 5am when June sticks her head under my curtain and whispers “I wanna sleep in your bunk.” I lift her in and we sleep until about 7am when she has to pee. Side story-The other day she pooped on the bus at 6:30 am (no solids allowed on bus toilet) so I literally bagged it and ran across a sunrise-drenched hotel parking lot in my jammies and bare feet to dump the bag. June watched and cheered from the bus window.
Then we’re up for a little while until it’s time for me to go back to bed and the nanny gets up.
And, if the 3 year old transitions to the nanny well, she gets a sticker on her sticker chart and eventually gets to exchange 3 stickers for a puppy surprise-this has worked wonders since I had to peel her crying body off of me the first two weeks of tour. Mags wakes up at sometime around 8 and either reads, hangs out in her top bunk for a while or comes out ready to eat a toaster waffle.
A few hours later Jason and I take the girls to lunch with maybe some homework thrown in, or to a park or a museum or just on a walk to find coffee and something to see. With June we go on puppy hunts because really, all that kid needs to be happy is a dog to pet.
We have been to parks galore this past month so the girls are now scoring each playground. I’m saving all the data so that I can remember where the best ones are. It’s fall and despite the northeast snow attack, it’s the best time to tour the country because well, parks are free and kids love them.
We have hit tons of kid museums or zoos too-especially if we cannot find a playground near or the weather is bad. And we also saw “Dolphin Tale” one day (win for everyone-because I love popcorn).
Then we soundcheck. Sometimes the girls will get to play with our instruments or Mags gets a guitar lesson from Kenji.
Usually during this time the kids either ride bikes and scooters around the club, take showers in the dressing room, swim in the hotel pool or go on an adventure with the nanny.
After soundcheck-it’s family dinner time-usually at a restaraunt that serves some kind of noodles.
Then we get them ready for bed and do bedtime-we (Jason and I) switch every night on who does bedtimes.