Miguel Miranda is the owner of Hobbytown USA. He and his wife, Kathy, have three children, Jared Austin (16), Grace Riley (11), and Addison Rose (6).
My alarm goes off and it is time to wake up the girls. Well, for the first time at least.
Take a shower while mentally planning out my day.
Get out of the shower and wake up Addison for the second time. Grace listened to me the first time and is dressed already.
Start making lunches for Jared, Grace and Addison, and wake up Alexa to play some morning music on the Echo.
Wake Kathy and Addison up for the third and final time. Their morning officially begins, and I am ready for them!
Wake up Jared with a very loud obnoxious song I made up that he loves for some reason. Then I make breakfast for Addison and Grace.
Make my first 10 minute “alert” to the kids for the time to leave for school. Grace and I like to arrive everywhere early.
Kiss Kathy goodbye and wish her a good day, even though I am still pacing the house waiting on the girls.
Get to leave with the girls for real this time. I say goodbye to Jared and remind him of anything he is supposed to do that day as Kathy reminds me what I am supposed to do that day. I steal one more kiss from Kathy.
We are almost out of the driveway when Kathy stops us with forgotten lunchboxes I had made earlier for the girls.
Drop off Grace early at school for her safety patrol duties, kiss her forehead and wish her a good day.
Arrive at Addison’s school just in time to walk her into class and greet all of our favorite teachers along the way.
Off to work at Hobbytown USA! Finally, I have control of the music on my ride to the store.
Grab coffee on the way in and open the store to start the day.
Check emails and social media and reply as needed.
Make sure the store is presentable and ready for the day ahead.
Open the doors five minutes early and greet my first customers. I work on RC repairs and answer numerous customer phone calls throughout the day.
Place orders with distributors and find out current promotions.
Eat lunch, then head out to run store errands and pick up Addison from school. Depending on the day, I either take her to softball practice or back to the store to hang out with me.
Arrive back at the store just in time to show one of my regular customers and his grandson some new magic tricks.
Have Addsion help me prepare the RC track for the upcoming race while we go over her spelling words for her test on Friday.
Close the store and call Kathy to see if we need to meet them at the ball field or head home for dinner just in time to turn off the crockpot meal Kathy made before going to work.
Help tuck the girls in to bed and sing their favorite song, “A dormir,” multiple times on request. This was one of my favorite songs that my mom used to sing to my me and my brothers.
Join Jared in a quick Xbox game as we try to dominate the world in any of our favorite games before his bedtime.
Sit down with Kathy and take a few minutes to talk about our day and what is coming up next. Sometimes we even share a dessert we hid from the kids.
Read my kindle for a minute in bed, check my calendar for the next day and finally set the alarm, knowing that in a few hours I will be ready to do it all over again and love every minute of it all.