It’s a day in the life of us post!
Now, that we’ve had sweet Madeley almost five months, I’ve had a lot of people ask me what we do during the day/how I work and take care of kiddos at the same time/etc/etc/etc. So, I randomly picked a day (this last Monday!) and documented it for you. Disclaimer, our life is very boring.
Here we go…
My alarm goes off at either 4:10 or 4:20 every morning so that I can start my day. I do think that I’m more of a morning person than a night person. I mean…I could still sleep later, but when I wake up, I feel pretty energetic and eager to start my day. I’m kind of addicted to that quiet time at my house when everyone else is asleep.
My morning starts with coffee (Nespresso) and my quiet time.
And then I head into my office to work. First up, I check my blog posts. On this day, I had Meal Planning Monday and my January Book Review. From here, I do as much as I can until 6:00. I write blog posts, answer emails, work on travel agency things, handle any publishing tasks…I work, work, work while listening to French music 🙂 .
Good morning to my handsome hubby. He’s heading to the gym.
At 6:00, I stop what I’m doing and handle a few other things before the kids wake up at 6:30. For instance, I emptied the dishwasher and made breakfast.
Green juice, check. Oatmeal with almond butter, check.
At 6:30, I wake up the troops. Sweet Madeley always has a smile on her face when she wakes up.
Ashby is underneath that first blanket and then Kensington is snuggled beside her.
This girl is so sweet! I dropped her off downstairs and then went back up to wake up the boy.
Love this guy.
I decided to make my life easier, so back when I was eating my breakfast, I started browning my ground beef for the slow cooker. Dinner tonight, Sweet Corn Chili. In the slow cooker, so now, dinner is DONE!
Please note, this conversation will come back to haunt me here in a little bit: Ashby is not a breakfast person. She is a brunch person. I always offer her breakfast but she rarely ever eats it. She wants to eat at 10:30. That’s her sweet spot. So, here I am asking her to eat her yogurt (that’s what she selected) and here she is telling me she just wants to wait and eat later. I say, “where do you want to eat later?” and she says “the hummus place” and the fact that Ashby picks Mediterranean food over some sort of “kid” food is why she’s my favorite child 😉 . (Remember this convo here in a bit.)
After I wake up my kids, there is total chaos. Kids eat, kids get ready for school, I make my bed, I get dressed, I pick up around the house and we put away their breakfast dishes…it’s a flurry of activity. Now, here we all are ready to walk out the door.
I took this pic to show you how I was dressed for the day…but then after I saw it, I realized that it includes so many of my favorite things! Light pair of Nikes for my strength training class, my favorite workout shorts from Athleta (I bet over the years, I’ve bought 15 pairs of these things!), French Affair polish (the perfect pink!), my Apple watch (oh I love you Apple watch!!), Harney & Sons tea in Hot Cinnamon Spice, the softest black sweatshirt ever and my puffer vest.
The littles and me dropped the big kids off at school and then headed to the gym. They love going to the gym to play with their friends!
And I do too 🙂 . Erika, Narci and I were getting ready for class to start. And by getting ready, I mean sitting on the floor talking. Side note, Erika did a day in the life post yesterday too about the exact same day!
Here I am about to head to class (I ditched my sweatshirt and vest in my locker). Please note, I carry too many things: key to my locker, protein powder drink and my tea. Ha! Am I about to go workout or get really thirsty??? And my pink tank can be found HERE.
After class, I washed my face, changed into leggings and Uggs and left the gym. Most days I shower, but on this day, I decided to just make do. Please also note, the weather would swing from 45 to 75 on this day. So…as the day progresses, you’ll see me lose layers :).
I’m faking my smile here. So…remember when Ashby said she wanted Mediterranean food for brunch? Well, we arrived there and it wasn’t open yet, so as we were discussing what errand to run in the meantime, my phone rang and it was someone I really needed to talk to…but I couldn’t hear them. They called back and the same thing happened. Then, I called Andrew and couldn’t hear him. Ugh! I hate it when my phone doesn’t cooperate! So, we had to change our plans. We were due to pick up our groceries at Walmart in an hour, so I told Ashby we couldn’t wait for the restaurant to open, we needed to eat something quick in the car on the way to the phone store (because it’s on the other side of town) and she said she wanted Sonic. Poo. There goes my yummy hummus, pita and feta…we headed to Sonic instead.
And here we are waiting in the phone store for them to fix my phone.
Because a girl can’t run a business without a phone, right? These cuties did a great job while we waited. #thecorndoghelped
After they repaired my phone, we drove to pick up our groceries from Walmart. This is life changing. I placed my order over the weekend and just like magic, everything is put in my car when I pull up. #happydance
We had a few minutes to spare before naps, so the girls played on the driveway a bit…
…she wants a turn on Ashby’s little bike 🙂 . The weather was sunny and gorgeous!
Madeley went down for a nap and Ashby and I did her speech homework.
Then, Ashby went down for a nap and I transferred the clothes to the dryer.
I grabbed some water and dug into work. I was able to work from 12:20 to 3:00.
Around 1:45, I moved into the kitchen for a change of scenery. And I had trail mix. Always with M&Ms…because…that’s the only time you can pretend like an M&M is healthy, right?! 😉
I try, try, try to shut my brain down around 2:40. I close up my office for the day and do something mindless for about 10 minutes. On this day, I read a little Allure.
I woke up these two and we headed to the big kids’ school to pick them up.
It was such a beautiful day that we stayed and played at the school park for an hour.
Walking home from school with my loves.
It was 4:10 and I was needing something…so, I made a smoothie: ice, almond milk, a big bunch of kale, a kiwi and one scoop of vanilla protein powder. That fueled me while I emptied backpacks and did homework with my big kids.
Andrew was home before 5:00 and went outside with the big three while Madeley played with her barn.
Do you see Poppy watching her play? 🙂
Kensington came back inside to see what she was doing.
Then, Andrew came inside and got both girls…and I looked around and realized my house was empty and quiet and dinner was already done in the slow cooker. Hallelujah! So, I took about 20 minutes and read.
Then, I folded that load of laundry. Sigh.
And here I am dishing out dinner to the kiddos. Chili is always a hit at our house!
After dinner, while I was cleaning up the kitchen, Smith and Kensington told me that they learned how to square dance in PE that day. Ha! I asked them for a demonstration and they obliged.
I mean…even the dog is involved. I spend all evening bringing them down…and he spends all evening riling them up. It’s blurry because it was a big pile of crazy kids (and a dog) climbing all over Andrew with me saying “Ashby be careful” about 400 times.
And Madeley is naked…I’m not sure why?
Then, I went upstairs to drop off that load of laundry you saw me fold right before dinner and they were playing Red Light, Green Light. That’s exactly what I meant when I said “go upstairs and get ready for bed”…
And then this boy is proud because he has mastered the art of swallowing pills. He has poison ivy and can now swallow a Benadryl by himself. He was so proud of himself.
Kids in bed, so I finally took a shower and have my hair in a wet bun…because that’s how I do my hair. You can read all about it HERE. And let’s discuss the state of my bathroom.
We’re replacing the floors and making the shelves a little more user-friendly, so hence, the giant mess.
Andrew and I sat down and watched a show and ate a brownie. Because…I like to eat a brownie every night while I sit on the couch with my hubby and watch TV. (And on the floor, is Andrew’s snowboard. He was packing up to leave…so that’s why it’s out there.)
Then, I climbed into bed and read a bit before calling it a night at 10:05.
That’s a day in the life.
To see days from years past, look below…
See you tomorrow!