It’s a day in the life of us!
About twice a year, I document a day in the life of us…because, these are the days I want to remember the most. I know when I look back later in life, I’m going to miss these regular old uneventful days more than anything.
At the beginning of the month, I picked a random day to post this and then I backed it up two days and marked it on my calendar to document…so, what was supposed to have been a boring old Tuesday actually turned into a really full/weird/crazy/kind of eventful day.
Here you go, a day in the life of us (from Tuesday, February 16, 2016)…
Good morning! Grabbing coffee and making my commute to work ;). Thankfully it’s a short commute (i.e. my office) and pajamas and slippers are allowed as work attire.
First up, publishing my blogs for the day. On this particular day, it was Santa Fe Soup and Show & Tell Tuesday.
Next up, I read my One Year Bible for the day and did my quiet time. I love this!
After this, I worked until 5:30. Work included travel agency stuff, book stuff, blogging stuff…I only had a short time to work on this day, so I planned a few things knowing I wouldn’t get a full day in (because you’re about to see that my day gets busy!).
At 5:30, I emptied the dishwasher and made myself breakfast.
Spinach smoothie and an English muffin with almond butter.
At 6:30, I woke up the kids (I was fully dressed at this point, because I had to leave the house earlier than usual).
Good mornin’ sunshine!
Laundry is the bane of my existence. After years of trying to figure out how to make it easier, I realized that there is only one real way to make laundry easy…keep doing it and don’t let it get piled up…
…this is leftover from the night before. I don’t always follow my own rule of “don’t let it get piled up”…
Here I am! Ready to go!
Andrew takes the kids to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so here they are about to head out. Love these three!
Right at 8:00, I got Miss Ashby out the door and dropped her off at Erika’s. Erika takes to preschool on Tuesdays and I pick up (and then we reverse on Thursdays).
And off I went…for a mammogram. Insert groan here. I had an 8:30 mammogram appointment, so here I am about to head in. This was my fourth mammogram in 12 months…which is a lot of squishing! My doctor advised me to have a mammogram last February and then they weren’t satisfied with the results, so I had a second one later that month (and an ultrasound). They were satisfied then but wanted me to have a follow up in August (which I did) and then they told me that I needed to have another one in February 2016 and should make them annually from that point forward…so, that’s what that’s about. I am young (34) to be having annual mammograms, but if that’s what they think I need, then that’s what I’m going to do. Gets your girls checked friends!
By 9:30, I’m at one of my favorite spots in my favorite store…our neighborhood grocery store. I love this view: flowers, wine, gourmet cheeses oh my! I have my typed grocery list (don’t judge) and am about to conquer my weekly shopping. Tuesday mornings are my favorite time to shop!
I was in the check out line when I glanced down and saw my brother and sister-in-law on the cover of People magazine. That’s weird, right?! 🙂
Home…with a carload of groceries. Unloading groceries is not one of my favorite things to do.
I typically eat an early lunch (right at 11:00), but on this day, I knew I was going to have a late lunch, so I snacked while I unpacked the groceries. I am a huge fan of cold-pressed juices, so I had that along with a combination of plain almonds and honey almonds.
I did some more laundry. #ihateyoulaundry followed by about 45 minutes of more work.
Then, I drove up to my big kids’ school and got them out early. #whatwhat
Both big kids needed to visit the eye doctor, so I timed their appointments to where they missed recess and lunch (kinder and 1st grade go to recess and eat a late lunch together) and then we could go straight from their eye doctor’s office to pick up Ashby and Bowen from preschool (because they’re directly across the street from each other). I never get alone time with just the two big kids. We decided to make it special!
The eye doctor and preschool are by our town square, so we headed there for lunch at one of my very favorite places, Snug. They were lovin’ their time away from school.
And look who showed up to meet us!
They turned their napkins into little pants for Sean and Catherine’s baby. It’s never dull friends.
And then I proceeded to have my favorite lunch EVER. This is what’s on my sandwich: homemade pimento cheese, peach jam, bacon, candied jalapenos, lettuce and tomato. I mean…friends it’s unreal. I had that with a spinach salad and coffee (because hi, my name is Shay and I’m a coffee addict.)
Heading back to the car with these two.
Now, here we are at the eye doctor. One child wanted glasses so much! She just loves accessorizing and realllllllly had her heart set on glasses. The other child told me “if you make me get glasses, I will stomp on them in the parking lot”. So, there’s that. Two kids, two different attitudes.
We discovered during Smith’s eye exam that he is…far sighted. Sigh. Bless his heart. He tried so hard not to tear up, but he was really disappointed. The doctor said that he’ll only need to wear them for reading, iPad watching and when he’s focusing on things up close (like building Legos). So, he doesn’t have to wear them all the time (or even the majority of the time). He was all sad when we went to pick out his glasses until he saw this one pair that had lime green on the sides…and then he perked up. So, beginning next week, he’ll be sporting some black and lime green glasses from time to time…and I bet he’ll look adorable :).
Kensington was devastated. Not only does she not need glasses, Smith does. I mean…she just thought the world had turned against her. That kid.
Leaving the eye doctor with two sad kids. You have to laugh!
Okay…so, I didn’t tell Ashby that the big kids were going to be with me to pick her up from school because I wanted her to be surprised. I just knew she would be thrilled. So…we walk in, we walk up to her class, there is squealing, there is hugging, hugging turns to wrestling, all three of my kids are on the ground, Bowen is yelling at them to get off of Ashby, I am now carrying two backpacks and two nap mats while simultaneously trying to get three kids off of the floor and keep an eye on Bowen…it was business as usual.
We drop Bowen off at home and then head to our house to work on homework. This is also when I empty out backpacks and make lunches for the next day.
At 4:00, we’re back in the car to drop something off at Manda’s house. At this point, I’ve ditched my booties, my jacket, my jewelry and have put my hair up. Annnnd…I have on my trusty Sketcher’s Go Walks that I keep by the back door for outside time.
We were back home by 4:15 and the kids wanted to play outside. Winter completely forgot about us this year (which stinks) and so we have had plenty of time to play outside in the yard.
Ashby could ride her bike all day, every day.
Backyard fun is the best!
The creek that runs through our yard was dry, so the big kids crossed it to the other side. They climb trees, build forts and get all kinds of muddy.
Ashby loves to swing 🙂
I really want to stay healthy, so I make sure to eat fish every day. 🙂
I munched on a few of these while I prepped dinner.
This one came for a kiss.
The big kids were so muddy and gross that they went straight to the shower before dinner. I love kids in jammies!
I make dinner 5 nights a week and typically three of them are new recipes for either a blog post or book and two are repeats. Tacos are a favorite around here, so that’s what we had. The kids had their tacos in shells and Andrew and I had ours like this…
Like a big salad.
I was cleaning up the kitchen after dinner when Smith asked if he could have a piece of candy out of his Valentine’s bag from school. Andrew said sure and he bit into this big piece of chocolate…or a heart-shaped brown crayon. Sigh. This is him rinsing his mouth out. The kid ate half a crayon. Yuck!
After dinner, a doggie named Ashby followed me around…
…and Andrew watched Smith finish off this Ghostbusters Lego set.
I then proceeded to fold all of that laundry. Boo.
Kensington’s room is now officially a library (according to her), so I stepped lightly around the stacks of books.
Smith showed me his completed Ghostbusters car. I was so proud!
I then went and put away the downstairs laundry while Andrew got the kids’ teeth brushed and into bed.
I went to say goodnight to the kids and met up with Andrew in the upstairs hallway. The kids were all in bed! Woohoo!
Andrew and I headed downstairs to watch educational television…or Vanderpump Rules (which will educate you on nothing) and eat a brownie. This is our downtime every night and we LOVE it.
Around 9:15, I took a shower and climbed into bed to watch one episode of King of Queens.
My final screenshot before calling it a day.
Whew! That was a day in the life of us!
On my foodie blog today, a delicious dinner your whole family will love…