A Day in the Life of Us.

It’s a day in the life of us.

Occasionally, I do one of these posts and they’re always really popular.  And listen…I get it!  These are my favorite posts to read on other people’s blogs too. I always find it so fascinating to read about the daily life of a complete stranger. #imweirdlikethat #weirdosunite

Another reason I love doing these posts though is because these are my absolute favorite to go back and reread later.  I love remembering these little days right here that I get to spend with my kiddos.

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 Before we begin, two disclaimers:

1. I always pick these days randomly on my calendar and let them turn into what they are.

2. For some reason, when I went back through this day, I’m a hot mess in every picture.  I either just took a shower or needed a shower.  It was just one of those days.


Good morning.  My alarm went off at 4:40 AM.  I walked past Andrew already up and doing his quiet time when I went to fetch my coffee.


Robe, check. Cozy blanket, check. Coffee, check.  A lot of work to do early in the morning, check, check.


Before I dive into work, I always do my quiet time.  I’m halfway through my One Year Bible and LOVING IT!  I think I’ll even do it again next year.


My company every morning.


Double checked my blog posts for the day.  Don’t you love the shark on my monitor? #boymom


At 6:30, I emptied the dishwasher and made breakfast…a cold-pressed juice and toast with almond butter and flax for the win.


Someone had a bad dream the night before and was in our bed.  Two days a week over the summer, I wake them up and we head to the gym…this was one of those days.  Kiddos up at 7:00.

(And you can see my Week in Workouts post HERE.)


I woke up the sisters too.


The next hour was a blur of breakfast, bed making, getting dressed and out the door at 8:00.


They wore their swimsuits to the gym so we could swim right after.


At the gym and loading my stuff in my locker.


Ha!  I took three selfies while we worked out…and two of them looked like I was dying.  My Wednesday morning class is HARD!  Love working out with my friends though…that makes everything better :).


I showered at the gym, changed into my swimsuit, grabbed the kids and we headed to the grocery store to get lunch before the pool.  Some days we bring our lunch from home, some days we order lunch at the pool and some days, we grab stuff at the grocery store on our way.  This was one of those days.


At the pool with Meg…my summer BFF :).  Meg and I joke that we’re besties during the summer because we see each other every day all summer long and then really don’t see each other the rest of the year.  We’re like summer framily at the pool…and that’s one of the main reasons we love going to the pool during the day instead of just swimming alone at home…all of the new people you meet!  I adore Meg.


Let’s do this pool!


The best part of the day?  The cannon ball contest!


Waiting their turn for the cannon ball contest.




Whew!  At home right at 1:50, Ashby down for a nap, big kids “resting” in their rooms (they color/read/play with toys…just have quiet time while Ashby naps).  I’m doing a quick load of laundry in my swimsuit.


Refueling for work at 2:00.  Water, crackers and spicy hummus while I blog, write cookbooks, plan vacations, pay bills, answer emails, write recipes and all of that other stuff that comes from my job(s).  I really try and scale back over the summer while my kiddos are home and not in school.  I only get to do this “young kids at home” once in my lifetime, so I must prioritize!


At 3:50, Andrew came home to work from his home office and stay with the girls while Smith and I went to golf lessons.  Ha!  Love this sweet boy so much!


Golf was over at 5:00 and Smith and I headed home.  The next 45 minutes was a complete blur: I made dinner (burgers!), helped a customer plan a Caribbean vacation over the phone, and once a summer, we have sleepovers with the Slaughter kids, so Smith headed out for boy time at Erika’s while Ebby Lee joined us for a girls night.


After dinner, we let the girls pick our evening activities and they said first, ride the golf cart to Starbucks for dessert and then swim.  Girls on a golf cart, check!


All of us on the golf cart!


Headed inside for our treats!


Back home, the girls put on their swimsuits and Andrew watched them swim while I folded laundry inside…


My Sox were playing the Rangers, so I watched baseball while I folded laundry.  Everyone note the score please ;).


After laundry was put up, I went out back to see what they were doing…the girls had paused swimming for the swing set…


…and then they jumped right back in!


After swimming and showers, I played a speech therapy game with Ashby.  Now that Ashby has been home 18 months, we have started speech therapy once a week.  She is doing such a great job with her language but English as a second language is tough, so we want her to have all of the resources she needs to thrive before kinder starts in two years.  She loves her speech therapist because they play games that she gets to bring home and play with us.  Right now, we’re working on consonant clusters and pronouncing certain letters at the end of words (like toad instead of saying “toe”).


The girls picked a movie to watch before bed…


…and after a shower (because holy moly, I needed one!), this guy and I watched one of our favorite shows together.


And that my friends, is a day in the life of us.

Random, uneventful, full of outdoor activities and busy.

And for grins, here are some other day in the life posts from years past:

April 2016

February 2016

November 2015

June 2015

June 2014

January 2014

May 2013

December 2012

November 2010

June 2009

January 2009

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See you tomorrow friends. xo

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  • jamie July 11, 2016 at 5:57 am

    i like to hear about what people do all day too! i also like to look at what other people have in their grocery carts! to see how healthy or unhealthy they are eating and to get ideas! also, shay, what are those round black things in your class at the gym? have a beautiful day making memories!

    • Mix and Match Mama July 11, 2016 at 6:05 am

      Me too! I love that kind of stuff! Okay, I think you’re talking about the core boards we were standing on/jumping on/dying on :).

      • jamie July 11, 2016 at 6:18 am

        core boards? interesting! i’m going to ask my personal trainer about those. personal trainer meaning the woman who started a fitness group of now 30 women. she renovated her basement in april and it’s our beautiful studio where we sweat and get strong together in classes throughout the week {8 people max}. we do VIIT. it’s super hard but the feeling after is amazing, right??!?!!

  • Samantha July 11, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Yes! I just love these day in the life posts too! You do a great job of balancing work and family. Have a great week!

  • Erika Slaughter July 11, 2016 at 6:15 am

    I’m blurry back there because I was moving SO QUICKLY. Hahahaha!!! Ebby Lee had the best time on Wednesday! 🙂

  • Rebecca July 11, 2016 at 6:27 am

    I love how real you are, Thanks!! I am really loving your blog. I made your pancakes Saturday morning and our children loved, loved them! Thanks again!

  • Narci Dreffs July 11, 2016 at 6:34 am

    I love your life lately posts!! So fun!! I am surprised that I’m not laying on the floor in that class picture!! That class was tough!!

  • Stephanie Spring July 11, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Such a fun day! 🙂 I love reading these posts!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt July 11, 2016 at 6:41 am

    I’m with you–I love these posts too! I just like to see the daily happenings of people! Random question: Where did you get your round table that was in your breakfast room? I’m looking at a round table for my dining room and need a 72″ table–Restoration Hardware is the only place I’ve found that has round tables that big. Thank you!

  • Sheaffer Sims July 11, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Day in the Life posts are definitely a favorite to read for me! I am so happy that Ashby is loving speech. Nikki is amazing with articulation and it’s so fun to watch her work her magic (all the while the kids never know they are actually working on anything)! I’m so excited to see all of Ashby’s progress!!!

  • Lizzie July 11, 2016 at 7:27 am

    I love these posts too!! It’s fun to take a peak in someone else’s life. You days look like they are filled with summertime kid fun, which I love!!

  • Jenna July 11, 2016 at 7:54 am

    I loved reading this post! I love day in the life posts. What a great day to recap. Like you, I love being able to slow down and enjoy time with my kiddos in the summer. Have a great day!

  • Jenny July 11, 2016 at 8:20 am

    These are always my favorite. Weirdos unite… hahaha!

  • Jenna July 11, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Good thing you didn’t choose to capture the day the Red Sox lost 21-2! 😉 Haha, just teasing! Looks like a fun day! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kristin Tate July 11, 2016 at 9:52 am

    What a great day in the life!! Does Ashby speak Mandarin?

  • Linda Henderson July 11, 2016 at 10:03 am

    So charming! I sincerely enjoy your posts and pictures. And love the recipes too. I made the guacamole and it was a huge hit. Repeat for sure!

  • Amy @ Getz Girl on Fire July 11, 2016 at 10:20 am

    This was lovely . . . you really are an early bird . . . so impressive!!! I have wanted to read the Bible all the way through for years but would always start and stop so I just ordered the Bible you showed above . . . thank you! Lazy days of summer are when memories are made! 🙂

  • Kim July 11, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Is that a laundry basket on wheels/ with a pulley?

  • Edye July 11, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I love reading these kinds of posts! You do an amazing job of balancing work and family time 🙂

    Edye | http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  • Detroit Duchess July 11, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    WOW! You sure packed it in! How much do you schedule your day vs. how much just sort of happens? Do you set a block of time for gym, swimming, lunch, etc. This last year I have managed to consistently wake up every morning and do a three mile walk with the dog which was a huge change/accomplishment for me the night owl. I get distracted on random projects, like when it’s time to blog I am setting up social posts, fixing my slider, etc. when I probably should spend an hour just working on the post and move on. I am so impressed with your time management skills – I feel like you should teach a course. I just started getting into Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning which lists the things you should do to start your day off right and it seems like you are incorporating most of them. Maybe that is the trick!

  • Nicole July 11, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I’m curious where you found the area rug in the movie room. I’ve been searching for that color,but having a tough time finding it.

  • Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! July 11, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I love these “day in the life” posts!

  • Nicole July 11, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Love these posts! My favorite. Question – do you still do your everyday brownie or have another treat? 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama July 11, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      Most days I do! On this day, I had a cookie at Starbucks instead :). But most days, I do have a little brownie with my TV :).

  • Lisa July 11, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Love these posts! Can you show us a close-up of what looks like a canvas collage of your kids? I would love some decor ideas 🙂

  • Southern & Style July 11, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I love these kind of posts too #WeirdosUnite! You’re so busy, but it still seems like you make time to do special things with each of your kiddos and make them and your husband feel so loved-you seriously are super mom/wife!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  • Elizabeth July 11, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I love day in the life posts too! I mostly love reading other people’s because I’m nosy but I also love to do them as well, though they take a lot of effort to remember to actually take pictures 🙂 haha. Love your day! It sounds like a perfect summer day.

  • Hannah Hardy July 11, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Love when you do these posts! I’m going to look into that one-year bible you mentioned. I’ve been wanting to read all the way through and that looks perfect!

  • Loren July 11, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    My favorite posts! #weirdosunite 🙂 What beach/pool bag are you using?

  • Deirdre July 12, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Love your blogs Shay. You have a beautiful family. Question. In your dinner picture I noticed the girls all having a hamburger, but no bun. Is this how you always serve burgers or does it depend on what has been eaten earlier in the day? I was impressed the girls would go bunless, my family would be like “we want buns” Lol

    • Mix and Match Mama July 12, 2016 at 6:08 am

      We almost always eat our burgers open-face (because of the toppings), so even on plain old cheeseburger nights, we do it out of habit.

  • Karleigh Johnson July 12, 2016 at 10:51 am


    I have to ask, but feel free to tell me to mind my own business or privately message me if you want. Just out of curiosity, how do you find time intimacy with your husband? It’s evident that you are so extremely busy, and I just don’t know how you do it all! I’m a recently married woman with no kids and sometimes I don’t even feel like I have the time!

  • Lynsey July 12, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I feel like such a stalker, but it is so helpful at times to see how others live. I love learning from you. Two things: 1) Is that a rolling hamper basket? ; 2) Do you naturally wake up so early and need less sleep? Seems like you run on about 6 hours of sleep a night. I’m super jeally, if so, and have you always been this way or did you have to train yourself? Tips are much appreciated in this arena.

  • Kendra July 12, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Love reading about your day!! I don’t think I could ever get tired of reading your blog! I LOVE it and just adore you and your family! Thank you for sharing with all of us! You are a blessed Mama, a hard working Mama and a Mama that knows how to add some fun into your day! xoxo

  • Meg July 13, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    I’m looking for a new robe….where is yours from (it looks super comfy!)

  • Kristen July 14, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Shay, I love Ashby’s swimsuit and cover where did you get it from?

    • Mix and Match Mama July 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Gymboree! (I think!)

  • Allison July 14, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    These are my fav posts that you do! You are just so freaking productive with three kiddos. It is my goal in life to be that productive and goal orientated. There, I’ve said it so it will happen, right? 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama July 14, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Ha! Productive and tired :).

  • Christy July 18, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    What kind of bread do you Use for your toast?

  • Meredith Briggs July 20, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Sorry I am a little late on this post but what kind of toast is that in your pic above?