About twice a year, I do a “day in the life” post. I always try to do one during the school year and one during the summer. I don’t know what it is about these posts…but they’re my favorite to read on other people’s blogs and seem to be quite popular here too. Isn’t it funny how interesting it is to see how other people do life?
I don’t typically go back and read my old blog posts…but these, I do. These simple old boring days are the ones I know I will cherish the most when I look back on raising my kiddos.
So, on Monday, I woke up and documented our day. Please note: it’s a pretty basic/not too exciting/rather boring day in the life of my family…which are my favorite days.
Happy Wednesday! Here’s a look at our Monday…
Rise and shine! It was time to get up and face the day.
I don’t know about you…but I can’t face the day without coffee 🙂 .
I settled in for my quiet time. My sweet friend Sophie (a.k.a. Boo Mama) is about to release this new devotional/journal and I have an early copy. Girls, you have to get this!! Go ahead and add it to your Amazon cart along with her other books (they’re hysterical, sincere, honest and will make you feel good inside!). It’s been an extra blessing to my morning to have this devotional. (And random but both my pajamas and my robe are on sale right now!)
I use the You Version app and this was the verse of the day. I like this. And then this part of the scripture that I was reading…
…I’m doing a You Version study as well and this scripture was part of that day’s section. Isn’t that powerful?
After I was done…I headed to my office to do some work. First up, check that day’s blog posts.
My favorite guy came to tell me bye as he headed to the gym.
Around 6:30, I stopped working and headed to the kitchen to empty the dishwasher.
I also made myself some breakfast (oatmeal with almond butter and honey).
I try to eat breakfast outside every day.
This guy came downstairs and immediately wanted to close his eyes again. After I snuggled with him a minute, I went upstairs to wake up the girls. We only go to the gym twice a week, and this was one of those days. (The other days, I let them sleep in.)
Madeley was easy to wake up, and she waited in the bean bag chair while I tried to get Ashby up from the top bunk. Side note: waking kids up who are on the top bunk is pretty impossible. Ha! They have the advantage up there because they can kind of get away from you and keep sleeping.
After that, it was a blur of waking up kids, getting them fed, making my bed, and all of us getting dressed. We were headed to the gym and then the pool, so I had to grab all of my bags…
…I keep my gym bag and pool bag both stocked and ready to go so that it’s easy to just grab them in the morning and know that I didn’t forget anything.
One of them needs to work on her “I’m sad because it’s Monday” face! 🙂
It is always a race inside the gym to see who can push the button first (the button buzzes them so that they can unlock the door to the kids’ area and let us in). Madeley was the clear loser today.
I snapped a quick photo during my class. It’s a mix of cardio and strength training.
He was excited to be heading to the pool after I was done. But first, we had to make a stop…
…we stopped at Sheaffer’s, so my kiddos got out and played with their two new golden retriever puppies…
…I mean to tell you!! Aren’t they sweet?!?!?! I don’t follow many dogs on social media, but I do follow these two 🙂 . They have the cutest little Instagram account (@ourgoldenpups) . They make me want to go home and buy puppies. Ha!
After that, we met a ton of friends at the pool for lunch and swimming. Every day at 1:00, they have a cannon ball contest and Ashby won!! She has never won before, so we were all so proud of her!! She just gets up there on that big diving board and jumps her heart out! The prize for winning is a free popsicle. She was BEAMING!
We swam until about 2:15 and then we dried off and headed home.
I put Madeley down for a nap first thing and when I came back downstairs, I found this. Smith apparently put himself down too. Kensington read and Ashby watched Cinderella while I headed to do some work…
I love this picture of my family on my computer 🙂 .
I had some peanut butter pretzels from Trader Joe’s while I worked because…they’re amazing.
This time went by super fast! At 4:45, I had to stop work and put dinner together (we had a summer corn chowder that I will blog ASAP!) because both of my big kids had games that night (which was a first). Andrew came home right around then and helped me get Madeley up and everyone dressed for their games.
I had thrown on some real clothes and eyeliner post-pool and hugged my boy as he headed off to his flag football game. Andrew took Smith because he coaches that team and I took the girls to Kensington’s basketball game.
This sweet girl loves basketball! It was a rocky start this summer, but now, she really enjoys playing!
Two bow heads sat in front of me during the game :).
Erika had to take Bowen potty, so I got to hold sweet Britt! Eeeeeeks! I love this girl!!
The girls and Bowen enjoyed their popcorn during the game 🙂 .
We got home and the two little girls took a bubble bath.
All clean and lotioned up! She watched one episode of Mickey Mouse before bed. I asked her if she wanted to sleep in our room in a sleeping bag (we told the kids that they could do that since they did so well in their games that night!)…but she opted for her big girl bed. But first…
…she helped me sort some laundry. After that, Madeley went to bed, the big three got cozy in their sleeping bags, I took a shower and got my pjs on before Andrew and I sat down…
…and watched a little TV and had a brownie together. Around 9:45, I headed into our room…
…unmade the bed and climbed in…
…and while they finished their movie, I read my book.
And then, just like that, our day was over.
That’s a day in the life of us.
To see days from years past, look below…