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Day in the life: summer '12

My friend Kristen did a day in the life post yesterday about her life in New York.  I love seeing how other moms go about their days and was inspired to record another day in my own life after reading hers.  I kept a notebook with me yesterday and jotted down what was happening every hour or so.

6:45am- I wake up slowly, reaching for my Nook from my bedside table.  Derek brings me a cup of coffee and I drink it while perusing my e-mail and feed reader.  I mark any blog posts as "unread" that I want to come back to later.  My daily bible reading shows up in my feed reader, so I spend some time with that and in prayer for the day ahead.

7:15- Running clothes on, I grab my cell phone, crank up some music, put on my headphones, and leave the house for a quick 2.5 mile run around the neighborhood.  I'm back by 7:45, eating a bowl of blueberries with granola and almond milk, talking with Derek.

8:00 am- Shower/dress, go into the kitchen to make Grace's and Derek's lunch.  Grace is awake now.  She has a swollen thumb from some kind of bug bite.  We already tried treating it with Benadryl the night before, with no improvement.  I give her some cream to try, wondering if I'll need to call the doctor later.  I clean up some dishes from the night before.  Trent wanders out of his bedroom around 8:30 and plops down on the couch to cuddle with the dog.  I make him some toaster waffles.  Around 8:45 Derek leaves for work, just as two little neighbor boys arrive.  I take care of them a couple of days a week.  It's actually a big help to me to have them around, since Trent then has then has someone to play with.  I make some more toaster waffles for the boys and put some garbanzo beans on the stove to cook.dirty dishes from the night before....we drink a lot of wine and coffee

9:00am- The boys are all in Trent's room, playing Lego.  I remind Trent that he needs to get dressed and brush his teeth, then I go into my bathroom to put on my make-up.  When I'm done, I ask the boys what they want to do today- they want to go swimming.  It's a cloudy day with temps in the upper 50s so I open my laptop and search for indoor pools in the area.  I fold some laundry, strip the sheets off all the beds and throw them in the washing machine.  Grace asks me to fix her hair.  Then I take care of the cat box and vacuum up the cat hair in the living room.  Then I think about the dog and decide to brush her hair and teeth.  Finally, I sit down at the laptop, renew some library books that are due, and say hello to a couple of friends by leaving comments on their blogs.the latest Lego creation

10:00- Still typing away on the computer, but now I'm working on Grace's student learning plan (SLP), specifically her Geography goals for the next school year.  This is documentation that is required for the type of homeschooling that we do.  At 10:30 I stop what I'm doing to load all the kids in the car and take Grace to ballet.  On the way home, I have to stop and buy gas.

11:00- Home again, I switch some laundry around, then make some lunch.  The boys request PB&J on toaster waffle sandwiches.  I make myself a spinach salad with lots of veggies and black beans.  I let the boys watch something on Netflix while they eat, then I search for and download a new book for my Nook while I eat.  I tell the boys to put their swimming trunks on when they're done, then I take the beans that have been cooking all morning off of the stove and put them in the 'fridge.  Then we leave for the pool.

12:00-  We get to the pool only to discover that the open swim time doesn't start until one.  It's a bit of a drive back home, so instead, I take the boys to a playground for the next hour.  Finally, the boys get to go swimming.  I opt out, sitting in the bleachers instead, reading my new book.  It's good.  At 2:30, I tell the boys to get out of the water so that we can go and pick up Grace from ballet.  They end up goofing off in the locker room for a very long time, my patience growing thin as I can hear them in there, but can't go in there myself to get them, knowing that we'll probably be late to pick up Grace now.

3:00- Somehow we did make it on time to pick up Grace, and now we're home.  Grace's bug bite is much better- so happy about that.  The boys play a game on the Wii, Grace leaves to go to a friend's house, and I make the boys a snack.  Guess what they want to eat?  Waffles!  I make myself some toast and top it with cottage cheese.  Then I notice some strawberries in the 'fridge that don't look like they will last much longer, so I decide to wash/hull them and put them in freezer for smoothies.  Instead, the boys notice the strawberries, decide they look good, and eat them- at least they finally ate something other than waffles.  Derek calls, just to say hello, and I talk to him while tidying up Trent's room before moving on to some more laundry folding.  At 3:50, I notice that the boys are still playing video games, so I give them a warning and set the timer for 10 more minutes.  Then I sit down at the computer to work on Grace's learning plan again.

4:00-The boys go into Trent's room and start playing with the Playmobile toys.  I finish up the Geography goals I was working on for Grace's plan and switch to Pinterest and FB for awhile, drinking a glass of ice tea.  All the food pictures on Pinterest make me think of dinner, so I get up and start preparing a marinade for tonight's pork chops.  The recipe calls for "herb garden seasoning".  I don't have that, but I do have a well stocked spice rack- so I google recipes for herb garden seasoning and make my own.  The boys are starting to get a little wild, so I send them outside.  Then they're hungry again- this time, they have frozen fruit bars. 

5:00- Grace comes home and starts watching Make it or Break it on Netflix while I make a salad for dinner.  The boy's dad comes over to say he's home from work, but they're so absorbed in their latest game that they don't want to leave yet.  I'm starting to get very tired.  I switch some more laundry around, load the dishwasher, and start grilling the pork chops.  Finally, I sit down and watch Grace's show with her. 

6:20- Derek comes home, I send Trent's friends home, and we sit down for dinner.  After dinner, I help Trent with his piano practice.  Then we notice that the dishwasher isn't working.  I grab a square of dark chocolate out of the cupboard  and try to remain calm.  I find the phone number of the property manager, thankful at this moment that we're renting this house and someone else can come take care of the dishwasher. 

7:00- We all sit in the living room and watch The Sandlot- cute movie.

8:30- Derek takes Genevieve for a walk and I encourage Trent to get ready for bed.  Then I realize that i still need to put the clean sheets on all the beds. 

9:00 Trent is in bed, reading to himself.  I take all the dirty dishes out of the broken dishwasher and hand wash them.  I'm really tired by now.  I plug in all the devices around the house that need charged and get ready for bed.

9:30- Derek is home from walk and goes into Trent's room to do some Bible reading with him.  I say goodnight to Grace and go to bed and read for the next hour or so.  Derek and Grace stay up awhile longer, joking around in the living room.

And there it is, a very normal "day in the life" of me.

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Reader Comments (8)

Well, we have one thing in common. I go to bed at 9:30 too. Your house is the opposite of mine. My girl gets a very healthy balanced diet and I usually get ripple chips for lunch. :) You have a busy life, from my point of view. When we actually have to go to the city it is a very busy day. Other than that it is mostly time at home, other than a bike ride or a walk to the post office to get the mail. You are so very modern Dawn. ;)

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Great food, exercise, reading time, the park, a husband who walks the dog, a broken dishwasher that someone else will fix... good stuff! A beautiful day. :-)

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Such a busy and interesting day! I loved reading this, thank you for sharing. If I did one of these posts myself, it would be very boring. :-)

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersarah

totally enjoyed reading this..my daughters watch make it or break it too!
our days are a lot a like (my home days) - you are a good mom!!

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdenise

Funny how our days fill - mostly with moments we never planned. This morning, I got up late (hot, choppy night), went down to check my mail, found a note from a librarian I hoped would read Golden Boy and give me some feedback, maybe even a review. Went up to do the treadmill. Came back down after an hour to answer more mail about the day. Sent files to the librarian. Did some work - then had a little breakfast. Ran to the store for a few items to take to support the dinner another friend was taking to a lady from our church who is suffering from cancer. Came back to let the horses out, then made a lunch and took it to my Rachel's house for book club, where we simply ate lunches we'd brought to the meeting and talked about life and books in general. That was fun - and an unusual break. Then back home to help another friend format a book for e publication. Then off to put the horses back, take the food to the neighbor, and back to visit with Murphy and make him help me with some computer things. Not a day worth writing about, but from one odd thing to another, bordered by other small things - feeding little dogs, cleaning up, changing clothes for each of these events, as they don't overlap fashion-wise (especially the pasture parts). Funny that this is human life - but I realize that we were made to roll with it, following the dictates of love, the expediences of nourishing those around us. Hope you sleep well and have another lovely and unremarkable day tomorrow - the worst thing in it a bug bite and a delayed swim.

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK

Michelle- It's interesting, the differences and similarities between us all. I loved reading the day in the life post that you did some time ago.
Tara- Thank you.
Sarah- I don't think it would be boring at all to read about your day! What you do share about your days is always interesting to me.
Denise- Thank you. I have to admit, I kind of love that cheesy show too. ; )
Kristen- I enjoyed reading about your day. I admire how you're always doing things for other people.

July 26, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawn

I thought that you sounded exhausted when the little boys did not go home right away when their parent arrived to pick them up.

That can become a sticky situation.

My sister had a hard time sending the girl home that she was paid to watch because she became her daughter's friend.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMariposa

Su, Yes, that was part of it. ; ) I think I'm always tired around five pm anyway, ready for Derek to come home.

July 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawn

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