One day each year, I keep my camera with me and document the day’s happenings. I do this because it’s not the big events, but the minutiae, the everyday, ordinary, run-of-the-mill things that really make up our lives. It’s fun to look back and see how the children’s appearances and interests have changed, and I love knowing that someday, when they’re grown up and on their own, they’ll be able to read these posts and remember life at home with their Mom and Dad. You’ll notice a few changes this year, now that I’m working part-time with my husband in his basement office, but my days are still filled with the same activities – plus a few new ones!
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
My day typically begins around 7:00 A.M., but on this particular day I was up a little bit earlier, simply because I had a bad cold that kept me from sleeping well.
Around 7:00, I heard the girls talking downstairs, and before long they came bounding up the steps to the kitchen for breakfast.
DJ heard us talking, and started calling for me, so I went to his room. He’d decided that he was going to be a kitty, so he crawled behind me down the hall, meowing. This was cute at first, but after 15 minutes of him mewing and pawing at my leg while I tried to make breakfast, I suggested that maybe it was time for him to turn back into a little boy.
To distract him from his kitty obsession, my husband let him walk on the ceiling, which DJ loves and thinks is hilarious.
I started breakfast,
and when I finished eating I made our bed, and quickly folded a load of towels that had been sitting in a basket on the floor since Monday. When the girls finished eating, they came in for a few minutes of girl talk.
At 7:40, I sent them to brush their hair and teeth, and get their stuff together so they could catch the bus at 7:55.
After the girls got on the bus, DJ and I went to his room to make his bed, and pick out clothes for the day.
When DJ was dressed, he decided to play in his room with his Hot Wheels cars,
while I got myself dressed and ready for the day. My morning routine is very simple – I just wash my face, brush my teeth, and put on jeans and a t-shirt. I’m a pretty low-maintenance kind of girl, and I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis, but I do use and love my Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System. It gives my face a healthy glow.
After I got dressed, I drank another cup of coffee and briefly checked my email and the headlines. The news depresses me, and I never read the newspaper, but I don’t like to be completely oblivious to what’s going on in the world, so once or twice a week I skim the CNN web site. This is more than enough news for me.
After I put the breakfast dishes in the dishwasher, I took inventory of my pantry and freezer stock. I decided to make pizza casserole and a green salad for supper, so I took a package of turkey sausage out of the freezer to defrost.
With my supper menu decided, I took DJ downstairs and got him settled in the family room with his trains, and an episode of Bob the Builder on Netflix. Wednesday is DJ’s laundry day (see this post for my laundry schedule), so I transferred the clean laundry I’d done the night before to the dryer, and got DJ’s clothes going in the washer.
Then it was time for me to go to work. How long I work depends on what else I have going on, and on this particular day I only worked for a couple of hours because I needed to get our tax return finished and e-filed.
When it was time for me to go back upstairs to work in my other office, I first made sure that DJ was occupied in the living room with his Legos.
I had the tax return basically completed, but I’d been having several issues with the TurboTax software (which I ordinarily have really good luck with), and hadn’t gotten the bugs worked out until just the night before (after many hours – literally hours – of online chatting with several customer service representatives. They gave me free state e-filing for my trouble). Our tax return is somewhat involved because we operate a business in our home, and I HATE doing it, but self-preparation saves nearly $400! So every year, I push on through.
After I e-filed the return, which only takes about 5 minutes, I printed and filed a copy for our records,
and then I had to organize and box up the huge mess of business records, receipts, and tax-related papers scattered all over my desk, and every other flat surface in my office. When I was finally finished, I took the 2012 record box out to the storage shed and put it on the shelf with all the others. We keep these records for seven years, and then destroy them.
I did some filing and bill paying to get my desk completely cleared, and I reviewed our budget and made a few changes. Then it was time for lunch.
I made chef salads, and since I was already chopping veggies, I washed and cut up enough for our supper salad as well, to save time.
After lunch, my husband put the lunch dishes in the dishwasher, while I got DJ cleaned up and ready for his nap. I’m always so exhausted at night that I can’t stay awake long enough to read him a book, so I try to always read him at least one story at naptime. As you might expect, he chose Thomas’ Milkshake Muddle, which we bought for him at a garage sale. I’ve read it many, MANY times now.
When he was all settled in I decided to rest for a little while too, because my cold was getting me down.
I dozed fitfully on the couch for about a half hour, but I couldn’t get comfortable because I was so cold! I decided to turn on the fireplace, and then I parked myself in a chair next to it, and folded the girls’ laundry, which I’d washed the day before. They will put it away themselves.
I also did a quick wipe-down in the hall bathroom. Now that I have less time for housework, it’s necessary to work small cleaning sessions in whenever I can.
At this point, DJ was still zonked out, so I started preparing the casserole for supper. I like to get food preps done early on Wednesdays and Thursdays, because the girls have dance class, and I’m pressed for time.
Just as I was finishing up, the girls came up the hill from the bus stop. As always they were starving, so I cut up some apples and sprinkled them with cinnamon sugar – a favorite after-school snack here.
and shortly after, DJ woke up and joined them.
Pumpkin never likes to be left out, so we let him come outside, too. He loves to sun himself on the deck.
The girls decided to take their radio out onto the deck, which they were pretending was a stage. Their dancing was quite entertaining!
I love these pictures of them!
They didn’t have very much time to play though, because at 4:15 we had to take Bee to ballet.
We got home around 5:15, and the kids went back outside. I put the casserole in the oven, and while it was cooking I cleaned out, wiped down, and organized a couple of cabinets. I don’t have time for a big spring cleaning marathon, so I’ve been working on small, 15-minute projects whenever I can.
Around 6:00, I called the kids in to wash their hands, and we sat down to eat.
After they cleared their dishes, the kids went downstairs to play in the family room, while we loaded the dishwasher and cleaned up the kitchen. Our kitchen floor was badly in need of mopping, so my husband moved the table, and gave it a really thorough cleaning with the steam mop. I was so grateful – I hate mopping!
I focused my attention on the disastrous living room. I can’t stand going to bed with it like this – it’s not fun to wake up to in the morning.
When I was vacuuming, I noticed that there was a lot of junk under the couch, so I asked my husband to help me move it so I could clean underneath. What a mess!
At 7:15, my husband went downstairs and took DJ into the shower with him, and I called Cakes upstairs to take her shower in our bathroom. The hall bathtub is out of commission because the epoxy around the drain was chipping away (remember our tub painting nightmare during the remodel of this bathroom?) My husband scraped away the loose paint, sanded the area, and mixed up a small batch of epoxy to re-coat it, but it needs a second coat which he hasn’t had time to do yet.
When Cakes finished her shower, I clipped her nails and detangled her hair, while my husband got DJ into his pajamas, and tucked him in.
Then we went downstairs to put the Cakester to bed.
Bee came downstairs after her shower and teeth-brushing, and we tucked her in too. She still likes to be tucked in, even though she’ll be 11 this fall, but I told her that as long as she lives here, I will happily tuck her in every night, no matter how old she is.
When the kids were all down for the night, it was my turn to hit the shower. While I was relaxing under the soothing spray of hot water, my husband sweetly made a store run to get me some much-needed Mucinex.
After all these years of doing nothing for my skin (except washing it, of course), I decided that since I’ll be 40 (!!!) this year, I should maybe use some sort of night cream. I’ll admit that I was skeptical about whether this was really necessary, but these RoC retinol products have made a big difference in my skin after only a few weeks. I just wish they weren’t scented, because I hate perfumes. This is why I love Cerave facial cleanser and lotion so much – no scent whatsoever!
When I was all scrubbed and brushed and moisturized, and wearing my comfy pajamas, my husband and I settled down to watch a little TV. We usually have a snack too, but I didn’t feel well enough to eat anything, so I had water and Mucinex instead. Very appetizing.
By 10:15, I was feeling really tired and headachy, so I went to bed to read my Bible for awhile. I rarely have time to get into the Word during the day anymore, but I find that it’s very comforting bedtime reading. Scripture is good dream-making material. 🙂
By 10:45, it was lights out for me!
These typical day posts always remind me of how fortunate I am. I’m married to, and still passionately in love with a man who is not only a wonderful husband, but also a loving and involved father. I have 3 happy, healthy kids, a comfortable home, and the freedom to work from home while still caring for my children. I’m busy, I’m loved, and I’m very blessed.
Now, if I could just get rid of this cold. C’mon spring! Any time now would be fine.