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Week in the Life 2016

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I’m thrilled to join Ali Edwards for this year’s Week in the Life. I do these every year, and I so look forward to this project. It’s fun to look back on the year’s past. And it’s fun to look back after a week of documenting because I always learn something about myself, about our routines, about our patterns, about how really, truly, I do get a lot done in a day (even thought it doesn’t always feel that way).

Looking back over my past week in the life projects, I’m baffled at how life looks so different year to year. Truly, the days are long but the years are short. Some members of my family weren’t even here last year (re: Thomas!). It’s amazing the different a year makes.

This project forces me to look at my life with fresh eyes, something I’ve been doing a lot of recently. It’s so easy to get frustrated because I have little kids and every little task feels like it results in tantrums and crying and frustration. And that’s just over putting on socks!

But, really, truly examining my days shows me just how full they are, in the best of ways. Now, I’m not Pollyanna. But, in the moments of frustration, I often think, these are the days. Before I know it, my house will go from loud and full to empty and quiet. And that will be bittersweet. Sweet for my eardrums. But bitter for my heart. Maybe that seems like a downer. But, for me, it’s a gentle reminder to lean into these days. Because it won’t be like this for long.

So, here’s to a week in the life! I hope you join in. If you’re thinking, oh, my life’s boring, who would want to know about it….blah blah blah. I’m going to smack you upside the head and say, of course you’re life is worth documenting! Everyone’s is! So if you want to do it, do it!

You can find me sharing my week on Instagram and Facebook. Let me know if you join in!

Week in the Life Vlog | February 2016

I’ve got a little bit of a different type of video today: A week in the life vlog. I was inspired to put this together because I’m having so much fun with the 1 second a day video project I’m putting together, so I had all this extra footage. I thought it would be fun to put my own short week in the life project together.

Do you like these sorts of videos? Would you like to see another?

In this moment

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Thank you all for your super helpful comments on Instagram and Facebook my learn-to-make a meal goal. I so appreciate your thoughts! Last night I put together pasta and meatballs! With a salad. And bread!

Okay.

Truth time.

I bought Trader Joe’s frozen meatballs. Opened up the jarred sauce. And the salad was a bagged Dole salad. And all I did was slice the bread and toast it.

BUT! I think that totally counts. It was a solid meal. It wasn’t a casserole. And it was all on the table at the same time. And my family gobbled it up.

#winwin

I’m looking through my cookbooks to see what I want to make next. Definitely want to take it up a notch. Any suggestions?

Also: Trader Joe’s chocolate Joe Joes? The best for calming down a screaming toddler in the middle of Trader Joes. Ain’t no shame in my game. I opened up those babies right there in the store. And silence for everyone.

Have a great weekend!

Week in the Life 2014 // Friday

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Woohoo Friday!  I taught RPM and scooted home to walk Belle.  On Tuesday I was wearing shorts, as it was 80 degrees.  But not Friday!  Brr!  It’s downright chilly.  But I’m not complaining.  It’s time.

Got Kate off to school then Michael and I went to his music class (Yes, another music class, different from Monday’s music class.  What can I say, we love music class!).  Then we scooped up Kate from school and spent about 45 minutes at a sweet Halloween party hosted by one of her preschool classmates.

At home I worked while also wearing my mommy hat.  Some days this is rough.  And some days, like this day, I’m in a good flow.  I’ve noticed that when I just let my mommy work and my work work flow (rather that fight against each other), I do better.  I’m learning.  I’m managing.  I’m way more efficient than I was.  In fact, I’d say that I’ve moved on from treading water to succeeding.

Dan gets home from work early so we can make it over to my friend’s house so our girls can trick or treat together.  Kate goes as a fairy.  Michael goes as…nothing!  Whomp, whomp!  Sorry, Michael!  He didn’t even notice, though.  He was too busy just running from house to house.

Kate and her sweet little friend, Allie, had a great time (Side note: Kate and Allie have been friends since they were only a few weeks old!  Allie’s mom, Katie, and I met at a breastfeeding support group when the girls were teeny tiny.).  Kate and Allie told every person at every house: We’re friends trick or treating TOGETHER!

HA!

I was the Halloween Manners Patrol, reminding the girls to say “thank you” after each house.  At one point they were so caught up in the excitement they shouted out: YOU’RE WELCOME and ran off to the next house.  Ha!  I told the people at the door that the girls are only four!  They got a great chuckle out of that.

Hope you had a great Halloween!  And YOU’RE WELCOME!