This is my fourth time participating in Week in the Life. It’s one of my most favorite things to do. I’ve got some thoughts about the process that I’ll share later this week. But suffice it to say, it’s always a great reminder of the sweet moments that are right there in front of me, if I take the time to notice.
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!
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!
So if you’re following along with #weekinthelife or maybe even doing your own #weekinthelife it’s easy to see that…we do a lot of the same things every single day. For me, I get up, I exercise, I take the dog for a walk. I eat the same mini omelets, drive Kate to school, mess around with Michael, try to complete work in the afternoons while Michael naps and I half play a cupcake matching game with Kate and half work. We walk the dog again and have dinner. Then bath and bed for the kids and then Dan and I settle on the couch for Scandal or Sons of Anarchy or Modern Family.
But what’s wrong with that? So we do a lot of the same things. But there’s a lot of beauty in those small routines.
Take bath time, for example. I do it every night. But when I take a moment to really see my children, see their faces, there’s something magically lovely in these little moments of routine.
Monday, Monday! Actually, this was a good Monday. Since I knew I was documenting for #weekinthelife I took the time to enjoy the day instead of just pushing from one thing to the next. I was on the look out for those sweet moments, without forcing them, you know what I mean? I didn’t want this to feel like I had an “assignment.” For a Type A like me, the work assignment means GRADE and the grade better be an A!
So, I just tried to notice things about my day. And capture those moments I loved, even if the photo wasn’t perfect.
How did your Monday go? If this is your first #weekinthelife how are you doing??