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Week in the Life 2016

May 9th, 2016 Posted by Days in the Life, Lexicon, Uncategorized, Week in the Life 2016 0 thoughts on “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

February 11th, 2016 Posted by Days in the Life, Lexicon, Uncategorized, Video 0 thoughts on “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

January 9th, 2015 Posted by Days in the Life, Lexicon, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “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 // Saturday and Sunday

November 3rd, 2014 Posted by Days in the Life, Lexicon, Uncategorized, Week in the Life 2014 0 thoughts on “Week in the Life 2014 // Saturday and Sunday”

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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.

Week in the Life 2014 // Friday

November 1st, 2014 Posted by Days in the Life, Lexicon, Uncategorized, Week in the Life 2014 0 thoughts on “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!

Week in the Life 2014 // Thursday

October 31st, 2014 Posted by Days in the Life, Lexicon, Uncategorized, Week in the Life 2014 0 thoughts on “Week in the Life 2014 // Thursday”

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I always feel super tired on Thursdays.  Anyone else get like that?!  It’s like I sprint through the week.  And I know the end is in sight.  And I’m exhausted.  Come on, Friday!

Week in the Life 2014 // Wednesday

October 30th, 2014 Posted by Days in the Life, Lexicon, Uncategorized, Week in the Life 2014 0 thoughts on “Week in the Life 2014 // Wednesday”

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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.

Week in the Life 2014 // Tuesday

October 29th, 2014 Posted by Days in the Life, Lexicon, Uncategorized, Week in the Life 2014 0 thoughts on “Week in the Life 2014 // Tuesday”

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Michael got his cast off!  Hip, hip, HOORAY!

Afterwards, we picked Kate up from school, met Dan at the house for a walk through with our supervisor, took Dan out to lunch to celebrate his birthday, and Michael practiced getting used to walking on two good legs.

Week in the Life 2014 // Monday

October 28th, 2014 Posted by Days in the Life, Lexicon, Uncategorized, Week in the Life 2014 0 thoughts on “Week in the Life 2014 // Monday”

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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??

Week in the Life // 2014

October 27th, 2014 Posted by Days in the Life, Lexicon, Uncategorized, Week in the Life 2014 0 thoughts on “Week in the Life // 2014”

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This week I’m participating in Week in the Life with Ali Edwards.  It’s one of my favorite things to do.  I’ve done this several times.  (Here’s last year’s week in the life.)  Each time I learn something about myself.  And it’s a great way to practice being B+!  If I miss something here and there, it’s totally okay.  The point is to capture the rhythms and routines of the day.  Not to document every single minute.

I was hoping that this week was the week we’d be moving into our house…but it’s not.  We’ve got three weeks to go.  But I don’t want to wish this time away.  I’m looking forward to capturing those bits and pieces that make up the week, and I hope you’re joining along!  I’ll put up Monday’s pictures on Tuesday, Tuesday on Wednesday, etc…

I’ve got my DSLR charging up, but I’ll also be using my iPhone plenty.  I’ll use the hashtag #weekinthelife on Instagram and Twitter.  Let me know if you’re joining in!

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