Happy Friday, lovelies! I’m coming at you today with something a little different–yesterday I participated in my very first Day in the Life documentation.
This was my first time completing a Day in the Life project (I usually start the day with the best intentions but forget to continue taking photos throughout the day). Not this time though–I took almost 300 photos throughout yesterday, yall! I’m excited to add the photos of my day into my Project Life album for this year but in the meantime, I thought I’d give you all a glimpse into what a normal (boring) day looks like for me.
Since I’m a stay-at-home mom and a total homebody, nothing really spectacular happens throughout my day. It’s the little moments throughout the day that make it special and this morning routine has my heart.
I love the way her little hand grasps mine as we walk down the steps and how the littlest piece of paper or lint distracts her from her journey and requires a thorough inspection. She turns to me with a huge smile and babbles “What dat” before she places the tiny object into my free hand.
Mornings are by far the busiest for us. I want to remember what a slow eater she is (even though that trait sometimes annoys me to no end). I want to remember that she can only have one food item on her tray at a time right now because otherwise, she’ll alternate between throwing her food on the floor or spitting food out to try everything on her plate. I want to remember how much she adores peanut butter and any fruit she can get her hands on. And how much she hates when I wipe the crumbs off her face.
After breakfast is when I finally have time to sit down at my desk and start my ‘work’ day. Thursday is my maintenance day so I spend about an hour answering comments and reading other blogger’s posts. My desk is cluttered. Post-it notes with study notes to go over with Zach when he calls are stuck to my monitor. My idea binder is open to a page for notes about scrapbooking and I’m getting distracted from my to-do list by Instagram.
Thankfully, nothing’s really pressing on my to-do list today because I’m far too busy taking photos for this Day in the Life project. I realize it’s been too long since I included Duke in my Project Life album so I snap a photo of his handsome puppy face. His eyes are honed in on the snack Baby E is currently chowing down on and I can practically see him begging her to drop something, anything, on the floor. Most of the time she obliges.
After snack time and our daily sensory activity (we’re still playing with our homemade playdough), I pop on Netflix and she climbs up on the couch with her midday bottle to watch Sophia the First. The time change has been brutal for both of us and I can tell she’s fighting her afternoon nap. I call my mom to chat for a bit and she halfheartedly tries to mimic me on her little toy phone before falling asleep.
She wakes up a bit when her daddy calls–I swear she recognizes his ringtone–but after saying hello and listening to him for a bit, she falls back asleep. He and I talk for about 3 hours today (he missed yesterday’s call because of work stuff) and I’m again so grateful that we have the ability to talk each other while he’s gone. Our topics today are a little heavier than usual but I love the talks that go beyond the daily goings on and remind me how proud I am of this man and his opinions.
E wakes up just in time to say goodnight to daddy and she watches me shovel the snow so I can take Duke out before dinner.
It’s hit that twilight hour when the sky is slightly pink and I admit to myself that even though this winter has been hard, the snowy landscape is beautiful in its own way. I duck back into the house to grab my camera and snap a photo before the sun goes down.
Dinner was easy tonight-chicken salad with poppyseed dressing and E is a fan. She definitely didn’t inherit her dad’s distaste for tomatoes–I giggle at her attempt to stuff as many as possible into her mouth. She grins at me and juice runs down her face. It’s a good thing it’s a bath time.
We watch an episode of Little Einsteins together and head upstairs for a bath.
I love the way she tries to copy me and crosses her arms to lean against the side of the tub. Her little face is so serious. Tonight she’s obsessed with blowing bubbles in the water and I take a video to send to her dad. We splash in the water for awhile and it’s time to rinse.
Snuggled up in her pajamas, she pulls up the flannel blanket to just under her arms and snuggles her Pooh bear. It’s time for bed. Our bedtime routine is always the same–we sit in the dark together and listen to one of the stories Zach recorded himself reading for her as she drifts off to sleep. I’m not sure which of us finds his voice more comforting.
I smile as I tuck her into her crib and she giggles sleepily–it’s become our little nighttime ritual. Tonight she falls fast asleep almost as soon as I close the door to her room.
The rest of the night is for listening to my thumbprint station on Pandora while I edit all 300 photos I’ve taken today and finish up this Day in the Life blog post. The days are flying by it seems and I haven’t managed to get everything on my to-do list done during the day so it’ll be another late night for me.
This past month has been a hard one, to be honest. But I’m realizing more and more that it doesn’t matter how hard or boring or tedious I think my season of life is. There are always little moments of joy to be found if I look for them.
What does a normal day look like in your house? What are some little moments of joy you find throughout your day?