Here's a look at my Tuesday via the story lens of some days // most days:
6:30am // One of the things I like about this project is the challenge to look for and practice capturing different pieces of life with my camera. They don't always work out - for any number of reasons - but I like the opportunity to experiment. It helps me learn about lighting situations, about angles, about working with whatever camera I'm using - I never know when I'll discover a new favorite view through the lens of any of my cameras. // Anna came into my room this morning which isn't really a regular thing these days. She told me about a book she wants to get (a word search) from Barnes & Noble and is hoping I will take her there after soccer tonight. Sam, as usual, is waiting for me (sometimes patiently and most of the time not) to go downstairs and feed him.
Most days I'm super excited for this first morning cup of coffee.
Some days things just click. She was in a really good mood this morning and did all her jobs without me having to remind her which was a really wonderful breath of fresh air. Getting up in the morning can be rough.
7:25am // Serious April showers this morning. This time of the rain is almost "most days."
8:08am // Most says we sit in the car together for 10 minutes or so before he heads into school. He will get out of the car at precisely 8:15am on the nose pretty much without fail. Some days he has a lot to say and show - today is more from the movie Aladdin - and other days we just do our own thing. I actually love driving both of them to school.
8:42am // Some days, after dropping off kids and before hearing back home to work, I make a grocery store stop. Today's Tuesday which means it's Taco Tuesday which means I needed a couple things for dinner tonight when all the kids will be here. // ? notes: I took the photo of myself with my iPhone. I set the 10 second timer in the iPhone camera app and set it on the ground - standing vertically and resting on the wheel of my grocery cart for support.
Most days I like to know what's for dinner in the morning. It's become a running joke between me and Aaron because I'm ten steps ahead in this department and he's barely had his first bite of breakfast. Some days I choose to use the crock pot which just makes life really easy overall. Today I did pork tenderloins in Trader Joe's salsa verdi for our burritos.
9:33am // Started the pork in the crock pot, put away the groceries, then, as I do on some days (most days once the weather gets nicer), I took a little walk outside and cut some tulips to bring inside (see my instastory for a look at the dinner prep + outside walk). Making a cup of coffee now and heading to my desk.
Most days this cat is so rad.
Some days include laundry. I don't do it every day but usually a couple times a week. I like to start it in the morning.
Some days I get to bring the outside in. These are tulips from Floret which are growing in my yard that I picked to bring inside.
10:24am // As I was walking to my office I stopped in the kids bathroom to clean up a bit (?) and looked at this vinyl decal that I added to the mirror some years ago (used my @silhouette.inc to cut it). I love that it has survived over the years as the stories have changed in this house and new characters have been added to the story. I like that all the kids in this house get to see that message each time they look at themselves in the mirror. Words matter. And yes, with five kids we do need two soap dispensers. Ha.
11:20am // Some days I have an appointment for my one "high-maintenance" beauty routine these days (along with getting my hair colored regularly) - eyelash extensions that I started last December. As someone who wears barely any make up on a regular basis this has basically eliminated wearing mascara for me and I love it. Right now I go every 2-3 weeks or so and I'll probably stop or take a break at some point in time, but for now I really like it.
12:13pm // Some days for lunch I eat all the leftover Easter candy I can find and some days I eat a big salad like this: spinach, chicken, cauliflower rice, mango, blueberries, radish, cucumber and lime on top.
Some days I start working even before I make it back upstairs.
1:06pm // Most days I love flowers. Those tulips I picked from outside this morning are opening up already.
Most week days you'll find me not too far from this space.
3:10pm // Some days I like to leave the house early just to get in some reading time while I wait for Simon to be done with school. Reading American War (via @bookofthemonthclub) and it totally got good last night.
Some days we have chores/jobs that Simon where he can get paid. Today he organized and stacked the wood that Aaron cut yesterday.
Some days there are white towels to fold. We use these white hand towels from Costco in the kitchen and they are my favorite. My Mom started doing that at some point along the way - all white hand towels - and it's the best. We have a small basket in the laundry room (right off the kitchen) just for the white kitchen towels.
4:45pm // Some days I walk around the track with friends while Anna has soccer practice.
6:10pm // Some days after soccer we make a pit stop. Today it was to Barnes & Noble for a couple new books for kids. And some days we drive friend's home.
7:05pm // Some days wine is the very best thing. Home again = a whirlwind of dishes, getting all the food out for Taco Tuesday, helping Simon with homework (an etymon packet), unloading the car, and having a glass of wine before Aaron and the other three get back (when they come in the door it will be a true whirlwind).
Most days this dude is so, so funny. Really his sense of humor and the joy he gets from comedy is so awesome. He's laughing here because he didn't want his picture taken so I started making funny faces at him. He's the best. Everyone should have a Simon in their lives.
7:35pm // The whirlwind arrived.
It's hard to take a selfie with all seven of us. I hope to have an awesome collection of these kinds of shots.
Most days this table gets a whole lot of use.
8:53pm // Late dinner and late bedtime tonight after soccer (Anna) and track (Elliott and Audrey) and martial arts (Isaac). A few minutes for reading, always. Simon was asleep by 8pm.
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