A Day in the Life – February 2

Maybe I’m just the nosy sort, but I enjoy a peek into the “real life” of my fellow bloggers now and again.  Here’s what a typical day in my life looks like, for better or for worse.  (If you’re expecting perfection, you may want to click away before the disappointment sets in!)

6:47 ~ I finally open my eyes after lying in bed awake for several minutes, mentally running through my day and waking with silent prayer.  I shuffle toward the bathroom, careful to stick close to the wall, avoiding the (loud) creaky parts of the hardwood hallway.

7:07 ~ The children have been roused, and my Little Buddy is requesting his Mama.  Let the day begin!  (And hopefully the day’s not as grumpy as he looks!)

If the rest of my day was as productive as the first hour, we’d be in business!  From 7:07 until 8:00, I got breakfast for the kids, helped the preschooler pick clothes and do hair for school, switched laundry, sent everyone off to school, and ran through email.

Fried egg and a heart-shaped cinnamon roll were “what’s for breakfast,” except for the 6yo, who chose oatmeal with raisins.  Crazy kid.  😉

8:20 ~ Finally time for my breakfast.  Leftover spinach oven omelet and a caramel pecan cinnamon roll.  I generally eat breakfast all by myself, scrolling through social media, as long as there isn’t a monkey climbing on my lap, begging for bites.

Today the monkey kept busy listening to his “songs” and destroying the living room.

10:00 ~ After switching laundry again, we did our 30 Day Shred.  I’m not even allowed to exercise alone, but it’s all good.

Excuse the blur.  It’s a little difficult to take a photo while doing crunches and getting “kssssss”-ed.

Once Jillian kicked my tail, I stopped in the kitchen to pull the cork on my cold-brewed coffee.  We are total coffee novices, but the Toddy T2N Cold Brew System makes some good concentrate coffee for my homemade frappés and iced coffee.

After getting the coffee draining, we headed downstairs to switch laundry again.  So glad I have “help” with nearly all my chores.  Someday, his wife will be glad, too!

He pulls the clothes out of the dryer into the basket while I sort dirty laundry or get a wash load started.

11:00 ~ I finally get the little guy dressed, and my face on so we’ll be ready to take sister to preschool later and surprise daddy with a drink.

11:20  ~ Daddy surprised us first, by sneaking home for a few minutes before his lunch duty!

11:30 ~ We go get sister from her Tuesday/Thursday morning school across the street, and the two littles eat a quick lunch while I make daddy’s homemade frappé (with plenty left for me!)

11:50 ~ We shuffle sister to her afternoon school (it sounds like she’s in school all the time, but it really amounts to only 3 “full” days each week) and surprise daddy with his drink.

Yes, I use and reuse an old Starbucks cup.  Maybe it feels more real that way?  Dunno, but we like the domed lids.

12:00 ~ Naptime.  Finally.  I sit down with some lunch, my own frappe, and the laptop and settle in for my MSM work and my own blogging.

1:00 Up from nap?!  Already?!  Ugh.  Looks like Plan B today, which does not include the 2-3 hour nap or blogging, but does include lots and lots of books.  (Ironically, as I type this on Monday, he’s been sleeping for 3 hours and 4 minutes…)

I’m not exactly sure what we did from then until 3:25, when the kids get home from school, but I’m sure it involved lots of books and lots of Silly Songs from the Cedarmont Kids.  And some cheated laptop time, I’m sure. 

4:00 ~ Kids are playing outside, and I tackle the kitchen.  Dishes are washed; who wants to put ’em away?!

After finishing the dishes, I scrub a whole lotta potatoes.

When I bake potatoes, I prefer to do a bunch at once.  This will give us supper and homemade hashbrowns for tomorrow’s breakfast!  (Yes, I know I could microwave them, and I’ve done it in a pinch, but the texture is ~ to my tastebuds ~ inferior.  I prefer baked.)

5:30 ~ All 4 children come inside, hungry and tired, and I brace myself for a long evening without my husband, because he has an away game.  I get the kids fed (baked potatoes and smoothies — we go gourmet when daddy’s gone!) and house straightened up.  It’s all a blur until about 7:00 when they put their jammies on, brush their teeth, and head to bed at about 7:30.

Right.  No photos.  Whoops!

Once the kids are in bed I settle in with the laptop for a couple hours, intending to go to bed myself by 9:30 or so.  I’m a slow learner, and the clock ticks away until the next thing I know, my husband walks in the door at nearly 10:00.  Me?  I’m still on the computer browsing Azure and doing “research”.  Uh-huh.  That’s it.  Geez. 

After chatting about the game and what he missed here, I head in for my bath and then to bed an hour later than I should.

Nothing exciting, and true to form I lost much of my productivity mojo in the afternoon and evening, but that’s my day!


I’m linking up with Rebekah’s A Day in the Life of… where I’m certain that I didn’t follow the rules.   You should join us!


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  1. Thanks for sharing!! I love seeing your life! 🙂 By the way I think microwaved baked potatoes do have an inferior texture too!

  2. I love getting a look at your life!! I always enjoy reading posts like these. I’ve never baked potatoes in a bunch like that…but it does look like something I need to try! I much prefer oven baked potatoes to microwaved ones as well.

  3. do you bake your potatoes altogether in a dish like the photo?

    • I do! It works great. Just stab ’em and bake ’em with the lid on. I don’t even time it. Just wait until I smell them and then do a quick poke test. That way I don’t have to use foil and the skins don’t get too crispy.

      • You just made my life so much easier. Thank you! I’ve never done whole potatoes in the crock pot but have done chopped. Maybe I will try turn to.

  4. or you can throw them in the crock pot wrapped in aluminum foil. 🙂

  5. I loved this glimpse into your life Amy! And have you posted your frappe recipe? I’d love to have it! {I’m starting to acquire a taste for coffee…I’m finally a grownup!!}

    • I haven’t yet, but that’s on my “to do.” I need to probably make it a few more times *with measurements*. I usually just dump stuff in. 😉

  6. Those potatoes look soooo yummy and I prefer baked over nuked as well! 🙂 What do you do to your potatoes? We all wanna know!!! 🙂

    • My kids love to eat them with butter, salt and pepper, which makes for an easy supper. We also like them topped with chili and cheese or taco meat and cheese. If I have leftovers I refrigerate them overnight and shred them in the morning for hashbrowns. Yum!

  7. That exercise kiss is priceless! So sweet. (What? No photos of our Skype conversation while our hubbies were away?? ;)) Very fun post.

  8. Love it! It’s so FUN to have a peek into someone else’s day. :o) Your kids are adorable–and that exercise picture is absolutely priceless. My little man likes to climb all over me when I work out too.

  9. I love little sneak peaks into the lives of bloggers I love! That exercising picture is so precious!! Little moments that are captured like that will bring you wonderful memories for years to come. 🙂

  10. 1 – I can’t believe you took that exercise/kissing picture yourself! That is so cute!!

    2 – It cracks me up that you reuse the same Starbucks cup over and over. That sounds like something I would do. And all my friends would laugh at me… 🙂

    3 – I don’t care about any broken “rules!” I loved your day and I liked how you explained it all. I shared my photos only and didn’t say a peep about what I did in between them. I like that you shared your ENTIRE day. Of course I would have to be sure I’m having a pretty productive day if I decide to do it that way next year. 😉

    Thanks for sharing, Amy!

    • My husband’s students say “How’d she get to Starbucks?!” (because it’s an hour away) and he just makes up some story to play along. HA!

  11. Love, love, love the exercise picture! That’s how is goes around here too. So cute!

  12. Love the exercise kisses. I usually have a 3 year old trying to help and a dog chasing my feet. I’m new to being a “stay at home Mom” and love your honesty about your day.

    • Welcome to “the club.” 😉 How’s it going? (Please tell me you have challenging days/times, because it’s not all roses here!)

      • Thanks! Challenging, absolutely. Huge changes, oh yes. But wouldn’t trade it for the world. The last 4 months have been so full of adjustments as we figure out our new community, new home, new routine and spending most of our days together for me and my son. Potty learning going on at the same time… yeah not all roses 🙂 I love spending the “bests” (and worsts) of our days together, not just the ends (when I was working my husband handled mornings as I left the house before 6am).

  13. Thanks for sharing! I guess I’m a little nosy, too 🙂 Just curious – what CDs/music do you have for your kids? We really just have one go-to disc but I’d really like to expand the collection (for my own sake:).

    • My kids listen to the Cedermont Kids music. Preschool Songs, Toddler Tunes, Silly Songs We actually have them on VHS tape (a hand-me-down from long ago!) Videos. And I probably play them too much, but they’ll “watch” a few and then the songs remain on in the background while they play. I can also close the tv cabinet so we can’t see them.

  14. I don’t blame you for not taking pictures after 5:30. You were one busy woman! And I, too prefer my potatoes baked. Microwaves make them gross!

  15. Amy – I LOVED this! I think I will try to do a post of this once my current Sweets/Sharing is done.

    And the picture of your little guy helping with the dryer/clothesbasket?? It brought tears to my eyes as it sweetly reminded me of my babies at that stage. I miss it! My “baby” is 6 now! I truly enjoy the stage we are in, but it’s fun to reminisce.

    Have a great day!

    • Sometimes I fret about this stage (like when I NEVER get to eat alone, or go to the bathroom alone 😉 but I know I’ll miss it someday!

  16. Love the kisses and Jillian – just finished my own 30 day shred while watching my 3 year old attempt jumping jacks and my one year old attemping to sit on my lap during any crunch time. 🙂

  17. I just found your site today and happened upon this post from a year ago. Love it and your little one. He sure does get “into” his work helping you with laundry and fluffing the couch pillows and cushions. 😉

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