WITL 2017: MONDAY PHOTOS & STORIES

7:01 AM After watching Elmo in bed, the kids and I head downstairs for breakfast. Aaron has a headache so he sleeps in. I fly solo with the kids, just hanging out playing.

9:02 AM My little buddy helping me do laundry. Sam loves to take the clothes out of the washer and put them in the dryer. Today he tries to dry his owl and the play potty along with the white towels. If left to his own devices, he would throw books in there too and press all the buttons, 8261 times.

9:36 AM Dressing children and making funny faces in no particular order, since 2011. Love these self timer moments and capturing life through door ways.

10:11 AM Holiday Mondays are for playing with stuffed animals that Nanny and the Easter bunny brought.

11:26 AM Before leaving the house for our walk this morning Charlie followed us around to make sure we were leaving all together. We go to Starbucks for our usual “weekend treat” – that’s a grande flat white for me; a black tea lemonade for him;  croissants for the kiddos. When we get to the dog park we lose Charlie’s ball and the kids want to explore the rocks. I’m not going to lie, having a dog complicates things with two young children. Charlie barks incessantly for us to throw something, anything! It is like he is shouting at us, thinking that we are somehow holding out on him. Balancing Charlie’s demands with normal child rearing makes me a little squirrelly at times, today included. At least he gets to swim and splash.

12:05 PM As Rowan plays soccer outside with the neighbours, Sam and I make lunch. Sam “helps” and I only have to clean up minimal liquid off the counter and floor. On today’s menu: scrambled eggs with salsa and gucamole for me while it is scrambled eggs with strawberries and cucmbers for the kids.

1:06 PM I lie down for an hour; only to get back up to do chores. Holiday weekends are much different with kids. There is no break from housework. No binge watching anything today unless “binge watching” means unloading the dishwasher. Ha! I’m so tired….

2:15 PM Someone draws Princess Poppy as I tidy up. Her penmanship is improving and I love to see her get crafty. I also love the fact that she wants to give this picture to baby A after she learns that we are having an afternoon playdate.

Most days, this one rests during quiet time too.

3:09 PM Generally he is happy EXCEPT after he gets up. Thank goodness he slept because he skipped 3/4 naps this weekend. No wonder he is cranky. Also: his fine motor skills are so good, he takes his own sleep sack off! Ha!

3:10 PM Daddy is home from the gym. Both kids are eager to tell them about their afternoons.

3:20 PM Put on my comfy clothes & bandana as we are going to play soccer and blow bubbles in the park. It’s not a workout per say, but I do get in my steps.

4:15 PM He is confident in climbing the stairs and going down the slide. I follow him and remind him to watch the steps and sit on his bum. I’m sure, I look like a crazy person but I don’t care.

4:31 PM Before we racing out of the playground to the closest Starbucks to use the bathroom, Aaron and I “switch”. We employ a man on man strategy when it comes to watching out kids at the park. He is often with her, I am often with him. I savour these moments with my big kiddo more than I did before. I am not sure why. The warm hearted moment ends when she gives me sass and I switch back to toddler mode.

6:00 PM Aaron makes chicken fajitas for dinner. I am thrilled but I am counting down the moments until I can have some time to myself. This mama is tired. Sam goes to down around 7:30 pm while Ro is in bed by 8 pm. I hop on the computer and start blogging. Hooray for Monday!

Monday Reflections

This morning I am relaxed but by late afternoon and I am eager to get back to my regular work routine. I love having a long weekend off with my kiddos but I am a creature of habit. I need some adult alone time. I like the fact that I didn’t have to drive anywhere in the car today but oddly look forward tomorrow’s commute and the opportunity to listen to a podcast or two.

Gratitudes

  1. I am grateful for sunny days and crisp spring air
  2. I am grateful for slower paced days that are spent walking in our hood
  3. I am grateful for impromptu play dates with friends

Monday Present Participle List

Craving chocolate for breakfast but opting for lemon water and oatmeal.

Listening to Rowan sing “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana and I am impressed with all the words she knows.

Reading & re-reading truck books to Sammy and marveling at how much he enjoys the “beep-beeps” (aka his word for trucks).

Watching the latest episode of SNL on my Ipad after the kids go to bed & loving Jimmy Fallon and all the guest appearances.

Snapping lots of pictures and saying Ali’s words over and over in my head: “show me your life, right now…”

Favourite Conversation From the Day:

Overheard downstairs between Aaron & Rowan:

Rowan (in a robot voice): “Give me some food, I am hungry!”

Aaron: “Can you ask me nicely?”

Rowan (still in a robot voice):  “Robots don’t know any manners!”

AND

Discussing how I arrived at school when I was a kid with Rowan, outside of Starbucks

Rowan: “Mom, did you go to Blank School when you were my age?”

Me: “No honey

Rowan: “Whaaaaat? You rode a bus?”

Favourite Moment:

When Rowan drew a picture for W our next door neighbour, to say thank you teaching her how to play soccer.

2017 Week In The Life Intention: To showcase the small things (stresses and all)

Comments

  1. Love seeing your day Jess :).

  2. so sweet .
    good WITL ’17

  3. This is great! I really like the having separate notes for conversations, reflections, gratitutes. Love that idea.

  4. Love these photos Jess- so real and true and everyday.

  5. You’re an inspiration to moms everywhere 🙂 Greetings from Gothenburg. I took the bus today, which almost never happens, excited for some me-time and intended to listen to your podcast with Ali, Pam and Brandi – but ended up getting on the wrong bus 😀 As if that adventure wasn’t enough for today, I also made it to the gym for the first time in over a year and on my way home when I remembered I should document this, I discovered I’d left my phone behind by the locker – THANK YOU WITL!!!

  6. I LOVE so much about your format for week in the life… your daily gratitude, present participles, favorite conversation and favorite moment… LOVE. I’m doing my week this week and am carrying these over to mine! BEST to you!

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