I’m playing along this week with the lovely Ali Edwards in her Week in the Life project. Basically to sum it up Im documenting our entire week. Like all day long. Writing and photographing things that happen and at the end I’m compiling a little album all about a week in our lives at this stage. Documenting where we are RIGHT now. Today I’m sharing my words and photos from yesterday. This isn’t all my photos as I ended up taking close to 250 and then culled thru and ended up with only 143. 🙂 I know i won’t use them all but I’m just taking all day long anyways. I love pictures of our everyday life.
My details of shooting: I use a Nikon D800 and I rotated between lenses. A lot of them were taken with my 50mm because it is such a great indoor everyday lens. But I used my wide-angle (16-24) a couple of times and my biggest zoom (70-200). All my editing was done in Lightroom with my favorite Fernweh presets that I love and use most of the time.
Here is my Monday. My days start early because I have early risers. Two especially. And unfortunately Oliver usually wakes in a bad mood. He just takes a bit before he is happy. And he always loves to hold my hand to the kitchen to get his breakfast. He often won’t let dad get it, just mom. And he pretty much always has mini wheats. That is his morning routine. (and so it is mine too.) I get it and set him up and then I always try and crawl back into bed. Some days it works out and some days it doesn’t. Eli and Oliver come in and out of my room constantly from the time they get up. Asking questions and wanting to snuggle or just pester us.
Norah sleeps in usually. And when she wakes up she calls from her crib “Mommmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyy” Some days she’ll let Eli or Dad or Lucy get her out but often she wants me. Lately she’s more willing to let Eli get her out. And if anyone else does she comes straight to snuggle with me in my bed. I LOVE this shot that Eli captured. He took a whole lot of them and this one worked.
As we snuggle Dad was already showering and getting ready for his day. And Eli starts playing in my blankets. Hiding, tickling my feet, trying to scare Norah, etc.
Then often the bed jumping begins.
I reluctantly leave my bed and head to the kitchen to feed Norah and find something myself. I find Lucy in the kitchen with my breakfast already made. That girl has such a big heart.
I made a summer rule that Alden has to be up by 10am. He has always been the best sleeper in our family and now as he is becoming a teenager (gasp) he loves to sleep (just like his mom) and he would sleep until noon if I left him. I have to wake him or send one of the kids too most days. (School is gonna be a whole lotta pain in a few weeks!)
Across the street from us lives a lovely older couple who have adopted my kids. Eli started Trick or treating there every day a while ago. And now my other kids do it too. They often go over in their pjs and come home with a sucker.
Alden eats breakfast like this everyday. He is a man of routine: Honey nut cheerios, same red bowl, two bowls of them, always wrapped in his blanket with his knees up on the stool.
Summer has made housework low on the priority list. And this HAD to happened today!
Saturday Eli found a little caterpillar in the garden and has been calling it his pet. He is very interested in it and constantly checking on it. His mind is constantly going. He is curious about the world around him and so so smart. And so so so busy.
I like to hide the markers. Because they always lead to trouble. One of the big kids left them out and Norah and Oliver found them. When I saw and said what are you doing? Oliver replied “Don’t worry mom, we got our bellies too!” And then they both lifted their shirts up at me.
For lunches we had BLTs. A few months ago I introduced them to Eli since Bacon is one of his favorite foods. All the other kids liked them too so we seem to have them a lot. Now they have changed into different things. Like today, Norah had bacon and pineapple. Oliver and Eli had plain bacon sandwiches. (bun + bacon). Me, Lucy and Alden had regular BLTs.
Laundry is a big part of my life. 5 kids equals a whole lot of laundry. Especially lately with trying to potty train two kids.
Because of the age gap between Alden down to Oliver it’s not very often that all three boys are doing one thing together. But everyone and a while something magical happens and they get into something together. It’s my favorite when this magical moments happen.
Norah has the same nap time routine every day. She loves her zippy cup (which she calls her bottle) and one soother for her mouth and one or two in her hand. She always wants me to put her to bed even if dad is here. She’s totally a mommas girl.
Dad had morning office so he came home for a little bit before having to leave again. I used to get upset because in my brain I thought that morning office meant he could be at home. But that’s not the life of a doctor. There is so much paperwork to do and specialists to check with and labs to check and people to call and old folks homes to visit. It’s a whole lot more than his office hours. I do a lot better with it now. When he shows up we are glad to see him and we enjoy him but I try to expect him home at any certain time.
Alden and a friend went on a big bike trip. He is a total homebody and I’m constantly telling him to find a friend. I am not a homebody and I know he’s not like me. We are constantly trying to find balance of how much socialness is good for him.
A while ago I bought some kids golf clubs and my kids love to just play it on the grass out front. Today Lucy and about 5 other girls were playing it. Hitting them and running to get them over and over.
I usually end up baking something every day and Today it was brownies. I’m constantly trying new recipes too. My kids love to help and often they will make suggestions about what I should make.
Dad came home again and we went out to the lake. We weren’t moving as fast as dad would have liked and so we were a little rushed. We got half way to the lake and dad realized that we were almost out of gas. He really didn’t want to turn around and so we just risked it. I didn’t think we could make it. The kids were unaware of it all.
The older kids played and road on the tube, while Grandma and Aunty Lindsay and I all sat on the shore and Norah played around us.
She was happy and content. She is often surrounded by big loud personalities. It is fun to be alone with just her and see how fun and cute she is. She just plays and snuggles and giggles and chatters.
Dad had to get a couple skis in before we left the lake. He loves it so much. And he really hopes our kids will do it. Im not a skier and I won’t be, but i do hope that my kids can learn to do it and love it like he does.
Home to bed, a little bit late with a snacky supper and dirt in our toes and smelly towels. Lots of fun.
That was our Monday.
There are lots of people playing along with this and you can see more if you go over to Ali’s blog. After I capture my week I’ll be putting my album together and sharing it.
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