Today is my second installment of the Week in the Life project that I am participating in with Ali Edwards leading the way.
So I found that the first day I was taking pictures I took a lot more. Part of it was a that I didn’t know what to capture since I had just captured what I felt was a lot the day before. My kids playing and being around the house. And I guess it was harder the second day. It’ll be interesting as the week progresses how hard it will be or if I will fall into a groove. I haven’t done a whole week before so this is a learning curve. That being said, this is our life and I want to document it and record what it is right now. Where we are.
Tuesday was our 15 year wedding anniversary and my hobby being the good guy that he is, made me breakfast in bed. I love how he shows me in little things that he loves me. That is what love is. Consistent little things day in and day out. All those little things add up to feeling loved and feeling safe and connecting. Over the past 15 years we have grown and shared a lot: moves, pregnancy and babies, newborns and crying toddlers, a whole lot of schooling and no money, getting lost and traveling, tears and laughter, failure and successes. Him and me committing to show up together every single day is love. And I am so very very thankful that we have each other. We have such a good marriage and for that I will be eternally grateful.
Just after dad brought in the sandwich, Norah of course followed him in to find me and needed some snuggles. I liked that this shot showed our chair, with the clothes all over it. It’s something that Regan always does and we joke about it. How I could let it bother me or just laugh about it. I choose the later.
I think I’ll get a morning snuggle shot the whole week long. It’s such a lovely part of the day.
Often when I come out of my room I find Lucy doing something creative. Today it was designing clothes. Creativity is running through this one strong and I love that we have a home were she is given lots of opportunities to create whatever she wants.
Off to convince Norah to get dressed. Lately she likes to sleep in her clothes and then doesn’t want to change in the morning because “I’m already dressed!” She has decided she wants to wear underwear (pull ups) and be a “big girl”. Her and Lucy were discussing who was on her pull up. Lucy and Norah’s relationship is such a lovely thing to watch.
Quick trip to the potty for both littles. I hate potty training. Like hate hate it. I hate doing it. I hate thinking about it. I hate people telling me their opinions about how and when I should be doing it. I hate cleaning up poop. I hate fighting with Oliver to even think about doing it. I can not wait until we are all free and clear of diapers.
Hair cuts for all three boys. I used to try and go to some of the ladies in town in their homes but I’m totally a last minute person. It’s just easier to call up town and get an appointment. They have consistent hours. It works better for us. Watching my three boys get their hair cuts you get a slight insight into their personalities. Eli has a discussion with whoever is cutting his hair. He shares and talks and discusses and makes friends. Oliver is serious (and often grumpy about it) and can’t wait to be done. Alden tolerates someone else touching him and the noise of the clippers and will answer one word answers to every question he is asked.
Norah has recently started carting around little stuffies and a blanket. She often wants a soother and her “bottle” (sippy cup) too. Hauling them and dropping them here and there and getting upset about it. It’s cute to see her snuggle them. It keeps her my little one.
I have five brothers and they loved to pester. And I remember complaining to my mother about why they were always doing it. Alden never really was like that but the older he has gotten he is more and more into pestering and it drives me crazy. I am constantly talking to him about keeping the peace and not making kids freak out (just as often as I am talking to the younger ones about not freaking out when he does pester). I was chasing him around the kitchen and smothering him with hugs and kisses to punish him. We were both giggling and laughing and all of the other kids watching were giggling too. I felt like it was a victory since I stopped the fighting in a positive way. (win)
Lunch was “cheese girls” as the two littles call it. I was trying to be fun with the whole butterfly thing and it worked because they both ate it all. (win)
Lately Norah and Oliver love to play with their food together. Today the grilled cheese became dinosaurs who were having a conversation. It was adorable and totally messy.
Another Alden thing is to mess around with the phones. He loves to change the names of them constantly so that they are called Alden Rules or Eli Smells or something silly constantly. Now he was changing the time on them just to mess me up. It used to make me mad, but I’ve just let it go. I have to let him be a stinker in some areas, he is a teenage boy.
We decided to do our back to school supply shopping before nap time. And of course the usual fight for the front seat started. They sit on each other and Eli will yell and they won’t move. So I usually kick them both to the back and let Lucy sit in it.
I love that I can get all my school supplies up town. It’s a whole lot easier and quick. And I like to support this small town we live in. I feel positive about that. It’s a good town and I want the business to thrive and do well, so I support it.
Norah is the most snuggly before nap time or bed time. She wants only one or two books. Always with her pile of soothers and her sippy. I love the few quiet moments we have together. Some days Oliver stands beside us and listens to the stories. But often it is just me and Norah.
A little mine craft together. I have a love hate relationship with iPads. I hate that my kids love them so much but they are such fun things. At least they were playing together and talking the whole time.
Eli is constantly off to play with friends. And today it was his best friend Jayden. They are two of a kind. And I love that we live in a small town where he can ride to their house by himself. He is easily my most independent child. Almost sometimes scarily. I can text his friends mom and say he’s on his way and she’ll text back when he gets there.
This is about how we both feel about potty training.
I love to see my kids picking up board games with friends without my suggestion. I love that they are interacting and being together. It’s really my favorite. Today the Coon kids and them played Settlers of Catan.
Breakfast for dinner for the kids. We were going out on a date to celebrate our anniversary. I love that we can leave our kids to babysit each other and that Alden and Lucy are capable to do it. It’s REALLY lovely. It used to be a worry about if they would be okay getting everyone to bed but they have gotten it now multiple times. And I love that it gives me and Regan a lot more freedom. And the older two earn a little money for doing it. They work together and then spend a little time together watching a show. It’s totally a win all the way around.
Just before we left on our date Lucy told me she made us a gift. And then she whipped these out. She is such a gift giver. She loves to give gifts especially things that she has made. And I love them. That is us.
Bowling with another couple. We like to say that we fell in love at a bowling alley. Really it was that Regan actually realized that I liked him and that he liked me back. We went with another couple that was married the same day as us a year later. I love going out with friends. We had so much fun together.
I don’t think I’ve beat Regan at a sport in a long time. Kinda funny 😉
Ending the evening with tasty food is my favorite too. I love going out to eat. Trying new restaurants and seeing what they can make. We tried Miro and I had a Roasted Beets, Orange Segments, Arugula for an appetizer, Filet Mignon, Mushroom Ragout, Truffle Oil, Scalloped Potatoes for my entree and this chocolate mousse for dessert. All of it was SO stinking tasty! Such a lovely way to celebrate our anniversary.
Wondering how I got this well lit shot? We were in a dark restaurant. I had two people hold their phones on either side with their lights on and then I shot straight down onto the plate. Works wonderfully as long as the people you are with aren’t phased by holding their lights up.
That was our Tuesday. You can see my Monday here.
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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