Every so often I feel the need to take a closer look at my life. To look at the routines and everyday items in a different light. Maybe to appreciate them more. To change my perspecitive a bit.
Luckily, I am reminded to take the time to do so every year when Ali Edwards initiates her Week in the Life photo project. I have participated along with this project for a number of years now (some more successfully than others).
The main point of the project is to document the everyday. Ali and most of the Week in the Life community have planned to start documenting their Week in the Life today. However, this year the husband is headed out of town for a good chunk of this week and the rest of April, so I decided to start documenting my Week in the Life last week. I took photos and kept notes and tried to post more than usual on Instagram. Now this week I want to pull all my thoughts together in a series of blog posts (Words and Photos) and order photo prints so that I can put everything together in my physical album sooner rather than later. (Which will be a first for me, for sure!)
“Tyler, your alarm went off. Time to get up.”
Ty: “I know. I wasn’t ready. I need more sleep!”
The Monday after Spring Break. Oh boy. (from Instagram post)
I bribed him to get out of bed with the promise of Gosner’s flavored milk for his lunchbox today.
Monday means laundry. All. Day. Long.
Morning routine includes saying goodbye to Kaitlyn first (who refused to pause for a photo) then making sure Tyler is on the ball with breakfast and packing his lunch. This week he has to pack lunch in a paper bag instead of his usual lunchbox as he has been “tossing his lunchbox into the air on on top of the lockers” at school lately and his teacher doesn’t want to deal with it anymore. *sigh*
Despite the slow start, Tyler did manage to complete all his morning routine with enough time to spare to (unwillingly) study for the spelling bee this week.
I spend my mornings keeping Ty on track while cleaning up the kitchen. Usually I have much more than this to deal with – phew.
We had some snow over the weekend but that didn’t keep Bambi from wanting to enjoy the sunshine. She found a dry spot and refused to come inside for a good chunck of the day.
Most of the morning and early afternoon was laundry. Some computer stuff for work. Laundry. To Do List and phone calls/texts. Laundry. Lunch. Laundry.
My usual afternoon view. I try to work out while Kaitlyn has swim team practice. She is still a very determined girl. Can’t wait to see her progress in the upcoming swim meets.
I’ve been happy to have been able to run into an old friend from high school a few weeks ago and we have since developed a habit of working out together during most of Kaitlyn’s swim practices. I love that I have someone to keep me company and I think Kaitlyn loves that I’m not getting sick of being there so easily and prodding her out of the pool before she’s ready to leave.
This is where my photo taking fizzled for the day. When we got home from the rec center I was happy to see that Tyler was almost finished with his homework. The rest of the evening is pretty standard. Laundry. Dinner. Finish folding laundry and get everyone to put it away. Relax in front of screens or books until bedtime.
I’ll be back tomorrow with Tuesday’s Words and Photos. If you’re participating in Week in the Life, I’d love to hear about it!
–2016 Sunday’s Words and Photos (looks like the rest of the week may not have survived the switch to the new website 🙁 I might have to work upsoon to show of the completed album for 2016) a blog post
–2016 Saturday’s Words and Photos
–2015 Sunday’s Words and Photos
–2015 Saturday’s Words and Photos
–2015 Friday’s Words and Photos
–2015 Thursday’s Words and Photos
–2015 Wednesday’s Words and Photos
–2015 Tuesday’s Words and Photos
–2015 Monday’s Words and Photos