Day in the Life: April 2016

It’s been three months since I wrote a “day in the life” post, so I thought it was high time to do it again. I think these are so fun and enjoy giving a glimpse into how quickly my world changes! I have tried to be more purposeful lately with my time, and organizing things, schedules, etc. and it has really helped me to be more productive!

Last time I did a day in the life where Emma Kate was home with me (remember, she goes to daycare three days a week), so I thought it would be fun to do a day where she is at school. Here we go!

6:45: I hear noises on the monitor and roll over to check the time. It’s overcast out so it seems way earlier than it is. I get up, throw on some clothes, (laying out my gym clothes the night before really helps me save time in the mornings) and go get little bit.

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She asks for Bella while I’m changing her diaper and clothes (I lay out her clothes the night before, too) so I call for the dog and she comes running into the room.

6:55: I take the dog out, feed her, and give Emma Kate a sippy cup while she watches TV.

7:00 I throw on some shoes, run my fingers through my hair like a comb, and decide I am presentable enough for drop off. I pour some iced coffee into a cup and head for the door. Whoops! Forgot the dog is still outside. Bring her in, load up the toddler into the car with her backpack and, and we head to school around 7:10

7:25: We make it to daycare, and I am thankful we beat most of the traffic. I have to drive by a high school to bring EK to daycare, and the worst traffic is around 7:30/7:45 headed in the direction of her daycare.

7:30: I bring her in, chat with her teacher for a minute, say goodbye, then am back in my car headed home.

7:50: I have a little less than an hour before I leave for the gym, so the first thing I do is grab a quest bar to eat, and then I settle down into my chair to read my Bible. If I don’t do it first thing, I will forget, plus I like how it sets the tone for my day.

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8:10: I have about 30 minutes of time to work, so I check my social media sites, do a little posting and answer some emails from the night before. I see that I have several quote requests from clients, but don’t even want to open that inbox until I get home because I know I don’t have time right now to really get into doing quotes.

8:42: Dang it! I do this every time. When I have “extra time” before I need to go somewhere, I always end up late! I quickly fill up my water bottle, brush my teeth, wash my face, and re-do my hair. I throw on a jacket, jump in the car and head to the gym.

8:58: I hurry into the gym and remember this is the day my trainer teaches another class right before ours and is usually a couple minutes late, so I am thankfully there before she arrives. I’m so glad our class is bigger this boot camp session, I love new people coming in and getting stronger and more healthy!

9:02: We start our warm up, and end up having a super intense class. We did tabata training today (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off) in the room where they do HEAT class (aka it’s REALLY hot in there!) and I was dying by the end of it. I think it’s the hardest class I have done to date! However, I felt great after which is always a good sign.

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10:05: Leave the gym and head to the grocery store. I text Bobby from the parking lot asking him to add anything he needs to the list. (life hack: We use the Anylist app, and have a shared grocery list on there, so he can add things to the list on his end, and they show up on the list on my phone. This makes shopping so much easier because if he tells me I forgot something he wanted, I just say “it wasn’t on the list!” and he knows to add it for next time. Same goes for when we run out of something, whoever uses the last of it just adds it to the list in the app. It’s awesome.

10:55: Much to my dismay, a couple weeks ago Kroger decided to move around ALL THE FOOD in the store! I’m still learning where everything is so it takes me twice as long. You don’t realize how accustomed you are to something like this until it changes! So I finally leave the store and head home.

11:10 I’m home, and I unload the groceries, let the dog out, and put up all the food. I realize I’m getting hungry and craving some carbs so I put a potato in the microwave and eat a few slices of turkey while I wait for it to cook.

11:30: The toddlers eat at 11:30 at daycare, so I pull up the webcam while I eat my potato and check in on her eating her lunch. Then I decide to tackle my travel client email inbox and spend the next hour doing quotes and answering questions.

12:30: I check my other inboxes, and then decide to start writing this blog post.

1:00: I am working on a really big project that I will share with you later, but it involves a LOT of research and technical stuff, so I spend over an hour giving myself a headache trying to figure some things out.

2:25: Check in on Emma Kate again via webcam. They are all waking up from their naps, and I suspect EK has been awake for awhile. yes yes, we are still battling with the short naps over here.

2:30: I realize I am still hungry, so I eat some yogurt and string cheese for a snack. I am really trying to make an effort to eat more healthy, and snacking is certainly my downfall.

2:35 I’m back to checking inboxes, answering emails, and posting on social media. I go from one to the other, and once I get back to the first inbox, I have new emails to answer.

3:00: I’m back to working on my big project and start feeling overwhelmed, but press on absorbing as much information as I can.

4:30: My eyes are starting to cross, so I take a quick break to put on a load of laundry and do the dishes in the sink.

4:45: I’m back at my computer, knowing I only have a few precious minutes left helps me to focus on the task at hand.

5:15: It’s time to go pick up Emma Kate from school! I jump in the car and drive over.

5:30 Little bit is happy to see me but looks worn slap out. That girl can play hard. We drive home and Bobby is there. I cooked last night so we are having leftovers (another life hack that has helped saved me time lately, I cook bigger portions so I don’t have to cook every night).

5:45 I put Emma Kate in her chair and get her food for her. By time I fix my plate she is almost done eating so I shovel my food down, but at least we are all sitting together at the table. This is something that is really important to me and we do it every night we are home.

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6:00: Emma Kate plays with her toys for a few minutes, and then we go outside for a little while at 6:15. She runs up and down the driveway and pulls flowers off my azalea bushes. I can’t wait for it to get a little warmer, we are going to buy her a water table and I think she will really enjoy it. I make a mental note to research them online.

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6:45 we come back inside for bath time and PJ’s. We are VERY scheduled with EK so she knows exactly what to expect and when. She plays in the tub a few minutes and then she is out, dressed for bed, and drinking out of her sippy cup by 7:00.

7:00: We sit on the couch, read books, play games, and just relax as a family winding her down before bed.

7:15: Time for Emma Kate to go night night. We say prayers and put her into bed. I jump on the computer to finish this post and then grab a snack.

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7:45: I finish folding a load of laundry, picking up the kitchen, and pick up a few toys. I put the bathroom cleaning supplies in my bathroom to remind me to clean them tomorrow.  (I’m super visual!)

7:55: Bobby and I are finishing up season one of a show called “The Man in the High Castle” on Amazon Prime. If you like history you will love this show, it’s really fascinating. We watch the last episode and I google that season two won’t be out until the end of 2016. gah!

8:40: Bobby tells me goodnight and he goes upstairs to play video games for a little bit. I catch up on a couple of shows on Hulu and start getting sleepy.

9:30: Lights out for me. Lately it has been taking me awhile to fall asleep and I wake up some in the night, so I am sure to go to bed early to get enough sleep. I drift off around 10:00 and get ready to do it all over again.

QOTD: What is your favorite thing to snack on right now? What time to do go to bed?

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Comments

  1. Sounds like a really productive day! 🙂 EK looks so grown up! They really do grow up way too fast!

  2. What a day! Sounds a lot like mine lol! I usually go to bed between 9:30-10:00 since I get up at 5:20 every morning to run. My favorite snack is peanut butter crackers!

  3. I have gone through seasons where I struggle to fall asleep and then wake up in the middle of the night, usually for 1-2 hours. It’s super annoying. It would happen even when I felt stress free and didn’t have anything pressing on my mind. I finally started using melatonin on the recommendation of my doctor. It’s helped a lot!