Thursday, June 6, 2013

Week in the Life

Two weeks ago, I did a little Week in the Life project with my friend Kylie and all the photos were taken with my iPhone and posted through Instagram, but I wanted to post the photos here on my blog, as well. I haven't been a very good blogger this year.  I made a bit of a self-commitment this year to stay away from the computer more, to get out more, to take care of myself more.  So, even though I blog in my own head daily (and, I'm sure I always will) the words haven't traveled the distance from fingertips to screen in a long while.  All that being said, I do still enjoy blogging, connecting with those I've called friends over the last five or six years, and keeping a fun sort of place to keep my words, my photos, and all the things that my heart loves.

So, Kylie and I agreed that this would be a good creative jump start for us both.  A little something to revive us from a creative slump.  I loved every second of the week and how doing this project always keeps me so mindful of every moment.  I always feel more present in my daily motions.  I'm pretty sure that I'll be doing another WITL very soon.

So, here goes....


Day 1:

7:00 a.m.

The day began with week 1, day 2,  of the Couch to 5K (C25K) program.  I was feeling super-motivated to move my daily walks along into something a little more challenging and exciting.  I was immediately struck by the exhilaration I felt when running.  It felt like I was coming to life and the sustaining energy I received from the first day was unlike any amount of energy I had ever received from my power walks and 30-day Shred workouts.  I may have hooked myself into a really good habit with this attempt at running.

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9:30 a.m.

I spent some time helping out the neighbors with a little painting before packing up the girls for their dance class and some grocery shopping.

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4:00 p.m.

The afternoon was really busy and not many photos were snapped, but the hour-long dance class gave me a much needed break.  The girls were happy that it was "Bring a Friend Week" at the studio, but were sad to know that only one more dance class was scheduled before the summer break.  While sitting in the studio, though, I was proud to have been informed that Emma should try out for dance company next year and Claire, too, if she was as "into it" as Emma.  Emma was beyond excited to hear that bit of news and is looking forward to some awesome dance days ahead.


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The evening stretched out into the busyness that had become typical for our post-dance-class-Mondays.  Spaghetti was waiting in the crock-pot and dishes were waiting in the sink.  A mad scramble for showers and baths, and then finally this tired mama made her way to the bed.




Day 2:

7:15 a.m.

I did my early morning walk today and then whipped up a smoothie with a frozen blend of strawberries, pineapple, and mango.  I also have been adding a little Greek yogurt, ground flax seed, and chia seeds.  Mmmm!

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10:00 a.m.

We took a break from our school work and I went outside to snap a shot of the beautiful Agapanthus blooms.  They are so pretty!

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4:00 p.m.

I took an afternoon stroll to clear my head after the long morning of school work, house cleaning, and laundry.  Isaac plants these sunflowers every year and every year I think sunflowers are without a doubt the happiest flower I've ever seen.

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5:00 p.m.

After spending some time outside, strolling around, watering some flowers, and generally wasting some time, I sat on the backyard swing to waste a few more minutes before going inside to cook dinner.



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5:30 p.m.

I turned off the garden sprinkler and collected my first tomato and zucchini of the year.  The yellow squash was added to the other handful of squash picked earlier in the week for the night's dinner.

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6:00 p.m.

In an attempt to not drive my kids crazy with sauteed chicken breasts yet again, I decided to compromise and make them oven-fried chicken instead.  I opted for a salad with a side of fresh squash.


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7:30 p.m.

A little after-dinner garden time was needed to tie up my tomato plants.  Those tomatoes were getting heavy!


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8:15 p.m.

I have been stretching most every night with my girls, using the stretches they use in their dance class.  I let them teach me (so much more than they'll ever know and so much more than I can ever explain in this post) and guide me and I have to say that it is an amazing way to connect with my growing girls.  I look forward to every silly moment we spend in their bedroom at night.  It's unbelievable, but I can nearly do a split again!


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Day 3:

7:15 a.m.

Here I am, mid-stride, on day 3 of C25K, as I finish up my morning run. 

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7:30 a.m.

Week one of C25K is done!  My quadriceps were very thankful for the two-day break ahead, but I felt  ready to step it up in week two!

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5:00 p.m.

The day was somewhat on the cool side, breezy, and a bit unseasonal for us, not to mention my hubby had a bit of a cold as well, so chicken and vegetable soup was on the menu.  The day was another filled with mundane household chores that never made me want to snap a photo.  {Next WITL, I'll be sure to focus on the mundane just a bit more than I did this time.  Those tiny, forgettable moments are really the ones that I'd like to remember long into the future.}


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6:30 p.m.

The soup was delicious.

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Day 4:

8:30 a.m.

Good (late) Morning!  The day set itself up to be a lazy one, and that's a good thing!  My husband was off work and he and the boys left before sunrise to go fishing. 

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10:15 a.m.

The sun was shining warm and bright outside, so in the spirit of lazy days, this mama took her water and  book outside to the lounge chair to soak up some rays.  While lying there my hubby called from the boat and basically asked me out for a date night and, of course,  I said YES!

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4:00 p.m.

The date night is beginning this afternoon with a large plain iced coffee and a splash of 2% milk.  SO good on a warm day!

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4:45 p.m.

Spent a little time in Williams-Sonoma with my hubby and laughing at his reactions to the prices on their merchandise.  He was suffering from just a bit of sticker-shock in that store!  Although, if I were a rich woman, those aqua plates would be in my kitchen right now.  ;)

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8:40 p.m.

We were heading back across the bay and this was our view of downtown.  We had some bags in the backseat, some new kitchen rugs, and a few goodies to take home to the kids.  We had a nice salad for dinner and some really good, quiet, quality time together.  I am so thankful for this man of mine.

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Day 5: 

8:30 a.m. (again)

A bit of a late start once more, but had coffee on the porch while the kids were still asleep.  I love those quiet mornings spent outside, chatting together, until the kids wake up.


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2:45 p.m.

After a really long, lazy morning, I had a late lunch - chicken and Caesar dressing on Romaine lettuce.  I was also getting my girls and their friend ready to go out for the evening while the boys went fishing once more.  A little shopping for some smaller pants for mama (!!!) and open gym night at the gymnastics studio for the girls is in our very near future!


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6:30 p.m.

The girls had a blast at the open gym night at Planet Gymnastics!

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7:29 p.m.

I'm taking a break from supervising the girls in the gym to go out to my car and eat the salad that I brought with me for dinner.  I have to always be prepared!


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The night ended late and we arrived home around 10:00.  The girls were so tired from all the energy they burned off at the gym, so a quick shower for us three and to bed we went.




Day 6:

7:00 a.m.

I caught up on my emails from the last couple of days before I hit the door running.

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8:00 a.m.

Finished the next run in my plan, week 2, day 1, this morning.  Feeling happy!

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1:20 p.m.  Taking it easy and enjoying my view of the blue skies this afternoon.

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6:00 p.m.

Turkey burgers on the grill with smashed red potatoes (with sour cream and chives) on the side.  Dinner was yummy!

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6:45 p.m.

Chow time!  Yep, someone reached across my shot and those are the first tomatoes we'd eaten from our garden.


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7:15 p.m.

The sun setting slowly over the peach orchard.

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7:30 p.m.

A drive-by on the golf cart to see the cows down the street.

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7:45 p.m.

Here's the final shot of the sunset from across the wheat field.  What a beautiful end to a beautiful day.


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Day 7:

9:00 a.m.

Lagoon is the new paint color I chose for my fabric shelves.  I ran out of paint and had to put it aside to finish later.

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3:30 p.m.

Swimming at the neighbors' house.   Cookout is later!

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5:45 p.m.

Red velvet cupcakes to the cookout!

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8:00 p.m.

Swimming into the night.  The week has been a beautiful.

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That wraps up a Week in the Life, here with our family in late springtime.  I'm looking forward to the warm days of summer, a break from school work, another beach vacation, an upcoming concert, as well as celebrating both our 18th anniversary and my boys' 15th birthday in the coming weeks.  Summer is sure to be awesome!