Oh, I get so giddy about publishing today’s post. These semi-annual “Day in the Life” posts are so lengthy and I’m never quite sure if my readers make their way entirely through them, but they hold pictures and videos that always make my heart swell months and years later. Not only are these posts precious keepsakes to Jamie and me, but I hope you enjoy getting a “peek through the blinds” at what our super average days look like.
On Sunday, July 23rd, I woke up about 6:15 a.m. and immediately thought of my best friend Amberlee since it was her birthday. I sent her a couple silly Bitmojis to let her know I was thinking of her, and then rolled over to sleep a little bit more until…
I heard a little three year old climbing up the dog stairs to lay in our bed. She’s been doing this routinely for the last couple weeks, and I don’t mind it a bit. I kind of love her morning snuggles.
Jamie let me sleep in Saturday, so I let him snooze a bit and got up with Hadley to start the day. He and I planned to tag-team staining the deck before church to beat the heat, so Hadley and I checked to see if it was dry from the rainfall the night before. Because it was still damp, I didn’t bother waking him up and moved to the kitchen with Hadley.
Like every morning, I quickly jotted down a to-do list of things I wanted to get done that day and gave Hadley her favorite vitamins.
She asked for her routine morning cup of milk and then ran off to play.
Around 7:45 we heard Sadie fussing in her crib, so Hadley and I went in to get her up.
I gave her a sippy cup of milk and watched her take it into the playroom to join Hadley. A few minutes later I found her sippy cup in the play kitchen’s sink, as pictured. 🙂
They played for about 20 minutes while Jamie drank coffee, watched the news, and I got breakfast going. We love love love Sunday mornings.
While I had breakfast going, I also got to thinking about dinner. We hadn’t had chicken in almost a week, so I set out a pack to thaw.
A few minutes later we all ate some scrambled eggs and strawberries before cleaning up the kitchen and getting showered and dressed for church.
If Jamie or I even look away for a second, we know where we can find Sadie: standing on the stool in the bathroom. She loves this spot!
Once Jamie was dressed, he grabbed our rings and other jewelry and shined them up with his long-time jewelry cleaning concoction: 1 tbsp of salt, 1 tbsp of baking soda, 1 tsp of dish soap, and hot water. He puts all of this in a bowl that’s lined with tinfoil (which he claims is key!) and let the jewelry set for about five minutes before scrubbing them with an old toothbrush. It’s amazing how they shine afterwards!
I also gathered all of the dirty clothes and started my daily load of laundry.
We spent our last few minutes breaking up fights between the girls over toys being snatched and not shared, but we finally got out the door about 9:15 and made it to church.
After church we went to have lunch at Radina’s Bakehouse since we had a BOGO lunch coupon that was about to expire. The girls had smoothies and Jamie and I enjoyed delicious light sandwiches before using another coupon for a BOGO treat.
Jamie grabbed us a couple of chocolate covered Oreos that we all split before heading home for nap time.
Doesn’t everybody get this happy when they eat chocolate covered Oreos?!
Driving around with Hadley is like driving around with your own personal Manhattan tour guide. She points out every little thing in between requesting all of her favorite songs.
Once the girls were down for naps, Jamie and I headed out back to put a second coat of stain on the deck (Jamie had done the first coat the day prior.)
I used a small brush to cut in close to the house and he used this fabulous tool I found out Amazon to swipe the stain on evenly and quickly.
An hour later I couldn’t believe that Sadie was awake from her nap because we were hoping she would take a long afternoon nap since she missed her morning nap. Oh well!
We’re always trying to offer her different foods, so for her snack I put some avocado on toast with a little salt and pepper. She thought that was a joke and in her own little baby way said “NO THANKS!” 🙂
She and I laid down on the couch to relax and watch a little Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, but that lasted all of 5 minutes before she was ready to walk around the house again.
She crawled off the couch and made her way into Hadley’s room lightning fast.
Once both girls were up, we headed into my room to fold some laundry that I’d thrown in the dryer once we got home from church.
After I put away some clothes, Jamie took Hadley outside to help him wash our cars and Sadie hung around my feet while I taped off the kitchen drawers in preparation to paint them.
Taping only took about 20 minutes, so Sadie and I joined Jamie and Hadley outside once I was done. The girls played until Jamie was done, and then we all headed inside to wind down and get out of the heat. I put on Trolls for the girls (a favorite in our house right now), and I did a final check of my blog post that was set to go live the next day.
Of course my sidekick was glued to me the entire day. Everybody who spends time at our home knows that Teddy follows me around all day, every day. He is always at my side.
Around 4:30 I coated the chicken in barbecue sauce and let it marinate for about an hour before Jamie threw it on the grill; I wish dinner year-round could come off the grill. So good! We always make more than enough so that we can eat on the leftovers throughout the week for lunch. I also grabbed a couple of bags of frozen sides (brussel sprouts and jalapeno potatoes) from the freezer and threw them in the microwave.
After dinner we ran out to meet someone who was buying something from us from Facebook’s Marketplace, so since we were out anyway we swung into the newly reopened Dairy Queen for dessert.
The girls were bathed, read to, prayed over, and asleep by 8, and then Jamie and I stayed up until about 9:30ish before hitting the hay ourselves. And that’s another day in the life. 🙂
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Hi! I’m Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother in today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to two little girls (ages 5 and 2) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo