Ahhhh, time for a bi-annual “Day in the Life” post. 🙂
My love for going back and re-reading these posts gives me more than enough fuel to continue publishing them twice a year like I have since 2014. Watching our girls grow up before my very eyes as I click from one “Day in the Life” post to the next is priceless to both Jamie and me.
I hope you enjoy them too, for one reason or another!
It hit me over the weekend that I missed the boat with filming this in January like I usually do, so I went ahead and knocked it out on Monday!
My alarms rang at 4:20 and 4:22 a.m., but I’m not sure I climbed out of bed until 4:30 a.m. I had a 5 a.m. Orangetheory class to hustle to! I was out the door by 4:44 a.m. and made it just in time to get my booty kicked like usual. I try hard to never miss a Monday. It’s my favorite way to kick off the week on a high note.
I got home around 6:15 a.m., made a chocolate protein shake with almond milk and some new powder I’d recently bought at Costco, and then hopped in the bath. (Definite mom life = Mrs. Potts in the background since our kids love our tub, haha.)
I soaked for longer than I should have but was out by 6:35 (I call this my own personal quiet time, a.k.a. the calm before the storm of children, haha). I sprayed my hair with dry shampoo (this is my third can from Batiste, and I’m not sure I’ll ever buy anything else! Soooo good.) and then gave it a quick blow dry around my roots.
I love our mornings together where the girls sleep a little later and we can chat and get ready for the day. He exercises at 5 a.m. too but in our garage.
Around 6:45 a.m. Hadley came barreling in crying about having a bad dream. Dad to the rescue to dry those tears, while I got back to putting on a little makeup and doing a few barrel wrap curls with my 1 1/4 wand (my fastest hairstyle besides putting it up).
My mom got my sister and me this It Cosmetics makeup palette (Beauty Book) for Christmas, and we are both completely obsessed! It makes doing my makeup so much faster since so much of what I want to use is right here in this palette. HIGHLY recommend!
By 6:54 a.m. I was casually dressed and ready to head into the kitchen.
I got started on packing lunches and Jamie worked on putting together the girls’ breakfast plates while also packing his lunch.
Around 7:15 a.m., Sadie was up!
Every morning she wraps her legs around me and snuggles on my shoulder hard. It’s one of the favorite parts of the day.
Once both girls were settled with breakfast, Jamie kissed them goodbye and I sat down with a cup of coffee (that Jamie had made me 20 minutes prior that I now had to reheat!) and read about 10 pages from a book You Are Free by Rebekah Lyons that we are studying in a life group starting next week. I am co-leading a table with my friend Jenna, so I’m trying to get ahead by reading in the mornings.
I finished reading around the same time Hadley finished breakfast, so she threw her dishes in the sink and then joined me in the living room while I flipped on the news and finished my coffee.
Around 8 a.m. we got ourselves in gear and finished up getting ready for school.
Once both girls were ready for school, I told them to go play while I cleaned up the kitchen and started a load of laundry (I really dislike laundry, so I start a load every morning so that I never have to spend more than 15 minutes at a time folding and putting away in the afternoon.)
I then went into the kitchen to quickly unload and load the dishwasher, and I was so freaking happy to see that Jamie had unloaded the dishwasher the night before. Yessss.
I loaded it quickly with our breakfast dishes and then sat down to scarf a bowl of Special K before we ran out the door!
I haven’t bought cereal in years and years, but I saw it at Costco the other day wanted it for some odd reason. It tastes so good but does not fill me up for longer than an hour. It’s crazy how my body craves protein in the mornings!
After dropping off the girls at school, I ran some errands for 45 minutes or so until meeting up with Hadley’s class at their field trip location. Another mom and I were happily chaperoning! One of my errands = knocking out valentines for the girls to give out at school next week. It’s amazing how fast you can get in and out of multiple stores when you’re sans kids. Ahh.
At 10 a.m., it was pizza time with the preschoolers!
They got to make their own personal pizzas and put them in the oven. They were well-behaved and very excited.
The field trip was over by 11:30, and since I had a feeling it would be a quick one, I brought my laptop and charger with me to knock out a little bit of blogging at a nearby Starbucks until school pickup.
By 1:20ish, we were home for the day. While the girls munched on a snack, I traded in my jeans (that are getting quiiiite tight) for these new comfy pants I got as a PR gift from Marika, a women’s activewear clothing line!
The print is funky, but I’m totally in love with them! They are so crazy comfy, and the high panel is AMAZING. It’s almost embarrassing how often I’ve worn them since they arrived a few weeks ago. You have to check out their website if you love athleisure clothes!! I cross my heart that their items are fantastic! I also got this Motion Tank from them that I love and have been wearing constantly to Orangetheory (I’ll take a picture next time I wear it)!
Around 1:45 p.m. we cleaned up their snacks, hit the bathroom one more time, and then gathered the things they wanted to bring with them to “quiet time”. (I don’t care how much junk they bring. Just stay in your beds, play your hearts out, and sleep if you want. LOL. Everybody gets 2ish hours of peace and quiet. Necessary.)
Once they were in bed (the whole process usually takes about 20 minutes of moving like sloths and delaying getting in bed), I hit a wall and collapsed on the couch. I turned on the Netflix documentary about the Fyre Festival, but only watched about 45 minutes before I took a short snooze.
By 3:30ish Hadley was more than ready to get out of bed. I put on an episode of “Sugar Rush” on Netflix (her newest obsession!) for her while I escaped to my room to quickly fold a load of laundry.
At 4:15 Sadie woke up in a funky mood, per her usual. She laid on the couch and whined while Hadley and I put shoes on to go out back to enjoy the 65 degree weather. Sadie joined us pretty quickly once she pulled herself together!
By 4:45, I was famished. I had planned all day for our family to eat various leftovers for dinner since we had a handful in the fridge, so instead of getting myself a snack, I went ahead and made a random bacon and egg burrito for dinner (we had leftover bacon in the fridge). I ate it out back while the girls played their hearts out.
Jamie got home around 5:20, and I wish so badly that I had caught on video Sadie’s reaction when he got home. She screamed the happiest scream and bolted for him. It was adorable. He pushed them on the swings for a few minutes and then we all headed inside.
I heated up everybody else a plate for dinner and then we sat to eat together around 5:30.
Once dinner was all cleaned up, we looked at the clock and it was only 6:03. Still 30ish minutes till bath time. So we got out a game (Hadley’s love language right now is quality time without a doubt) and we played a long round of Chutes and Ladders. Excellent, easy (!) game for kids 3+, by the way.
Jamie started tackling bath time around 6:30 and I sat down to put finishing touches on a blog post I had been working on at Starbucks earlier in the day. I was so close to finishing and wanted it to go live that night! (It was the post about expectations and prep for 3rd baby.)
Finishing up the post took about 10 minutes, and then I shut down the computer and made myself a snack/dessert with some Activia yogurt and a big handful of mixed fresh fruit. I cannot get enough fruit lately!
Jamie read the girls a couple of books, we hugged and kissed them goodnight, and they were in bed by 7:10.
The rest of the night included two hours of The Bachelor for me and some work on my Jeep for Jamie. I had two nails in my tire (welcome to living in a neighborhood full of new constructions…), so he wanted to put my spare on it until we get it fixed later this week.
By 9:10, I was in bed ready to crash. Another 5 a.m. class was calling my name for the next morning!
Want to skim through previous “Day in the Life” posts? You can find a big collection of them here!
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