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A Day In My Life: School, corn dogs (!), YouTube videos, & I found the missing tweezers!

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This morning began, like most mornings do, with me creeping downstairs to light my ePantry candle and enjoy some quiet before the rest of the family gets up. I cherish this morning quiet — even if some mornings it only lasts for 15 minutes or so before someone else wakes up. 🙂

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Once the kids were all up around and dressed, we ate breakfast (cereal and oatmeal) and then started in our Morning School Time. We always start with Bible Reading and Scripture memory — we’re reading some from Genesis and Luke and memorizing Psalms 8 right now.

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The kids brought their LEGOs to the table today to build while I read to them. I’m a big fan of letting kids work on something with their hands while I read aloud to them. Honestly, I think kids listen better when their hands are busy.

So I always encourage them to draw, play with LEGOs, create, or play with play-doh while I read. I think we get through twice as much reading with 500% better attention by doing this.

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We’re reading from a few different read alouds for Sonlight right now + we talked about using adverbs in creative writing and listened to some poetry today.

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I had discovered these Adult Coloring Pages earlier this morning and had to print some off because I wanted to use them and I thought the girls might enjoy them, too. Kaitlynn scooped them up and had fun working on them while listening to me read.

After we were finished with our Morning School, the kids worked on their chores, I did a little clean-up, we ate lunch, and then got ready to head to my chiropractor appointment.

{I’ve become such a big believer in chiropractors over the past few years and have seen such improvement in my overall health by going to them. Best of all, they are very inexpensive and so worth the investment for the health benefits I’ve experienced!}

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While the girls finished their independent school with Jesse, Silas came with me to the chiropractor.

It started raining BUCKETS while we were in my appointment. I hadn’t thought to bring an umbrella so we got drenched on the way out to the car.

And then, of course, as soon as we got in the car, it all but stopped raining. When we made it safely to the car, Silas exclaimed, “We just conquered the second biggest storm in history.” Not sure what the first biggest storm was — maybe Noah’s flood?!

On the way home, we stopped by Sonic to buy 3 of their corn dogs that were just $0.50 today.

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The kids were just a wee bit excited about the corn dogs. It cracked me up that such a simple, inexpensive thing could bring so much fun into their day.

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They told me that they needed to make crazy faces in this photo because “that’s what most kids would do if someone were taking picture of them with corn dogs.”

{I promise Kaitlynn was not sticking the corn dog up her nose… it only looks like that in the picture!!}

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After the corn dog excitement, the kids settled in to make LEGO videos. They have hopes of someday having their own YouTube channel and have been practicing filming themselves making various LEGO tutorials and learning how to use the video software.

It’s hilarious to listen in from the other room — especially when Silas says things like, “Be sure to follow me on Instagram, comment on my blog, and like my Facebook Page.” All without being prompted.

Today, he told me that he’s going to “Send his YouTube followers to, so I need to be prepared for some extra comments.”

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While the kids were working on making “YouTube videos”, I worked on cleaning out the kid’s bathroom cupboards and drawers. I hadn’t tackled these in a long time and they were certainly in need of some help!

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I ended up with a bag of things to get rid of (mostly trash/items needing to be tossed) and some items that needed to be put back where they belonged.

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I was especially excited to find the missing half of my favorite brush (the handle came off awhile back and I hung onto it hoping that actual brush part would eventually show up!), another brush that had disappeared, and the tweezers that I’d practically turned the house upside-down to find not too long ago! Yay!!

I finished up some blogging work, we had leftovers for dinner, we cleaned up the kitchen together, the kids got ready for bed and went to bed, and then I finished typing this up while Kathrynne stayed up a little later because she was giving me the most amazing head massage (that girl knows how to get her mama to say “yes” to letting her stay up a little later!) 🙂

My evening routine is done, so now I’m off to hang out with Jesse and maybe get in a little reading before heading to bed around 10:30 p.m…

How was YOUR day today? Tell us about it in the comments!

A Day In My Life: Not as productive as I’d hoped, but sometimes that’s just how life is, right?

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So yesterday wasn’t as productive as I was hoping.

It started out well, though…

Since I’ve been sick this weekend, I’ve had trouble sleeping, so I woke up around 4 a.m. and just got up and stayed up.

I started the Diffuser going with OnGuard. Took my vitamins. Made some coffee. And sat down to read my Bible and catch up on emails and blogging work.

I got a lot of work done in those few hours before the rest of the family woke up. When the kids got up, I made sausage, berries, and fried eggs for breakfast and then we sat down to eat and do our morning school.

Once we were finished, I cleaned up the kitchen while the kids got ready, did their morning chores, and then got started in on their independent school.

I had planned to take a shower and get some more housework done, but around this time, I started to really feel icky again. So Jesse took over and I went back to bed (he’s been out of town more than he’s been home recently, so I was very grateful that I could actually go back to bed today!)

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He washed the girls hair and then they came in to have me fix it. Should I confess that I didn’t even get out of bed to fix their hair? I just propped up the pillows and they sat on the edge of the bed while I fixed it.

And then he fed the kids and took them out to ice skating lessons, swimming lessons, and baseball practice while I tried to get some work done while resting. I had trouble focusing, but I ended up getting most of my list done.

After my list was mostly finished, I got up and made myself some Throat Coat tea, switched the laundry from the washer to the dryer, and then I folded some laundry, and worked on my talks/slides for the Arlington Homeschool Conference.

Jesse and the kids arrived home and we ate dinner, cleaned up the house, and then I headed to bed for an early bedtime.

I was so grateful to wake up feeling somewhat better today — and I finally had the energy to tackle Silas and Kathrynne’s clothes.


Kathrynne helped me go through her clothes and I was shocked how many clothes she actually has since she re-wears the same things over and over again.


And I went through Silas’ clothes — with a little input from him, too.



I organized both of their drawers in a similar way as Kaitlynn’s and gave them strict instructions that they are to keep them this way and make sure to fold and put away laundry in this order to simplify things.

It feels so good to have pared down some of their clothes — especially since I haven’t done this since we moved here a year ago!

How was YOUR day yesterday? Did you get any cleaning or organizing done? Is everyone well at your house? I hope so!

A Day In My Life: When my plan didn’t end up happening, but that was okay!

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So, I promised you all I’d post about A Day in My Life on Monday evening… and well, it’s Wednesday morning and I’m just now getting around to getting the post done. Such is life some weeks, right? 🙂

The last few days have been very full. Full of wonderful times as a family. Full of wonderful times with friends. And full of many other responsibilities that have been more important than blogging.

But I finally have a quiet morning to write and finish this post!

Monday morning started bright and early. We’d had a busy Easter weekend and I woke up early to try to get caught back up on things. It didn’t really end up happening, but it was a nice idea. 🙂

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After my Bible reading and blogging time, the kids got up and ate breakfast and then got started on their Daily Lists. I loved how Kaitlynn creatively decorated her list with sticker paper. That girl is all about beautifying every part of life and she inspires me!

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The kitchen wasn’t in complete disarray, because Jesse had stayed up the night before cleaning it up for me. He knows that a clean kitchen is one big way to show me love, so multiple times per week, he offers to clean it up for me.

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Silas was working on the letter “S” today. This curriculum is very basic and a lot of review for him right now, but it’s been good to reinforce all the letter sounds and how to correctly write each letter.

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After cleaning up the kitchen and helping Silas with his school, I set to work cleaning up the rest of the house. I laughed as I realized how much Easter had spilled into our house! (It actually sparked some deep thoughts for me — which you can read here.)

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After the kids did their chores and got started on their independent work, I worked on picking up the rest of the house and on the laundry. I had hoped to get all of the massive pile of laundry done, but I only made a dent in it before my time was up and it was time to have Morning Time with the kids.

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After Morning Time, the kids asked if the could play with playdough and do the Word Searches that Miss Tam had given them in their Easter baskets.

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They all sat at the kitchen table and helped each other on the Word Searches for quite a long time.

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I especially loved watching the girls help Silas find the words in the Word Searches.

While they finished up Word Searches, I chatted with Jesse, did a little more housework, and then handed off the homeschooling reins to him and headed out to run on the treadmill, take my shower, and get ready for the day.

The afternoon at the office space was filled with phone calls, emails, taking care of some business projects, working on some blog posts, and answering comments. Before I knew it, it was 5 p.m.!

The day before, our friends, the Hodges, had discovered we’d never gone to Chuy’s to eat before. So we planned a dinner date there with them and then we invited a few other families to join us.

So I met Jesse and the kids there and we had a FUN evening of good food and lots and lots of laughter and good talks.

When we got home, I spent some time working on a project with Kathrynne that she needed to finish up, we put the kids to bed, and then I did a little more blogging before crashing into bed… without finishing up the laundry OR writing this Day in My Life post. Oh well, it was a good day and there’s always tomorrow (or Wednesday!) for writing blog posts and finishing up laundry! 🙂

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A Day In My Life: Flooded bathrooms, leaking ceilings, and entrepreneurial kids

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Yesterday started bright and early. I’d planned to get up, run, take a shower, and get dressed for the day first thing in the morning. But some unexpected things came up needing my immediate attention and that got pushed to the back burner.

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I finished those pressing things and my morning blogging and while Kaitlynn made eggs for breakfast and I started the laundry.

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Kathrynne had made a pan of Energy Bars this weekend, so she opted to have that for breakfast instead. She made a case for why it was a healthy way to start the day and the nutrition that was in this recipe and her case was so solid that I gave in and let her eat “dessert” for breakfast.

{Considering that I eat Chocolate Cake for breakfast sometimes, I can’t really protest too much!}

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While the kids finished breakfast, I cleaned up the messy kitchen (you can’t see it from this vantage point, but there were some pots and pans in the sink with crusted on food… just lovely! :)) and went over our plans for the day with the kids.

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Silas couldn’t WAIT to start in on his math. He’s been itching to do the Monarch Online School that the girls do, but since he’s still learning to read, it starts at a 3rd grade level, and he’s only 5, we’ve been holding him off. However, recently, we decided that it wouldn’t hurt to let him at least try the math, since that’s such a strong subject for him.

Well, what do you know? The kid is whizzing through the lessons — often doing 8 or 9 a day! And he’s getting an average of 90% to 95% on all of the lessons and quizzes — all with very little help from us!

He absolutely loves it and we just keep laughing at how much he surprises us with his math skills, especially since it’s not something we’ve worked on really hard, just something he’s learned by asking lots of questions from all of us.

We had guessed that he was probably at a 3rd grade level in math, but we didn’t really think he could actually do the 3rd grade computer school lessons without a lot of help from us. Clearly, he has proven us wrong! We’re curious to see how long this pace and enthusiasm keeps up!

Now, if he could just learn how to read well, he’d really be whizzing through lessons! 🙂

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These flowers on my kitchen table brightened up my morning! Such a fun and cheery color!

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While Silas was working on math and the girls were working on their Daily Lists, I tackled the fridge. Yup, it looks like it needed some help!

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I finished up the last of the dishes and wiped down the counter tops and smiled to see a clean kitchen. I love a clean kitchen. Even if the rest of the house is messy, having the kitchen clean makes me feel like half the house is clean!

While I was finishing up the kitchen, the girls came back down and we got engrossed in an in-depth conversation about business ideas they had and how to best launch them. I love seizing these everyday opportunities to teach and talk through real-life stuff, to weigh pros and cons, to ask them questions, to help them think through outcomes, and to inspire them to exercising their entrepreneurial muscles.

We came up with some new ideas today that I’m actually thinking they might carry out. We’ll see, but I love to see them thinking and pondering and asking questions with long-term goals and dreams in mind.

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As we were finishing up our conversation on business ideas, Jesse came home bringing this for me. Yes, folks, with much reluctance, I finally upgraded.

I have been due for a free upgrade for quite some time, but I always hold out as long as I possibly can. But because I’d been having some issues with my phone and because Jesse was really anxious to go ahead and upgrade, I finally bit the bullet and said, “Go for it!”

I feel like my new phone is some foreign object invading my life, but I’m sure I’ll get over it soon enough. 🙂

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Jesse also came home bringing the mail… which had some fun surprises for me — including my new She Reads Truth study pack and some goodies I bought for myself off of Amazon using my free gift cards from Swagbucks. I can’t wait to watch Habits Workshop with Jesse and try out the Sweet Blend that I’ve heard so many rave reviews of!

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These fun review products also showed up in the mail… look for some great giveaways coming soon! I love getting to offers giveaways for great (and useful!) products.

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After we went through the mail and got things put away, the girls told Jesse all about their new business ideas and then we sat down to finally have Morning Time. We’re going through this Holy Week devotional from our church this week.

By the way, have I mentioned how much we love our church?? We are so grateful for how intentional they are about encouraging families to spend time in God’s Word together and the practical helps they provide to us parents to help us teach the truths of Scripture to our kids.

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After Morning Time, I had planned to leave and head to the office space, but I still hadn’t had a chance to run and take my shower and I really had some pressing projects I needed to finish and I wanted to also take some time to read my Bible and journal.

So instead of leaving, I just made myself a cup of coffee and a snack and spent some time reading and journaling and then headed up to my room to knock out my afternoon blogging list while Jesse oversaw lunch, the rest of the Kid’s Daily Lists, and school work for the day.

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After Kathrynne was finished with her list and school, she spent some time working on her latest Lego machines. I’m hoping I can get her to put together some tutorials for me to share on the blog soon as I think some of you might have Lego-lovers in your house who would have fun making the Lego Candy machines and puzzle boxes that she creates.

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We got a box of clothes from Schoola with some new-to-us clothes for the kids for the warmer weather.

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I was quite impressed with how the pictures turned out!

Around 5:30 p.m., I finished up my blogging work and we all ate some of the delicious homemade Chicken Nuggets that Jesse made for dinner. And then I — finally! — headed to take a shower and get dressed since friends were coming over for Dessert Night (just keeping it real here!).

There was water in the tub from the kid’s baths much earlier in the day and when I went to pull the plug on that, instead of draining out like usual it backed up into our shower and flooded the shower and the bathroom floor!

As I realized what was happening, I quickly mopped up the water flooded out on the bathroom floor and hollered to Jesse to come figure out how to drain out the shower. He finally got it drained by using a snake down the drain. We hoped we had prevented anything from leaking through the ceiling by catching it quickly enough and mopping it up right away.

Once that crisis was diverted, I finished getting ready — just minutes before our friends arrived.

Shortly after they got to our house, we noticed the ceiling in the living room/kitchen bubbling up. And then it started dripping — right where we were all sitting!

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At first it was just a slow drip, but then it started dripping at a faster rate. Pretty soon, we had to get towels and buckets to catch the water. Jesse even stood on a chair and held one up on the ceiling for awhile to catch a lot of the water dripping down.


I just stood there and smiled, laughed, and encouraged Jesse… because what else can you do when your ceiling is raining while you have company over and you’re not handy at all??! (Thanks to Tam Hodge for documenting some of the crazy of the evening in pictures for us!)


Gratefully, there was a handy woman in our midst. For those of you who don’t know, Jenny Acuff not only helps Jon write amazing books, she’s also incredibly handy. She climbed up and ripped down the tape on the sheet rock to let the water drain out more quickly. 🙂


We eventually got it to stop dripping and then went back to our chatting, laughing, and dessert-eating. 🙂

And now today, in addition to our A/C not working upstairs and our hot water tank going out (nothing like ice-cold showers to wake you up in the morning!), we need to figure out what this plumbing issue is.

The good news? This house has given us lots of opportunities to learn patience, flexibility, and adaptability. Plus, there’s rarely a dull moment around here or a few weeks that go by where we don’t have some kind of repairmen in our home working on some new problem. 😉

How was YOUR day yesterday? Tell us about it in the comments.

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Today didn’t end up exactly how I’d planned, and there were some bumps in the road along the way, but it ended well, so I’m grateful.

After a full weekend with multiple late nights, I went to bed early last night and slept in this morning to catch up on sleep.

I start the morning out — as I usually do — by spending time reading God’s Word, journaling, and writing in my Blessings Journal.

Then, it was time to get some blogging work done. Monday mornings are always busy because I take Sundays off and there’s always some catch-up work to do.

I drafted some deal posts, answered some emails, scheduled some social media posts, and responded to some comments. About then, Jesse walked in the door… and well, things didn’t go so well for the next 45 minutes.

You see, we had some decisions to make about some things and I needed to know answers this morning. As we started discussing things, I said a few things in a wrong way, he said a few things in a wrong way, and we both misinterpreted what the other person said.

Pretty soon, we were in the midst of a heated argument over something that really wasn’t that big of a deal… but it sure felt like a big deal at the time!

We’ve learned to — mostly! — keep talking when things get heated as we usually can resolve things and get back on the same page. It sometimes takes extra time and effort and a willingness to bite one’s tongue and actually listen to the other party, but it’s rare that we don’t finally calm down and resolve the issues.

It may have taken 45 minutes, but it was worth it as we worked through some things, got back on the same page, and both asked forgiveness. Marriage is hard work some days, but I’m so grateful to be married to a man who is willing to work through and work on these things together.

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After our heated discussion, I got the kids up and they made oatmeal and bacon and eggs for breakfast while I unloaded the dishwasher and made a fruit salad for dinner.

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I helped Silas with his school while the girls finished up their breakfast.

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They both read a book together while eating their breakfast. 🙂 I love how these girls can never get enough of books and good stories!

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Then it was time for our Morning Time together.

We started The Green Ember today and, so far, we were quite impressed with it. I’ll let you know what we think of it when we’re farther into the story, but if today’s response and engaged audience is any indication of how it’s going to be, I think this may be a favorite book for us.

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While I read aloud, the girls practiced drawing. (This was Kaitlynn’s — in case you couldn’t guess!)

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{And this was Kathrynne’s. I love how their styles and personality comes out so clearly in their drawing!}

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Once we were finished with Morning Time, the kids got busy on their Daily Lists. I love how helpful they’ve become in the last few years. Between the three of them and the chores they do on a regular basis, the house stays quite orderly, clean, and picked up.

While they were working on their chores, I tidied up my room and helped oversee their chores and make sure they stayed on task. (They sometimes need a few gentle reminders to stay on task or to finish a job well!)

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This little guy got all of his school and chores done early, so he got to go out and play baseball with Daddy — one of his favorite things to do.

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Kaitlynn gets to do a handwriting page or write a card every day. She almost always opts for writing a card as she loves to make and write cards for others. I love to see her creativity shine!

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Kaitlynn has also been working on this fairly detailed paint by number project. I love to see her developing such attention to detail!

The girls finished up all their chores and Daily List projects and then started in on their independent work while I handed the reins over to Jesse and then buckled down to finish my list for the day.

I had planned to head to our office space to work in the afternoon, but I was still in my yoga pants, hadn’t had a chance to exercise yet, and still needed to tackle the closets. So I decided to just work from home in the afternoon since Jesse was going to be taking the kids to swimming for a few hours.

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After they left for swimming, I finally had a chance to hop on the treadmill and get in my daily run and then headed to tackle this closet. It wasn’t quite as bad as last week’s closets, but it definitely needed some help!

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Much better!

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I made myself a snack-y lunch (never mind that it was almost 4 p.m.!) and sat down to get some more blogging/business work done.

Jesse and the kids arrived home around 5 p.m. and we got ready to go grill out with friends. We brought marinated chicken and fruit salad and enjoyed an evening of laughter, heart-to-heart talks, and lots of yummy food.

All in all, it was a good day. And I’m heading to bed fairly early so that hopefully I can wake up a little earlier tomorrow. 🙂

How was YOUR day today? Did you get any cleaning done?

A Day In My Life {sickness, a messy closet, a horribly messy car, and all!}

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Despite the sickness at our house today, it ended up being a good day. Here’s a play-by-play on how it went:

I slept in a little this morning since I was a little tired after a full weekend. I got up around 6:45 a.m. and went downstairs to read my Bible, write in my journal, and get my morning blogging work done.

My copy edits for my manuscript were due today, so I spent some of my blogging time tying up some loose ends with that and sending some emails to ask for some information I needed to gather.

Silas came downstairs as I was working on wrapping up my blogging time so I stopped to make breakfast for him.

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I made him some oatmeal and while it was cooking, I made some fried eggs for the rest of us.

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And then I unloaded the dishwasher and put away the dishes.

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Silas came back into the room all wrapped up in a blanket ready to eat his oatmeal. We were out of milk, so he used half and half instead (notice sick Kathrynne in the background. She slept in a sitting up position on the couch most of the night because she said she could sleep better that way due to how stuffed up her nose is. Poor girl!)

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I love how committed he is to getting everything done on his Daily List. First thing in the morning every morning, he asks for his list so he can get started on it! 🙂

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After Silas was finished with his breakfast, I helped him with his Kindergarten and then we did an abbreviated Morning Time together with Kathrynne somewhat participating from the couch.

I got some food and drinks for Jesse and Kathrynne and tried to make them as comfortable as possible.

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I then got busy getting the rest of the house all picked up and presentable. Since I’d gone to bed with the house completely clean, this was quite easy.

{I just love our new mantle decor/set up. We freshened it up for the filming at our house and it makes me smile every time I look at it!}

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I made a quick snack to take with me later when I went to the office space. I’ve found that I will eat a whole lot of healthy foods if they are all cut up and accessible. So I try to bring at least 4-5 servings of veggies/fruits with me each day as it’s a very simple way to increase my fresh produce intake with very little effort!

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I carried the laundry down since Kathrynne was sick (I told her I’d take over her chores for the day) and started a load of laundry.

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I then made my bed and straightened our room.

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By this time, it had been about two hours since Silas had eaten and he was hungry again so I said he could made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for himself. He struggles to keep weight on — in large part due to his asthma medication — so I am always happy to see his hearty appetite!

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I’d been dreading it all morning, but it was time… time to face this messy, messy closet! I’m not sure how the kids’ closet explodes like this on a regular basis, but it just does. They do a great job of keeping their room clean most of the time, but we’re still working on learning how to keep the closet clean, too.

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20 minutes later and it was so. much. better. I had Kaitlynn and Silas help me and I talked to them about the importance of keeping their closet clean and not just throwing random things in the closet.

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Speaking of throwing random things in places, I then went out to clean out the car. Oh my goodness! I knew it was bad, but I had no idea how bad it was. I almost considered not showing you these pictures because it’s quite embarrassing.

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What is that pile of junk, you may ask? Oh, just every single last thing I found in the car that didn’t belong!!

I have decided we should probably dub our car the “Traveling Trash Can” instead of “car” because it looks like that’s what we’ve been using it as recently. I’m not even going to apologize or try to explain why all those random things are in that pile… because I’m not even sure about some of them!

But suffice it to say, my car looks so much better now. And I’m hopeful that I can do a better job of keeping it that way.

Once that was finished, I got in a quick run on the treadmill in the garage, took my shower, and got ready to head out the door to the office space. Jesse told me to go ahead and go and he held down the fort for a few hours while I finished up some pressing writing and work things.

When I got home, Silas and Kaitlynn and I had a baseball game together outside to enjoy the gorgeous weather we had in Nashville today. Then we made smoothies for dinner (I’m all about quick and easy and it was what sounded good to the sick ones so I was happy to oblige!), finished a few projects, ran some more laundry, had bedtime routine, and the kids went to bed.

And now Jesse and I are going to catch an episode of Downton Abbey and then head to bed. I’m hopeful that he and Kathrynne will be feeling somewhat better tomorrow. I hate that they are so miserable!

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