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A Day in My Life (with two babies!)

Just for fun, one day two weeks ago, I again took pictures and shared in real-time on Instagram a peek into a pretty normal day in our lives. This was when our city was still just starting to open up from being locked down for COVID-19, so we were home all day this day.

Psst! If you missed my earlier Day in My Life posts, you can read them here and here.

6:00 a.m. — The babies woke up (and we do, too!) Jesse fed Champ while I nursed Kierstyn. We sat in the living room and talked together.

6:30 a.m. — We put the babies back to bed and I enjoyed one of my favorite self care things to start the morning: a bath with this bath soak from Loyal Tea Company.

7:00 a.m. — Bible, prayer, and reading time. I usually read a chapter from the Bible, a passage from a devotional, and at least a chapter or two from another book. I also spend a few minutes praying over the events of my day, praying for my family, and praying for other needs on my heart.

Look who woke back up and wanted to join me?? 🙂

7:30 a.m. — Since Kierstyn woke up, I held her while working on answering post comments, posting on Instagram, and sending out an email to my newsletter.

8:15 a.m. — Champ woke up. I changed his diaper and made bottles for both babies. Kaitlynn fed Kierstyn and Jesse fed Champ.

8:45 a.m. — While the babies were getting fed, I finished putting on my makeup and fixing my hair. Then I made my breakfast: oatmeal with strawberries. I put the babies back to bed and then worked on writing that day’s post for the blog + some projects for my Mastermind group.

10 a.m. — Time to pump! I’ve discovered I can do all sorts of things while pumping! Today, I worked on a post, social media, and writing an email newsletter to go out to my blogging list.

10:30 a.m. — The babies woke up. I made their bottles and Jesse and Kathrynne fed them while I cleaned up the kitchen.

Oh, how I love a clean kitchen!!

11:15 a.m. — I made some Peanut Butter Banana Toast for Jesse while he was holding Champ. (Kathrynne was taking care of Kierstyn.)

11:30 a.m. — I changed Champ’s diaper and he peed all over his clothes in the process. So I decided to go ahead and give the babies baths — since it was on my list for the day anyway!

This electric nail trimmer is SO much better than regular nail clippers for babies!

All clean!

12:20 p.m. — I took both babies out for a walk in the double stroller (we got this frame for $10 from someone selling it locally! Our car seats just lock right into it!)

12:45 p.m. — Kathrynne fed Champ while I nursed Kierstyn and then Jesse did a workout with all three kids while I took care of the babies.

1:30 p.m. — I changed both babies’ diapers and then they had Tummy Time and Bible/Singing Time. (I read them a Bible story and then sing a hymn to them.)

2:15 p.m. — Both babies are down for naps. I make myself a salad and knock out as much work as I can.

3:00 p.m. — I take my pills, make some whole wheat toast with butter, and nurse Kierstyn while someone else feeds Champ (I think maybe it was Silas?) and we all talk and hang out as a family for awhile.

4:00 p.m. — Jesse, Kathrynne, and I take turns holding the babies while watching a show together.

5:00 p.m. — Champ goes down for a nap. I held Kierstyn and worked on getting some work done for my Mastermind group as well as clearing out my inbox (I try to get to inbox zero most every day.)

5:45 p.m. — Kierstyn fell asleep on my lap, so I put her in bed. Champ was still asleep, so I did a quick FB live for my Facebook Page on the best deals of the day.

6:15 p.m. — Jesse picked up our Kroger Clicklist order and we put the groceries away. Both babies woke up so I feed Champ his bottle and Jesse fed Kierstyn a bottle.

6:45 p.m. — I slaved away on dinner. 😉 (Actually, I’d planned to make breakfast for dinner, but at 6 p.m., I decided to pull frozen pizzas out of the freezer and call that a win!)

The rest of the evening we spent doing a quick house clean up, watching an episode of Survivor, hanging out as a family, and taking care of the babies. I think we went to bed around 10 p.m.

And there you have it: A peek into a day in our lives!

A Day in My Quarantined Life (with the addition of a newborn!)

Just for fun, one day last week, I again took pictures and shared in real-time on Instagram a peek into a pretty normal day in our lives. I say “normal”, but nothing is really normal right now due to COVID-19, our city’s current Safer at Home order.

But I wanted to document what this period of our lives was like — when we were home 24/7 all day, every day, as a whole family. This right after we brought Champ home from the NICU and were still really trying to figure out a groove with him.

I’ll be sharing another Day in My Quarantined Life post in a few weeks when we have two newborns! That should be really interesting! 🙂

Psst! If you missed my Day in My Life post from last week, you can check it out here.

We all take shifts with Champ at night. Kathrynne took the 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. shift, I took the 1 a.m. to 5:45 a.m. shift and Jesse took the 5:45 a.m. to 7 a.m. shift.

7:00 a.m. — I got up and fed Champ while Jesse helped Silas get his school assignments/lessons together for the day. Kaitlynn worked on her school and we let Kathrynne sleep in since she was up late last night.

7:30 a.m. — Jesse, Kaitlynn, Silas, and I hung out in the living room while I held Champ. We talked and laughed over some memes.

8:00 a.m. — Kathrynne and Kaitlynn start their school for the day (some of their classes are online). Silas holds Champ while I get his bath stuff together.

8:30 a.m. — Jesse goes back to bed for a bit, the kids work on their school, I give Champ a bath.

The kids had Baked Oatmeal for breakfast. Right now, breakfast and lunch are pretty on your own around here.

9 a.m. — I swaddle Champ and put him down for a nap (and he stayed asleep — yay!!). I spot clean and start some laundry.

9:15 a.m. — I head downstairs to walk on the treadmill, read a few chapters from my current reads, and pray over my day.

9:45 a.m. — I sit down to read my Bible and eat breakfast. I get a phone call about some foster care stuff and end up being on the phone until 10:15 a.m.

10:15 a.m. — I feed Champ and talk to Jesse about some of the decisions we need to make based upon the phone call. I change Champ and have him do a 5-minute tummy time.

11:15 a.m. — Silas is on a Zoom call with his teacher. Kathrynne puts Champ to bed and I sit down to finish my breakfast and Bible time.

12:15 p.m. — I finally get in a shower and get dressed and ready for the day. Then it’s my daily bottle sterilizing and prepping time for the day (the NICU dietician taught me how to prep his formula in 24-hour batches).

1:15 p.m. — I feed Champ and give him his vitamins in part of his formula (he despises his vitamins, so this part of the feed is always a challenge!). I help Kathrynne practice feeding Champ for part of his feed (I’m training both Jesse and Kathrynne to do his feeds so they are confident in them before my birth/hospital stay.)

2:15 p.m. — Kaitlynn takes Champ. I decide on Ham & Bean Soup and Honey Cornbread for dinner. I do a quick soak of the beans while checking in with the kids on their schoolwork and helping them where they need help.

2:30 p.m. — Kaitlynn puts Champ to bed and I settle in with a snack, water, and my computer to work on chapter 8 of my upcoming book manuscript. This chapter is all about letting go and raising self-sufficient adults, not co-dependent kids.

3:45 p.m. — I take a break from blog work to boil the beans, now that they are soaked. And then I work on getting my Hot Deals enewsletter sent out.

4:00 p.m. — I feed Champ, finish my blog work for the day, the girls and I take turns holding Champ (Jesse had gone out to run an essential errand and Silas was playing Xbox.)

6:00 p.m. — Jesse and I finish making dinner together and we eat a quick dinner.

7:00 p.m. — I head downstairs for a Zoom call with my Discipleship Group. I feed Champ during our meeting.

8:45 p.m. — My meeting is done and I come upstairs and we all work together to do our evening chores/get the house clean/picked up. (We’ve found that if we get the house “company ready” 1-2 times per day, it never gets too out of hand.)

9:45 p.m. — I catch up on IG stories/comments while feeding Champ.

10:00 p.m. — I feed Champ while chatting with Kathrynne about a speech she’s working on.

10:30 p.m. — Kathrynne and Jesse take over with Champ and I head to bed.

A Day in My Quarantined Life

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Just for fun, one day last week, I took pictures and shared in real-time on Instagram a peek into a pretty normal day in our lives. I say “normal”, but nothing is really normal right now due to COVID-19, our city’s current Safer at Home order.

But I wanted to document what this period of our lives was like — when we were home 24/7 all day, every day, as a whole family. This was two days before we brought Champ home from the NICU and it was during the few-day period when I was unable to visit him there due to the lockdown on visitors as a result of COVID-19. (In case you were wondering why I didn’t go up to the NICU on this day.)

I’ll be sharing another Day in My Quarantined Life post next week with the added addition of a newborn. That will look very different! 🙂

So without further ado, enjoy a peek into a day during this period of history when we were all self-isolating…

A Peek Into My Quarantined Life

6:50 a.m. — Up and make my favorite non-coffee drink (The Morning Motivator + Dandy Blend + half & half) and read my Bible reading for the day from She Reads Truth.

7:30 a.m. — I switch the laundry I had started the night before into the dryer and start another load in the washer.

7:45 a.m. — I fold a clean load of laundry while listening to an audiobook.

8:15 a.m. — I picked out my new books to read for the week and hopped on the treadmill for my morning reading/prayer time (yes, I walk while I read and pray!)

9:10 a.m. — I shower and get dressed for the day. I usually pick out my outfit for the day the night before to make getting dressed a snap in the mornings.

Kaitlynn usually makes some unique breakfast for herself every morning. Today’s breakfast was strawberry/peanut butter toast.

9:35 a.m. — I eat the same thing most every day for breakfast — a big bowl of Raisin Bran. Kaitlynn and I ate breakfast together this morning (breakfast is always on your own at our house right now, but sometimes I’ll sit down and eat with one child).

10 a.m. — I lie down to rest (since I’m near the end of my pregnancy, I usually have to lie down and rest once or twice a day). While resting, I watched the local news, talked to Jesse, and answered Instagram messages.

11 a.m. — Still resting. I go through my email inbox and answer all of the urgent messages.

11:45 a.m. — I took a break from business work to do my hair and makeup. (I usually have to lie down after my morning walk and shower because doing both of those things back to back wear me out for awhile!)

12:15 p.m. — Made Red Raspberry Leaf Tea, talked to Jesse, and checked my messages on Instagram.

12:45 p.m. — I sit with Silas while he works on his school for the day. I work on chapter 8 of my manuscript for my upcoming book. (I’m over 75% done with the rough draft!) (And yes, we allow PJ-wearing in our homeschool right now… provided you take a bath and put on clean PJs. :))

1:30 p.m. — I eat lunch and work on final edits to chapter 7 of my manuscript before I submit it to my editor who is working with me in the book-writing process.

The girls have been doing various creative projects since they are home 24/7. I love seeing the unique ideas they are coming up with. Kathrynne’s project for today was hand-drawing this coloring page to color in (the girls have also been super into making friendship bracelets right now — and you can see all their embroidery floss in the photo above).

Here’s a better photo of the coloring page she drew.

4 p.m. — Time to take my prenatal vitamins. (I spent the last two hours working on my book and working on foster care related phone calls + talking to Jesse about some decisions we needed to make there.)

5 p.m. — Snack time — dates with peanut butter (dates are for labor prep). I worked on getting my Hot Deals enewsletter ready to go + the blog post for the day and worked on some projects for my Mastermind group.

7 p.m. — Finished with my work projects for the day! And it’s onto making dinner. I used some bread crumbs, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella cheese, and chicken. I dipped the chicken in egg mixture and then in bread crumbs and browned the chicken on the stove top. Then I put it in a pan with sauce and cheese and baked it. It was a Chicken Parmesan dish of sorts — using what I had on hand.

7:20 p.m. — While the chicken was cooking, I unload and reload the dishwasher and listen to an audiobook.

8:15 p.m. — Dinner time! (I made mine chicken without sauce — since it gives me heartburn. We served the chicken over pasta with peas.)

After dinner: We did our before bed house cleaning (everyone cleans up their designated spaces) and everyone helped with some laundry while we finished watching a movie. I wrote out my time-blocked to do list and answered a few emails and then went to bed at 10:30 p.m.

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

A Day In My Life

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 MoneySavingMom.com, 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?

A Day In My Life

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.

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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.

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

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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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