Posted by Rachel at 4:52 PM
I've done a "Day in the Life" post every March for the past four years and it almost didn't happen this year (and obviously didn't get posted til April.) But, this is a Wednesday at the end of March when I thankfully took good notes because here I am weeks later typing it up.
7:40am- I wake up to Jilly tickling my face (not my favorite way to wake up.) Bryan has already left for work, and I can hear Mattie talking in her room. We go down to eat breakfast and watch a bit of the news. Jilly works on an art project and Mattie tries on her sunnies.
8:30am- We cuddle on couch and watch an episode of Curious George together.
9am- I let the girls watch while Daniel Tiger while I shower and get ready, then the girls come upstairs to get dressed.
10am- Off to Ikea (we go in for 2 things and come out with 6) then to Costco where we shop then eat pizza for lunch.
12:30pm- I drop Jilly off at school, talk to her teacher for a bit, and decide to stop by the library on the way home to pick up a few holds. There's construction on the freeway and the traffic turns it into a long, frustrating drive during which I eventually give up on the library.
1:20pm- I get home and Mattie is asleep in the backseat. I put away the Costco stuff, do the breakfast dishes, and sit down to read for a bit.
2:20pm- Mattie wakes up just as a friend drops off her kids for me to watch for a while.
2:40pm- I load everyone up in the car and pick up Jillian. When we get home all the kids play together in the playroom.
3:45pm- My friend picks up her kids, I talk to my sister while the girls play in the backyard until...
4:20pm- Tragedy strikes when Jilly cuts her knee. It bleeds quite a bit and I call Bryan for advice because I'm the biggest baby ever when it comes to blood. I get up the courage to take a peek at the cut and it's not nearly as big as I thought; I get Jilly settled with a bandaid.
5:04 Bryan arrives home as I'm making sweet potato fries to have with dinner. He checks out the injury.
5:40 - We eat dinner- a rotisserie chicken from Costco which is the girls' very favorite meal.
6:10 - A game of Old Maid (I lose) then Bryan starts the dishes while I clean up the playroom with the girls.
6:50 - Bryan leaves for a youth activity at church. I put the girls in the bath and learn how to make bunny napkins thanks to youtube.
7:20 - Girls have pajamas on (or not pajamas in Mattie's case) and hair brushed, we read books and I learn that Jilly has Pinkalicious memorized.
7:50 - Say my last goodnight to girls, come down to finish cleaning the kitchen, make more bunny napkins, iron a few shirts, organize some papers, and watch tv. Bryan comes home at 9 and we go to bed somewhere around 10:30.
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
This is not a most impressive list number-wise, but I read some really fantastic books these past 3 months so... I'm going to call it a win.
1. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown - I loved this so much, I had just finished it in November but I re-read in January before our Book Club meeting. I think the story is so inspiring and well-written.
2. The Lake House by Kate Morton - This was a hide-in-the-bathroom-so-I-can-read-more-instead-of-making-dinner kind of book. I flew through it and loved it. My only complaint is how quickly and neatly everything tied up in the end. As soon as I finished I went back about 30 pages to read it again slowly. I'm a big fan of Kate Morton.
3. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi - This is a memoir of a neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer during his last year of residency and it is incredible. I finished the book with lots of tears, but it's so much more than a sad story- it was so beautifully written and so inspiring. Seriously, go read this book.
4. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis - A friend mentioned that she really liked this book and with only that information I grabbed it for our Christmas trip to California. I didn't finish until we got home in January (it's quite hefty) but I really loved it. The story takes place in a future time when historians can go back in time for first-hand study. A young historian is sent back to the Middle Ages and nothing really goes as planned- in the present day or the past. I thought the writing and characters were fantastic.
5. The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty- Not my favorite of Liane Moriarty's, but still a really fun read. The mystery of the Munro baby has been bringing visitors to Scribbly Gum Island for 75 years. Sophie Honeywell unexpectedly inherits a house on the island and is flung into the mystery and the family that has been hiding the truth.
6. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson - This was a book club read and it took me a quarter of the book to realize there was basically no plot. When I got over trying to decipher the story line I was able to enjoy the beautiful writing. Not my favorite, but definitely a good book.
7. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline - I really loved the idea of this book, I hadn't ever heard of the orphan trains and was very interested in the stories of the survivors. That being said, it wasn't the most well-written; there were two narrators and I MUCH preferred one of them which was kind of frustrating as the book went on. But, it was a good story about two women (one very old and one a teenager) who meet by chance and realize their difficult pasts have many similarities.
8. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert - I read a lot of great reviews for this so I had high hopes but I just thought it was so kooky. I finished the book, so it wasn't terribly awful, just not my favorite at all and I didn't feel inspired like so many others did after reading.
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