A day in our life

I mentioned a while ago I wanted to jot down what our days look like. Mostly for my memory. This is a non-preschool day for us in this season of life.

5:30AM – my alarm goes off and I hop in the shower
6:00AM – the boys wake up. Little J walks in our room and baby D talks in his bed. They get their milk and we read a book on the couch
7:00AM – Alex leaves for the B&B, we make breakfast. Little J picks out a cereal and a CD for us to listen to. His favorites are Star Wars and other movie soundtracks (Lion King, Braveheart, the Patriot, and We Were Soldiers).
8:00AM – Baby D goes down for a nap. I grab my computer and catch up on emails and start a few projects for the day while J watches a little TV. After his show is over we play games, go outside or do art projects.
Between 9:30 and 10:00 – Baby D wakes up. We play or run errands. I try to get outside everyday.
12:00PM – we eat lunch. Again, little J picks out a CD. We clean-up.
12:45PM – we start our nap time routine. D goes down first. I read three books with J, turn off his lights and lay by him. We sing a song. He always asks me “mommy can you sing me one more song and sleep in my bed five minutes?”
1:15/1:30 – I get back to my email and my projects. I make phone calls if I need to.
3:00/3:30 – I hear stirring from one or both bedrooms. More milk. Another book to read on the couch. We play and wait for Daddy to come home. If we have a sitter, she’ll manage them while I finish up my work for the day or have meetings.
4:30 – Playtime with daddy. On nice days, it’s baseball outside. On rainy days, it’s soccer or hockey inside. D watches and chews on whatever suits his fancy.
5:15/5:30 – I finish up work and start dinner.
6:00 – we eat dinner and clean-up. Then it’s off to bed for the littlest. He’s in bed by 6:30 six out of seven days a week.
7:00 – We start J’s bedtime routine which includes getting on his pajamas, getting a gogurt out of the fridge and watching part of a movie. Then it’s teeth brushing, a devotional, and 2 books. Once again, I turn off his lights and lay by him. We sing a song. He always asks me “mommy can you sing me one more song and sleep in my bed five minutes?”
8:30 – Alex and I clean and ready the house for the next day. We call or see friends. We play a game, watch a show, or talk about the B&B.
11:00 – We get ready for bed so that we can do it all again tomorrow 🙂



Mid-December in Williamsburg looks like this


42 bags of leaves at the curb ready for pick-up.

and this


and it feels busy between preparations for the two Christmas events I’m hosting this year – my community fundraiser {tomorrow} and my church Christmas tea {next Saturday} and packing and shopping for our trip to Chicago {only 9 days from now!}. Add to the mix that I spend SBJ’s wakeful hours chasing him because he’s now learn to run and life is a little exhausting.

I’m looking forward to time off work and Christmas cheer and time to spend with family and friends. In the mean time, I’m savoring the season through advent readings, peppermint hot chocolate, and opening my mail box with anticipation of holiday greetings from friends far and near.


My mom tells me that one of the happiest days of my life was the day I learned the word both. In the sense of “which dress would you like to wear Laura?” – me: “Both”. And “would you like cake or ice cream Laura?” – again, me: “Both”.

Today I find myself rejoicing that “Both” is the answer to the question of my heart “would you like to be a stay-at-home mom or work?”.

Thankful, thankful, thankful that the Lord sees fit to allow me to wear both dresses and eat cake AND ice cream today. Or you know, work while SBJ sleeps, run errands, clean the house, and prep dinner while he’s awake punctuated with a quick trip to the park, work again while he sleeps again and then some more when the babysitter comes in the afternoon.

A Day in the Life

A quick post – mostly so I remember how we spend our weekdays these days…

One thing I’m loving about this time of life is that we’re on a pretty consistent schedule varying half-hour to an hour every day but consistent and predictable as I mentioned in this post. It’s also recently occurred to me that this routine works well not only on weekdays but also on Sundays with our current church schedule. The last two Sunday’s SBJ has successfully taken his second nap at church which has made Sunday afternoon pleasant.

We wake up between 6:00 & 6:30. 
Before daylight savings time and on still sometimes on rainy days I certainly wish it was later but in reality – it’s perfect. It allows Alex to see SBJ before he heads off to work and I’ve always been a morning person. And lately, as we’ve had our constant slew of guests, these early morning hours have been my precious alone time with SBJ. We have breakfast and play.

SBJ goes down for his first nap between 7:30 & 8:00.
I shower, do my quite time, sip my coffee and clean up or catch up on emails/bills/etc.. Then I start work.

Between 8:30 & 9:00 SBJ wakes up.
He plays in my office while I work.

10:30 (I’m strict about this one) – SBJ goes down for a nap.
I keep working. On days when I have a nanny – she arrives in time to put him down for this nap.

Usually right around 12:00 SBJ wakes up.
We have lunch. We play. If it’s nice we go on a walk or SBJ takes a walk with our nanny.

1:30 (I’m equally strict about this one) – SBJ goes down for a nap.
On the best days this nap is 2 and half hours. At it’s shortest it’s an hour.

When SBJ wakes up from this nap
He’s usually up for the rest of the day. Sometimes he’ll take a catnap if we’re running errands or if he’s just worn out but in the evenings I’ve found that as long as he’s entertained, he can stay up for 3-4 hours.

7:00 (SBJ is pretty strict about this one) Bedtime.
3-4 times a week bedtime is preceded by a bath which is certainly becoming more and more fun as SBJ gets older and is starting to be more playful. Then it’s off to bed and time for Alex and I to do evening activities, clean up and enjoy each others company.

 {& repeat}