Challenge accepted. This week Ali Edwards challenged her blog readers to record a Day in the Life. As I just said, your story telling perspective is greatly dependent on your time frame. I love the idea of diving into a day and really getting the routine down.

A Day in the Life

I meant to document yesterday, but I woke up with a dead camera battery. I decided transfer the project to today, even though it’s not a completely typical day (it’s an errand day vs. a stay at home and work day). I haven’t decided how I’ll use this documentation yet (Project Life page or mini book?), but I’m loving the process so far. Here’s the first part of today, from mostly my perspective. I’d love to do this again this year and have Jake take the camera to the office instead. Or capture a weekend day. Or have Eliza capture a day with her camera.

Part 1 of Friday, February 10, 2012

6:10 Hello alarm clock. Snooze. Snooze. Snooze.

6:40 Me: “Jake, we’d better get up now.” Jake: “Let’s just snuggle for five more minutes.” Me: “Seconded.”

6:45 Jonas: Ahhhhh! (Which, roughly translated, means: “Dudes, come and get me and change this diaper stat!”

A Day in the Life

Jake goes and gets Jonas. I go to wake Eliza.

Eliza: “Why don’t you ever let me sleep?” She rolls over and hides her head under her pillow.

Me: “Hey, today is casual day. Why don’t you wake up and help me pick out your clothes or I’ll pick out something REALLY boring.” Eliza pops out of bed. She wants to wear her Easter dress from last year, but I talk her down to a (slightly) more casual Harajuku Mini dress.

Jake is playing with Jonas rather than changing him. Eliza does her bathroom routine and gets dressed while I change Jonas and Jake gets dressed. We’re running behind schedule, so Eliza’s going to eat breakfast and lunch at school today (she’s primarily a cold lunch kid).

A Day in the Life

7:00 I brush Eliza’s hair in the kitchen while Jake gets Jonas’s breakfast ready (bananas!).

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Eliza starts crying and accuses Jake of throwing away a bag that Uncle Nick gave her.

A Day in the Life

We have no idea what she’s talking about. (We’re not morning people.) The bag happens to be hanging in E’s locker next to hear coat (hah!). Turns out it has change in it, which she wanted to take to school to donate to kids with leukemia. It’s a pay to wear casual clothes day, and Eliza wanted to bring more than the required dollar. Now it all makes sense. We wait for the bus. We talk, Eliza cheers up, I check my e-mail. Jake fiddles with the new TV.

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

7:15 Jake and I wave to Eliza as she gets onto the bus. I get dressed and pack the diaper bag, Jake and Jonas finish getting ready.

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

7:30 Jake drives to work, Jonas and I come along. We drop Jake off and I drive.

A Day in the Life

8:30 Jonas and I go to City Market Coffeehouse in our old ‘hood. Our friend Nikole is working. Breakfast for me is a carmel vanilla latte and an almond poppyseed muffin. Jonas loves the muffin. He makes friends at the shop and climbs and climbs and climbs. I change Jonas in the bathroom with no changing table thing, which makes me feel like a super mom (this is incredibly hard – Jonas is squirmy and doesn’t like getting changed).

A Day in the Life

9:00 The coffeeshop slows down a bit and we have a second to hang out with Nikole. Jonas loves her. He reached up his arms, his way of asking someone to pick him up, and hugged her, wrapping his arms around her neck. He didn’t want her to put him down. It’s really weird for him to act that way around people he doesn’t see all the time. Awwww. (The story behind the photo: Jonas was trying to lift himself up with Nikole’s hands, trying to climb her, basically. So she lifted him up. He thought it was funny.)

A Day in the Life

9:20 Jonas and I go to Al Habashi Mart (which is right next to the coffeeshop in the River Market) to buy spices. We buy cumin, parsley, smoked paprika, bay leaves, and thyme. It’s five dollars total. (I love buying spices there – they sell by the scoop and it’s so much for so little! Way worth it to buy there and make your own jars. I’ll be sharing how we store our spices next week).

9:40 I want to go to River Market Antiques, but it doesn’t open until 10:00. Jonas and I drive to the South campus of Jake’s company. Jake’s company has their own health insurance and clinics, so all of our primary physicians are with the clinic. Jonas is getting his year check-up (late) and a follow up on his ear infection. I talk to Jake on the phone for a bit before the appointment.

A Day in the Life

10:30 Jonas’s doctor appointment. He fell asleep in the car (it’s nap time) but was awake as soon as the cold hit him getting out of the car. Little bird is weighed and measured. He’s bitty–twentieth percentile– but is healthy and hitting his milestones on schedule. Everyone’s super nice. I decide with Jonas’s doctor to wait until Monday to get Jonas’s shots. It’s safe to get shots right after being sick, but if symptoms pop up, it’s hard to tell if it’s because he’s getting sick again or is having a reaction to the shots. We had to follow-up for the ear infection Monday anyway, so Jonas got lucky today. Call Jake to tell him how the appointment went.

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

11:15 We get home. Jonas plays with toys and loves on Charcoal, who is sunbathing. The kitties are glad to see us.

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

11:45 I write this blog post. Jonas plays by me, climbs on things, sits on my lap, gets back down again, plays, gets on my lap again, chases the kitties, and makes soft humming noises.

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

12:15 Jonas and I have lunch. He has a baked sweet potato, crackers, and dried fruit (a mix of raisins, golden raisins, dried cranberries, blueberries, and cherries). I have leftover bean and veggie enchiladas from last night (recipe from this cookbook) with homemade chips and store bought salsa (but I mixed in some leftover black beans and sweet corn from this salad). I multitask, emptying the dishwasher and sweeping as things warm up.

A Day in the Life

1:00 Finish putting the dishes away. Play with Jonas. Import the photos from this morning .

A Day in the Life

1:40 Change Jonas and put him down for a nap. Edit the photos from this morning. Make an image for this post when I realize that Jake will kill me if I make the morning hair picture of him the first photo.

2:00 Upload the photos to Flickr and read blogs through Bloglovin’ while I wait.

2:30 Finish the post and publish!

The second part of today’s documentation will be up tomorrow :)