*An explanation of Week in the Life and the free download for the Days of the Week words can be found here.
Good morning Monday. The alarm starts going off at 6:00 A.M., I snooze it until 6:50, and then go wake up this little sleepy person. Like her mama, she does not like mornings. This is when 90% of all tears in our house are spent. I grab Eliza a uniform, Jake gets dressed and supervises Eliza getting ready, I go downstairs, start coffee, and make E’s lunch. Jake comes down and brushes Eliza’s hair. There is crying. There is grouchiness. Jake asks Eli if she wants to cut her hair short again so brushing will be easier, she wants to wait until it’s long enough to donate to Locks of Love.
Eliza eats cereal in a little chair by the window, waiting for the bus. We’re running a little late this morning, but that’s typical around here.
Jake takes out the trash and recycling, Eliza gets on the bus at about 7:15. She goes to a French immersion school and has all of her classes, except for a short English class, in French, even gym and music! She and her friends talk in a mix of French and English on the bus, one of her friends teaches her a silly rhyme about a banana (she tells me this when she gets home).
I pour my morning coffee with crazy morning hair. My face maaaay have been red and pouffy around this time. Jake and I had an argument about how in-depth Week in the Life should be (he did NOT like the “bad” photos of him in Day in the Life). The ladies in this house are huge crybabies in the morning.
Jonas starts sounding the alarm, we go and get him.
That’s better. Diaper change.
And breakfast. Jonas is obsessed with bananas. He eats them with dry cereal and drinks milk.
Jake leaves at about 7:40. He’s supposed to leave at 7:30. So it goes.
I try to work in a few minutes on my Week in the Life dividers while Jonas finishes eating.
Jonas is a climber. This is his response to my “What are you doing?” I can almost see the, “Weeeeell, I was just…y’know…nothin’?”
His favorite thing right now is turning the light on and off, especially if it’s turning the ceiling fan on and off too.
Toy and book dump. Also, a costume change. Right now he’s pretty much only wearing zip up jammies and overalls, because he learned to take his pants and diaper off. Uh-oh! (Speaking of Uh-oh!, Jonas has started to say that when we drop things. And he makes a motion too-he turns both of his palms to the sky.)
Jonas picks a book and we sort of read it. He likes flipping the pages (not in order) when he’s on my lap. This book is French vocabulary, and he’d point to the pictures so I would say the words. He kept pointing to the same things over and over after pointing things, like he was trying to make sure that the words I was saying were really associated with the pictures. He was probably thinking, I know what that’s called, and what you’re saying is NOT it! (This photo was taken by sitting the camera on a TV tray and using the self-timer.)
Jonas stops being interested in me, so I work on blogging and e-mails. I drink coffee and water together so I don’t get dehydrated in the mornings.
Jonas started climbing in his stroller. I took him out twice, but he got right back in and whined, reaching for the front door. Hint received. I go grab some jeans for me and a diaper bag for Jonas and we go on a walk.
We check our local art shop to see if they have any 2×3 lino blocks in yet, but they don’t we keep walking East.
We walk to Westport Square, about a mile away from our house. I want to get loose leaf tea from Tea Drops, but they aren’t open yet. They’re supposed to open at 10:00, and it’s 10:10. Jonas gets grumpy waiting, so we start walking back. We stop in to World Market to buy Bundabee Peach and measuring cups.
We get home waaay after Jonas’s nap time.
The peach drinks are carbonated juice. They’re pricy, but we’re trying to quit drinking pop again this week, and I’m using these as a reward at the end of the day for not drinking soda. I figure the carbonation (without the caffeine) might trick me into thinking I’m still drinking Coke. After 8 days, I don’t get rewarded anymore. I also bought non-breakable measuring cups and spoons, because I keep breaking all of my cool porcelain ones.
Jonas has a snack of crackers and cheese.
I read Twelfth Night. I read bits of this throughout the day.
After a snack and a diaper change, it’s nap time! Jonas does not appreciate being photographed during this time.
During Jonas’s nap, I have an uber long G+ hangout with Allie. We have so much fun together, we’re totally twinsies.
Then a late lunch at almost 1:00 P.M. I have leftover cider, pork, and veggie stew and some guac with chips.
Jonas gets up from his nap, gets another costume change (he’s just just started to leak through his cloth diapers during nap times and night times sometimes. We might have to double up on inserts when he sleeps. He’s picking up tons of words now, with a new one almost every day. He’s playing with Yo Gabba Gabba’s Toodee, and he says some version of her name for the first time.
Jonas has leftover stew for lunch too, with mixed dried fruit.
While Jonas eats, I empty clean dishes from the dishwasher and put dirty ones in.
I’m short: I have to use a step stool to get to practically everything.
I turn Empire Records on for background noise. It’s one of my favorites. When the metal band Gwar comes on, Jonas headbangs. It’s super cute.
I finish up yesterday’s Music Monday playlist. Jonas comes to visit me every once in awhile. He plays within view, comes and sits on my lap for a minute, tries to steal things off my desk, and runs off again. (This is a Photobooth picture.)
Eliza gets home a little after 4:00.
We go play in the backyard. I read a bit while the kids play on the swing set.
How I got that picture of myself.
Then we played croquet. Eliza had never played before, so I taught her how to swing. She kind of got the hang of it.
Eliza took charge, laying everything out, telling us which color of ball was whose, and putting up the little goal things (what do you call those in croquet?).
Jonas was part of the game. He was an obstacle. If he moved a ball, you had to play it from where he left it. Hah!
Eli stays outside a bit longer, but Jonas and I come inside. Jonas runs around like a crazy person while I get dinner started. Those are Brussels sprouts. I’m the only one that likes them, but I like them so much that I’m willing to cook two veggie sides in order to get them.
We usually go to the grocery store on Sundays, but we didn’t have time this weekend. We almost always go to Trader Joe’s, but we stopped at our neighborhood grocery store last week to buy the naughty stuff we’ve been missing. Eliza requested canned green beans, I love Velveeta mac & cheese. So we had a not very fancy dinner of Velveeta, brussels sprouts, canned green beans, and canned pineapple.
Family dinner. (Tripod and self-timer.)
Jake then worked on taking apart our dryer to try to determine what is wrong with it. It stopped working, which is a big deal in a house that has a small person in cloth diapers. I might have to do a combo of line drying and the Laundromat across the street this week. Hoping we don’t have to buy a new dryer, but dreaming of one in teal or aqua if we do.
Eliza colors downstairs while I finalize our shopping list in Jonas’s room. He tries to fit in his toy wood crib, where giant Super Mario usually lives.
We go shopping as a family. First stop is Target. We only go to Target once a month to pick up things like scrapbooking tape, feminine hygiene products, and laundry detergent. It cuts down on impulse buys.
We go to Trader Joe’s, which is next to Target. E and I drive, Jonas and Jake walk. I Instagram Jake the list so he can start without us.
Eliza loves Trader Joe’s because they have small person carts for her. She beelines straight for the samples, I’m thankful for a free tablespoon of coffee. They also hide a stuffed walrus for the kids to find, and Eliza LOVES finding it for the sucker reward. She spotted it in about two minutes, but it took me three extra minutes even when she was pointing at it for me. Hah!
The boys during checkout. I felt like I had to explain the project to the cashier, because we looked crazy taking pictures with our big camera in a grocery store. He thought it was a cool project and asked questions about my tattoo.
We got home after 8:00, which is supposed to be bedtime.
Jonas helps carry the shopping in.
Jake reads to the kids while I put away groceries, then he puts them to bed. I like that our floor plan is open, so I’m “in the room” with them while they read in the living room, even though I’m in the kitchen.
Jake and I have secret carrot cake for dessert after the kids are in bed. I have decaf hot tea with milk and honey too.
Jake reads about an experimental photography technique online, and tests it out on me.
We stopped taking photos after this, because we had so many. There are six days left, and we can document our after-the-kids-go-to-bed routine then.
This night I worked on the blog and narrowed down the hundreds of Monday photos to what you see here, edited them, and worked on the blog. Jake read online and worked on a project he’s doing for Freckled Nest.
I took a bubble bath and finished Twelfth Night, Jake surfed the web before bed. Lights out was after midnight.
How was your Monday?