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Last year I played along with Ali Edward’s Day in the Life monthly and it was one of my favorite projects ever. This year, I’m repeating the project. On the 15th of each month, I’m going to document my everyday life. I like having a set day because I won’t worry about finding a “representative” or “normal” day. Wherever the 15th falls, that’s what I’ll document.

Here’s Tuesday, July 15:

Day in the Life // July at The Nerd Nest

I woke up at 6:45 with a really strange dream in my head (probably shouldn’t watch Doctor Who before I go to sleep) and helped Eliza get ready for summer school camp. Tuesdays are a bit easier in the mornings, because she eats at school (she’s been bringing her lunch the other days of the week).

Day in the Life // July at The Nerd Nest

After she left, I went and snuggled back up with Jake until Jonas woke up and started climbing on us. Jonas drew us pictures on our new Boogie Board writing tablet while Jake got ready for work. Jake didn’t want me to share his silly sleepy face photos. (Hah!)

Day in the Life // July at The Nerd Nest

After breakfast, Jonas worked on picking up his room a bit. He sorted different brands of building stuff into the correct containers, mostly.

Day in the Life // July at The Nerd Nest

While he picked up, I finished a page in my Project Life album, inspired by Elise Blaha Cripe‘s Use Your Stash class.

Day in the Life // July at The Nerd Nest

Jonas earned a TV show for cleaning his room. He chose to watch Johnny Test and the timing was great, because I had a video meeting right then for class planning.

Day in the Life // July at The Nerd Nest

Day in the Life // July at The Nerd Nest

Then bath time for Jonas. I cleaned the bathroom counter while he played. Obviously I didn’t get to the mirrors.

Day in the Life // July at The Nerd Nest

Day in the Life // July at The Nerd Nest

Day in the Life // July at The Nerd Nest

We walked to get lunch at Jerusalem Bakery with our friend Paul. The weather was crazy gorgeous for July; it felt more like early October.

Day in the Life // July at The Nerd Nest

Day in the Life // July at The Nerd Nest

Day in the Life // July at The Nerd Nest

Jonas and Paul both fell asleep on me when we got back, so I took that as an opportunity to get more scrapbooking done. I also shared a memory keeping tip on my Instagram, which I’m thinking of making a daily-ish thing. I just need to think of a good hashtag.

Day in the Life // July at The Nerd Nest

Day in the Life // July at The Nerd Nest

Eliza got home from school around 4:00. How awesome is her sense of style? I love it. She showed me the project she made in art class and told me a bit about her day. She learned about using acrylic stamps and paper crafted next to me. We were totally planning on going to the park when Jonas woke up, but he slept forever. (He was up really late the night before, he doesn’t usually take naps.)

Day in the Life // July at The Nerd Nest

Paul took almost as long a nap as Jonas. We hung out a bit while Eliza did her chores and watched Last Week Tonight with Jake when he got home. I made dinner, which had to be impromptu because I forgot a key ingredient for the planned meal. There were too many Legos on the dinner table to eat there, so we ate on the couch and watched Monday’s The Daily Show while the kids at at a children’s table we have.

Day in the Life // July at The Nerd Nest

Paul left to go to a friend’s concert and I read a book out loud to everyone (mostly Eliza). We’re reading The Giver. Jonas stayed up for the first chapter or so, playing with Legos, and then Jake put him to bed. Jonas kept getting confused. “Am I in that book? Hey, I didn’t to that!”

We also had a fun answering-Eliza’s-questions session. This time we mostly talked about puberty. By the end of the third chapter I read, she was fighting to stay awake so I sent her to bed.

Jake and I headed up to our room / office. I totally planned on working on the spare room we’re refinishing (I’ve been stripping paint a bit every day), but I was too tired. I got into bed and read Invisible Man for about an hour while Jake coded.

*In addition to the normal stuff I document, I also kept a list of people I talked to on the phone, through texts, and through e-mail. That will make an interesting addition! Next time I think I’ll list the chores I do, because there was a lot of laundry and dishes in between these daily highlights.

Are you playing along with mid-month Day in the Life? Make sure to share a link with yours if you are!!!

Check out my other Day in the Life posts, including how I put them into Project Life.