In 2013, I documented using Ali Edward’s Day in the Life concept monthly and it was one of my favorite projects ever. For the third year, I’m repeating the project. On the 4th 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 4th falls, that’s what I’ll document. (In 2013 I documented the last day of the month, in 2014 I documented the 15th. This year, I let a random number generator decide.)

Here’s Monday, May 4:

May Day in the Life | The Nerd Nest

Blurs are our foster baby and Jonas’s friend.

Monday was Kristin‘s last full day here after an (almost) week long visit. We packed the weekend full of activities, so we decided to go the homebody route.

After we got Eliza off to school and Jake off to work, Jonas and I had cereal for breakfast and then set out to begin celebrating Star Wars Day with comics, the Lego Star Wars video game, and The Clone Wars on Netflix (we’d lent out our movie set).

Jonas totally loves Kristin and had trouble waiting for her to wake up. He kept sneaking in to check on her, but then she totally got him by pretending to be asleep and surprising him. We played with the kids in Jonas’s room, K taught Jonas some games on her phone, the baby emptied K’s suitcase, and Jonas tried to stow away.

While the baby was napping we got a bit of work done, which meant uploading photos and prepping blog posts, checking in that the first day of My Details was going smoothly, and planning our future world domination.

Paul came over and had lunch with us. I made penne with five cheese marinara and really good Italian sausage, which has been my go-to weeknight meal if we’re going to get home late. We caught up with what’s been going on in our lives and talked current events and politics.

Then some more working for Kristin, reading (Children of Dune) and baby playing for me, and playing with his bestie and Nintendo NS for Jonas.

When Jonas’s friend went home and Eliza got back from school, they set up a snack experiment (something to do with mixing cereals–but they were definitely recording observations) and then they played in the back yard. They were cleaning the plastic car toy with a toothbrush, but ended up getting the kitchen all dirty trekking from the backyard to the downstairs bathroom for water.

I made Tequila Lime Chicken (without tequila) with spanish rice and guacamole for dinner. Then we sent the kids off to bed. Jake, Kristin, and I watched Pitch Perfect (which was fantastic, it was my first time seeing it) and Kristin and I stayed up late talking about education issues until the stomach problems I was having got to be too much for me. Then I read, like, two pages before falling asleep.