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 Friday, September 4:
*Blurs are our foster baby.
Jake and I take turns waking up with Eliza and today Jake was in charge, so she was already out the door and on the bus by the time I woke up. Jonas and I said goodbye to Jake, then I had coffee and made Jonas breakfast.
He also picked out a Star Wars Lego book. We got a pack of 10 of them at Costco and he’s been slowly “buying” them with his points (our reward / allowance system).
The baby slept in, so I snuck in a little bit of work until she started stirring. I made breakfast for her and did dishes while she ate.
Today was all about cleaning. Our friends were coming into town to stay the weekend and not a lot of deep cleaning got done around here in August with all of the extra hours I put in doing our Challenge a Day unit for Pocket Your Year–31 videos is a lot.
After the baby ate, I gave both kids a bath (she’s a messy eater). I cleaned up the bathroom a little while they played with all of the toys and had fun splashing.
Once they were all out and dried, I started on what would be many loads of laundry for the day. I wanted to make sure our guests had fresh bedding and I needed cleaning towels. Lily kept me company. She likes to sleep on the basket with all of the t-shirts Eliza sleeps in.
The baby helped too-she loves taking stuff out of the drier and handing things to me.
We cleaned up more–Jonas picked up his room and the baby “helped” and I vacuumed in my room.
Then we had really simple lunch: grapes, summer sausage, cheddar chives cheese, and crackers, which I only found after I took this photo with the chips. But I do love those chips.
The baby took a nap and my friend Paul came over to keep Jonas and I company during our boring cleaning day. He wore a funny sweater for this picture because he loves Day in the Life, even though it was like 90 degrees and super humid outside. Jonas LOVES Paul and went crazy as soon as he walked in the door.
Paul played Lego Batman with Jonas and we talked about things going on with us and social issues. We’re good at helping each other see things from different perspectives.
And I cleaned. I tackled all of the cabinets and mopped.
The baby woke up and our friend Anne swung by to grab Paul, and they missed Eliza coming home by about a minute.
Eliza played with the little kids (there was a lot of rushing the baby around in the stroller, dumping out toys, and shadow puppet showing).
She also cleared off the two kids’ desks downstairs.
I took a short reading break.
Then back to cleaning while the kids read to each other on the couch. I ordered a pizza and sweet and sour chicken wings from Minsky’s when I looked down and realized time had gotten away from me (it was 7:30)! I fed the baby dinner while we waited on the pizza.
Jake didn’t make it home until a bit after 8:00. He has a lot of days off coming up and needs to put in some extra work to make sure his projects meet their deadlines. He got home just as I was putting the baby down for bed, so he went up and snuggled her and sang to her before putting her back down to sleep.
Eliza enjoyed some comic reading without the help of tiny people.
Then we ate and watched Doctor Who.
I headed up to clean the neglected upstairs bathroom while Jake and the big kids finished the episode. When I came back down, Jonas was OUT. Jake and Eliza were watching science videos on You Tube.
We got the big kids in bed in Eliza’s room and I finished cleaning Jonas’s room–vacuuming and putting on fresh sheets. Two of our friends stayed in here and one stayed on our convertible couch. Jake vacuumed downstairs and got sheets and blankets ready down there. He also cleaned off his desk.
We weren’t done cleaning until around midnight. I showered and he’d fallen asleep by the time I got out. I read a little bit before falling asleep for a few hours until our friends got in at 4:00 in the morning! They got settled in and we all got back to sleep.
Overall, a pretty chill Day in the Life. Some days are boring, but I’m still glad to have captured this one.