October Day in the Life

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.)

*Photos / stories about our foster baby omitted.

Here’s Sunday, October 4:

Our Saturday was packed full with Jonas’s soccer game, a festival, and a big extended family bonfire, so Sunday was for recharging. I woke up early before everyone else to clean up in the basement a bit and Jake woke up with the baby. Poppy, my grandpa, brought my nephew Nathan over early in the morning (8:30 AM) so his parents could work on home improvement projects. Jonas was so excited to get to spend the day with Nathan.

Eliza posed with her first deodorant. She thought the label was annoying, so she took it off and wrote on it instead. Pretty sure she’s planning on keeping the container. (You know you’re being raised by a memory keeper when…)

After the baby’s messy breakfast, Jake and I gave her a bath and I did a bit of laundry. Then the kids all ran around playing and being crazy, so Jake and I took them entertaining each other as an opportunity to relax a little. I worked here and there and we watched The Uncluded music videos (Aesop Rock + Kimya Dawson!?! How did we not know about this?). I’m really emotional lately and the Delegate Cycle music video made me cry.

Sunday was the deadline for Pocket Your Year students to submit pocket pages for our 500 Shares Challenge to share 500 spreads collectively in August and September. We did it (!!!), so I’m adding a bonus unit to the class. I set other challenge markers so we’d have motivation to keep going and worked on my own pocket scrapbooking to add numbers to the challenge throughout the day.

We seriously need to go grocery shopping, so lunch and dinner were both back-up frozen type of things.

After lunch, the baby took a nap and Jake and I took another break from cleaning / child chasing. We watched the first two episodes of Gotham with Eliza and I worked on knitting the never-ending blanket. Nathan and Jonas spent some time in time out for making a ridiculous mess. Jake took a nap (he wasn’t feeling well) and I did more work. The kids played Connect 4. When the baby woke back up, they were back to chasing each other and pretending.

Beth and Brad came to pick up Nathan late afternoon. Brad is a miracle worker and fixed our heater, which wouldn’t turn on (a sensor needed to be cleaned off). Eliza did homework and the little kids played dress-up. Jake watched a documentary about Nazi weapons and I cleaned up the kitchen, then read until Charcoal came along demanded snuggles. I read a bunch of books to the baby, then put her in bed. Jake got Eliza and Jonas in bed while I took a bubble bath and read some more. Then I got ready for a live chat to announce the final count for the Pocket Your Year challenge.

Then Jake and I spent some time talking and giggling, watched one more episode of Gotham (which he talked me into even though I was planning on reading), and went to bed.