Day 15, Wednesday: A Day in the life (include photos from throughout your typical day – this could be “a photo an hour” if you’d like)
Do not let this photo fool you, I do not spend my day sitting on bed in front of my laptop. However my life in recent months is not really that more exciting. 😉 So here is the next installment of the #BlogEveryDayInMay challenge.
My Typical Morning
S N O O Z E
Lets be honest. I set a few alarms in the morning with the plan that I will hit snooze. Then when that plan goes to fail my husband wakes me up. I eventually stopped setting my snooze alarms and now jut wait for Ryan. However he has snooze alarms on his mobile phone too. But who does not love the few extra minutes under the covers.
B R E A K F A S T
The morning begins with my husband waking up the household that consists of us and our two boys. I make my way downstairs and start on making breakfast for Ronan and Maddox. On school days I cook them porridge on the stove. Not being quite awake enough for conversation, I cook while checking the tweets and Instagram feed that have happened while I was sleeping. Being that I live in England and follow quite a number of people in the USA (not to mention that my friends in Hawaii are just now going to sleep) there is usually a good amount to look back through.
W A I T I N G F O R T H E T A X I
Though close in age my sons go to different schools in opposite parts of town due to the class sizes when we applied for schools. There are not buses here like in the US and since we do not own a car, the school system has supplied taxis to take my boys to school. Depending on when one boy leave and when the next taxi arrives it can be a good 30 to 45 minutes of waiting on the next taxi. Add 15 if we are outside early before the first taxi arrives.
L A S T M I N U T E K I S S E S
If I am lucky that gives me a few minutes with my husband before he has to leave for work. My husband orders coffee online from Has Bean Coffee (www.hasbean.co.uk) and if we have time he will make me a cup to enjoy with him. I really like the Brazil Fazenda Passeio Natural Rubi. The description on the package says, “In the cup you get sweet milk chocolate and biscuit. Think a Kit Kat chocolate bar with a hint of dried apricots and sultanas.” You had me at ‘chocolate’.
B L O G G I N G
If I have been a good blogger than all this means is I look over my prewritten post that is already scheduled to ‘go live’ and then maybe start looking at what I will be writing tomorrow. But lets be honest. My finished blog posts are really notes in a notebook or on my phone that I still need to type up into a structured post online. I like to do this first thing in the morning.
E M A I L S & C O R R E S P O N D A N C E
Though I may have checked the emails earlier, now I sit down and reply back to everyone. That trickles down to replying back to people on my numerous social networks.
My Typical Afternoon
I am currently not working outside of the home right now and so I do not have a typical schedule. I could be out photographing or working inside on edits for Bonnie Rose Photography. I am currently the one taking care of the majority of the work to make sure the household runs smoothly. While my husband does 85% – 90% of the cooking I do 95% – 100% of the dishes. There is also the laundry that is more time consuming if its cold, wet, rainy, or any of the combination of those words outside. You can read more about this here in Laundry in the UK VS US.
This week I am working to get ready for my son’s birthday party. I have a thing about inviting every one in a class for birthday parties, because of someone feeling left out if you do not. My son experienced this when we first moved here to Bath at his current school. So the party size is one of the biggest we have ever held and theres quite a bit more prep and stress to have the house ready to accomodate that many children at once. I do love to try to get outside be it to visit a friend for tea, go into the town of Bath, or a hike on my own up to Solsbury Hill.
T W O H O U R W I N D O W
Without fail from 2 – 4 every day I am the most exhausted. This is about the time I would like to sit and read but that only makes me more tired. I have started making sure I have a pot of tea ready for this time. Which is why I really enjoyed the warm sun we had a week ago. I got to sit outside and just soak up the Vitamin D since in England we can have a deficiency of it with all the clouds and rainy skies.
A F T E R S C H O O L
My favourite time is when my boys get home from school. Sometimes it is about the same time and other times I have a little one on one with one son before first. I love hearing about their day especially from my youngest since he is just now volunteering information about what he does at school. I have them change out of their school uniforms before after school snack and then we read together on the couch.
A F T E R N O O N T E A
When you live with boys you learn that the whole ‘eat you out of house and home’ does not start as teenagers but at birth and intensifies with each growth spurt. I have recently started making these flat bread snacks with honey that the boys love because (well honey!) and they are cut with star wars cookie cutter shapes.
D I N N E R T I M E
My husband usually cooks dinner because he loves to cook. I will help him and we have started getting the boys involved in the process as well. The photo below is actually the dinner that I made. We now have one night a week where I get to cook since he plays football with the guys.
B E D T I M E S T O R I E S
If time allows we read through which ever book series we are currently reading at that time after the boys have gotten on their pyjamas and are ready for bed. We love reading the Harry Potter series and books by J. R. R. Tolkien with my boys.
B E D T I M E
After the boys go to bed we typically make an evening pot of tea or if its been a long day, we like to break out a glass of wine. We like to work through a season of television that is already out watching an episode or two a night together. The second thing I dislike more than adverts (commercials) is being ‘all caught up’ on a programme and having to wait until the next week to find out what happens. So we are always looking for a good show to start next if you have suggestions. We are all caught up on Game of Thrones, so my solution has been to begin reading the books. So far I am in book one.
So there you have it…not very exciting. But it is my typical day here in my expat life in England. I was a lot more busy with a lot less free time last year when I was working in the salon. So despite me feeling like I do not have a very fun to read post today, I am more than grateful to be able to be at home with my three guys on the weekend to enjoy our country walks and family time. Last year I worked on Saturdays and my husband worked on Sundays and we basically had small increments of time together as a family. After everything we have been through in the last several years, there is nothing more importnat to me than the time we have together as a family and as a couple. So I take the mundane daily grind with a stride and look forward to our next weekend plans.