Paul asked me last night when I was going to post another blog post. I'm behind again, but thought I would start with a little photo project I attempted yesterday after seeing my friend Christina's post. I tried to take a picture each hour of the day, all day long. It wasn't always exactly on the hour, but more or less and it gives a decent feel for what a normal day is like around here.
6:00 a.m. - scripture study before the girls wake up.
7:00 a.m. - girls have been awake for half an hour and it's time to eat breakfast.
8:00 a.m. - folding laundry while the girls play in their room (right after breakfast is usually their best independent play period of the day so I try to get stuff done like cleaning or getting ready for the day).
9:00 a.m. - swimming lessons.
10:00 a.m. - at the dance store to pick out ballet shoes and a new leotard for Clara's new jazz/ballet combo class. It's her second time trying a dance class and we are hoping it goes better than her first experience when she was 3 and hated it. So far, so good - she has been twice and doing it out of a friend of a friend's house with some girls she knows from church/preschool last year instead of a formal studio seems to be a better fit.
11:00 a.m. - my visiting teachers came over with their kids and the girls had fun playing with them in the toy room while the moms visited out front. So grateful that the girls are sharing a room now and we have a dedicated play space.
12:00 p.m. - lunch is over and Rose didn't finish everything on her plate. But she did lick all the guacamole off the other uneaten half of black bean quesadilla and peeled her own banana. That girl and guacamole. It's her favorite food.
1:00 p.m. - chopping dark chocolate to prep for tempering, something I'm learning for an upcoming Relief Society activity.
2:00 p.m. - Rose still napping - this was a super risky photo to take since she is such a light sleeper.
3:00 p.m. - chocolate covered strawberries - the result of a successful nap on Rose's part and successful tempering on my part (next up - learn to temper milk and white chocolate, both of which are supposed to be more tempermental than dark chocolate). The girls enjoyed them as a treat and I divvied the rest out to a couple of friends (you know, after eating more than my own fair share and setting some aside for Paul when he got home).
4:00 p.m. - at the park. We met up with a friend who needed to return my Whole30 book since she bought her own after deciding she wanted to attempt one in February and chatted for a bit while the kids played on the swings and slides.
5;00 p.m. - Costco run since we were out of fruit, vegetables and milk. And since it was dinnertime, we just picked up a combo pizza to take home with us. Rose was feeling particularly amorous and kept hugging me and Clara while we were doing our shopping. Clara got a little fed up with it.
6:00 p.m. - unloading groceries. This is one of the girls' favorite chores and it is cute to see them run back and forth, unloading the back of the van for me. Clara has even gotten so that she will heft the box with 2 gallons of milk and lug it in, grunting under the weight, but proud that she can manage. I always try to grab the berries and eggs to avoid any disastrous spills.
7:30-ish p.m. - Paul is finally home and it is time for bed (we had time to sneak in a quick game of Crazy 8's with Clara first - she was mad that she lost and we are supposed to have a rematch tonight). Clara loves this nightgown and is constantly pulling the sheer outer skirt into a tail like this, sometimes securing it with a hair elastic. I'm not sure why she does it.