On a random Tuesday towards the end of February I decided to carry my camera throughout the day and document our daily routines.
A day in the life of the Johnson family:
7:20 – alarm goes off.
7:30 – Ben gets up, wakes Sadie up, and starts to get her ready. This morning she’s tired and isn’t thrilled about going to school.
7:32 – I get up, get ready, and get Sadie’s lunch and school stuff collected. Sadie no longer likes cereal so I get her buttered gluten free toast ready for her to eat on the drive to school.
7:48 – Sadie and I leave for school. It’s only a 5 minute drive. I always adjust the seat, mirrors, turn on the defrost button, put on the seat warmer, and hit the CD button. We always listen to Popcorn Bopping. She loves #10 and I love #13.
We arrive at school, park, and I walk her in. She doesn’t need me to but I enjoy those last few minutes together and the car line always takes longer.
8:05 – I arrive back home, we eat breakfast, Ben gets Jax ready, and then he showers and gets himself ready. Ben always throws Jax his clothes from up high and Jax tries to catch them.
McKay has already found his “fastest clothes” and dressed himself. He probably wore the same thing yesterday but he’s happy and they look clean so I’m good with it.
Jax finishes up some last minute homework.
I get his lunch and backpack ready, get his shoes on him, and comb his cute little head of hair.
8:30 – Ben and Jax leave for work/school. Jax is excited and eager to go.
8:32 – I work on some photography stuff – emails to catch up on, a session to edit, a blog post to write. McKay sits on my lap the whole hour I work. He doesn’t always but he wants the computer to watch a show and isn’t interested in his toys. I don’t get nearly enough done but at least it’s something.
9:30 – I give McKay the computer so he can watch Monster Trucks and I do a morning pickup – sweep, morning dishes, and lay some laundry flat to dry since our dryer is broken
10:50 – McKay is upstairs asking for a “cereal snack” – he loves cereal and usually asks for breakfast twice every morning. I think it’s junk food so we often fight over the quantity of cereal he consumes daily. I give in to his cute face and pleading and get him his cereal.
11: 10 – I try on a few outfits until I settle on one. Then I blow my hair dry but I lose energy/interest half way and stop since I’m not really going anywhere or won’t see anyone anyways. I check on McKay who is done with breakfast and playing with his legos again.
11:25 – I’m starving so I eat Ben’s leftover chinese food. I’m dead tired and know I’m going to need a nap. I fight the urge to lay down for a few minutes because I know I’m going to need to get Jax soon. I’ve been so tired lately. I take an iron supplement and mentally tell myself to take one again tomorrow.
11:42 – Mckay and I leave to get Jax. I listen to the Diane Rehms show on NPR which is usually pretty interesting. Jax is excited to see us but his mood turns sour quickly – he sticks his tongue out, spills peanuts and yells at McKay. Sometimes school makes him stressed and ornery and it takes him a few minutes to unwind after pick up. We talk and he apologizes.
12:20 – We arrive home and Jax puts his backpack on his hook and they put their shoes on the shoeshelf. They ask to watch a show and I agree since I’m exhausted. I get them lunch and then lay down for a 45 minute nap. I thank the heavens above that the kids are getting older and a nap is possible.
2:00 – We leave to pick up Sadie. I dislike the car line so I have her as walker except I drive and pick her up across the street from the school with the other walkers. I’m thrilled to see her!
2:25 – We’re back home. The kids work on the lego ship that’s still out while I get them a snack – peaches, blackberries, and popcorn.
2:45 – After some more snacks (apples and peanut butter) the kids beg for show. I agree since I have a few calls to make. After the calls I reply to a few emails and check facebook and instagram.
3:45 – I force the TV off, much whining ensues, and we head outside. We usually spend a lot of the afternoon outdoors when the weather cooperates. On this day we walk to the park and then play with the bikes in the front yard when we get home.
6:15 – We go inside, I start dinner, the boys do puzzles, and Sadie does her reading homework on the computer.
6:45 – Dinner is ready – lemon butter pasta with peas and bacon. Not healthy but it is what it is.
7:00 – McKay rinses the dishes which he doesn’t do too often but he loves so I always wonder why I don’t ask him to do it more. Sadie and Jax work on homework which I need to help them with. McKay is done with the dishes and done a pretty great job so I he picks up his legos.
7:30 – Bathtime.
7:45 – We brush teeth, read books under Sadie’s bed, say prayers, and say goodnight.
8:00 – I catch up on emails, facebook, and a few blogs I follow.
9:30 – A little TV time. Can’t remember what I watched.
10:15 – Ben arrives home. It’s his busy season so he works late. He watches the end of what I’m watching with me, we chat, and then we head to bed.
And another day is done.