Well, guess what?!? It's happening. Now. Here is what our life looked like yesterday... more or less:
8:00: Casey leaves for work and I barely register that he's gone. What? I'm not a morning person, people! Thankfully, Bea takes after me in this regard and I sleep for another 45 minutes.
8:45: Beatrice Kate starts knocking on her door. This is her new thing, instead of opening it straight away. She wants breakfast, like five minutes ago...
8:50: Breakfast happens. Only, because my child has the weirdest pallet known to man this is what she eats:
|Yep, that's celery. For Breakfast. She's weird...|
She also gets to watch an episode of a television show. Usually it's Dora. This week though, she's into Shaun the Sheep because, "It's just sooooo silly" (according to her):
9:30: I get Bea dressed for the day. To minimize arguments, I usually lay out two outfits for her and she chooses what she wants to wear. I do this because, if I don't then this happens:
10:00: We drive over to a local coffee shop to meet our friends, Shannon, Lena and Louisa. Bea has a muffin and some chocolate milk. Mama has a big coffee:
Bean Traders is a Mother's Dream Come True because not only do they have amazing coffee, they have a free storytime for kiddos every Monday at 10:30. The cherry on top for Bea, is the fact that the kids get to make a craft. If there's one thing Bea loves, it's an art project:
12:30: We head home. Casey was there waiting for us, as he is most days. This is one of the reasons we moved to Durham- so we could spend more time together as a family. And lunchtime? It's family time.
1:30: Naptime!!!! Glorious, sweet naptime. I use this time to do some work. I make client phone calls, catch up on email,
2:00: Except today, instead of napping, Bea uses this time to make up new songs and oh, pound on the door for an hour asking "Mommy! Mommy where arrrreee yoouuuu???". Don't believe me? Here's a sound recording of her in action. It's totally too long and there's not any actual video to see, but it's worth hanging in there for the entire thing. Make sure your speakers are turned up; the kid is a comedian:
2:45: We both give up on naptime. Instead, we head over to yet another mall. Normally, we would go to a park or play out in the backyard, but Monday was dreary and freakin' cold. So we opted for indoor entertainment instead. This mall is about a 3 minute drive from the house and THEY! HAVE! A! CAROUSEL! It's only $2 a ride but it could be a million dollars a ride, I would happily pay it to see this reaction:
|Mama! They have lights on this carousel! And Sparkly Jewels too!|
|Each time she came around, she would wave and say, "Bye Bye Mommy! I'm riding the train away"|
5:30: Home. Whew! And now it's Daddy time! Bea's favorite part of the day. Usually, they read books or play instruments. Today, they did both:
6:45: Dinner time! Tonight's dinner was a pork tenderloin with a pan gravy and roasted brussel sprouts (with bacon of course). Though this photo doesn't show it, Bea actually loves Brussel sprouts. She ate more than Casey and I both...combined:
|I'm sure she was just trying to show off her plate, right? Right?!?|
|Well, hello there.|
8:30: Bedtime for Bea Bea. Believe it or not, Casey is the one who puts Bea to bed each night. That's because of a lot of reasons, but mostly because when she was little, she used to nurse and nurse and nurse and cry out if I put her down. Casey started taking over for me and voila! She slept like a champ. Now, he sings her to sleep each night. I told you, he's amazing.
8:45: Marriage time. Casey and I have been really working hard on improving our marriage this year and putting an emphasis on spending quality time together. Sometimes that time includes watching a favorite TV show, or sometimes it's just sitting with a glass of wine and talking about our day. Tonight? We caught up over a (North Carolina brewed) pumpkin ale... it was heaven:
You may or may not know that Casey commutes to work on a bike, so tonight's topic of conversation was his new headlight for his commuter bike. We live a glamorous life, I tell you. He told me to be sure I pointed out that it is USB rechargeable. Whatever that means:
10:00: Bedtime for us. The first year we were married, we promised to never have a TV in our bedroom. So often, we'll head to bed and read or catch up on blogs on our Kindle or
I can't promise I'll be able to keep this up for a week, but I'm really going to try... hang in there!