Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Week in the Life™ 2016 | Tuesday, May 10th | Words + Photos

Messy bun for the win. And for the necessity. And for the convenience.
Breaking the fast with some microwave in a mug "puffy eggs".
Plus 1/2 of a banana, bacon, and frozen raspberries. Quick + Simple.
 Giving black beans a quick rinse before throwing them in the slow cooker. If you don't cook your beans this way you are missing out. 
A quick rough chop of seasonings and dinner prep has begun.
Mid prep session, Simon comes in to get help pulling up his sagging pants. 
Officially drinking the second cup of caffeine for the day...this time it's tea.
Boys have their book time / play trains while I go to get Selah Jo up.

This girlie is still waking up. :)
 Before lunch, I am prepping for our afternoon "Spring cleaning" activity. Washing the walls, baseboards, and magic erasing the WHOLE floor. Do not be fooled. It only happens once a year (or at least, once this year).
Popcorn making for lunch.
Man of the house home to eat said popcorn.
Apple Chicken Sausage, Carrots, Yogurt tubes, popcorn.  
I chill on the floor with this girl and she keeps rollin'. 
  Lunch for me: Chocolate PB protein shake.
I notice all the little beads of rain on the window when I take Selah to her room for a nap. Rain is so dreary but I am praying it keeps the fires away this summer!
Just washing up the cooking vessels. I spend a lot of time at the sink.
My view while I take a quick break before the floor and wall scrubbing begins.
 So much dirt, so much fun, so much work, and they earned a bit of money towards new bikes. :)
Getting dinner going. The day has been long and flown by all at the same time.

Fish, Corn Tortillas, Sour Cream, Chipotles in Adobo, Lettuce/Red cabbage mixture, Black beans.
Yay for full bellies and sparkling smiles.
Brandon thought he would earn even more $$$ towards his bike. It's hard sometimes for me to let go of the fact that it probably didn't get mopped exactly the way I would have done it. Easy for me to embrace the fact that it probably wouldn't have gotten done if it were on my "to-do" list.
The night ended with an attempt at "home date night" - where phones are put away and the "to-do" list shoved aside. The soundtrack of the evening ended up being that of crying babies. One ours, and one our neighbors (joining walls). Sometimes, most times when my expectations meet reality, the moment becomes one of irritation rather than thankfulness. Definitely something I need to work on and for sure something I am glad to be made aware of. So that was Tuesday and this is life. Thankful to be living + learning. Yay for a temporary clean floor.


  1. LOVE LOVE all these! I love your cropping!!

  2. Oh I love this!!!! I was wondering if you used a mop similar to mine and that's why you have to use a Magic Eraser. I have a black and white checkerboard floor and I use a Swiffer wet jet. I love how sparkling clean it gets the floor but it does push the dirt into the edges so I also have to go around the room every once in a with a Magic Eraser! It drives me batty but I don't know what else to do - I hate traditional mops. I tried getting Mike to do it and it looked exactly the same. The boy cannot clean like I can. haha!

    1. Yeah, it's a losing battle with laminate floors - I use a Bona Mop like a swiffer but It has a refillable container so I use essential oils/vinegar/rubbing alcohol and a bit of Soap.... Magic erasing is still a must !

  3. Love all of your photos, Carol! I use the magic erasers on the floor and baseboards, too! Is your hubby in the military? Love seeing a little glimpse into your day and life, friend! XO!

    1. Thanks friend and yes he is :) .... Magic erasers are a staple around here :/

  4. How do you do it? You must be exhausted after all that running around in the house! I really admire that. I especially can relate to you putting your boys to work; my wife and I do the same thing. You work around the house you get paid, the more you do the more you make. We believe that instilling a strong work ethic and fiscal responsibility in our kids.

    Bo Tolbert @ HJS Supply