Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fourteen hours


6:00 am - I wake up and start my day. Shower, make the bed, wake up the small Bears and start getting them ready for school. It's Private Friday* and I can't wait to kick off my morning with the Bear.


8:00 am - We drop off the small Bears at school. There's a hot-air balloon in the sky! It's that time of year again.


8:30 am - Private Friday commences! We go to Flying Star Cafe for breakfast - coffee, with a breakfast burrito (Christmas style) and a cinnamon roll, both to share. We talk and laugh and linger.


10:00 am - Reluctantly, we begin our errands. Private Friday is not all fun and games! Our first stop is a frame shop, to pick up some family photos we had framed. We also visit a bookstore, for birthday presents for the LB.


11:00 am - We go to Whole Foods Market, mostly to look at cheese and beer. Everything looks good, but we leave with only toothpaste. So virtuous!


12:00 pm - Breakfast has worn off, time for lunch! We get subs at Jimmy John's. 


1:00 pm - We pick up the small Bears at school and take them to the park across the street. Lots of families stay to play on Fridays. The Bear plays; I sit in the shade, holding my friend's new baby. I think I got the better deal.


2:30 pm - Back home. The Bear has to go in to work for a little while, so it's just the three of us. She reads, he plays Minecraft. (Yes, I do make him play on the floor next to my bins of yarn; it's a small office/hobby/craft room).


3:00 pm - I make some tea and and sit down with a few cookies. The children find me; I lose two cookies.


 4:00 pm - The Bear returns. He receives vast amounts of help using his computer.


5:00 pm - We head to the backyard to grill, play with hens, collect eggs and generally toss things around (but not eggs). I prune and weed, the Bear cooks.


6:00 pm - Dinner is served. We have grilled chicken, grilled zucchini and couscous.


7:00 pm - A little girl gets ready for bed. Her brother is right behind her; it has been a long day.


7:45 pm - The house is quiet and we're unwinding. The sunset is beautiful and I have to take a picture. Then I go back inside to make stove popcorn. It's Friday night and that's the rule.

*The Bear is off from work every other Friday. The kids go to school for the morning and we have a few hours to spend together, doing whatever we feel like doing. We call it Private Friday. It's wonderful!

45 comments:

  1. Sounds idyllic, spending quality time together and chatting is certainly the key to a good marriage.

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  2. It sounds like a lovely day, Jennifer. :o)

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  3. What a lovely day. And how fantastic that the Bear is off of work every other Friday and you get to have some time together. I think my favourite part of the day would be working in the garden while dinner is being prepared. It sounds like you always have a wonderful time. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. CJ xx

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  4. That sounds pretty good to me. Have a great weekend too.

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  5. It sounds like a perfect day to me! You are stronger than I am to leave Whole Foods with only a tube of toothpaste - almost everything calls my name in this store, and I usually give in! Happy weekend to you!

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  6. A life in the day of Jennifer and her Bears. That special day every other Friday sounds like heaven to me.

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  7. You are making, creating and treasuring so many good and loving memories on these special days. They will forever be in your heart...never to be removed.

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  8. That is just a perfect day, if you ask me...
    What struck me is the time when LB and GB go to bed - very early ! When I was their age, I also went to bed at 7 p.m., but nowadays, children over here stay up much later (which I don't consider healthy, to be honest...).
    And that photo of LB with his chicken, ah so lovely ! Immediately puts a smile on my face !
    Xxx

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  9. That looks I've such a fu and fun day. How special for you both to spend the day with each other xxx

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  10. What a lovely way to spend the day - a bit of just the 2 of you together time and then some family time. Perfect. xx

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  11. Private Friday sounds a great idea!

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  12. Lovely post. If only every day could be Private Friday! *sigh*

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  13. How lovely to see how your day goes. I am going to suggest to Richard we introduce something like private Fridays. We work and live together but don't really spend time on our own. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. x

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  14. I love your idea of Private Friday, even though it was full, it was just perfect with regular routine mixed in with time for you both. Have a wonderful and restful Sunday xx

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  15. It's so nice just to have 'couple' time, I think it's important too. The school day finishes early, though it also starts much earlier than ours. Have a lovely weekend xx

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  16. What a lovely insight into your day. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. I like reading about your normal home routines - where you went, what you ate, that sort of thing. It sounds like the weekend starts early on those Fridays. X

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  18. What a lovely day. It's great that your husband has this time every other Friday so that you can spend the time together.

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  19. What a nice day, from start to finish! Making the best of each day is a virtue. I had a very rare day yesterday.. I was home alone all day! I crocheted and read and played Scrabble on my iPad. A day well spent. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  20. How wonderful to have these Friday mornings together. Enjoy them :)

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  21. What a wonderful day you have described! How nice to have private time when you have small children. We never had that and after reading about your day, I realize we missed out on something good! Thanks for sharing such great memories of a perfect day.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  22. Sounds like an absolutely perfect day to me. I loved this little "diary" glimpse into your day. Your photos are beautiful.

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  23. sounds absolutely wonderful xxxx

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  24. Your day sounds fulfilling and happy. I love the bit about our the little ones take a biscuit each and then you have one x

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  25. I love your Private Fridays, you need to cherish those! xxx

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  26. It sounds like a wonderful day - the ideal kind of day. Mike is occasionally off on a Monday so we do something similar x

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  27. Private time is good, and my husband and I are very lazy about it, he works so hard with little time off, and that we spend with the boys. Looks like a lovely, happy day X

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  28. Well done on achieving what we haven't managed to (yet) – regular time for just the two of you. It sounds as though you realise the importance of it too. Love, family, home: it's what it's all about.

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  29. Private Friday is a brilliant idea. My husband is off roughly every other Friday and I'm off every Friday. We don't have young children but we still have our own version of Private Friday - out for coffee, maybe lunch, a spot of shopping. It's great.

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  30. Such a lovely day. I like to hear about your routines. Although my part time working is going really well, I've been daydreaming of when LittleR starts school (not until 2017) and I might get either 5 minutes to myself (I have a long list of things to do for myself but will probably faff round and do none of them!!) or 5 minutes alone with the ABO!
    I'm glad it's not just me who gives up her biscuits :) xx

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  31. what a lovely peep into family life with the bears, it sounds idyllic to me :-) x

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  32. sounds like a blissful day.
    hugs,
    Meredith

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  33. Oh what a lovely day! I would so much love to have a day like that with my husband, and you get to do it every other week! Very jealous. :)

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  34. What a great way to spend your Fridays. I like the cookie part!
    I always forget about Whole Foods because we have Sprouts and Trader Joe's. It IS a pretty place.

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  35. Dear Jennifer,

    Private Friday sounds like a fun day - spending time with your husband. I enjoyed having a little peek into your day and lovely time you had with your family.
    Thanks for the kind note you left on my blog and was reading on my ipad and was about to moderate the comment and I accidentally pushed the delete button, so sorry about that.
    Have a great week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  36. I could get used to private Fridays.. they sounds great,, even with the errands

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  37. Love that idea, Private Friday. A few out of your fourteen hours. x

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  38. a lovely day and a lovely way to document it xxx happy memories xxx

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  39. Hi Jennifer, I have just nominated you for the Liebster award. I would love for you to join in but please don't feel obliged to if you would rather not.You can find out all about it in my post here
    https://creativityandfamily.wordpress.com/2015/09/22/liebster-blog-award/
    Sharon xx

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  40. Love it Jennifer...

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  41. Sounds like a perfect private Friday to me, Jennifer :) Thanks for letting us in on some of your activities. Those skies...awesome!! xx

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  42. A lovely happy, busy family day. :) xx

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  43. What a lovely day... such simple pleasures.
    You have a beautiful family my dear.

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