Saturday, September 3, 2016

On a Friday

Every now and then, I like to carry my camera around with me for a whole day, snapping photos as I go. I began doing this when the LB was a baby. Back then, I used to participate in online forums for new moms; most of us were stay-at-home moms and many of us felt a bit isolated. We often made photo diaries - uploading a day's worth of pictures to Yahoo Photos, I think - to share a typical day in our lives. It helped us feel a bit more connected to the outside world, and more importantly, we could see that we shared many of the same challenges and joys. Blogs were just becoming a thing back then and I quickly became interested in "mom blogs" for the same reasons. Eventually, my interest in those blogs transitioned into a more general interest in "life blogs," as I like to think of them - not "lifestyle," just plain "life." I think this is the kind of blog I have; I share my hobbies and creations, but I also like to share everyday family-life stuff. That's my favorite thing to see on a blog, just the basic daily living of a household. I think all families' lives are interesting. I've often shared a day's worth of photos here on my blog and here's another one...a Friday in early September, and a Private Friday at that.


6:15 am - wake up and start the day. Make breakfast, school lunches and make sure backpacks are packed.


7:30 am - headed out to school.


8:30 am - after stopping at school to talk to friends, the Bear and I go to Flying Star (a local diner) for coffee and a shared cinnamon roll.


9:30 am - the Bear and I move along to Costco to buy some books for the GB's birthday gifts. We get a Clementine set and a Judy Moody set.


10:30 am - next, we go to Total Wine and More. What a store. We plan to buy one bottle of wine, we leave with seven bottles and a six-pack of beer and cider singles.


11:15 am - time for an early lunch at Pei Wei. We haven't been here in a while. The food seems a lot better than usual to both of us. We share chicken lo mein and orange chicken. Yum.


12:30 pm - we pick up the small Bears at school and walk across the street to the park to play for a while. The LB plays tag, the GB plays on the monkey bars and the Bear and I relax in the shade, where he finds a very weird beetle with one broken antenna.


2:00 pm - back home, chugging water. It's hot outside and we ate a salty lunch. Empty lunchboxes and backpacks, put things away, generally restore order to the foyer/kitchen/family room.


2:30 pm - start a load of laundry (towels), wash out a lunchbox after being belatedly informed of a yogurt spill (grr), hang it on the clothesline to dry, empty the dishwasher and start a ball of pizza dough rising for dinner.


4:00 pm - retreat to my craft/desk corner of the office to sort yarn. I finally - finally - have a plan for my next blanket, after taking several months off from large-scale crochet. I attend to the pizza dough as needed, but mostly I play with yarn and it's very nice.


5:00 pm - meanwhile, the Bear has been doing some yard work and playing with the kids. He knew I needed a break and he was happy to help, lovely man.


6:00 pm - pizza time!


7:00 pm - the LB practices his guitar. I'm so proud of how he's been adjusting to his new guitar lessons.


8:00 pm - bedtime rituals are complete and small people are tucked in.


8:45 pm - the Bear and I watch TV and eat our standard Friday-night "stove popcorn" and go to bed by 10. It was a good day together, especially since we missed out on our first Private Friday* of the school year due to my bad cold two weeks ago.

*Private Friday is our name for the time we spend together every other Friday morning while the small Bears are at school. The Bear's work schedule gives him every other Friday off from work. We try to do fun things together during this time, since we don't have much opportunity to go out by ourselves otherwise. We try not to do errands, but sometimes they sneak in anyway. It doesn't matter; the time together is the most important thing and we always have a good time.

29 comments:

  1. I agree - I love these type of posts! I think your family is pretty special and these post share your happiness in your day to day life.

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  2. So fun to your your post, and I love your 'date day' idea. Your blanket is so pretty, and must be sweet to sleep beneath. Your husband is a sweetie, giving you time out by playing outside with the kids!

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  3. What a lovely post; I did enjoy reading about your day. The cinnamon roll and coffee look like a perfect start to the day and I love the colours of yarn - can't wait to see what you have planned for it. xx

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  4. Hello Jennifer, I love hearing about your life and the rhythm of your days. It's fascinating to see the similarities and differences between us. (Your Private Friday's are such a good idea.) And you write so engagingly and warmly - it's a real talent. Thank you for this window on your world. Sam x

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  5. I loved this post and totally agree, seeing how other families live is very interesting. I miss the days I used to have with John before I went back to work, but when he has a day off we do try and go out for breakfast before I start work at 11. It's always nice to have that time together. X

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  6. I suppose you could say we have Private Friday every day as we work at home together. But I do love it when we find time to go out to lunch, as we did this Friday. It makes the day special.

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  7. What a lovely day, you must really look forward to your day together. I always like to see photos and words from people's ordinary (and special) days. We're getting ready for tomorrow's return to school at the moment. And there's a day of football matches as well. The clock has clicked firmly into the next season I think. CJ xx

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  8. I loved reading about your day and how lovely to have your Friday time.

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  9. What a lovely snapshot of your day. The time you get together is very special, even if you do have to do chores sometimes, it doesn't really matter, it's just nice that you get the time to do it together.

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  10. Exactly the kind of post I like to read. That's super that your husband has every other Friday off and you can spend some time with just the two of you. Your pizza looks fantastic, would you post the recipe?

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  11. I have been reading all your post of late in one go! Great crochet food, life stories and musings. I wish I could home/school for half a day like that it would be perfect but it is all or nothing here. Love catching up with you Jen. Jo x

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  12. Fun post, Jennifer! I haven't been out here reading blogs in blog land in a looooong time! Thought I'd stop by when I saw your comment. So good to hear from you! Sounds like you had a great day. I made a Mexican pizza on Friday too...refried beans and salsa for base then onions, green and black olives, fresh tomato chunks from the garden, and yummy mozzerella. So good! Hope the rest of your weekend is just as nice. Hugs.

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  13. I loved to read about your Friday, it is just so good to see how other families life their lives. Judy Moody is great fun, we had the whole set once upon a long time ago. I hope you had an equally lovely weekend. x

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  14. Lovely day, thank you for sharing. I love seeing everyday posts of peoples lives, what can stemlike the humdrum of everyday ordinariness to one person can be fascinating to someone else xx

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  15. I love the idea of private Friday - My other half finishes at midday every Friday and until this week, I have worked late on a Friday, so now, I shall try and instigate a Private Friday too - thanks for the idea :)

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  16. While I loved reading about your family day, I realize I have never done a similar post...from my 65 year old perspective. It might be shocking for me, if not my readers, to note what occurs [or doesn't] as my hours in a day roll by! It is such fun to type back and forth with you, Jennifer. Happy Labor Day! xx

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  17. What a lovely post, Jennifer. It was interesting to see how you spent your day. :o)

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  18. I enjoyed going through your day with you all. Such a nice family. I know you know this, but this is one of the best times of your life and I know you're savoring it.. our kids or in their 40s now and I miss the times when they were young and we were all together. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  19. "A Day in the Life of Jennifer's Bears" ... what a lovely post :) I've sometimes thought of doing this with my daycare kids. From waving bye to Mom & Dad and then showing all the little moments in their day. Of course, the day I would choose this would probably be the day they had their worst 2-yr old tantrums! Do you know, this would be a great link party every so often.

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  20. I, too, always enjoy these posts Jennifer. It makes me remember these types of days with my children when they were small, except my husband never, ever had a weekday off unless it was a planned vacation once a year for a week of camping. I know you are enjoying each moment too.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  21. What a lovely post. I enjoyed seeing snippets of your Friday. x

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  22. my my you made me join you in your joyful chores and interesting business.Amazing post enjoyed each bit of it your kids are adorable crafts are great food is yummy and pizza is mouthwatering dear

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  23. That sounds like such a sweet way to spend the day.. in our busy lives even something like a trip to Costco and a shared cinnamon roll can make a day feel just right.

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  24. Thank you for letting us have a glimpse of your fantastic idea of Private Fridays. We are often on the treadmill of parenthood, and to have this time is so refreshing to hear. Oh, and the pizza, that looks delicious xx

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  25. I loved this glimpse into your day, especially one of your Private Fridays! I'm glad you two spend time together like that as a couple - so important when you're raising small children and your lives normally revolve around them.

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  26. Doing errands that involves wine shopping isn't a bad thing at all. :) We have a Pei Wei here but I've never eaten there. Your Private Fridays sound lovely. A 12:30 pm school release is early compared to here -- though the government schools for Kuwaitis do get out early, at the American school my kids attended, only the pre-k kids would go home at 1 pm and everyone else, K-12, got out at 2:30 pm. Definitely made for a very long day (school starts at 7:30 am), especially for the kindergarteners who were ready to go home by lunch time. I look forward to seeing your next crochet project.

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  27. Sucha lovely post. I do love to see into the small details of your life. What a great idea to take the camera around for a day with you. xx

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  28. What a fun peek into a day of your life! My work schedule allows every other Friday off too and I love it -- I don't know how I would manage without it, actually. I'd like to figure out how to get EVERY Friday off LOL. Looks like you had a wonderful day!!!

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  29. I absolutely love this post. The idea of taking your camera everywhere is perfect. An insight into how other people run their lives. Different and not different, at the same time. I'm really tempted to do it one day. Thank you for sharing.

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