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.