It’s HOT these days. Hot hot hot. Earlier in the year, I kept thinking about how we never turned on the air conditioner last summer and the house still stayed cool and how our electricity bill reflected it and how this year would follow the same. But it’s not. It’s just HOT. So we’ve broken down and turned the A/C on twice so far. Hopefully it doesn’t become a habit!
This was my Tuesday this week…a pretty boring, average, uneventful day, but this is the stuff of life….I guess. 🙂 Some day I’ll look back on these days and these posts will allow me to remember better how life was.
I wake up at about 6:15 and climb out of bed. E is usually up by this time and in the shower, so while he does that and the kids sleep, I do a few things on my computer. When he’s done with his shower, I go downstairs to make his breakfast (2 scrambled eggs, coffee in the Chemex, and yogurt).
C wakes up just after I hand him his eggs, so I go and get her then get a banana for her. He and I get into a discussion about Richard Halliburton and his swim through the Panama Canal (inspired by Trump’s recent comment) while C finishes her banana and plays with Legos. E gathers his things for work and is out the door by 7:15.
While C is preoccupied with Legos, I take the opportunity to call USAA to take care of a few things. Once that’s done, I start on breakfast for myself and the kids.
B eventually drags himself out of bed by this time and is just in time to eat with us. We all have scrambled eggs, and the kids have avocado, sauerkraut, and banana, and I have kefir and oolong tea with mine. After breakfast, we clean up and the kids head upstairs to make their beds. I get a chance to do my morning office at 9 am.
After I’m done, we all brush our teeth and comb our hair and we work on a little potty training with C. It’s coming along slowly but surely. After that, the kids head downstairs to immerse themselves in Legos again. Usually I’d encourage them strongly to go outside at this time, but it’s close to 95 degrees already, so I don’t push it.
While they’re playing with Legos, I get a few random things done. We’re planning a little road trip next week, so I add a few more car activities for them to my Amazon cart. E also calls to let me know that he spoke with the company who is (STILL) doing repairs on our house from the hail storm last July. We chat for a bit about that and my call with USAA while I’m in the bedroom and C bangs on the door. 😒
After I’m off the phone with E, I get a load of laundry started and B and I pull out his junior archaeologist Junior Ranger book and do a few of the activities. C also colors everyone in the photos orange. (He did NOT want me to take a picture of him doing it.)
After that, I do my mid-day office and get lunch started. Once it’s ready, I get the kids settled with their food and go out to check our little birds. Since she finished laying, I’ve only been checking every three days or so to make sure she and the eggs are okay. I was very worried about the one house sparrow couple we have in the neighborhood, but I haven’t actually seen them in weeks, so I think our pair is safe. Once the eggs start hatching, I’ll check more often. For size comparison, you can see the tip of my finger in the lower-left corner of the image. These eggs are tiny.
I come in to eat my lunch while the kids finish theirs and then it’s time for quiet time. This is my time to work on whatever needs to be done, so projects for clients, website stuff, and, of course the Picture Study Aids (which is why they take me so long). B usually listens to his Winne-the-Pooh audiobook while he plays with Snap Circuits, Legos, or draws, and C plays with whatever her imagination allows her to in her room. I gave up on trying to get her to sleep for her nap a few months ago as it was always a battle, but she doesn’t seem to want to truly give it up yet as sometimes she still does fall asleep on her own during quiet time. Today follows suit and she passes out at around 1:50 (ten minutes before the end of quiet time).At 2, I close her door and get raisins for B. While he plays with his Legos (can you tell what his current fascination is?) and she sleeps, I get a little more work done.
At 2, I close her door and get raisins for B. While he plays with his Legos (can you tell what his current fascination is?) and she sleeps, I get a little more work done.
Once she is awake, I hand her her raisins and then we head down to the basement where it’s MUCH cooler (the top image is upstairs and the bottom is the basement only about 10 minutes apart) and read a few chapters of Chatterer the Red Squirrel and a library book.
Then I brave the heat and head upstairs to take care of the dishes, which is my least favorite chore of all the chores because it’s NEVER done. Well…until it is, that is. 🙂
At 4:15 we head out to pick up our raw milk. It’s illegal in Colorado to sell raw milk in grocery stores, so we have to buy part of a herd (called a herdshare) and pick ours up at a common location every Tuesday. In our old house, it was an amazing little pet supply store that had a dedicated refrigerator in the back so we could pick it up whenever we wanted. In the new house, it’s a cooler in someone’s driveway, so timing is a lot more important, especially during the summer months. The milk is stored in glass jars, so to keep it from tipping in the car on the way home, I put it in a bag and buckle it in (which the kids think is hilarious). It’s kind of silly, but it works!
We get home at about 5 and I finally go around and water the garden and various plants. I usually try to do this in the morning, but sometimes don’t get to it.
At about 5:30, E lets me know he’s on his way home. There’s a new restaurant opening and I have a coupon for a buy-one-get-one free entree, so I order food for him to pick up. I also finally break down and turn on the air conditioner….it’s just too hot. He gets home at about 6:15 and we all sit down to eat and talk about our day. The food is tasty, which is good as there aren’t a whole lot of places we can eat at in our new town. This adds another option.
After supper, we clean up and I head upstairs to give C a bath. While she splashes around, I do a little light reading.
After bath time, we head outside where B and E are watering the lawn. We watch the tree swallows soar around for a bit and then E goes inside to read to C while I read a few more chapters of Chatterer to B. Then we switch places and I lay down with C for a bit. Every so often, I’ll fall asleep with her if I’m feeling particularly tired, and today was one of those days. I wake up at about 9:45 to find her passed out next to me, so I sneak out and head downstairs.
E has put B to bed, so he makes popcorn and we watch some TV before calling it a day at 11 and heading to bed. Thrilling stuff, but this is what life looks like right now. 🙂