Week In My Life: Monday

Welcome to a Week In My Life!!
Thanks to Mel at Adventuroo, I am diving into this challenge again this year. 
Last year, I enjoyed documenting the daily life of my family as well. Check out last year’s Monday Week In My Life post here. I’ll try to do some fancy-pants side-by-side pictures at some point this week. 
But, for the sake of time & energy, no fancy editing today, because Mondays are nutty around here. 
Natalie & Greg head off to work & school around 7:40am. 
Then it’s just Sedona & me until I take her to school on my way to work. 
My work has some confidentiality issues, so I can’t show you much about my day there, and my day does go until 8pm. It’s a looooong day, but it’s all good. I’ll showcase our bedtime routine later this week. 
Here’s a look at a good portion of our Monday… and the morning routine may not be featured the rest of the week, since it is essentially the same routine daily.
Natalie wakes up, gets her uniform on and walks into our bedroom about 1 minute (no lie) before my 6:30am alarm goes off, fully dressed, ready for breakfast and tv before school. Right now, she’s really into PBS Kids (thankfully) and enjoys Wild Kratts & Arthur before she brushes her teeth & hair and heads off to school. 
This particular Monday, Sedona woke up with Natalie. 
Sedona isn’t as routine oriented as her sister, and wakes up whenever she wakes up. 
This is how I wake up… minus the banana I devoured to fast to photograph.
Natalie’s ready for school… now, where is Daddy? 
The hubs usually snuggles with the girls until the very last second, frantically hops into the shower and races down the stairs just in time to hear Natalie complaining about being late. True story.
Once we kiss Natalie & the hubs goodbye, Sedona & I spend some quality snuggle-time together… 
Then I finished editing yesterday’s blogpost until I realized I had to shower … so I tuck Sedona into my bed with a snack & her favorite show (right now, that would be Doc McStuffins on Disney) and hop into the shower. I could wake up at 6am and shower and then have more time to do other things… but, I cherish that extra 30 minutes of sleep, especially on nutty-Mondays!
Are you ready for the just out of the shower – no makeup Momma? 
Here it is… EEK! Hide your children! 
Sedona does not sit still for long & decided to go through my jewelry while I was showering and found my Granni’s elephant necklace. She thought it made for a nice beard. 
Sedona & I eat lunch around 11am, then we’re off to school & work!
We’re having a bit of an Indian Summer this week: 70 degrees yesterday! 
So we opened the moonroof in my truck… ahhhh. 
Here’s Sedona dancing to The Black Keys.
How lucky am I that I am greeted by this lovely tree when I pull into my work parking lot?
Here’s my desk… 
And my view… 
And my good friend Chip, who visits me every Monday & Thursday!
Then I was sent out to run a few errands… and, since I’m not in my truck alone very often, I was in the mood to sing — Adele mix FTW!
And oops… while I was out running errands, I was right by the hubs’ work, so we met at “The Store” aka The Meanwhile for a couple quick Crooked Tree IPAs. Quick, as in, 15 minutes… then the hubs went back to work for a conference-call before he had to pick up the kids from After-school care.
Then, chaos ensued the remainder of the day… once we got the kids into bed, the hubs worked (until 2am!!!) and I flipped between the final Presidential Debate (can we vote yet?!) and the Lions craptastic Monday Night Football game. I should’ve caught up with Breaking Bad. 
All for now… more tomorrow!

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  1. Posted October 23, 2012 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    I do the “put the kid in the bed and hop in the shower” thing too. It’s so much better than getting up early. And once that weather gets cold, I REALLY won’t want to do that. Ha! I loved your breakdown of your day! Can’t wait to see what you post tomorrow.

  2. Posted October 23, 2012 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    You are a busy cookie! I love that shade of lipstick with your hair btw. And the extra morning sleep instead of showering right away? I’m SO with you. I shower after they’re on the bus and off to school. Hope you had a chance to breathe!

    • Posted October 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much, Michelle!! I just tried a new color on my hair, so I’m trying out new lipsticks… so I really appreciate the compliment! And yes, we are a bit of a chaotic family at times. But Mondays are extra-crazy. At least we get it out of the way early… well, until Thursday. But then it’s almost friday, so it’s a little easier to digest.

  3. Posted October 23, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Dang girl. You get a lot of stuff done in a day! I am totally imagining you driving in your truck singing Adele at top volume.

    I can’t get over Natalie in her school uniform, she looks adorable and like a little lady. And Sedona’s necklace beard? Priceless. Also you just upped the ante. I’m gonna have to take a ‘just showered’ pic. Hope it’s as lovely as yours.

    Finally love that you snuck in a beer with your husband in the middle of the day. It’s little moments that keep our marriages going, isn’t it?

    • Posted October 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Alexia. Mondays & Thursdays = constant chaos. The rest of the week seems pretty tame in comparison. But, it’s been an adjustment going back to work and putting the kids in after-school care. It does help to have a few extra bucks to be able to sneak in a quick meet-up with the hubs, be it for lunch or a quick beer… we try to embrace those child-free opportunities when we can!

      And I have to admit — I love every single thing about the school-uniform!!! Sedona still has this year & next year without uniforms… then… ahhhh. Sedona’s the fashionista who changes outfits throughout the day, so that will likely take some getting used to.

  4. Posted October 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    That TREE! SO gorgeous!!
    I love your hair!

  5. Posted October 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    I had thought about doing the side by sides too. Many in my recap post next Tuesday. That snuggle picture of Sedona is so awesome as is her beard a few pictures later. I think she and Liam would be two peas in a pod. Also, I love the shot of your real desk. I have never had a job with a desk…ever. Some days I think it might be nice. Can’t wait to read more tomorrow.

    • Posted October 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

      Why didn’t I think of posting side-by-side photos in the recap post… you = BRILLIANT!!!

      I agree that Liam & Sedona would be friends for sure. We should set up a Skype date someday soon.

      Yes, it’s weird, but nice to have a “desk” again. It still doesn’t feel like “mine” yet. Very likely due to only going in twice/week. I’ll break it in soon enough.

  6. Posted October 23, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    My girls are always going through my jewelry.

    • Posted October 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

      YAY, I’m not alone! I just inherited a big box of jewelry from my Granni, so my girlie-girl has been drooling over all of it. (so have I! so fun!) My oldest is not as much of a girlie-girl like her little sis, so she could’ve cared less about the jewelry collection. At least I have one daughter to shop with. HA!

  7. Posted October 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    My husband snuggles with our son until the very last second too! Except he doesn’t complain about being late just yet. 😉

    • Posted October 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

      Oh men are fun, aren’t they? I’ve never left him to deal with a school-morning alone, but it’s tempting. He wonders why there are some mornings where I lose it… but, getting 4 people ready for work & school isn’t easy!

  8. Posted October 23, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Man I’m jealous that you got to meet the hubs for drinks during the workday!!!

    • Posted October 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

      We don’t have many opportunities to do something like that, but with both girls in school more often, it is a little easier. Downside to the bar next to his work? It doesn’t open until 4p.

  9. Posted October 23, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    Fun! Your girls are so pretty. Dean’s all about Doc McStuffins, too. I promise to post a no-makeup picture on Tuesday. So glad we’re all playing this year! Love seeing your workspace.

    • Posted October 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Jen! I love the Doc!! Nice break from MICKEY… or worse. We’re out of the Dora phase, thankfully.

      Week In My Life is fun, isn’t it? A ton of work that feels so worth it in the end. Love it.

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