Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Week in the Life {Monday}

Once again I am taking on Week in the Life, a memory keeping and story-telling project by Ali Edwards.  I tackled this project last fall for the first time, so I’ll encourage you to see what I wrote then if you’re interested in learning more.  In short, for the next seven days, I’ll be focusing on our days and our stories through photos and words.  I’m looking forward to seeing how this year differs from last year, and exploring the changes that need to be made in order to function more effectively and playfully and just better as both an individual and a family.  While the project is focused on our family and our days, it almost entirely comes from my perspective (Brad will take pictures here and there as instructed). :)  
Last year, I wasn’t sure what the end result of this project would be.  Ideally, I would have been able to create an album that best represents the week, but that never happened.  And I’m okay with that.  But in reviewing my posts from last year, I didn’t include a whole lot of words simply because I thought that portion would be saved for the album that I wanted to make.  Going into this year, I know that this blog is where the documentation of this project ends.  {I need to be a lot more realistic as to what I can and cannot do, simply based on time.}  So with that, I’ll be sharing a lot of thoughts as well as photos.  (I will post each day the day after - so Monday’s photos shared today, today’s photos shared tomorrow, etc.)
A few observations before I begin with our yesterday…
Our house is horrible for taking pictures.  Very little natural light and on cloudy days, it is very, very dark indoors.  
I’ve already noticed that I’m less concerned with the photos I’m taking (I’ve been so out of practice in picking up my camera every day like I used to) and more thoughtful about what I’m hearing/observing/feeling/thinking as the day progresses.
Because I’m authoring this project, and the timeframe for which I’m completing it includes a full week of school, it largely focuses on me and my routine.  A lot of my stuff will be recorded here.
So let’s get on with it.
Here is the story of our Monday.
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The story of today begins with both boys up by 7:00, Drew reading quietly on the couch and Reed picking up his game of TMNT that he’s been playing independently for the last two days.
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The story of today includes fun discoveries!  Drew finally pulled the tooth that has been dangling for months and the tooth fairy generously rewarded.
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The story of today includes sack lunches - cold pizza, goldfish, yogurt, raisins, string cheese, apples and peaches and chocolate chocolate chip cookies.
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The story of today is made up of routine - get dressed, make beds, brush teeth, wash face.
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The story of today includes these two.  They have their own morning routine (I’ll try to capture it at some point this week).
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The story of today includes independence and school and learning and looking forward to a new week.
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The story of today includes cheerios, and a lot of them,
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and a TV in the kitchen to catch up on the DVR.
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The story of today, and several other days, includes Target and getting distractedevery.single.time by the cutest clothes ever.
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The story of today is finding this girl underfoot in the kitchen.
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The story of today includes a rock star nap for her and productivity for me - finally assembling Ruby’s Halloween costume.
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The story of today includes snuggles and a post-nap Mama/daughter selfie.
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The story of today is in that smile.
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The story of today is about more than just Ruby’s costume - but Reed’s, too.
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The story of today includes volunteering.  On Mondays, Brad arrives at school about 15 minutes before the bell rings to be a Hallway Hero, a strong male role-model present in the school to help direct and keep kids safe after school.  He picks up the boys, then, and brings them home before returning to his office. 
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The story of today demonstrates Reed’s compassion for younger kids.  This is the little brother of one of Drew’s friends, and while the boys play for a bit on the playground after school, Reed has taken to this little guy, keeping watch and helping him make his way through the perils of the play equipment.
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The story of today includes greeting them at the door and hearing them spill their words all over each other as they try to tell me all about their day.
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The story of today includes friendship and awesome mail!
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And oh my goodness, I dislike this part of the story - the sand and the dirt and the stinky, smelly shoes and the daily feet baths because of the playground at school.
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Of course, video games.  Always a part of the story.  Except when they’re not because of misbehavior.  But they were definitely a part of today’s narrative.
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The story of today includes five at the table and full bellies and fun & real conversation.
Thoughts about Monday…
When the boys play well together, they play really really well.
I have a love/hate relationship with the boys’ video games.  It is the only screen time they get (up to 45 minutes) on school days which is well and good, but so much of their conversation when they aren’t playing involves some word on said video games.  I just wish they didn’t think quite so much about them when they aren’t playing them.  But tonight, Reed asked Brad if he would play a bit on one of his games so that he could advance a little farther than he currently was.  And when the boys went to bed, Brad did just that.  I love that the boys have this shared joy (even if it is video games) with their dad.
With every nap Ruby takes comes a struggle for me to decide how I’m going to spend that time - be productive or rest.  Productivity almost always wins, and it feels great to cross things off my list, but it can also end up making me even more tired.  I need to work on taking a legitimate break every now and then (guilt free!) that will energize and help me get through the rest of the day.
I could listen to Ruby babble all day.
Monday’s favorite moment…
At dinner, somehow we got on the topic of spiders.  When I referenced spiders as “insects” Reed promptly corrected me that spiders were not insects because they have more than six legs.  After a brief debate (between all four of us) on what exactly spiders are classified as, we googled it.  Reed was right. :)

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