A Day in My Life – 2014

Here’s a glimpse into a day in my life as a stay at home mama of two (with one on the way!) on January 30, 2014:

Good Morning Boys

8:00 :: I’ve been lying quietly awake in bed for a few minutes and our boys come in our room right at 8:00. (This was one of the rare nights that we didn’t have one or both of them in the bed with us!) They wake up ready to go while their daddy and I aren’t quite as enthusiastic about starting our day. They crawl in bed with us for a few minutes before going to play. I read a little before they come back in the room ready to eat. We spend a few minutes talking to baby who is going crazy in my belly before I get out of bed to head to the kitchen to make smoothies.

Morning Smoothie

9:00 :: I’m finishing up my yummy strawberry mango smoothie while fixing eggs for breakfast and unloading the dishwasher. After making more eggs for Paxton, I finally make myself an omelet and sit down and eat it while the boys start playing. Hubby leaves for work around 9:30 (Thursday’s are his late day so he typically leaves later on Thursday mornings.) I go make beds and start a load of laundry before heading back to the kitchen to clean up.

Washing Dishes

10:00 :: Back in the kitchen washing breakfast dishes. Once the dishes are washed, my morning routine is finished! The boys are independently playing together so I head to my computer to check e-mail and write a little.

Brothers Playing

11:00 :: The boys are still happily playing together! I peek in on them and make sure everything is okay and nothing has been destroyed. They want to keep on playing so I take some time to look over finances and write out a to do list for my day. About 30 minutes after this peaceful photo was taken, an argument happened and both boys come running to me crying. I decide cuddling up and reading is the best way to calm everybody down.


12:00 :: We’re finishing up our chapter in Farmer Boy. We’ve been reading this book over the past few weeks and the boys really are enjoying it – especially Paxton. They’ve been pretending they’re Royal and Almanzo the past few days – it’s adorable. Once we finish up this chapter, I head to the kitchen to start heating up lunch and then pop outside to move laundry from the washer to the dryer. We sit down and eat our lunch – leftovers beans and cornbread – Paxton eats 3 servings of beans and was so excited we had beans for lunch!

Reading Milly Molly Mandy

1:00 :: Lunch is finished and we’re sitting down to read a chapter in The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook. We received this book from Nannie last week and they’re really enjoying this one too! We end up reading two chapters before rest time. At 1:30, Paxton heads to the playroom with a stack of books and Weston heads to their room with a book, his barn and a few animals. Weston reads and plays before coming out around 1:55 saying “I not tired” which really means, “I’m tired, mama rock me.” We sit down and start rocking.

Napping Boy

2:00 :: Weston is sleeping. We’ve been trying over the past few weeks to get him to nap on his own. We’ve had a few successes but most days I end up rocking him. (Hopefully he’ll start napping on his own within the next month!) With Weston sleeping and Paxton quietly playing, I sit down to start working on our meal plan for the next few weeks.

Meal Planning3:00 :: Meal planning and looking for some new recipes. Paxton finishes his rest time at 3:30 and joins me in my room. He colors while I continue working on the meal plan. (And, the amount of time it is taking makes me want to start using a bi-weekly meal plan again!) Weston wakes up around 3:50. He’s cranky and wants to be held so I hold him.

Snack Time4:00 :: Both boys are hungry so I fix them a snack of homemade bread with apple butter. They received a package in the mail from their Mimi which was a loaf of bread! (Paxton was FaceTiming with her the other day while she was baking bread and asked for some, so she sent him a loaf!) He was so, so excited to open his package of bread! We FaceTime with Mimi while they’re snacking. Once we say goodbye to Mimi, we start the process of bundling up to head outside to play in the snow (which is mostly gone by now.)

Playing Outside5:00 :: The boys are having a blast outside in the ‘snow’. They don’t want to come in. We take off all their layers and then I start supper. Since John David works late on Thursdays, we often do snack suppers. Tonight the boys had bread, cheese, apple and orange slices and cubed avocado while I made nachos out of leftover pinto beans, cheese and avocado.

Remains of Dinner6:00 :: Dinner time is over and the area is a disaster! I decide to make a strawberry sorbet as a little dessert and we eat and enjoy that. Then I start cleaning up in the dining room and kitchen – sweeping, washing dishes and putting things away.

Clean Kitchen

7:00 :: The kitchen is tidy and it’s time to pick up in the living room and playroom to complete our evening routine. Once we finish tidying, it’s time to take our FCLO (fermented cod liver oil), brush teeth, put on pajamas, read bedtime stories, say prayers and go to bed. We follow this routine every night and they don’t let us skip a step! Tonight we read about Noah in The Jesus Storybook Bible and our last chapter in The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook. I leave and the boys fall asleep easily tonight. (Always a blessing on daddy’s late night!)

Sleeping Boys

8:00 :: Two sleeping boys! I finally finish my meal plan, make out my grocery list and start writing this blog post while waiting for my hubby to get home.

So, that’s how I spent 8 am to 8 pm in January 2014. Other than my husband working late, today was a pretty typical weekday for us. Monday-Thursdays are pretty much the same with Friday, Saturday and Sunday being a bit less structured due to daddy being off and going to church.

A Day in My Life Posts from previous years:

January 2012

January 2013

*As I was scrolling through these posts from the last two years, I noticed that I happen to be wearing the same flannel shirt this year as I was last year! (Proof of my minimal wardrobe!) I love this shirt…it’s almost too small for me thanks to my growing belly but it’s so comfortable. And, Weston wore the same pants that Paxton wore in the 2012 post…yay for hand-me-downs!

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  1. I enjoyed your day! Thanks for sharing it with us. I love that Mimi sent a loaf of bread–that is too sweet. 🙂 I also love the rocking picture. You have a lovely life.

    1. Isn't it funny how kids love routine and never forget? We got home late a few nights ago and tried to just put them in bed but they insisted on doing the entire bed time routine!

  2. So nice to see a little bit into the life of littles! We are expecting our first in April, and you give me such hope! I wish you would do this every month, it would be nice to see the way your days change with the seasons, etc.

    1. Our days are pretty consistently the same. Of course, we spend more time outdoors in the spring, summer and fall. I remember when I was expecting my first, I was so nervous about what life would be like with him. It was both easier and harder than I imagined. Taking care of a baby isn't hard but some days can be quite long.

  3. Fun to peek into other people's day to day routines. You should write a post about your boys sharing a room. We tried to let our two share a room, and I only made it a week. 🙂

    1. I have a post about the boys sharing a room on my to do list (now, just making the time to actually write it!) They actually shared a room starting when Weston was 2 months old, up until he was a year old or so and then we separated them because of some sleep issues. We put them back together when Weston was around 18 or 19 months old and it's been pretty easy since then. Both of our boys are deep sleepers now and don't wake each other. I definitely could see it being very difficult if one or both of them were light sleepers.

  4. Thank you for sharing this. I enjoy seeing the flow of your day with your children. I have one boy who is almost 2 and wonder what life would be like with another little one. I love the simplicity of your life and enjoy your blog. If you don't mind me asking, what brand of fermented cod liver oil do you use and what are the benefits over run of the mill fish oil. Thanks! (:

    1. We use Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil. From the Green Pasture website, the oil is "extracted through fermentation rather then cold/hot temps or chemical extraction as the rest of the industry uses. " We do a group order with the local Weston A Price Foundation chapter.

  5. Rachel, thank you so much for sharing your day for the 3rd year in a row.

    Do you think that Weston has a hard time napping by himself because he is used to sharing a bed? Maybe you could get Paxton to rock him to sleep. Haha! 🙂

    1. Weston has never been a good napper. He went from nursing/napping on me to being nursed to sleep and I could put him in his crib (finally around 15 months), to being rocked to sleep starting at 18 months. So, he's never learned how to fall asleep on his own to nap. Neither of my boys have been good nappers though, Paxton gave his up around 2 years old, so I'm thankful Weston is napping, just hoping he soon will learn to on his own!

  6. Rachel, this is by far my favorite post ever! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm sure it was a ton of work to to get it published with all the text and pictures, but I would LOVE it if you would do this type of post more often, even if it was just one day a month. I know each day is similar, but the pictures would be different and I bet other stuff would be too…and pretty soon when you have a third cutie pie, I bet lots will be different. Would also love to see more in-depth posts/pictures on your minimalist wardrobe, or if you are mostly in maternity clothes right now, maybe a post on your minimalist maternity wardrobe? Or a clothing post on what you have for your 3rd baby? Just throwing out some ideas. As you can tell, I love your blog and can't get enough. 😛 Thanks again for sharing all you do!

    1. I may try to do a post similar to this when it warms up – we definitely follow a different routine when the weather is warmer! And, I actually took some pictures of my maternity wardrobe yesterday with the plan of writing a post to share my wardrobe! Hopefully I can get that written and posted pretty soon.

  7. Hi Rachel! Could you tell me how you get your boys to take the fermented cod liver oil and how much they take? Thank you!

    1. We started Weston on it when he was 15 months so it's all he remembers. He actually loves taking his oil. Paxton started around 3. We tried the cinnamon first but Paxton complained that it was too spicy so we switched to the orange flavor. We never made a big deal about it being stinky or yucky (which, honestly, the FCLO that we take actually is pretty good!) We recently started giving them a kids chewable multivitamin too and we give that to them immediately after their oil. They view the vitamin like it's a piece of candy! Maybe rewarding your kids with a vitamin/gummy vitamin would work? They take 1 teaspoon.

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