A Day in the Life | Gen The Bookworm | March 2019

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Hello! Happy Wednesday! I am excited to share a “day in the life” post today. I used to do these posts a couple of times a year on my old blog, and it was always so much fun to look back on. This was when our kids were little and I was “home” with them full time.

Life definitely looks a lot different now and I hope to do this a couple of times a year on here because it is hard to remember all the everyday details that really do change so quickly with a young family.  Both of our kids are in school and I am working now.

Life feels hectic in a whole different way now, and I am sure that will continue to change as our boys get even older. I don’t post photos of them very much because I feel strongly that they don’t have a big online presence until they can make that choice for themselves. So this “day in the life” is mostly about what I was up to with some parenting stuff sprinkled in. I am an open book about myself, but I do try to keep my family more private, so if you are wondering about this, that is the reason. <3

I had a hard time deciding what day of the week to do a DITL post because no day is the same, either with my schedule or with the kids…so while many of our routines are consistent, the when and the where change almost daily!


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As I have mentioned, we are early risers. My husband Lucas goes to work early so we are very used to this schedule. We wake up at 5:15am and our older son usually wakes up around 5:45am so this means there is around a half hour block of “quiet time” in the mornings. We each have two big cups of coffee first thing in the morning. We both use 1/2 and 1/2 but I probably use a lot more!

Lucas gets ready to leave and we quickly check in about our day. I use the rest of this time to reply to any “more urgent” work emails, go over my calendar for the day and put together my IG post for @genthebookworm. Buzz also enjoys this peaceful part of the morning and likes to keep an eye on things from his perch on our couch. We don’t have a “no animals on the furniture policy” as you will quickly be able to see during today’s post. 😉

The boys slept in a little later on this day because of the time change, which allowed me to take a shower in peace. They are very independent now, but there are many questions and refereeing moments during this parenting life stage. They are both up by the time I am out of the shower and are making their breakfast. I get dressed (and it was a hair drying day which always takes a bit longer) and do my “morning routine”. If it is a “barre class before work” day I will just put on face lotion (and do everything else after class) and if I am going straight work I will do my makeup routine (powder, blush, mascara, eyebrows, lipstick, sometimes eye shadow if I am feeling fancy). On this day, I was going straight to work.

This school year one of my big morning parenting goals was for the kids to be able to make their own breakfast and get themselves ready to go and it has (mostly) been a success. They know the options for breakfast and we keep it simple (waffles & fruit, cereal, oatmeal, etc.) I lay out their clothing the night before (they still don’t care what they wear as long as it is “comfortable”) and they get themselves dressed, brush their teeth and make their school snacks while I pack up my work bag and their school bags and outside clothes bags.

Depending on the day this either goes great or it goes terribly. On this particular day, I was feeling the rush from their “sleeping in” and there was a lot of reminding and probably not enough patience on my end. We aim to leave at 7:25 but today it was closer to 7:35 and those 10 minutes can make all the difference!

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Every parent of school-aged children knows the joy that is everyone getting out of the car in the carline and walking into school, WITH everything they need for the day. It sometimes feels like a true TRIUMPH that we have made it to this step successfully because school mornings can feel like a real rollercoaster ride with enough bags and water bottles that it looks like we are going away for the weekend.

I leave for work at 7:44 which puts me right on schedule to arrive around 8:10am as I had planned, YES! I switch over to my true crime podcast and enjoy my 25-minute commute in total peace, while also enjoying my perfect bar which is my breakfast go to as of lately. It’s the little things!

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I met Kristy at a preschool for school portrait day. I go along to assist her when she is shooting at a larger school and it is always such an enjoyable and busy day. It’s so fun to see her photograph in this environment and the kids just love her little games…except some of the young toddlers, they are terrified of us! 😉

Our kids get out of school early on this particular weekday so that means my workday is shorter too. I head home and on my way, I stop in at Once Upon A Child and totally scored with some Hanna Andersson finds for our older son.

I don’t like to spend a lot on their clothing because they are so rough on it.  I also like to be able to have to hand me downs for our younger son so really try to do a lot of consignment and sale shopping for their clothing so I can get higher quality items. Going to these places before the clothing season begins (no one is wearing spring clothing around here anytime soon) has been my biggest success in finding great and plentiful options at consignment shops.

Once I got home I had a quick late lunch and started working on putting up a book review on my blog. I also immediately threw all our new items into the wash because I had big laundry folding plans for the afternoon.

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I did a quick clean up of the kitchen (loaded the dishwasher from breakfast and ran it and wiped down the counter)and had just enough time to throw a big pile of clean clothes on our bed. It also made me smile to see the way our older son arranged his stuffed animals on his bed when he “made it” earlier this morning. Buzz enjoyed some time on the porch, and no it definitely isn’t warm enough to have the doors open quite yet. But when you live in a house with a woodstove, its the only quick way to cool it down. 82 is a bit too hot for me!

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It was the most beautiful and sunny afternoon and Buzz was very excited to join me in picking up the kids at school. Also pictured are our older son’s library books on the counter which brought back so many reading memories for me!

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I am back at home with the kids and their buddy C, which always makes things go more smoothly! They have a snack, and then hang out upstairs while I get back to work on the laundry folding pile…They eventually move outside to their fort which entertains them for quite a while.

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I made an afternoon pick me up of green tea and settle in to respond to some emails regarding an upcoming author interview and book giveaway and then put the finishing touches on my book review. Kari arrived to pick up C and comes just time to help me with some IT questions! 😉 Kari is a computer programmer and knows SO much! My questions probably make her giggle inside but she is a good friend. <3

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Our evening was a bit of a whirlwind because I needed to drive our older son into town to meet Lucas for a UVM basketball game. We ended up meeting up with him and grabbing a quick dinner before I headed back home with our younger son. We do a lot of switching on and off with the kids and this is going to be increasing dramatically as both boys get involved in more activities.

On our way home we stopped to see the beautiful sunset over Lake Champlain. When we got home I helped him get ready for bed, posted a quick blog post and finally finished folding/putting away some of the laundry while listening to my audiobook. I read my Kindle in bed until I fell asleep not long after! Lucas got home with our older son around 9:00 and then they got ready for bed. And that was our day!


I hope you enjoyed seeing a little peek into our daily life! <3

Wednesday Randomness |The Balancing Act

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Have you ever been in a stage where you felt like you had to “do it all?”.  I have definitely been there, and although there certainly are life stages where this has been more challenging, I have found more recently that sometimes, less really is more.

One of the biggest things that has helped change this for me is being okay with “good enough”. And to do this, for some things, I have just lowered my standards. This may sound simplistic but it really has helped so much. In order to give 100 percent to the things that really matter to me and our family, other things are sometimes dropped.

There was a time when I tried to juggle too many things, and what happened is nothing really got done well at all. A few months ago I read Stretched Too Thin by Jessica Turner. While not all of the chapters were totally applicable to our situation, I found some of it to be so helpful and affirming to this idea.

“The best advice I was ever given was to imagine that my life was a juggling act. Only some of my balls are glass and some rubber. I can drop the rubber balls and pick them up later and they aren’t any different. However, if I drop a glass ball, they are broken forever—no matter how hard you try to fix it. The key then is to determine which balls are your glass balls.” -Jessica Turner 

Prioritizing the things that really matter to me and our family and not worrying so much about the other things has helped so much. And what is important to me, might not be something that is important to someone else, and that’s the great thing about it. This has been a game changer for me, and also something that has helped clear my mind of clutter which often resulted in extra worries and pressures that I was really just putting on myself.

Determining what my glass balls were was the first step. Like many people, the physical and mental health of myself and our family is a top priority, although how we get there might be different. This past year was my first time being back to work “full time” and I had a lot of apprehension about how I would manage those demands while also meeting the needs of our family and my own self. I could look at it like I had “less time” or I could see it as just needing to “manage my time” differently. I chose the latter and it made all the difference.

I am an early riser so during the seasons where my work is full time I would work for a couple of hours in the early morning so I could still prioritize taking a break during the work/school day to exercise or go to a therapy appointment. These things are important to me, so I made them a priority in my schedule. I also do a lot of my editing on the weekends so I am able to work around the kid’s schedules. I combined seeing a friend while also completing an errand so it was getting two important things “done” at the same time.  Have you ever gone grocery shopping with a friend?! It’s really an amazingly fun thing to do and you will feel like the best multi-tasker ever.

Things like laundry took more of a back-burner. We wash a load of clothes every night and that is a priority, but actually putting it away isn’t. We each have a basket that we separate the clean and folded clothes into and there are certain times of the year that we mostly just live out of these baskets. It works for us. During the busier times of the year, we have a pretty small rotation of things we have for dinner and it simplifies not only the planning and shopping but also our evening routine. Our kids have school lunch, every day. Not only does it make our lives so much easier but they are exposed to lots of new things that they might not be as eager to try at home.

I certainly don’t have all the answers but seeing how much control I really did have was such a freeing thing for me. It has also helped me when I see someone doing something and I start to go down the path of “how do they do everything they do and THAT?!” Everyone has priorities and everyone’s priorities are different. This not only makes me feel better about what I do but it also just helps me be happier for what my friends are doing and not having it just highlight my own insecurities. <3