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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Week in the Life 2103 - Monday

Every so often I check in on the different blogs I follow and the last time I did so I realized that Ali Edwards was doing her annual Week in the Life project.  I don't feel totally "prepared for it" (mostly mentally - I've done it before and I know it takes a lot to remember to take photos and document all the time) but I decided to just jump in and start it this week.  Best way to keep it realistic, probably.  Plus the last time I was working on updating my 365 I realized how few times I had pulled out the camera in the last few weeks and this will help me get back into the habit.
So here is a down and dirty overview of my Monday this week.  I didn't take the time to edit any photos (I often don't) - oh well, right?
 Monday means laundry.  Lots and lots of laundry.  I have the kids sort their clothes before leaving for school then try to stay on top of it throughout the day.
 Mom came to stay with us over the weekend (we went to a wedding - Sam was a groomsman and we needed someone to watch the kids) and Monday was her last full day here.  After we got the kids on the bus, she went back to bed and I worked on countdown blocks.  And changed a load or two of laundry.
Sam had night fire so didn't need to be in to work until afternoon.  So he took his time getting ready for the day then did some minor errands and replaced the gas cap on the Yukon.
There's the pup - she spends the day either really happy we are home and wanting to play or laying around taking a nap.  Periodically she gets tired of one spot and moves to another.

Her favorite napping spot - the fireplace.

Mom wanted to visit her favorite fabric store here so that's where we went.  LOVE all the fun colors and patterns.  Looking at all of the fun stuff had me itching to create, but I've got way too many things on my plate and unfinished projects to get to, so I restrained myself and just looked around.  We grabbed a quick lunch and did one more errand before heading home.

 Where I changed the laundry.  Then decided to have Mom help me put out my Halloween decorations.  My new wreaths were still sitting on the tables in the sun room and Mom wanted to see what they looked like hanging up.  So I figured we may as well just go full out and put everything up a couple weeks early.  I always change it up a bit every year.  This time around a lot of the wooden crafty stuff didn't make it out of the box.  (though I do have big plans for a couple of new things for the front porch!)

Then I changed the laundry.  And pulling out all the decorations put me on an organizing kick, so I did a little rearranging in the storage closets and picked up some of the clutter in the house.
Oh and I FINALLY put a tablecloth on that sad little tripod table we have in the living room that holds the cable box and DVD player.  It's pitiful really that that eyesore sat there like that for almost 3 years now and I did nothing about it.  But of course as soon as we let the dog in what does she do?  Rip a giant section off the bottom of the tablecloth in about 2 seconds flat.  It's a good thing I've had it for like 17 years and am not all that attached to it.  Eeesh.

 After the kids got home and homework and a quick find-your-own dinner was done we had a little time for everyone to entertain themselves.  Kaitlyn and Grandma played a little soccer.
 And Tyler played Skylanders.  He's obsessed.

And poor Bambi was upset she didn't get to join in on the fun.  That's what happens when you're a puppy and bite a hole in the ball the day before, plus get so excited you trip Miss Kate about 5 times.  So she had to stay inside.
 Eventually all the laundry was done and folded (6 loads of clothes plus one for pool towels) and put away.  Then we loaded up in the car and headed to dance class.

 Typically I drop off Kaitlyn then get to do all the grocery shopping on my own while Ty stays home with Sam.  Because Sam was still at work, I dropped of Kaitlyn and Grandma, then Tyler helped me with the shopping.  We also tried (unsuccessfully) to find a clothing donation bin as I had pulled the 6 bags of the kids old toys and books that had been sorted out of closets weeks ago out of their hiding place in the storage closet and wanted to be rid of them.
There's my Kate finishing up the Jazz section of dance.  She has a Tap/Jazz combo class.  I usually show up in time to watch the last 10-15 minutes.
We finish up the long Monday with a fun treat on the way home (last night was chocolate pretzels) and then a super-quick bedtime routine since dance class end so late.  We also detoured to the clothing donation bin in our town on the way home - I couldn't let that little errand get the best of me ;)
Kids to bed, some TV time with Mom, end of Monday.

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