An Ordinary Day, As Told by 16 Photos

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

8:30 am

Up late for school. A Z Bar for breakfast. A wrinkly (but clean!) shirt on, and we’re out the door.

9:15 am

We ran out of coffee beans, so that meant an urgent trip to Starbucks after school drop off was in order.

10 am

Working from the couch, half naked baby on the floor in front of me. Kathy Lee and Hoda on TV.

11 am

Leyna’s been down for a nap for about 30 minutes now. Scott’s quietly working away in the office. Yes, that is an air compressor on his desk. I don’t know why. I’m done asking questions and dealing with any of his clutter. This is why we don’t share a desk.

12 pm

Leyna is still napping. I think she’s growing. I take advantage of the time by getting some laundry done, answering emails, and screwing around on Twitter and Facebook. Here’s my “desk.” See how nice and uncluttered?
(Sidenote- I’ve had this table since college. It looks like hell, but it’s a solid table that I believe was made by Amish people. I think I might try to refinish it this fall.)

1:15 pm

She wakes.

2 pm

Time to pick Kendall up from school. His teacher told me he had a really good day, and that he rushed to hug his friend and help her up after a kid pushed her over on the playground. We went to Sonic for slushes after that as a reward.

3 pm

Time to tackle the mounds of laundry piling up on the couch and stuff  diapers while the kids watch some Nick Jr.

4 pm

I’ve taken control of the TV for a little DVRd Nate Berkus, so Kendall occupies himself by lining up every ball he can find and “bowling” in the playroom.

5 pm

Leyna’s napping again, and Scott’s done with work. He and Kendall head outside to hit some baseballs. No, that’s not a coffin in our backyard… just a homemade compost bin.

6 pm

Leyna’s up again, so she joins everyone outside. She loves rolling and crawling around the “bounce-aline,” as Kendall calls it. I head inside and make Kendall’s dinner.

7 pm

Bath time.

8 pm

Story Time.

9 pm

Grrrrr… I am so mad. I somehow deleted this picture and couldn’t recover it. Just picture beers and Chipotle burrito bowls on a tray at the couch with a baby, STILL AWAKE, in her jumperoo in the background.

10 pm

A crazy poop-splosion just minutes before made for a tag-team diaper change situation and called for a change of jammies (into some good ol’ hand-me-downs). Then daddy rocked her to sleep.

11 pm

Everyone’s asleep, so it’s time for me to get back to work.

12:30 am

I hate that I’m most productive this time of night. If I could stay up until 2 every night, I’d get so much more done. Oh well, at least I finished one task on my mile-long to-do list. Time for bed so I can get up and start it all over again tomorrow.

There you have an ordinary day in the life of us. Kendall is 3 years 4 months and Leyna is 8.5 months old.

Did you participate? Link up your ordinary day in the life blog post below, or come back and link up after you’re done. Can’t wait to see them all! You can read more about my inspiration behind this post here.

Since I blogged this post, a lot has changed in our life, and a lot has stayed the same. I just posted a new Day In Our Life In Pictures post. Click here to check it out.

  • Melissa B. - This was great, what a fun challenge!

    This sounds/looks SO much like my ‘work’ day too! I’ve been really struggling to get my rear into bed before 3am. I made it into bed by 130 last night but then just laid there thinking about how productive I could be if I wasn’t *trying* to sleep. Oh, the life of a work-at-home-mom!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya @muddero7 - Ha! Love this post!! My 3YO son calls our tramp a bounce-I-leen too! I thought he coined the word. It makes total sense & I chuckle every time he says it :)ReplyCancel

  • Mama G - Oh my goodness the chubby baby thighs kill me! Sorry about the poopsplosion – I know how those go, unfortunately.

    This was such a great idea and I had so much fun doing it!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - I’d so love to do this but feel like I need to clean up my sty of a house first. And then I’d feel like it was a lie. But my house is clean sometimes I guess. Great pics!ReplyCancel

  • TheNextMartha - I was really hoping that was a coffin. Great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - this was fun! thank you for hosting!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer (The Vintage Chain) - Enjoyed this! Your 10pm picture is really sweet. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jodi Hjelle - cute! i’ll have to try and do this one of these days. Do I see some alva diapers in that big ole pile? I recognize the orange with rainbow snaps and the red with white starsReplyCancel

  • guarros - I SO want to do this. I SO want to do this. I SO want to do this.
    now will I? This is another story altogether! Thanks for the idea & sharing though!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Tomorrow. I shall remember tomorrow. Maybe. Most likely. Oh jeez what am I supposed to do again?ReplyCancel

  • marylamb - ooooooh I wanna try this! :)ReplyCancel

  • Krista from The Playdate Crashers - How fun! I love it!

    I love how huge Kendall’s backpack is as he’s holding it in the picture. I love preschool pictures :) And good for him for being a good friend!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - What a great day! I love the baseball shot. And the bouncing pic. And the pic of your desk makes me want a glass of milk RIGHT NOW. Your kids are just too cute :)ReplyCancel

    • Jill - Ewww! Ick! I hate milk. That’s not milk :) It’s just a really icy glass of water. But hey, you go get you a glass of milk anyway.ReplyCancel

  • BigMamaCass - What a fun idea!! Sounds like a good day. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - Leyna’s facial expressions are perfect in every one of these pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Loved your pictures! Thanks for the challenge!ReplyCancel

  • Cole - I linked up my most recent Day in the Life post, but it wasn’t specifically for this hop, so feel free to take it down if it doesn’t fit…

    Mommy is so, so, SO jealous of your Drive Thru Starbucks – not only is our closest local ‘bux 20 minutes away, there is no drive thru. Also, I think Kendall has the same train table as I do – I think I see the corner of it in his bowling pic… sounds like such a nice, typical day!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Your son is getting so big! I am super productive in the wee hours of the morning too. Thanks for the great idea!ReplyCancel

  • BethT - I love this!

    I also love the nudie pic of Leyna but am trying to figure out why she’s diaperless. Airing out her tushie?ReplyCancel

    • Jill - Yeah, she has a bad rash, so we’re doing lots of naked bottom time.ReplyCancel

  • sashalyn - I had a blast with this. I made mine into a super short video- no explanation just a quick slide show… I think it says it all!ReplyCancel

    • Jill - I loved your upbeat music! I may have to set mine as a slideshow next time. Great job :)ReplyCancel

  • Janine @ Alternative Housewife - I didn’t realize that the ordinary day photos were your idea. I saw another one and had decided to do my own soon. I have to borrow my father-in-law’s camera though.ReplyCancel

  • Abigail @ Skywaitress - This was such a fun project, both reading yours and making my own. I’m so glad you suggested it.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon {Grumpy, Sleepy, and Bashful} - Got my photos, just need to organize/edit them. I’ll have mine up sometime tomorrow. What a great idea. One day is so much easier than a week, which was the first photography project I tackled. Plus, using my dslr is much more fun!!

    Cute pics, by the way. Leyna’s thighs remind me of my daughters. My boys have little bird legs. Do all baby girls have chubby, adorable legs? :)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - I had fun doing this!!! Thanks for the idea.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - I LOVED this idea and did the ordinary day challenge yesterday. I had so much fun doing it. I will be updating my post and pictures sometime in the next 24 hours. Thanks so much for the idea!ReplyCancel

  • Whitney - Jill this was so much fun! I plan on doing it a couple times a year now as a great way to document our lives and our growing boys. Thanks so much for creating a link up for this and sharing a day in your life as well.

    WhitReplyCancel

  • Ashley - This was alot of fun, Jill! Thanks for having this =)ReplyCancel

  • Veronica - Thanks for motivating me. It is funny how similar yet different our days are. One thing we will always have in common is beautiful fat bay girls : ) God bless them both they are beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • tara - I completed “My ordinary Day!

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    taraleann.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • erin - i enjoyed the peek into your day. this was a great idea and i enjoyed it.
    it was a great opportunity to get those shots i know i’ll want to remember years from now.
    http://growingafoosa.blogspot.com/2011/09/91611-ordinary-day.html
    thanks, jill :)ReplyCancel

  • Whitney - I linked up! This was so much fun. Thanks for the idea. I loved getting a peek into other people’s days.ReplyCancel

  • An Ordinary Day « grumpysleepyandbashful - [...] more Ordinary Day posts, check out Baby Rabies. Show Me Some Love!Like this:LikeBe the first to like this [...]ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - I linked! Thanks for the idea!ReplyCancel

  • Vivian - I love the face she made when she woke up and when she’s on her trampoline, so cute! Looks like you guys have so much fun during storytime, need to start doing that with the little one, the older one already gets us to read like 3 books a night haha.

    I def need to get on this project! How long is the linky open for?ReplyCancel

    • Jill - Thanks! LL enjoys story time, but she mainly wants to eat the books :). I don’t anticipate closing the linky anytime soon. Hope you can participate soon!ReplyCancel

  • TheFeministBreeder - I’m not kidding – every time I see a picture of Leyna, I laugh out loud. She’s scrumptious and hilariously rolly polly. I sparkly heart her.

    Second – WTF? Kendall’s in school HOW LONG?!? My kids are only in school for 2.5 hours. You know how much I can get done in 2.5 hours? Drop them off, get coffee, pick them up. That’s it. Soooo jealous.ReplyCancel

  • Day in the Life - carrie nelson - [...] after Jill from Baby Rabies shared her “ordinary life” in photos and challenged us to do the same, I finally dug [...]ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - Finally post my pics from the day in the life last week :) I present, Fridays at my house!

    http://carrie-nelson.com/2011/day-in-the-life/ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - I just posted a link to mine. What a great idea. And how awesome to be able to look back a few months (years) from now and see how much things have changed. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - OK dumb question but, how can I see the other links?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - I’ve been wanting to do this again for awhile, I did it last year! Thanks for the inspiration again!

    A Day in The Life [with pictures]ReplyCancel

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  • Jamie - Cool! What a fun post!! I want to do it too! :o)ReplyCancel

  • A day in the life | Maryland Mel - [...] by Jill’s challenge (and her follow-up “A Day in the Life” post), I took photos on my iPhone throughout a typical day during random moments.  Here [...]ReplyCancel

  • Sundays With Vi3tBabe and Kids - [...] (I suppose it’s because people don’t like have time to read). Jill did a great job showing off just how awesome her days are, as always, and I finally had the time and energy to show you all my [...]ReplyCancel

  • A Day In Photos | According to Denise - [...] 3.) An ordinary day told by photos. (inspired by Baby Rabies) [...]ReplyCancel

  • Ordinary befitting a Wednesday... mommetime - [...] Chose prompt #3 — an ordinary day told by photos. (inspired by Baby Rabies) If I could survive on 4 hours of sleep I would wake every morning at 4:00am. Yes, really… [...]ReplyCancel

  • How To Photograph An Ordinary Day In Your Life | Baby Rabies - [...] In the end, it’s not about rules, so don’t stress if you miss an hour or two. It’s not about taking technically great pictures. It’s about capturing those moments we don’t celebrate now because they happen so often … the moments we’ll miss the most when they cease to happen. If you’d like to take a peek into my ordinary day, I’d love to have you. [...]ReplyCancel

  • A Day In The Life - Nurse Loves Farmer - […] wanted to do this again for awhile, but then Jill at Baby Rabies started a linky so I was inspired to do it earlier! I think I went a bit overboard with my […]ReplyCancel

  • Another Ordinary Day In Our Life In Pictures - […] in stretches longer than 15 minutes throughout the night. I love looking back and comparing this to the day I documented last year! So much has changed, even though most of it still feels the […]ReplyCancel

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