6:38 – I want to remember this filtered morning light. The girls wake us up everyday and we haven’t used alarm clocks in a couple years. It doesn’t feel like it in the moment, but it really is much better to wake up to them coming into the room, than it is to be awoken by annoying beeps.
6:52 – I want to remember this summer of canning. I’ve canned some things before, but this summer I’ve really found my stride. I’ve realized that I can do a small batch in a couple hours and that’s much more pleasant than the all day canning marathons I’ve done in the past. I’ve also realized that I’m sure we’ll enjoy eating the things I’ve canned all year long – like this blueberry jam that makes yogurt taste like pie.
6:58 – I want to remember how Harriet always wakes up and says “I’m ungry!” And we need to get her breakfast and milk as quickly as possible. She loves her milk so much.
8:57 – I want to remember how outgoing and friendly and caring the girls are these days. They are both very smitten with the Sunday school director at our church. They are always happy to sit with her, help her out, or just walk around and chat with her.
9:22 – I want to remember how, after I dropped the girls off at camp, I can do whatever I feel is most important. On Monday, that was definitely time alone at a coffee shop. On Tuesday, it was definitely time with friends at a coffee shop. Today it was at home cleaning up, listening to music and crossing things off lists. Like these three load of laundry that needed to be done.
9:37 – I want to remember how nice everything looks when it’s all clean and tidy (mostly, at least). I also want to remember how it’s actually quite easy to tidy up and it’s always worth it. Also, that’s it’s so much easier to tidy up when the kids are at camp.
9:50 – I want to remember how good it feels to be moving my body and focusing my mind.
10:59 – I want to remember the many ways to keep in touch with people. Right now, my favorite way is an app called Marco Polo that is basically video texting. It’s the main way Megan and I communicate, especially about Blaugust Vlaugust Bvlaugust August. I also want to remember how funny Megan is and how much I love her vlogs and how glad and excited I am to be doing this fun project with her (her channel is here, her Day In the Life here, her video of her singing “Manhattan” which is still my go-to for when I’m writing on the blog is here).
11:36 – I want to remember how I always try to get myself in some of these Day in the Life photos, even if that means I’m doing a self timer shot of me switching the laundry over…
11:53 – … or a photo of my reflection in the door on my way to pick up the girls.
11:58 – I want to remember how much I love Vacation Bible Camp at our church. It is such a sweet group of kids, and such a lovely experience for my girls. All the staff members and volunteers do such a wonderful job making it a fun week for the kids.
12:35 – I want to remember these hot days at the pool with my dad and Deena. Today we even got lunch in the deal! Harriet perked right up when she got her strawberry milkshake, don’t worry.
1:40 – I want to remember how much this girl loves the water. She’s gotten so good at swimming, and even spent today learning how to dive. She loves it as much as I do. Harriet is also a little water bug and is getting really good, too. She loves floating around with her face in the water, checking things out. She still wears her floaty, but I don’t think she’ll need it that much longer.
2:51 – I want to remember how my dad will spend so much time playing with the girls. He’s the kind of Papa who isn’t content to just sit around and watch his grandchildren. He’s right there with them, being goofy, teaching them how to dive, playing games (you can see them over my shoulder).
5:10 – I want to remember this amazing trick for cutting onions. Open a bottle of Thieves next to the cutting board, and there are no more tears. I have no idea how this works, but it does.
6:32 – I want to remember the long days and long shadows of summertime.
6:34 – I want to remember how, after watching an episode of The Great British Bake Off with Alma, we decided we should probably go get VooDoo after dinner. Alma go the M&M one. Harriet got the pink one with marshmallows on it. I got a lemon filled one. Jesse just ate the leftovers.
7:03 – I want to remember our bedtime stories, all piled into our big bed. We take turns reading, and Alma is always by the reader, while Harriet is always by the cudd
ler. Then we take the girls to their room, give them hugs and kisses, turn on their diffuser, and say goodnight.
8:04 – I want to remember that when it’s 105 degrees outside, it’s better to watch shows in bed, rather than in our hot sunroom. Tonight it was John Oliver. After the show, I finished my book and fell asleep. The end.