Parenting

Spend The Day With Us

It has been such a long time since I wrote a day in the life post. In fact, 2015 was the last time I shared a day in my life. Things have changed so much since then! I was working as a household manager for a busy family and was trying to go full-time with pet sitting. Lola was our only pet, too! Man do I miss her.

These days, I’m busy with real estate work, some pet sitting here and there, taking care of our pets, and caring for our sweet toddler. Life feels totally different. I thought it would be fun to bring you along for our Friday. I filmed a vlog of the day, too!

Our Day | August 21st, 2020

5:30 am I wake up and hear Jimmy feeding Niva and Malcolm. Niva was spayed on Wednesday so we have to give her medication for the next couple of weeks. I grab a mug of coffee and read my Bible at the kitchen table. Jimmy leaves for work at 6:00 and I see him off.

6:30 am Niva and Malcolm are playing and running around the house, which will wake up Sadie so I give Niva a bone to chew on and shut Malcolm in the bathroom. I make breakfast and eat quickly.

7:00 am Sadie is stirring in her crib! She sounds happy so I take a few minutes to make the bed and straighten up the house. I’ve been working on cleaning the grout near our tv stand. I used a mixture of dish soap, vinegar, water, and baking powder and scrubbed it with this and it started to look a little less dingy 😉

How to clean grout in tile

Once I go into Sadie’s room to get her, I nurse her and we read a few books and play. Afterwards, we make oatmeal together and I feed her.

9:00 am It’s a beautiful day so we head into our yard to hang out. I make another coffee and bring my prayer journal with me outside. We head up to the garden and pick some tomatoes and zucchini. I also check on the arugula I recently planted, which is growing well.

Arugula growing in pots

10:00 am Snack time! We nibble on some crackers, fruit, and have a drink. I make a marinade out of honey, mustard, garlic, and spices for chicken I want to grill for dinner. I work on cleaning up the kitchen while Sadie runs around the house. I change out the garbage, wipe down the counters, and vacuum.

11:00 am We go back outside to play a bit more.

Toddler standing at garden fence in overalls

12:00 pm We head inside and go into our basement so I can swap out our laundry. I start a fresh load, put the wet clothes in the dryer and…. Sadie fell. On her head. She had what I would call the definition of a goose egg.

She cried, but not as long or had as I thought she would. Right afterwards, I nursed her and she went down for a nap. I was so afraid she had a concussion. I kept checking on her with our baby monitor to hear if she was breathing, lol.

12:30 pm Once Sadie was down for her nap I made myself lunch and then did real estate work until she woke up.

2:30 pm Sadie woke up, I nursed her, and we read this sweet book. After reading, I folded laundry while Niva and Sadie played on our bed. Once I finished putting everything away I made Sadie a smoothie and we went to Walgreens to pick up a photo order for my mother-in-law’s birthday. I also snagged some $0.69 candy 🙂

3:30 pm Sadie helped me unload the dishwasher and then we went back outside! I worked on some learning activities with her. She did a few pages in a workbook, colored, went over animal flashcards and played with her fine motor hedgehog.

4:30 pm I started grilling the chicken I marinated earlier. Yes, our grill is still see-through, lol. I also cooked up some potatoes and made a salad. Jimmy came home with a work truck filled with concrete for more patio renovations he wanted to work on over the weekend!

Chicken, fried potatoes, and salad

5:30 pm We fed the pets, caught up on our days, and ate dinner outside. Jimmy played with Sadie and her toy trucks after dinner while I cleaned up the kitchen.

7:00 pm Jimmy, Sadie, and I walked to a local park and played for a bit. We usually walk Niva each night, but she’s on bed rest from her surgery. We also walked Sadie from the park to a creek nearby and walked along the water.

Dad and toddler walking by creek

8:00 pm We head home, Jimmy bathed Sadie, and I read her a few books and nursed her to sleep. I had a snack and plopped on the couch with Jimmy and Niva to watch this movie about Creation. I fell asleep about halfway in, but Jimmy watched the whole thing and said it was great!

10:00 pm I brush my teeth and go to bed.

Again, the vlog from that day can be found here in case you’d rather watch than read 😉

What does a typical day look like for you?

Duck Eggs and I Understand Now

When I was growing up, I never saw my mom buy anything for herself. She would take me back-to-school shopping and not even glance in the women’s department. I would always ask her why she didn’t buy herself clothes, or maybe a purse? A pretty necklace? Her response was always that she wanted her kids to have the new clothes, fun items, etc. rather than herself.

Since becoming a parent, I finally understand what my mom would always tell me. I would much rather buy Sadie a new shirt than myself. I think I can count on one half of a hand how many items of clothing I’ve purchased for myself since I’ve had Sadie, and most of them have been nursing bras. It’s just so much more fun to buy clothes for my child than myself!

Garanamals leopart toddler long sleeve shirt from Walmart

Like the above shirt. It was $4.50 at Walmart and Sader Tot is in need of fall clothing so I picked it up for her. While we were in the store, I didn’t even glance at the women’s department. I’m becoming my mom, haha. Not really, though, because I don’t have too much trouble using my spending money on books 😉

I just finished up Finding Zoe by Brandi Rarus and wow, what a (true!) story. It deals with adoption, deafness, and identity. It had so many twists and turns that I had a hard time putting it down. I’m also working my way through Hannah’s Song, which is a Bible study on the book of 1 Samuel. While I don’t agree on the author’s viewpoint oo salvation, the rest of the book has been very insightful.

Onto duck eggs.

My brother and his wife bought a few chickens and ducks this spring and they’ve been getting eggs lately and passing some on to me. They know they way to my egg-loving heart ❤

Duck eggs and chicken eggs

Can you guess which ones are the duck eggs?!

My brother said he heard duck eggs are excellent to bake with because the high fat content results in fluffier baked goods. I asked them if they wanted me to bake them anything with some of the eggs as a thank you and they requested challah. Can’t wait to make it 🙂

In other news, we had a normal day over here at the Zottola Zoo. Sadie learned about the color orange and did some painting.

Toddler painting with orange paint

I went on an organization spree while she went down for a nap. Our linen closet is one of the spaces in our home that slowly becomes a catchall over time and today was the day I decided to finally tackle it.

I ended up nailing baskets and old plastic containers to the door to add some extra storage and it helped clear up a lot of space inside the actual closet!

Closet organization with baskets on door

Time will tell if it all holds up 😉

Yesterday was Niva’s first birthday and tomorrow she is getting spayed. Poor girl. It was so hard to see Mavis struggle after she was spayed (I’m going to blame my crying on the pregnancy hormones in 2018, lol) and I’m hoping it’s a better experience for everyone involved this time!

Do you have any catchall spots in your home? Our linen closet, basement, and a few drawers in our living room are our places.

Do you like to buy clothes? I would much rather spend the day in a bookstore than clothing store, but enjoy getting Sadie clothes.