how i knit to stay sane

September 5, 2008

A Day in our Life

Filed under: Uncategorized — K @ 9:36 am

A friend challenged several other friends to share what a standard day for them is like, including pictures.  I was one of the several, and I thought it would be fun to share my day here (see if you can figure out why sometimes I don’t get as much knitting done as I’d like!)


I forgot to take a picture of my bath before I got into it (and you can forget about after!)  And I forgot to take a picture of breakfast, but I assure you, we ate!

I start out the morning with a cup of tea and a visit to some favorite sites (I decided to block the page I was viewing because it had some private information on a friend).  Messy though my desk is, it’s a pretty good snapshot of my interests….  Note the ball of yarn, the audiobooks, the handmade cards, the shopping list, and of course, the Memory game!  (Oh, maybe that’s for the kids….)

Noah likes to sit at the kids’ computer in the morning, while I’m at mine, and create his own artistic collages using pictures he takes with his camera and the Microsoft Paint program.

Catie’s pretty charming and quiet in the morning, and likes to snuggle next to Brandon while he works from his laptop downstairs for a little while.

“Okay, guys!  Time to buckle up — Noah’s got school in 15 minutes!”

Windsor Farm Elementary — just like the big kids!

Noah’s off for half an hour of quality time with his speech teacher, Mrs. Alex!

Catie, I hope we won’t be bored waiting!  How about a game of Hi Ho Cherry-Oh!


I forgot (again) to take a picture of lunch at the mall…. but I do have proof of destroying the evidence!

“Mommy!  We need money!!!”

They’re cleaning the play area.  How about a little shopping while we wait?

Oooh, Catie, What did you get?!?

Hi Noah!

Catie, do I smell something funny?

Brief interlude:  I didn’t exactly forget to take a picture, but it just didn’t seem like the right time.  If anyone had a video phone on them, there may be footage on YouTube later….

We went to the Family Bathroom (which we had just been to 10 minutes before) to discover that Catie had, indeed, pooped in her underwear.  I was prepared for pee accidents (she was wearing underwear) but not for poop, so I said “We need to go home and get cleaned up!”  Catie didn’t want to leave, so I *held* (not grabbed, not jerked) her hand and started walking, and told her to walk.  She began to scream at the top of her lungs, “No, Mommy!  You hurtin’ me!!!  Mommy, No hurt me!”  And, right as everyone in the mall turns to stare at us, she goes limp on the floor as I’m still walking, so it looks like I’m dragging her along the floor.

Here, I should mention that when I suspected that she’d pooped, I’d patted her bottom gently to see if, frankly, there was a lump in her pants.  So, once she’s screamed and gone to dead weight, she starts howling “And I not like it when you do this to me, either!” and proceeds to swipe her open hand and whole arm in what clearly looks like I regularly slap her to within an inch of her life.  (Umm, I don’t.  I was tempted at that moment, I confess, but that was her interpretation of my patting her bum.)  She was very tired and fell asleep in the car on the way home….

Back to our story:

“Daddy!  I tell you about my school today!”

“Yeah, Honey, I want to tell you about my day, too!”

Oh yeah, Catie.  Well, she still had poop in her underwear, but obviously needed the sleep.  So I did the only logical thing….

Time for a load of laundry before dinner.


“Catie, will you help me make dinner?” (Don’t worry — I purposely avoided taking pictures of the cleaning up of Catie…)

“Dinner’s ready!”  (We’re having Mexican tonight!  Also, please note the bird on the window behind us.  More about him later.)

This is Jake, my dad’s Quaker parrot.  He used to be the sweetest, most charming little fellow, and then he got a new cage, and got extremely possessive.  He started to bite anyone who came near him, and everyone started to avoid him… for years.  The problem is, he’s very social, and started plucking his feathers, and was basically killing himself (bleeding from the plucking).  My mom and I decided a few weeks ago to give it a really strong try to re-socialize him, and he’s quite the good company again.  My mom is calling me the “Bird Whisperer.”

“Brandon, you got the kids?”

“Thanks!  Mom and I are going out for a walk!”  (Before you ask, yes, that’s my belly sticking out over my feet….)

“I’m back!  Time to get pajamas on!”  (Note that Catie’s pj top has the bottom button left open for belly button access…. )

Ahhh, bedtime!  Nice and peaceful!

I hear a little voice.  Can’t be Noah — he’s OUT!

Look who it is!  (I’m working on a sock — Socks that Rock Lover’s Leap and the Monkey pattern.  Increased to 5 pattern repeats for 80 stitches, size 0 needles).

Finally, a little snuggling and 15 minutes of Mommy singing lullabies did the trick!

Thanks for helping me with the pictures today, Brandon!  You can come to bed now, too!  🙂

An extra note:  I’ve seen a lot of old friends stopping by lately — Hi!  For anyone, old friends or new,  who’re interested in joining in on this, photo-journal your day (you can tell from mine that you don’t have to be a great photographer!) and send me a link, so I can see your own personal brand of craziness!



  1. :clap: Great job! Very cute kids. And very cute baby belly!

    Comment by BeThisWay — September 5, 2008 @ 10:10 am

  2. Your day looks really fun! The kids are so big!

    Comment by Emily — September 5, 2008 @ 1:26 pm

  3. Hi!!

    Congrats on belly bean # 3!! It has been o long since I popped on your blog. What fun it was to catch up and see all your neat projects! 🙂


    Comment by erin — September 6, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

  4. Kelly,
    It was fun to read about your day!! I hope you don’t mind me reading your blog – what can I say – I love to learn about people. I am in the ward (yes, it was my lovely husband who embarrassed you in Sacrament meeting your first week…sorry!) Feel free to check out our blog I look forward to getting to know you and your cute family better!!

    Comment by Molly — September 23, 2008 @ 7:54 pm

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