Yesterday I challenged myself to take one photo every hour. A sort of “day in the life” kind of documentation… but in photos.
I thought it’d be fun for you (my fabulous readers) to see what a typical Sunday looked like in my world. And really, for you to see how I keep up with my blog & baking in the midst of taking care of my deployed husband, my two fabulous kids and myself!
The house is still quiet, my babies are still asleep and I am taking advantage of a few minutes to myself to enjoy breakfast. Today, I’m trying something new. A German brand of yogurt with chocolate flakes in it topped with a white chocolate raspberry museli and fresh berries. It was so super delicious!
Matthew (20 months) and Emily (13 years) enjoy some snuggles just after Matty woke up. I’m so blessed to have two late sleepers and two kids who love each other so much!
Every morning about this time, I get a cup of coffee in one of my Starbucks mugs, sit down at the coffee table and work on blog stuff. This… is exactly what it looks like while I’m trying to work. My sweet little toddler, climbing on the coffee table – right into the middle of whatever I’m working on! *giggle* Love my little man – even when he’s being a pain in my tushy!
Matty brought me a little bag to open, full of these animals, for him to play with. This is where they ended up… on the floor, in a pile… for me to step on. OUCH!
Lunch break! Left over pizza with extra sauce, an ice cold Pepsi and my notebook. Making the most of the few minutes I have to myself to eat and plan my next baking adventure!
The weather here in Bavaria went from being sunny and cold to cold, rainy and windy in a matter of hours. I think I’m going to have to secure the tarp over the fest table a little better. *ugh*
With Matty napping and Emily busy on homework, I was able to spend some time in the kitchen baking. On the left is a fudge sauce that will go in between the layers of chocolate chip cake cooling on the right.
Emily got most of her 8th grade English project done while Matty was napping. Luckily, she was just finishing up when he woke up because it’s hard to work when a toddler with a sucker is pulling at you! Oh – and on a side note – Emily finished this project (collage & 1000 word essay) in just 4 days and 3 whole days before it was even due! SO INCREDIBLY PROUD of Emily for this accomplishment!
Emily is a great big sister! With her homework done, she was able to watch Matty so I could get back into my kitchen and put the cake together! I’m not gonna pretend that my kitchen is immaculate during baking… it seriously isn’t. This photo required no “staging” or props… this is real life people. Real life.
And a real life mess too. Can you see the fudge sauce dripping down the front of the cabinet? On the drawer handle? All over the counter, the cake stand? It was even on the window! Wanna know a secret? Making this mess… that was the best part of putting this cake together! It was FUN!
We eat dinner kinda late in our family. Typically, when my husband isn’t deployed he didn’t get home from work until after 6pm… so dinner wasn’t until the 7pm hour. We try to keep our schedule and eat dinner at that same time. Tonight I made an easy hamburger casserole. This is something my Mom made for me and was a childhood favorite. It’s got ground beef, rice, peas, seasoning, onion gravy mix and is topped with crunch french fried onions. It’s a family favorite.
Every two weeks, my daughter has been checking in with her Aunt and cousins (that’s cousin Ashley on the screen!). She’s set school and homework goals and when she meets them, her cousins and Aunt send her rewards. Each time, she earns pieces to a bedroom set – pillows, rug, comforter, sheets, curtains…. hopefully, by the end of the semester – she’ll have earned the entire set! Today, she earned the pillows!
The kids are in bed, it’s been a long, productive day and now it’s finally time for Mamma to relax. With fudge sauce splatter still on my toes, I’m back on the couch to relax with my favorite candle lit, a bottle of wine, Halloween sugar cookies and the Seahawks game to watch.
It’s been a good day.