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Monday, February 13, 2017

Day in the Life


It's been a while since I did a "day in the life" post, so I decided to remedy that. I opted to document a weekend day rather than a weekday since finding creative ways to document spending 10 waking hours at work gets old pretty quickly.

So below is a recap of what Saturday, February 11th, 2017 looked like for the Joiner family. We didn't have many plans for the day, but as you'll see, it ended up being a pretty full day. This happens often based on my general inability to relax and my incessant need to "make the most" of our weekends since we get so little time together during the week. Anyway, enjoy:

6:15 am - I start to stir and look at the clock, wishing I had made it closer to 7, but still thankful to get 8+ hours the night before with only one interruption when Colby fell out of the bed. I peruse Instagram and TimeHop and text Allison to see if she wants to meet up to walk; she does, so I scurry out of bed to get in a short run before meeting up with her.
6:30 am - I head out for a run while jamming to the "Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout" station on Pandora (am I the only person that still uses Pandora?). I make it 1.5 miles before meeting up with Allison (average pace of 9:07/mile for those that are curious about that sort of thing). We walk and talk for another 30 minutes before parting ways. On my way back home, I notice the vandalism commemorative initials Brian wrote in the fresh concrete down the block with the twins earlier in the week.

7:15 am - I arrive home to a mostly quiet house but I can tell the twins are starting to wake up, which Brian confirms from bed via the monitor. I go upstairs to get them up while Brian starts making breakfast. It's a sheet-changing day so I take the 8,000 stuffed animals and blankets off their beds, put on the new sheets, and get laundry started while they settle in with whatever cartoon is on PBS. We all sit down and eat breakfast together - waffles (love our new waffle maker we got for Christmas!), fruit, and scrambled eggs. 

8 am - Breakfast is finished, so Brian joins the twins in the playroom while I do a little vacuuming. Clara comes back to the TV room and realizes I turned off "Nature Cat" (since NO ONE was watching it) and has a brief meltdown. Colby and Daddy create a blanket tent while I do a small sewing repair job on the actual tent. Colby draws what is quite obviously a picture of me (bottom right) on the chalkboard.

9 am - We made an impromptu decision to go to the farmers market (because after only 1.5 hours hanging around the house, I was itching to get out... I have a problem). We quickly got dressed and made the 10-minute drive, during which Colby demanded we listen to "Gangnam Style," his current favorite jam. We spent about 45 minutes at the market and ended up purchasing ginormous cake pops for the twins (yes, at 9:30 am) and some festive Valentine's Day kettle corn. Colby had to make a trip to the port-a-potty at the end which somehow made Clara jealous. Trust me when I say a twin's need to keep things even knows no bounds. 

10 am - We head to Lowe's to pick up a ceiling fan for one of our guest rooms. Colby and Clara make the most of the trip by running down the aisles and screaming, despite our requests to the contrary.

10:15 am - There's a Toys R Us a few stores down from Lowe's and Brian says, "Hey, do you want to see what it looks like when two almost-4-year-olds have a seizure out of excitement?" We realize the twins have never actually been inside a Toys R Us and decide to let them take a look and each pick out one item. Clara picks a ($5!) Sheriff Callie costume and Colby picks out a Joker action figure. They request a ride on the mechanical horse on the way out and we oblige since I happen to have $.50 on me. They loved it, which tells me next time we should skip the toy perusing/purchasing and just let them ride the horse.

11 am - Brian gets to work installing the ceiling fan and the twins watch a couple of shows while I fold laundry and get their lunch ready. It's a nice day outside so Sheriff Callie and Hulk/Superman dine al fresco. They get distracted by every leaf that falls, bug that flies by, movement the dogs make, etc. Once they're finished, I make my own lunch and am interrupted 700 times to mediate twin fights, assist with potty needs, give them bites of my food, deny requests to push them in the swings, etc. 

12:15 pm - Colby has convinced us to let him wear his Batman costume and Clara has decided to take her costume off. Clara finally gets to swing and looks like she's about to fall asleep but would never admit as much. We bust out their power wheels and take a few trips around the backyard and then eventually to the end of the block and back. We come back inside for Brian to finish up the ceiling fan installation and spend a few minutes taunting Noah and Buster with the light on the laser leveler.

1:30 pm - It's destroy their room rest time for the twins! They do no resting, as usual. I peruse facebook, shower, and get dressed while jamming out to the Backstreet Boys station on Pandora, which is amazing.  

3:15 pm - We release the prisoners from rest time and, because they had an action-packed morning and did no resting, they are both emotionally fragile. Clara melts down about having to clean up the mess she made and Colby loses his marbles when we tell them they can't watch a movie. Somehow we talk them off the ledge and kill time playing and making Valentines while waiting for Granddaddy to come over and babysit (poor Mimi was under the weather!). 

4:15 pm - Granddaddy arrives with Valentine's Day treats and the twins are so excited that they hardly even notice when we leave. 

4:30 pm - We're free!!!!!!

5 pm - We make a stop at Boot Barn to use up a gift card I gave Brian for Christmas and pick out some new boots for him. Picking out shoes for guys is so much easier than picking them out for girls, for the record. Isn't he handsome, by the way? :) 

6 pm - We make it to our date night destination: iPic theater to see "La La Land." Brian's sister gave us a gift card there for Christmas and this place was amazing! We had our own little private nook with reclining seats and even pillows and blankets. Our tickets came with complimentary bags of popcorn and we ordered dinner as well (margherita pizza for me and beef sliders for Brian; chocolate cake push-up pops for dessert). I had low expectations for the movie but actually really enjoyed it as well... but really, how could you not enjoy a movie with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling?

We also randomly ran into Brian's childhood best friend and his girlfriend, also on a date to see the same movie, so that was a fun treat. All in all, it was a great night out!

9:15 pm - We made it home to relieve Brian's dad, who bravely and successfully held down the fort with the twins solo for almost 5 hours! We picked up around the house and then went upstairs to tuck in the little bits, who understandably looked like they crashed hard after a long day.

9:45 - I took a bath, collaged the day's pictures for this post, caught up on facebook, and we hit the hay at 10:30 pm.

And with that, a semi-typical Saturday was complete!


  1. Sorry I ruined your plans of a picnic lunch with us, thus preventing our appearance in your pictures (except for my beautiful morning picture, where #eyebrowmole is in full effect). Glad you guys had a fun Saturday!

  2. 1. Your running speed- LOL. You are so fast and I am so sloooowwwww. I've been averaging like 11.5-12 mph. Now, I have crazy hills and I imagine Texas is flat but that may be a stereotype. Please just lie and tell me its flat so I feel better?
    2. Ah yes, someone else's kids destroy their rooms for "naptime"! (I can't even call it quiet-time, it's not quiet!). After several months of this 7 days a week, I resorted to removing almost every toy except books and a few stuffed animals from his room. No legos. No blocks. No cars. I'm sure this causes his some trauma of boredom but... I care not.
    3. You southeners have the best theaters. I suppose we'll have to wait several years for iPic to come north to us. Just like all the movie-tavern-style places you had long ago, sniff!

  3. What a fun and tiring day! Also, I love how toddlers freak out when you turn their show off, even if they haven't been watching for 15 plus minutes. Insert eye-roll. :)

  4. I'm impressed with your willingness to get out of bed so early to EXERCISE, of all things, on a SATURDAY? And then also how fast you run. Holy cow. If I run a 12 minute mile, I'm impressed with myself. Hahaha. Like the person above, though, I will blame it on north GA hills vs. TX flatlands. I'm sure I'd be running twice as fast if it were flat...right? Right. As for the rest of your day, it's about what I expected. You accomplish about 3x as many things as I do, and I'm okay with that. Hahahaha. :)

  5. Don't fret, you're not alone! I also suffer from the unexplainable need to stay busy on the weekends. What's funny is that all week at work, I say to myself, "I am going to have a lazy weekend". When the weekend actually arrives though, it's always a different story - whether it's keeping up with my children's activities or keeping up with life as a parent. I find it refreshing to know that there are others out there trying just as hard as I am.

    Neville @ Electrical Experts