Image an Hour: August 2023

Hey associates! I’m again in motion as we speak recapping this bizarre limbo part we’re in proper now by a “one image per hour” publish. Now we have one foot at school mode as Chase went again to high school final week however one foot remains to be firmly planted in summer season mode since Rhett and Ryder don’t start preschool once more till after Labor Day. It makes our days really feel just a little all over however we’re having enjoyable and doing our greatest to embrace days which have some routine but in addition not quite a lot of routine. What a time to be alive.

August 22, 2023: One Image Per Hour

6:15 a.m. Get up

(Fast advice request! As you’ll be able to see above, we obtained an Apple AirTag for Pepper to put on always as a result of I fear she may by accident get out when the boys are coming out and in of the home and we don’t belief her outdoors off-leash. In case your pet is small and wears an AirTag, have you ever discovered one thing small/modern to place it in if you connect it to their collar? One of the best I’ve discovered is that this silicone AirTag holder however I really feel like there have to be one thing higher and smaller on the market.)

Okay, again to the publish… It’s 6:15 a.m. and I’m awake!

Once we’re in summer season mode, I’ll usually get up at 5 a.m. to work earlier than the boys are up. The earlier evening I slept horribly and knew I wanted the additional relaxation so I opted to sleep in on Tuesday morning. Ryan left Sunday afternoon for a less-than-24-hour work journey to Boston (he needed to communicate at a convention early Monday morning) and I swear I by no means sleep properly when he’s gone. Each little noise I hear within the evening makes me suppose somebody is in our home which makes for a rockin’ good time all evening lengthy. Anyway, sleeping in a bit yesterday felt just like the reset I wanted and you understand I at all times love beginning my day with just a little Pepper love.

7:10 a.m.  Breakfast + Espresso + Every day devotional

For the reason that solar remains to be rising early, our boys are sometimes awake on their very own by 6:30 a.m. This makes college drop-off mornings run just a little smoother than they do within the winter when our children usually tend to sleep in as a result of it’s nonetheless darkish outdoors for longer within the morning. Chase and Ryder know to brush their enamel and get themselves dressed earlier than they arrive out of their room after which they sometimes go proper into play-mode, pausing solely to shortly eat no matter I make for breakfast. Yesterday they have been all about making a marble run course and Rhett joined within the enjoyable as soon as I obtained him dressed and fed as properly. For the reason that boys have been all fortunately entertained after breakfast, I jumped on the likelihood to spend 5 minutes on the kitchen counter sipping my espresso with my devotional after all of us stated goodbye to Ryan. Doesn’t the above image make it appear like my morning was tremendous chill and stress-free? It positive was for five minutes.

8:05 a.m. Chase’s college drop off

Rhett and Ryder high-fived Chase goodbye and he was psyched to discover a feather so as to add to his always-growing feather assortment on the way in which into college. An indication of an excellent day if you’re eight-years-old!

9:00 a.m. Complete Meals

I had a pair Amazon returns to make, so we headed to Complete Meals after drop off and bumped into Brittany! Chase and Ryder love “serving to” with returns and suppose the self-checkout counter is the good factor in all of the land so fortunately they don’t thoughts errands that contain these duties. We additionally picked up macarons for his or her buddy Dane since yesterday was his fourth birthday!

10:00 a.m. Boot camp

Rhett and Ryder joined me at Burn Boot Camp for the 9:15 a.m. camp and whereas they frolicked in childcare, I accomplished an higher physique exercise. By 10 a.m. I used to be carried out and we loaded into my automobile and drove to my buddy Lauren’s home to say hello and ship our blissful birthday macarons to Dane!

11:30 a.m. A visit to the consignment retailer

Earlier than heading residence for lunch, we made a rapid journey to an area consignment store to drop off among the boys’ garments and browse their used books choice. Nothing jumped out at us this time nevertheless it felt good to dump some child garments we not wanted.

12:15 p.m. Lunch + Bathe

(Waffle-knit jumpsuit: Amazon – I’m in a medium / Sandals: TKEES/ Crossbody bag: Amazon / Bracelets: Shopbop however outdated) 

We arrived residence hungry dove into lunch earlier than I did my greatest to settle Rhett down for his nap that by no means occurred. Whereas Rhett sang and performed and did mainly something apart from sleep in his crib, Ryder performed together with his Sizzling Wheels observe and I took a bathe and really washed my hair. Oh blissful day.

1:20 p.m. Work

Although Rhett by no means fell asleep, he appeared content material to play in his crib and since Ryder was additionally fortunately entertaining himself, I squeezed in 45 minutes of labor on the pc which principally regarded like tackling my horrifying inbox and responding to Instagram DMs. (Aspect word: I loooove responding to Instagram DMs from my laptop once I can. I desire utilizing a block of time to answer a bunch of messages without delay so I’m not on my cellphone/social media all day lengthy, particularly with the boys round.)

2:55 p.m. Choose up Chase + City Air Trampoline Park play date

And similar to that Chase’s college day was carried out and we have been again in his car parking zone ready for our favourite second grader. As soon as we picked Chase up, we have been off to City Air, an area trampoline park, to satisfy up with associates for some playtime earlier than their summer season hours finish subsequent week.

4:45 p.m. Nonetheless at City Air

We spent a stable two hours at City Air as a result of the boys have been having such a blast. Chase additionally tried the ropes coarse and zip line together with his associates Claire and Lily for the primary time and cherished it!

5:30 p.m. Again residence!

The boys have been all about outdoors playtime whereas I prepped dinner.

6 p.m. Dinnertime!

Ryan had a piece dinner final evening so I opted to complete off Monday evening’s leftovers for my dinner and plated up grilled cheese sandwiches, blueberries, pineapple and carrots for the boys.

7:30 p.m. Tales and bedtime for the massive youngsters

Rhett was in mattress by 6:30 p.m. yesterday (no nap will try this to ya) however the large youngsters and I spent a while studying earlier than they have been settled into mattress round 7:45 p.m. We completed our newest Boxcar Kids e book (I LOVED that sequence once I was a child), stated prayers and goodnight!

8 – 10 p.m. Velocity clear + Snack + Bedtime routine + Studying

I did just a little velocity clear round the home after the boys have been in mattress. Finally Ryan arrived residence from his work dinner and we spent a while snacking and chatting on the kitchen counter earlier than letting Pepper out and climbing into mattress to learn.

I just lately completed studying Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros (cherished it!) and began With Love from London by Sarah Jio final evening. She was considered one of my favourite authors once I was in my 20s and it’s been too lengthy since I’ve picked up considered one of her novels. I learn till my eyes might not keep open and went to sleep just a little after 10 p.m.

Plans for as we speak embrace open home at Ryder and Rhett’s preschool and presumably some pool time later as a result of it’s imagined to be a sizzling one right here!

I hope you all have an awesome Wednesday!