The Final Tuesday in January

Hey associates! How are ya? I’m right here with my first day-in-the-life submit of 2023! I hope to proceed to sprinkle these into my weblog content material as a result of they’re all the time enjoyable for me to write down and take me again to the start running a blog days earlier than social media was largely used to recap in-the-moment content material. Running a blog will eternally and all the time have my coronary heart and off-the-cuff running a blog about random life musings is nostalgic (and enjoyable!) for me.

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Tuesday morning started with excellent news. As I discussed on the weblog again in October, my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer at first of 2022. We hoped his most cancers could be slow-growing and that he would stay within the “energetic surveillance” stage for a very long time however after a couple of biopsies confirmed further progress, we discovered over the vacations that surgical procedure could be the most effective plan of action.

My dad’s surgical procedure was scheduled for Monday and I spent most of Monday awaiting updates from my mother. She was unimaginable about holding me and my sister within the loop with every thing she heard from my dad’s surgeon however her greatest replace got here once we discovered my dad was out of surgical procedure and doing okay. His surgeon stated my dad did rather well and he received to go house on Tuesday afternoon. Once I spoke to my dad, he seemed like he was in ache but additionally full of aid the surgical procedure was behind him. We’re all feeling extremely grateful my dad’s surgical procedure went properly and we’re simply praying for a easy restoration and excellent news following his subsequent appointments. Additionally, you already know I’ve to thank all of you to your prayers and encouragement. Prostate most cancers is kind of widespread and listening to tales concerning the family members in your life who’re doing properly after their analysis has helped me a lot.

Clearly my dad’s surgical procedure and restoration is on the prime of my thoughts so I simply wished to maintain you guys within the loop with every thing earlier than sharing extra about our Tuesday.

Now to recap our day…


I used to be up earlier than the solar on Tuesday morning and started my day with my newest devotional adopted by a brief 5-minute stroll down the road with Pepper. I’m blissful to report Pepper’s potty coaching has come a LONG approach and we’re so happy along with her progress. I hope to share a extra detailed Pepper replace quickly however she has been the most effective little addition to our household. I swear this little lady got here into our lives on the good time and has introduced me a lot consolation and pleasure.

As soon as Pepper did her enterprise, we headed again inside and Pepper was thrilled to see Chase and Ryder coming downstairs so she might cowl them in kisses. As the large children performed with Pepper, I made breakfast and assembled lunches. Ryder wished to assist with lunch responsibility and as he stuffed lunchboxes, he stated, “I simply want my entire lunch may very well be raisins.” Spoken like a real 4-year-old.

Tuesday morning included an in-person Burn Boot Camp exercise with Rhett and Ryder earlier than preschool for me which is one thing that hasn’t occurred in a looong time — greater than a 12 months, I believe! I miss the 8 a.m. camp a lot!

It was such a deal with and solely occurred as a result of Ryan was capable of take Chase to highschool and all of the boys had been up early. (Ryan often begins his work day at 7 a.m. so I’m sometimes the drop-off guardian.) With Ryan dealing with Chase’s college drop off, I used to be capable of simply make the 8 a.m. boot camp class with Rhett and Ryder and it felt superb!

After boot camp, I drove to Rhett and Ryder’s preschool and received them settled earlier than heading house for a fast bathe.

It was a rapid-fire bathe (bless you, dry shampoo) and as soon as I used to be prepared for the day, I headed to my favourite native espresso store to squeeze in somewhat work.

(Sweater: Old Navy however final 12 months / Denims: GAP Barrel Jeans / Lug boots: Amazon / Bag: Freshly Picked / Checkered Phone PopSocket

I didn’t get fairly as a lot finished as I anticipated as a result of I bumped into the builder of our new house! We ended up chatting for some time and it was so, so good to see him! We’re nonetheless repeatedly speaking about little odds and ends but it surely was good to only catch up exterior of home stuff as a result of Luke has been such an enormous a part of our lives for the previous 2+ years.

Ultimately I needed to head out to a particular efficiency on the boys’ preschool. The Kids’s Theatre of Charlotte carried out The Lion and  the Little Red Bird and households had been invited to attend. The boys had been enamored by the efficiency and it was so cute!

The play meant the college day was over somewhat early so we headed house, frolicked with Pepper and dug into lunch 2.0 for the reason that boys ate most of their packed lunch in school. (After college snacks/second lunches sometimes seem like re-plated lunchbox leftovers and a few contemporary fruit, cashews, yogurt, and so forth.)

My lunch seemed like leftover rooster soup from Monday night time’s dinner together with Annie’s cheddar snack combine straight out of the field (#momlife) and greater than a pair peppermint bark Dove Guarantees I’ve been hoarding from the vacations.


After lunch and tales, it was time for Rhett’s nap. Whereas Rhett slept, Ryder requested some podcast time throughout his quiet time which sounded good to me since my Tuesday kid-free work time was reasonably minimal. Ryder is all-in on the Molly of Denali podcast (he has some episodes memorized at this level) and whereas he listened and labored on his newest melty bead design (our large children’ present obsession), I pulled up a chair subsequent to him at our kitchen island, labored and made a couple of melty bead creations with Ryder.

As all the time, Rhett’s nap time flew by however fortunately Tuesdays are the simplest college pickup days for me from a nap/schedule standpoint as a result of Chase has an afterschool artwork membership that pushes again his pickup time by an hour. That hour makes a huuuge distinction for Rhett’s naps and he was capable of sleep soundly proper up till I woke him for pickup.

As soon as we arrived again house, the boys had been all about free playtime so whereas they entertained one another, I made dinner (and listened to my newest Ruth Ware thriller novel audiobook after they didn’t want me!), did some dishes and threw in a load of laundry. I knew Ryan was going to be working later final night time so I used to be all about beginning our mattress time and dinner course of on the early facet of the night to make issues run easy.

On the menu for dinner final night time was my first try at air fryer rooster wings! I marinated the wings in a single day in teriyaki sauce after which cooked them at 400 levels for rather less than 20 minutes (flipping midway by means of) within the air fryer. Sides included mashed candy potatoes and roasted broccoli!

Ryan arrived house simply as I used to be ending up dinner and whereas we chatted, the boys spent somewhat extra time doing their melty beads and requested night bowls of cereal which made me smile as a result of clearly they’ve picked up on the truth that I like my cereal as a day or after-dinner snack most.

After a speedy bathtub, it was time for tales and mattress! Most nights Ryan handles Chase and Ryder’s mattress time tales whereas I learn with Rhett as a result of Rhett continues to be too younger to actually sit by means of greater child books with out driving his brothers loopy. As soon as I’ve Rhett settled in his crib, I take part with Ryan and the large children to wrap up their mattress time. It’s a system that works properly for our household and we simply form of fell into it after Rhett was born.

As soon as the children had been all in mattress, we did a fast 10-minute pickup round the home and never lengthy after we observed Chase quietly strolling down the steps. Ryder was already snoozing and since Chase appeared wired, I requested if he wished to complete the ultimate chapter of the third Harry Potter ebook collectively.

We’ve taken our time with this ebook and skim the chapters over the course of some months throughout small pockets of time when Rhett and Ryder are asleep at night time and Chase is stressed. He loves getting some some particular solo “large child time” with us and as big-time Harry Potter followers, Ryan and I are excited he appears to like the books a lot! Chase stated this ebook was somewhat spooky however not too scary for him however I additionally know the fourth ebook within the sequence is darker so we are going to in all probability take extra time earlier than starting that one.

Pepper joined us for Harry Potter however wasn’t fairly as enamored with the ebook and couldn’t dangle.

Ultimately all of us took a web page out of Pepper’s ebook and went to mattress, too!

As for right now, our plans seem like college for the large children and MyGym and a Burn Boot Camp exercise for me and Rhett earlier than their pickups. We even have some afternoon plans with associates after college so it is going to be a full day however a enjoyable one!

I hope you all have an incredible Wednesday!