Friday, October 20, 2017

Day In The Life: October

a day in the life october

I did this month's Day In The Life on Friday the 13th! It seemed like it would live up to its name with the start we had, but it ended up being a pretty good, productive, fall-feeling Friday. So here's a Day In The Life of the Rych fam this October! I'm linking up with The Daily Dime again this month.

the daily dime October

6am Hour
Luke was up overnight around 3, so we were all very tired and unhappy about getting up with our alarms. I snoozed mine a record amount of times, so not only did I miss my morning quiet time, I was more rushed than normal. To make things even better? By the time we actually rolled out of bed, Matt realized he had a chiropractor appointment in 8 minutes! The time between these two screen shots were the 20 minutes between when I thought I'd finally get up, and when I actually did...haha

So I checked my email and apps for a few, then made my bed, opened curtains, let Galli outside, and rinsed out the coffee maker before making coffee. Then I went to the bathroom, brushed my teeth and hair, and used toner on my face.

The night before, I showered, roasted some beets to last me the week (I eat a lot of beets!), and then read a chapter of Harry Potter to the boys before bed. I was too tired after to deal with them, so I'd left them wrapped up and waiting for me. So while I waited for my coffee to brew, I peeled and prepped the beets and packaged them up for the week. Shortly after, my littles started emerging and coming to me for their morning hugs. Matt came home from his appointment shortly after.

After grabbing my coffee, I sat down at the computer for a few to answer some PTA emails, and I read a couple of blogs. Then I went back to the kitchen to pack lunches, snacks, and backpacks. Then I helped the boys pick out their crazy socks for crazy sock day, took a picture to commemorate & sent them off to school with Matt.

With the big boys off, I got Jake dressed and ready for the day. Matt was coming back to pick him up and take him to work for a couple hours so I could do a library shift at school. I also did a quick pickup around the house - I knew I had some heavy cleaning ahead of me in the afternoon, so coming home to something less than a disaster would be motivating.

I sat down to take a quick quiet moment to myself. It's rare (I mean, VERY rare) that I am at home, completely by myself with complete peace and quiet. Even when I have things to do, I make a point to just stop and soak it in. Nothing recharges me quite like that does.

Since I had to get moving, I put some GF bread in the toaster, pulled out some ground turkey to defrost for dinner, popped my coffee in the microwave and went to get dressed and put my hair up. I plugged my flat iron in, and then went to finish making and eating my breakfast. I had (gluten free) avocado toast with a little pepper and goat cheese. (Yes please!)

Once I finished eating, I ran my flat iron through my hair just a little (sleeping on damp hair when you have poker straight hair makes it look insane), put my makeup on, grabbed my little leaf earrings and I was ready to go. I wore my Matilda Jane Renae Top with a brown cami from Maurices, a brown belt, boots, and my tan Kate Spade.

After signing in at school, I started my volunteer shift in the library. There was a pretty decent amount of shelving to do, and then when Luke's class came in (they try to pair us up with our kids when we volunteer), they had to do a call number scavenger hunt. He paired up with two of his friends, and they were the first group to finish and so proud!! They won extra book tickets and some smarties, and they strutted around like champions, haha

My shift ended, and after chatting for a few I signed back out of school and then decided to stop for some Starbucks. It was turning out to be a pretty beautiful day, and I was already getting tired, so it was time to fuel up! Bonus, this drink earned me a free one on the app - score.

I drove to my in-law's house next to pick up Jake. I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned this before, but Matt works from home and our house is too noisy (read: three boys + dog) so he works out of a spare bedroom at his parents house. They are retired and travel a lot, so it works out for all!

We stayed and chatted with Matt for a few, then drove home to get something for lunch. I got Jake his usual yogurt, fruit, and something crunchy, and my usual beets with goat cheese. Don't hate! I totally acknowledge that this is weird as heck, but I have it almost every day for lunch and I loooooove it! They are SO good for you! They have lots of goodies like vitamins C & B, fiber, potassium, glutamine and lots more! They lower blood pressure, reduce heart disease and chronic disease risks, detoxify, reduce inflammation, reduce the chance of birth defects and so much more!! There's your nutrition lesson for the your beets! ;)

While I ate, I played around on the computer for quite a while...just sort of unwinding and giving myself some Friday free time (hey, the kids get it at school, why shouldn't I? haha)

I loaded and ran the dishwasher while chatting to friends on Marco Polo, and put a few things from the kitchen away before getting ready to go pick up the boys.

Jake and I got in the pickup line at school. He thinks it's a great treat to climb out of his car seat and sit in the front with me while we're parked. So we hang out and chat, and I sometimes read a book. I'm re-reading the Harry Potter series for the 3rd time! I've been dying to lately!!

Home again, I emptied backpacks, put thermoses in the sink to wash this weekend, and got everyone a snack (they are ravenous when they first get home!) Then I let the boys have 1.5 hours of free screen time while I did a bunch of cleaning. Luke chose Minecraft and Henry played Geometry Dash on the computer. I started with the mudroom, then cleaned the dining room, organized some of my Matilda Jane clothes, and then cleaned the kitchen. All while watching/listening to Gilmore Girls. I cut the boys off around 4 and they ran around, playing some sort of imaginary game (loudly, lol.)

I had a whole bag of tomatillos from our farm share, and wanted to recreate a quick little marinated tomatillo salad I'd made with a Blue Apron meal over the summer. It's super simple - you just cut them into small chunks, and then let them sit in a mixture of sugar and rice vinegar. Then I cleaned, dusted, and vacuumed the living room.

With the main areas of the house cleaned, I lit some fall candles and popped some fall wax into my scentsy warmer, put some Halloween pandora music on the bluetooth, and sat down to make a few letterboards for this weekend. The boys brought out some cars and were playing with those while I worked, and Matt came home in the middle of all of this.

I was racing the daylight with my letterboards, so I had a later start than usual with dinner, but it worked out fine. We were having tacos, which always come together quickly. So I made those, and chopped lettuce, tomato, and avocado. Matt plated the boys' up so I could mix a quick batch of gluten free pumpkin muffins together to eat with our movie. We usually do a family movie night on Friday evenings when nothing else is going on, and we've officially hit the Halloween movie time of the year! So I wanted something seasonal to snack on. They baked while we ate.

When we were finished eating, everyone cleared plates, and then changed into cozy pj's for the movie. I love these Double Hoods from Mindy Mae's Market! Favorite cuddle attire. Matt commented that he wished we had cream cheese frosting for the muffins (because, everyone frosts muffins???), and I just happened to have everything I needed, so I threw a quick frosting together. I totally just winged it. I put half a brick of cream cheese and a few tbsns of butter in a bowl, popped them in the microwave to soften them just a little, beat them together with my hand mixer, then added in vanilla, powdered sugar, and almond milk until it looked good.

So then of course I had to frost them, and while I did the boys filled the living room with blankets and pillows and lined the movie up to play. And this is my faaaaavorite part.....watching Halloween movies with only our orange lights and candles on!

We watched Halloweentown - it's everyone's fav this time of the year. So cheesy, such bad acting, so good!

After the movie, we got the kids ready for bed and tucked in, and then I brushed my teeth, washed my face, and settled into bed. First, I watched that night's episode of Once Upon A Time. Sighh. I have so many thoughts! Hook and Emma were my OTP. I'm so, so happy that they are enjoying their happily ever after, but the new storylines and the new style of the show don't interest me at all. It was a wonderful conclusion, but I think I've said my goodbyes to the show. It breaks my heart!! All my shows are ending. Sighhhhh. When I finished, I read more Harry Potter, and then took a quick screenshot right as I rolled over to go to sleep.

And my hopes for a slower October? Well, maybe in November ;)

life status letterboard

Keep up with my daily letterboards every day in October!!! See the landing page for my 31 Days challenge this year HERE. 

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  1. Your letterboard is hilarious! Watching the movie with the orange lights and candles looks so fun and festive!

    1. Haha, it's the truth!! :) It is super cozy and one of my favorite fall things to do!