February 15, 2012 |  Category:   life

The school year is half over, hard to believe. Now that it’s mid-February, we’re looking forward to Spring, though maybe not as desperately as past years because of the insanely mild winter, but the extra light at the end of everyday is welcome.


At times our life can lack anything resembling stability, but we’ve settled into a daily routine that is comforting amid the instability. Mark heads to the kitchen at sunrise and I usually get up at 7:30am, just enough to eek out time to get breakfast and lunches made, the girls dressed and out the door for school. We alternate walking the kids with our neighbor kids, so some days I don’t leave the house if it isn’t my turn. On the mornings that are, the sidewalks are jam packed with families and neighbors in a pedestrian rush hour, everyone going off to their schools, their jobs or their trains. When I get back from drop off, I make the coffee.
I have 6 hours of quiet time alone in the house. If you’re a newish parent, then you can understand what a luxury that is. I confess that I rarely eat breakfast, maybe grabbing a piece of fruit. I’ll have an early lunch most likely of leftovers from dinner the previous night. Most days I’ll work on the computer 12 hours out of the 18 that I am awake. Seems like a crazy amount of time, but it’s my job.
There is flurry of homework, dinner making, clean up, bath and play before the girls head off to bed. And then when Mark turns in a few hours later, I have the house to myself again.
It’s quiet.
Then we start all over again.

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  • PInk Ronnie February 15, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Thanks for this little peek into your daily routine – can’t even begin to imagine having 6 hours of quiet time in the house!

  • Eve February 15, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Have to say I love routine!

  • tina February 15, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I’ve told you this before, but I just wanted to say that I adore your blog, your pictures and the way you write, sometimes I feel you talk for so many of us.

  • Justine February 15, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I can’t believe you wait that long to make the coffee! I get waaayyy more sleep than you do, and it’s the first thing I do ;).

    Newton K only goes til 12:30, so I have 2 more years to wait until I have more than 3 hours to myself! I’ll take it though.

    And lovely pict of the new table.

  • PINK SPARKLE FUN February 15, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    As always, love the little peeks into your days. Ah Miss Jenna how I love your blog! There’s just something about the way you spin your words and your lovely images……

  • carol February 15, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    what is that old saw?
    life is what happens while you are making other plans….
    blessings of the day.

  • tooodayi February 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    It’s interesting how your girls are half way through their school year and my kids just started their year just last week!.

  • Lilis-Jakarta February 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    love your picture, so “ordinary” and yet so beautiful 🙂

  • wendy February 16, 2012 at 1:53 am

    it’s nice hearing about your routine, i’m always curious how other people’s days look. and yes, 6 hours of quiet time alone in the house sounds heavenly 🙂 love that photo – so beautiful. as always, love love love your blog posts!

  • twiggs February 16, 2012 at 5:33 am

    oh my i happen to have been thinking about that as well, lately. the daily routines, how i need to manage work + house + a dog (no kids so far, but i do need to take the dog out three times a day) + meals and find some time to myself. and it’s incredible how we can manage to add things to our daily routines, new tasks, new routines to make the day even more manageable, or to keep the house cleaner. but day after day we manage to do the things that need to be done! great photo by the way! love the colours!

  • Misha February 16, 2012 at 7:23 am

    I like your day! It sounds peaceful. Once my son goes to school it’s just me and the 3 year old 🙂 we play dollies a lot.

  • Moritzette February 16, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Wow Jenna, I’ll have to stop reading your blog because it makes me feel like an underorganized, weak-willed, sloppy bum 😉

  • gia February 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Sounds nice!

  • elisa February 17, 2012 at 11:08 am

    6 hours sounds simply lovely. But 12 hours in front of the computer is long. Love the image of a pedestrian rush hour 🙂

    I love your place mats, do you mind sharing where you got them?

  • Jenna February 18, 2012 at 7:56 am

    @carol – what old saw? I’ve been staring at this photo trying to see this old saw you’re talking about!

  • Jenna February 18, 2012 at 7:57 am

    @elisa, they are from dwellstudio. I don’t know if they still have that pattern though? My friend who works there got me a bunch of placemats a few years ago and now we can finally use them!

  • elisa February 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks, Jenna! I wish Dwell Studio sold fabric, I always love their prints, but like to make things myself.