Week in My Life 2014, Thursday

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If ever there was a competition for surviving on the smallest amount of sleep, I just might be in the top five.

Poor Gianna’s cold kept her up half the night, waking almost every hour. Damn you baby colds. Although, we’ve done the NICU, so perspective. It just stinks right now. We were up and at ’em early this morning, well before 7am. So, while Gianna kicked around on her mat in front of a lovely fire, Scott got breakfast going, I washed dishes from the night before and all the kids pitched in to make lunches. We used to make these the night before but since the arrival of Gianna – um, that hasn’t happened. I figure we’ll hit our old groove about mid-April.



Yes, we adore these Bento boxes from Pottery Barn Kids. About three years ago, we got rid of all the wasteful plastic in our house. We store food in glass containers, pack the kids’ lunches in bento boxes instead of sacks and got rid of paper napkins. What can I say? Austin has turned us hippy. My next project? Reusable paper towels. For now, I’m just trying to remember to brush my teeth every morning. #truestory



The bigs headed off to school, while I took a shower and Luke worked on his fine motor skills. Do you see that awesome pencil grip? DO YOU?? I’m so proud of his progress. To think five years ago, we had just brought that cute thing home from the NICU.


Luke headed off to school with a neighbor and then Gianna took a stellar nap until noon – that girl is trying to butter me up – and I cranked out some major client work. Thank you, Jesus. Because the inbox is overflowing. In between breaks, I managed three loads of laundry and when Gianna awoke we changed two beds. It seems as if this was the week everyone said, “Hey, let’s pee in our beds. Toilets are so overrated.” I think that marks four of the six this week, plus two loads of diapers. Gianna served as my supervisor. Well, her and Perry the Platypus. And yes, she’s wearing yesterday’s outfit. It was still semi-clean. That counts for me.


I had about seven minutes to scarf down lunch and then it was time for preschool pickup. Scott beat us home today. I had a doctor’s appointment that involved some pain, so Scott was gracious enough to take some time off to run afternoon school pickup and shuttle kids to 4-H Food Challenge practice and basketball practice for Will. He and Luke even managed to make some jello for dessert. You would’ve thought the kids had won the lottery they were so excited. Me? I can’t stand jello, but they loved it.wiml_015

I included this photo because it cracks me up. Clare is known as our deliberate child. You can try to rush Clare, but you will just end up frustrated. She beats to her own, very slow, drum. Every night, she’s the last one at the dinner table and she’s almost always carting her comb and detangler. I can’t even tell you all the strange places I’ve found those two items. She brings them downstairs and then promptly forgets where she puts them. Honestly? I’d like to be more like her. Life is lived, with no deadlines, in world of Clare.


We did showers in shifts tonight, that always seems to work better than sending the entire crew upstairs at the same time. I was looking forward to putting the girls to bed tonight, but I had a not-so-pretty run-in with a kid so it went less Norman Rockwell-ish than I hoped. Oh well, tomorrow is a new day and my night will be filled with lots of opportunities for prayer, I’m sure. Gianna went to bed fairly easily tonight and I’m hoping for a decent night of rest. I blogged, Scott went to the gym and then we called it a night.

Tomorrow? Rumor is you might see a glimpse of the Holy Land here on Team Whitaker. WHOOP!

p.s. I am LOVING the party over on Instagram! Keep using #weekinmylife14 – it’s such a treat to see a glimpse into your lives. Thank you!

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  1. Ann-Marie on November 14, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Will is so tall that when I glanced of that picture of him in the kitchen, I thought he was your husband.

  2. Bea on November 14, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Your Clare = my Elle. Perfectly described.

  3. Rita @ Open Window on November 14, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Loving this! And I have a theory that the time change has affected the wet bed situation, but I’m blaming a whole lot on that time change….

    • Kathryn on November 14, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Hadn’t thought about the time change. And yes, why not blame it?! 😉

  4. Jenny on November 14, 2014 at 9:22 am

    That’s so funny she takes her detangler everywhere! My kids love it when dad makes or buys pudding…really? It pudding for goodness sake!

    • Kathryn on November 14, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      Ugh. I know!

  5. […] And then yesterday was a big shopping day! We drove to a lovely German city to get new glasses (Branimir looks ridiculously good in his) and to have an amazing lunch of roasted pumpkin lasagna. It was SO good! I’ll try to recreate the recipe for the blog for sure! Branimir had some potato knödel, red cabbage and beef which was really nice too. And our little teddy bear? Slept through the entire meal! Why not at home, princess? But it all went downhill from there – Branimir hat to carry her the rest of the afternoon while I – and I had sworn myself on Wednesday morning that I would absolutely not be buying her any more clothes – bought the most adorable dress and shorts plus a few headbands for our little kitten. It happens, right? The rest of the day was not so interesting (read: incredibly loud and stressful) because it was all baby screaming – mom nursing – baby happy for 5 minutes – start over. Oh well. And I promise I’ll post some pictures with the actual me in them by the end of the week – which is also when this amazing giveaway ends by the way, enter so you don’t miss out on winning a 250$ Amazon Gift Card! And P.S: If you want to read a much more entertaining WIML-Post head over to the host Kathryn from Team Whitaker and check out her Thursday! […]

  6. Nicole on November 14, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Loving the series again this year!

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