Adventuroo WIML tues 13{Once a year, I take time to document my life for a week. I was inspired by the ever-gracious Melissa from Adventuroo. The idea is brilliant, really. I so rarely document the nitty gritty of life and while there’s no way I can do this every month, I can swing it once a year. I hope you enjoy the snapshot as much as I enjoy documenting the good, the bad and everything in between. Read here for day onetwothreefourfivesix and seven.}

Some days you bat a 1,000. Some days you don’t.

I was up and ready by 7:15, just as the kids all started coming downstairs. Scott got breakfast going while I put up some snacks. Of course, the boys had to check out their fantasy football scores. Oh, weren’t they sad to find out they were schooled by the Pink Flamingos this weekend! Those cute birds happen to be me and the girls. This “checking of the scores” happens almost every morning. Well, maybe not every morning, but it feels like it. The last few weeks, Luke’s been eating his breakfast sitting on the floor. Hey, he’s not throwing it up. Wherever you want to eat, kid, is fine with me.

wiml_01

After a reminder to “get your butts moving,” the four bigs loaded in the van and I dropped them off at school right at 7:35. For my early bird 12yo, he was in heaven. As we round the corner for drop off, we cross over two speed bumps and when we hit the second, a kid yells out: “Unbuckle! Backpacks on!” Everyone has an assigned day and Scott announces it on Fridays. It’s absolutely hilarious and one of those things I don’t want to forget about morning dropoff.

I headed into the belly of Austin traffic for an hour and arrived at my cardiologist’s office with a few minutes to spare. The best part of the drive was listening to some sweet Ann Arbor Dominican voices. If you haven’t heard their new CD, I’m telling you that it does wonders on your blood pressure during rush hour traffic.

With Luke, and with this sweet baby, my heart beats prematurely on occasion. The fancy word is premature ventricular contractors (PVCs for short). I had them checked out with Luke, but just as the doctor was giving me the all clear, things went south with the pregnancy and so I never really followed up properly with my doctor. The PVCs went away and so I checked it off my to-do list. About five weeks ago, they returned and so I decided to head back in, this time with a different doctor. He is a real crack up, too. I love how thorough he was and he even sensed I might be traveling down the “do not go down this road” Q&A and he said, “Let’s just hold up right there.” Definitely the doctor for me. I’ll do an echo and wear a 24-hour Holter monitor and we will pow-wow again in another month. All in all? I’m glad I went. It brought me some great peace of mind.

Enough heart talk.

Usually one morning while Luke is in school, I do a little grocery shopping. I was able to hit Costco and HEB, put everything up and make lunch before I picked up Luke. It’s downright amazing what you can do when little people aren’t around. It’s slightly lonelier, but I have to say that grocery shopping by myself is something I really love. After taking this picture, I also realize how OCD I am about organizing my cart. I do the same thing on the conveyor belt and I pray that I get the bagger that cares about putting like things together. Today, the odds were ever in my favor. Oh, and yes mom, that’s brussel sprouts you spy on the top of the cart. Aren’t you impressed?

wiml, blog_grocery

If you’re wondering how many gallons of milk we plow through, the answer is? A lot. I buy 12 half gallons every two weeks, so about  3 gallons a week. If you buy organic in the cartons like this, the milk keeps longer (see that expiration date?) than milk in a see-through container. And, now I feel like Heloise.

wiml_009

I ventured to school to pick up Mr. Personality, he chatted with this friends, finished lunch, got a sticker from Ms. Meme and we headed home for nap. Every afternoon, we snuggle in the “big chair” for a few minutes before I put him in his bed. Today, he asked me to lay with him for a few minutes. So I did. Just before I got up to leave, Luke said, “I wuv you momma.” Those are the moments we want to remember, right? Today, I really need that.

My afternoon was spent catching up on emails, graphic design client work and attempting to make a dent in the mounds of laundry that accumulated after our trip to Houston yesterday. I can tell you that the laundry is still sitting in the same place. Oh well.

It was dance day for Clare which meant a fast pickup from carline, a quick dash home to change clothes, check mail and then back in the van to drop her off at dance class.

wiml_02

We had about a half hour for me to get dinner going and for the kids to dive into homework and music practice. Where’s John Paul, you ask? Yeah, he’s upstairs sneaking some Wii time. Somebody didn’t get a leftover birthday cupcake for dinner. We have a zero screen time policy during the week and Mr. J Pizzle knows it. Love and logic at its best.

wiml_03

I would be remiss if Ididn’t share this recipe with you. It’s fast, easy, healthy and budget-friendly. Thank you, Southern Living, for saving my hiney once again.

wiml_029

Just as we were walking out the door, Luke made a diaper. When I picked him up, he felt hotter than a cast iron skillet. Noooooooo. I changed him, buckled him in and on the way to get Clare I called the after-hours clinic for an appointment. They’re on my speed dial. We dashed home for dinner and then I loaded the crew back up for the doctor’s office. Can I just say that three doctor’s offices in two days is too many? Yes, yes I can. Scott met us there, we swapped kids and Luke and I hung out in the waiting room for an hour. That was fun. Looks like it’s just a virus, so I’ll keep him home from school tomorrow and pray for the best.

wiml, blog_dr

Pictures took a nosedive today and my surprise got put on hold. That’s life, right?!

Tomorrow I have zero idea what’s in store. Sick kid, mountains of laundry and a boatload of soccer. It’s anybody’s guess. You’re welcome to follow along over on my Instagram feed!

17 Comments

  1. Sarah on October 23, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Be comforted, I have the same PVC issue during pregnancy as well (with my last three at least). My cardiologist discovered in my echos that I have a slightly leaky valve because of the extra blood flow from pregnancy, and it usually manifests itself about 11-12 weeks (apparently the amount of blood in your body drastically increases at this point in pregnancy). It calms down about the 20 week mark. They normally feel like a flutter. My doc said I always have them, but I can only feel them and am only aware of them during pregnancy. He also said unless they inhibit my way of life at all, that the potential side effects from any prescribed medications wouldn’t “be worth it”. Hope this little bit of info helps. Prayers for you, Luke, and baby Whitaker.

  2. Anne on October 23, 2013 at 4:40 am

    I also have PVCs. Did not have them diagnosed until after my last pregnancy. I take 1/2 of an Atenolol every day — just enough to keep them at bay, but not so much that my normally low blood pressure takes a nosedive to the floor, taking me along with it! My PVCs got so bad at one point that I was constantly dizzy due to decreased blood flow to my brain. But if you aren’t at that point, just ignore them. I am also a huge Type A personality, and stress is my trigger for my PVCs. With six kids and homeschooling, how exactly do I avoid stress? 🙂 And just so you know — 3 gallons of milk every two weeks will seem like heaven once all of your kiddos are older. Before my two oldest went to college, we went through A GALLON A DAY! We are “down” to about 3/4 gallon a day now that there are only four at home. 😉

  3. Rita @ Open Window on October 23, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Wow, lots of doctors appointments. Hope Luke is feeling better today. Isn’t grocery shopping alone such bliss? It’s fun to take the children, but so peaceful to go alone. Enjoying your daily updates!

  4. Laura Teran on October 23, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Dec. 14th!!?? Wow! I am buying the wrong milk! I need to start shopping at Costco more. I learned something today and yesterday…thanks so much and I WILL be trying those chicken nuggets too and the homemade detergent (if it really is cheaper)! See you this evening for soccer.

    • Kathryn on October 23, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Laura, one other tidbit about Costco milk – they make ZERO money on it. It’s the bait to get you to come in and buy other stuff. If the only thing you buy at Costco is milk, the savings will pay for a year’s membership. At least it does for us! The detergent really is cheaper. I need to put hard numbers to it and publish those.

  5. Nicole on October 23, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I do the same thing in my shopping cart, and often will start baggingn myself because I want all the like items together. It just makes my time putting it up at home SO much faster! We go through about 2.5 gallons of milk a week, and we are only a family of 4 (with a mom who loves her milk). I would like to try the recipe too… My kids are deciding this month that they don’t like chicken, but a mom can try, right?

    I love this series. It just goes to show how alike certain day-to-day aspects of family life can be. Thank you!

  6. karen on October 23, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Thank you for taking the time to blog about your days. I love reading these posts. Also, I wanted to say that I love your new haircut and from the pic of you and Luke at the end, it looks like it holds up great to a busy day. Super cute. I need to go short soon but I’m so worried about the maintenance, my hair is very fine, no body.

    • Kathryn on October 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks, Karen. I am loving it!!

  7. Holly on October 23, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Wow, hope you and Luke are feeling better ASAP. Good thing you got all your shopping done today! You seem like the energizer bunny! You are quite effective! Did first trimester slow you down at all?

    • Kathryn on October 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      I’m busy on the days I know I need to be! First trimester kicked my butt. Good thing I didn’t do this series a few weeks ago. Pictures of me sleeping on the couch wouldn’t be too entertaining 😉

  8. […] this week and I’m awful about cooking for one. I made a couple recipes for Mary and I, like the chicken nuggets Kathryn of Team Whitaker recommended. Mary politely tried a few bites then opted for cheese, crackers and banana. Sigh. In the future, […]

  9. Week in My Life: Day 5, Friday on October 26, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    […] much as I enjoy documenting the good, the bad and everything in between. Read here for day one, two, three, four, five, six and […]

  10. Week in My Life: Day 6, Saturday on October 27, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    […] much as I enjoy documenting the good, the bad and everything in between. Read here for day one, two, three, four, five, six and […]

  11. Week in My Life: Day 3, Wednesday on October 27, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    […] {Once a year, I take time to document my life for a week. I was inspired by the ever-gracious Melissa from Adventuroo. The idea is brilliant, really. I so rarely document the nitty gritty of life and while there’s no way I can do this every month, I can swing it once a year. I hope you enjoy the snapshot as much as I enjoy documenting the good, the bad and everything in between. Read here for day one, two, three, four, five, six and seven.} […]

  12. Week In My Life: Day 1, Monday on October 27, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    […] {Once a year, I take time to document my life for a week. I was inspired by the ever-gracious Melissa from Adventuroo. The idea is brilliant, really. I so rarely document the nitty gritty of life and while there’s no way I can do this every month, I can swing it once a year. I hope you enjoy the snapshot as much as I enjoy documenting the good, the bad and everything in between. Read here for day one, two, three, four, five, six and seven.} […]

  13. […] much as I enjoy documenting the good, the bad and everything in between. Read here for day one, two, three, four, five, six and […]

  14. Week in My Life: Day 4, Thursday on January 8, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    […] {Once a year, I take time to document my life for a week. I was inspired by the ever-gracious Melissa from Adventuroo. The idea is brilliant, really. I so rarely document the nitty gritty of life and while there’s no way I can do this every month, I can swing it once a year. I hope you enjoy the snapshot as much as I enjoy documenting the good, the bad and everything in between. Read here for day one, two, three, four, five, six and seven.} […]

Leave a Comment





This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.