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A Day in the Life: Lauren Rebecca

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15.11.12

Writer and blogger Lauren Rebecca has been on my blog list for quite some time now. Lauren has a wonderful eclectic style, is a Mom to the most adorable baby girl Scarlett  and bride-to-be. She writes the most engaging heartfelt posts that are always wonderful to read.

I knew she’d be a perfect candidate for one of our day in the Life posts so I quickly emailed her and she was immediately up for it.

Have fun and enjoy A Day in the Life of Lauren Hutchinson.

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5:30am My eyes open to Ty standing above me. “Good-bye baby. Have a good day.” It’s time for him to leave. He kisses me as Ray Ban outlet passionately as the first time he said good-bye to me. I love that about my fiancé. His heart is as fervent as mine. I hear him whisper good-bye to Scarlett, (our sleeping 18 month-old daughter) before he leaves. My eyes close….

7:30am I can here Scarlett playing quietly in her crib. I lay there, waking up in my bed, letting her little baby words entertain me.  After a few minutes, I enter her room to greet her, “Good Morning Peanut. How did you sleep?” She stands up, a huge smile across her face. Without missing a beat she speaks, “Dadda?” And I explain, “Dadda’s at work.” We get up and lounge around in PJ’s. I grab some Coffee for me. She watches 3rd & Bird. I can never eat first thing in the morning. I have to wait a half hour or so. I have learned that Scarlett is like me in that way. She likes to wake up a bit first before eating, as well. I make french toast with blueberries for us to eat together.

9:00am Scarlett is dressed and playing in her room contently. I was blessed with an easy toddler.  I am sitting in my gym clothes paying bills on the computer. I call Scarlett to come get her shoes on. She hesitates knowing that she’ll have to give up playtime to do this. In my best make believe little person voice, I call “Scarrrrrlett, where arrrre youuuuuu?” Every time, without fail, she comes running to see where her little person is. I playfully make her little person walk out from behind the couch cushion or bookcase. She grabs him with that golden, radiant smile across her face. Only then, she lets me put on her shoes.We head out to the gym.

9:45am I bring Scarlett to playgroup at the gym and I work out for about an hour. Upon picking her up, the teacher lets me know that she was a good girl. Of course, anything else would be unlike Scarlett. She hugs me tightly.  We hold hands and walk out to the suv. On our way home, we drop off mail. Ty texts me good morning and gives me the U-Haul rates that he’s found. We are moving on December 1st and need to get all the details in order. We head to Scarlett’s playgroup. She is part of a toddler group that holds all sorts of fun activities: sprinkler time, playground, and dance & sing alongs. Today, we head to the park to play with her friends. This will let her explore & get her energy out.

12:30pm Scarlett is pulling on her highchair, saying and signing “Eat” in baby sign language. I hurry to make her tofu pup, noodles and broccoli. I put her in the chair, give her the food and watch her eat it up in a hurry. Then I’ll grab something to eat for myself and sit down with her. I have found that she eats a lot better when someone is eating with her.

1:30pm It’s quiet. I can only hear the sounds of the outdoors from the living-room window. Scarlett is napping. She recently cut down from two naps to one. This is the time when I can sit down and work on my book. I turn off my ringer, my tv and just focus on writing. Most days, she wakes up before I’m ready to stop writing. I sit on the couch with her and she cuddles me as she wakes. I read the new books to her. Scarlett runs off to pull out all the pots and pans or dump rice on the floor, while I call the Flooring company to make sure the date is booked to have our hardwood floors refinished at the new house.

4:00pm I slide dinner in the oven so that it is ready for when Ty gets home. The smell of stuffed green peppers consumes the kitchen. Somedays, Ty and I cook together, since he is the better cook. But today, he has boxing so I want to make sure he eats before he leaves. I used to be the worst cook ever but since becoming a SAHM, I’ve become quite savvy in the kitchen. A little practice works wonders. Ty walks in the door and Scarlett rushes to greet him, pressing her face against the baby gate. He says hello to her before kissing me and then putting away his brief case. He plays with Scarlett until dinner is on the table. While waiting for dinner to cook, I set the table and then hop on my laptop quickly to publish my latest blog post. We eat together as a family. No tv, no computers, no phones. Ty tells me about work and I tell him about Scarlett’s newest words.

5:30pm Ty changes and heads off to boxing.  I get Scarlett in the car for Story time at the library. Once a month, Ty takes Scarlett to Storytime while I go to the spa for a facial. (I am extremely lucky to have a fiancé who wants me to have a little “me” time as well) My little book worm loves reading. I find her pretending to read throughout the day, turning one page at a time. She enjoys story time as much as the older kids.

7:00pm Scarlett is splashing and shrieking in the tub full of toys. I sit on the closed toilet seat with my laptop on the sink, writing some more. Finishing a chapter of my book or catching up on blog posts. When Scarlett is done, she lets me know by signing “all done” in baby sign language. (So glad I taught her this wonderful language).  Shampoo, soap & bubbles to clean her up . I wrap her towel around her and hold her up to the mirror. “Who’s that baby in the mirror?” She giggles. I’ll dry and dress her just as Ty walks through the door. He showers while I unload the dishwasher and switch the laundry over.

8:15 pm Scarlett grabs her blankie, says, “Milk” and heads to her room. We know this means bedtime. I’ll get the milk and Ty follows her to her room to say prayers with her. We lay her down together and kiss our little girl goodnight. Then it’s time for me to shower. I’m more a night time bather. I come out to the living room to join Ty on the couch. I notice that the living room is all picked up and Scarlett’s toys are back in the toy bin. I thank Ty. Laying down with him, we watch a few shows together and fall asleep on the couch.

10:30pm I wake up to Roseanne on the tv and I watch the end of the episode before waking Ty up to come to bed with me. I take the laundry out of the dryer but decide to fold it in the morning. It is odd, but I actually love doing laundry. I wake Ty up one last time to drag him to bed with me. We climb into our incredibly cozy bed and cuddle up. “I love you babe.” Ty tells me. “I love you too baby.” I reply….we drift into slumber.

A Day in the Life

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08.11.12

I thought it be fun to start a new recurring column around here called “A Day in the Life” From time to time I’ll feature some of my favorite bloggers and see through their eyes a typical day in their lives. I had planned to write the first installment through our family’s eyes. Well in came a little storm called Hurricane Sandy and zapped our power out I thought about postpoing it but decided to just record it anyway. We were so fortunate to have only lost power when so many lost a whole lot more our hearts and prayers go out to them. So without further ado here is A (not so typical) Day in Our Life.

6:58 AM It’s still dark outside. I feel Nikolas kicking me in the ribs. I was worried about Nik roaming around in the middle of the night with the power out. Since then he’s been sleeping in our room. I see a little face pop in front of mine “good mornin Mommy”, “Mommy you wake ‘em up?” Which is my signal to get up. I say I’m still sleeping and close cheap oakley sunglasses my eyes. He licks my face and explains that he’s a puppy dog. Yuck! I’m officially awake now. Nikolas that’s disgusting I say and warn him about the consequences of licking his mother’s face . He’s distracted by Bryan stirring and the whole routine starts again minus the licking…for now. “Daddy, you wake ‘em up?”

7:07 AM Nik licks me again, I’m officially awake now. I tell him to stop doing that and don’t follow through with my threat. I decide it’s too early in the morning to start a battle with a 2 year old. I nudge Bryan and ask if he could please go turn on the generator. He gets out of bed, dresses for the cold and shuffles outside to fill the generator with gas. I change Nik and brush my teeth with bottled water and dress in something warm. I hear the hum of generators being started in the neighborhood. Within seconds ours goes on as well and lights turn on. Fortunately our generator can power most of the house so we’re up and running with lights and water. Saying a silent thankful prayer for the generator I move to the kitchen and start a pot of coffee.

8:00 AM My coffee is made and warm on the counter. I grab Nik a bagel and some apple juice. He’s happy and scampers off to eat. I go out onto the deck to take a look around. It’s cold but the first rays of sunshine in days are peaking through the clouds, I’m so happy to see the sun. I look around to check and see if anyone near us has power yet. Nothing. The lights came on in the street next to ours last night. It’s been over 84 hours without power and I’m feeling a little antsy. My office is still closed thanks to the power outage and no internet connection means no work. I decide I’m going to clean up the house I start making beds and putting things away.Bryan heads off to work at 8:30. Nik and I get to work cleaning up the house.

9:00 AM Bryan calls me to check and see how the generator is doing and if the house is warming up from the stove. He let’s me know he saw 15 electric trucks close to our house “reinforcements are here!” It makes me hopeful that the electric will come back on soon. Nik has discovered finger-paints in closet and is painting at the table. He’s quiet for a while which lets me finish up around the house.   A Day in the Life - Our Lake Life 2

10:00 AM Finger-paints, play dough and trucks have lost their appeal. We’re onto cleaning out the closet that is a disaster. If nothing else the house will be organized by the time the power outage is over. I turn on some music on the iPad to help pass the time and fill the silence.

A Day in the Life - Our Lake Life 3 10:30 AM I made the mistake of telling Nikolas he has a crack in his behind the other day. His eyes grew wide and every few days he tells me it’s broken. Now he keeps looking in the mirror and trying to fix it. I can’t help but giggle every time. I tell him everyone has a crack and he seems appeased by this for the moment. He’s off and playing again.

11:00 am The closet is done for now and it looks marginally better. Except now I have a pile of garbage that will need to go out. That will have to wait though. Nik is getting restless and my sister Angela has arrived to escape her cold house that doesn’t have heat or electric. Thanks to the generator out house is now warm so she settles in to hang out for a while with my Mom who’s downstairs. I make Nikolas lunch who’s sitting on the floor saying he’s hungry, remarkable since he just ate not that long ago. I dress while he’s content eating A Day in the Life - Our Lake Life 5

11:30 am We’re dressed, fed and out the door. I haven’t taken the car out since the storm as gas lines have become a huge problem. I decide I have more than enough gas to make it through and head off to Target to return a purchase I no longer want. Nikola is just happy to be out of the house and doesn’t much care where we are going. The gas lines are out of control as we drive by. They’re so long they are causing traffic on the highways where ever there is an open station. 

A Day in the Life - Our Lake Life 4 12: 00 noon At Target we browse around for a little while. I find a mirror that I love, great chargers for the Thanksgiving table and a carved wood bowl. Nikola sis enthralled by the giant blow up Santa’s now on display and all of the holiday lights. I look forward to the Christmas season now that he’s old enough to be in awe of the display. Somehow the wood bowl makes it’s way into my cart but on my way to the register I decide to hold off and ask for it for Xmas.

1:00 pm It’s though the register at Target where we refrained from buying anything but one Christmas present. It’s out the door and off to Michaels to browse and buy some gold leaf sheets. Half way through Nikolas sits on the floor says he’s tired and asks me to carry him. I try to distract him but he’s not budging. I give in and pick him up and we head off to the cash register. He recovers and we head home. I secretly hope the electric is back on when we get home.

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1:30 pm Back home and still no electric. I walk Nik up to bed and snuggled with him. He tells me he loves me and then drifts off to sleep in less than a minute while I’m still sitting there. I tuck him in give him a kiss and stand for minute to admire how peaceful and beautiful he is. I creep out of the room, make myself something to eat and sit down to write and edit images.

3:00 pm Nik is still asleep so I decide to sit on the couch and relax for a while. I snuggle under a blanket and feel myself drift off.

4:00 pm Mommy, Mommy Mommy. I think I’m dreaming then I realize Nikolas is standing next to me talking to me. “I wanna watch “McQueen pwease” his way of saying that he wants to watch Cars the movie. I turn on Cars on the iPad which I’m grateful for. He settles in a relaxes while he’s still a little sleepy and we watch Cars for a little while.

5:00 pm I hear the hum of the generator die and lights immediately turns off. &!#@$ the generator must have run out of gas . I look at the clock Bryan is still an hour and a half away from being home. I decide to go venture out to fill the generator myself and try to get it restarted. Angela watches Nikolas while My mom and I go outside to investigate. I open the gas cap on the generator and confirm my suspicions, bone dry. I struggle with the nozzle on the gas can and fill the generator half way. I read the direction on how to start it, set it to choke and pull the cord a number of times. Nothing. A few more attempts and it’s not working I go inside to call Bryan. He answers “where are you?” I ask. Pulling into our road, why? Ah relief, so happy he decided to leave work early today. He arrives home in less than a minute, fills the generator and starts it up. I’m really thankful to have Bryan in this moment.

6:00 pm The troops start arriving. Anna (another sister) comes in the door with her husband Jay. Anna has been camping out here while the power is out. She’s refusing to sleep in her cold house. Ours is heated and snugly thankfully. Some of eat we all talk, then the boys play video games and I wrestle with Nikolas for a while trying to release some of that 2 year old energy.

7:30 pm My sisters decide to go on a food run to McDonald’s. There’s some discussion as to whether or not it’s open. Someone says it is so they head out in search of some food. They pass a gas station and text us letting us know one is open without a long line. Bryan and Jay head out to grab some gas while they can. Meanwhile we get a call from the girls most of the food places are still closed except for one loan pizzeria on one of the back roads around town. The girls are happy with their score but the boys come back without any gas The station was closed by the time they got there.

8:00 pmWe all spend time talking for the rest of the evening. We might not have power but we have a good time hanging out and relaxing. I put Nikolas to bed and play a game of Monopoly on the iPad. I’m beginning to think of what I’ll do once the power comes back on.

10:00 pmIt’s time for bed, We go around locking up for the night, brush my teeth and snuggle into bed under the covers. Bryan watches as the fire slowly dies. He goes outside and powers off the generator and the hum subsides. It’s silent and dark and I close my eyes and rest my head and are hopeful that the power will go on tomorrow.

 

Update: Our power finally came back on 48 hours later. My sister’s power continued to be out for another 4 days. We were all very happy and relieved when it finally came on but we never forgot how fortunate we were to only have lost the power as an outcome of Sandy when so many more lost whole lot more.

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