The alarm goes off at 5:30am, I usually hit snooze and get out of bed around 6am. And by get out of bed, I mean sneak, ever so quietly out of bed so I don't wake Reece. This is my morning time. I boil up some water for a cup of hot water and lemon and then settle in to check email, link up blog posts and maybe check out a few blogs. Then I am off to get myself dressed before Reece wakes up.
Once Reece is up we work together to make juice or smoothies, and then get started on breakfast. At some point Justin wakes up, gets dressed and heads out to check on the chickens and do whatever needs to be done out there. The three of us then sit down to breakfast, usually around 8am.
After breakfast we tidy up the kitchen, Reece gets dressed, we make beds and tidy up anything else that needs to be tidied up. Reece and I then get started on our morning circle time and Justin heads out to his workshop to start work.
Reece and I went on a little nature adventure at Lynde Shore Conservation Area after our morning circle yesterday. We fed the birds, tried to identify as many birds as we could, tracked bunnies and searched for other signs of our forest friends.
We headed home happy and ready for lunch. While I prepared lunch Reece played and shared our morning with Justin. We sat down together to eat and then tidied up the kitchen. Justin went back out to his workshop while Reece and I got to work dying some eggs for Easter. While the eggs were boiling and then sitting to cool we read some stories, played with cars, did a puzzle and had a little snuggle.
Justin comes in everyday from his workshop at 3pm and spends some time with Reece while I do a little bit of work. This might include answering client emails, working on protocols, maybe a little marketing and if there is time, some blog reading. And some days I forget the work and hit the trails for an afternoon run.
This usually takes me up to dinner preparation time. I hit the kitchen and get dinner ready. We usually sit down around 5:30pm for dinner. After dinner we tidy up the kitchen and with the extended daylight we have started our after dinner walks again. Once home, Justin gets the bath ready for Reece and the two of them head in for some water play and fun. I get a bedtime snack ready, make a cup of tea, get the beds turned down and might get a few rows of knitting in.
Reece enjoys his snack and then we are off to bed for a bedtime story or two and then off to dreamland, which might take 5 to 45 minutes.
By the time Reece is asleep Justin has settled in to watch something on TV. I hit the shower and then sit down to write my post for the next day and catch up on some blogs. Then a little knitting or reading before heading to bed myself around 11pm.
Our days are pretty simple. Mornings are often activities which might include a nature adventure, skating, a play date or swimming. Afternoons might include a combination of baking, crafting, playing, inside and out, walking the dog and reading. Morning and evening rhythms book end our days and our meal time rhythms bring us together as a family throughout the day to check in with each other.
We do have a regular day for grocery shopping and usually take some time on Friday afternoon for a full clean up around the house. I sometimes have to book in appointments with clients during the week and will do this in the morning and Reece will hang with Justin.
Soon our days will include much more time in the garden as we build some new raised beds, do some garden clean up, get planting, get ready for the arrival of our bees and just enjoy the sunshine we have missed so much over the winter.
Simple days filled with the things we like to do, things that fill our hearts and souls and things that make us happy. What more could we ask for?
What do your days look like?