Many ask how I survive solo parenting. I often want to shrug my shoulders and say "I just do" but really, I've mastered parenting by myself. As Connor has gotten older, it's actually gotten much easier. Toddlers are way less work than infants. This is pretty much what a normal Thursday looks like for us since Connor doesn't have school those days and our schedule is a bit more relaxed. Also the photos included in today's posts are straight from my phone so they are as unedited as they come.
We get home, have lunch and it's time for quiet time. Connor wants to play Legos in his room (which is a new big boy activity he has started) so I get him settled in there and sit to read a new book I picked up. I ended up finishing this book in 3 days. So good! And there is a TV show on go90 that you can watch too for free! It's just 7 quick episodes (19-24 minutes each).
We visit Kari, Mark and Macie in later that afternoon. The kids play outside with C's new bubble machine and then we join them for dinner at Cracker Barrel. Cracker Barrel is surprisingly easy on my WW SmartPoints. This evening I opted for a salad. We let the kids play checkers for a bit before heading our separate ways.
By 8:42 Connor has been bathed, read to and put to bed. This is a bit later than usual but that happens more and more lately because it's still so light outside at his typical bedtime. Bedtime is usually closer to 8 but it's been around 8:30-8:45 since about mid-March.
Once Connor is bed, I sit down to read a bit more and answer some emails. If I don't get to bed before 11, I'll be up late (think 1AM!) so I set a timer for myself and make myself go upstairs and prep for bed and turn in around 10:45.
There you have it. That's a day in the life for Connor and I when James is traveling. It's pretty much the same kind of day with James home. We don't dine out much as a family during the work week so that's the only difference. We usually save eating out for the weekends and special occasions. Overall, it's nothing too exciting but I love photographing and sharing our daily lives. These are the days I'll miss when this time next year we'll have a 5 year old in pre-K so I'll forever cherish our days of being home together!