In honor of this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Every day life, I spent the day taking photos of a “day in the life of a Southwest Minneapolis mom” (otherwise known as me!). We happened to have a lot planned for a gorgeous fall day and I certainly enjoyed myself. It was tempting to use my old standby photos from lovely Minneapolis but I decided this time to stick with the theme. Some photos aren’t the best but they still represent everyday life.
Following is a photo documentary along with some humorous commentary of my everyday life. Hope you enjoy!
The morning for me starts at 7. Just like clock work, my son Max calls “Maaaaaaaa-Maaaa” in chants from his bed where he refuses to get up until I enter. He needs his cuddle time. It is our daily routine and I’ll take it until he’s too old and no longer thinks it is cool to hang out with me.
I enjoy my morning cup of Joe while Max watches his favorite cartoon and I begin writing. An hour later, it is time to wake up my sleepy head daughter Sophia and get her ready for school. It takes at least five minutes to detangle her nest of bright blond hair. By ten to nine, we’re out the door and on our ten minute walk to school.
Walking to school is one of the highlights of my day. The air is fresh, the birds are singing and my kids are crazy with pent up energy from too much syrup on their pancakes. Before we head to school, we stop in our backyard to check out the status of our pumpkin tree. Yep, you heard that correctly. We have a pumpkin growing up alongside our lilac tree and yippee, it has finally started to turn orange!
Then it is literally off to school. My daughter makes me carry her pink kitty backpack so she can run faster down the hill to school. Max is already way ahead by now as I am desperately trying to keep up in my sandals. And I thought I was the runner in the family?
Minneapolis is a very liberal city and people like to advocate with their political signs. We have a monumental vote coming this November on gay marriage rights. “Vote No” signs (vote no to changing the Minnesota State Constitution to not allow gays to marry) have popped up everywhere, making me proud. We have one in our front yard too. (Vote No is another post coming at a later date).
We arrive at school by 9 am. I walk the kids inside and will be back in three hours to pick up Sophia after kindergarten. Max ends at 3:40 sharp.
Over the next three hours, I succeed by cramming in as much as possible. I go for my daily run around the lake, come home, write, shower, eat and am out the door to pick up Sophia. There is a tent sale going on at a local ski shop so we face the insane crowds and succeed in finding two great deals on winter coats for the kids. (If you don’t have children, then you don’t understand how much they grow and how expensive they become when you have to buy them a new size every single year!).
Sophia has fun trying out a new sport called Slackline which is being featured outside the tent sale. You can buy your own Slackline for the basement for a good $250. I told the guy we’d have to move to the suburbs if we bought one because our basement isn’t that big. Ha Ha.
After the tent sale, it is back into the car and back to the city to make it to my son’s “Beachcomber” Day. Burroughs has the best pair of gym teachers in the world who utilize everything wonderful Southwest Minneapolis has to offer. Today the kids are running, scootering or riding their bikes to nearby Lake Harriet and spending time playing in the sand at the beach. Every kid at the school-all 800 of them- get to enjoy in the fun but there is usually only two classes at a time.
After Beachcombers, it is the end of the day. Max and Dad head off for a special “boys weekend”. They are going to my alma mater University of Wisconsin-Madison for the Badger Football Game. It is where Paul and I met and it is Max’s first time to Madison. Meanwhile, Sophia and I are headed off for our Girl’s weekend here in Minneapolis. We have a special date for dinner, just the two of us, at my favorite local haunt.
On the drive home, I had to stop to take a few photos. It was absolutely spectacular out! The sun was setting and the light cast golden hues over the lake. This is what I love best about fall in Minnesota!
This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life. To read more entries, click here.