A Tour in Black and White
(because I’m artsy and stuff)
My daily dose of caffeine. You know what’s expensive in Chile? Milk. We buy milk anyway, for Lydia, but I found a recipe for oat milk. Surprisingly similar to creamer! And it’s cheap. I’m sold.
These two. They drive me nuts and fill me with joy. Most of my day is about them.
Most days, after breakfast, we play or watch TV. If it’s TV time, Mami has some time to spend on the computer, or to do housework.
If it’s a really nice day, we might take a dip in the pool.
Then it’s lunch time. “Noonows, peas?” Noodles, please?
Lydia often helps me cook. She does very well!
Then it’s nap time. Mami’s favorite time of day!
This is the time of day when I can get some serious work done! It’s during this time that I buckle down and tend to the website, update blogs, translate, do some studying, upload articles, work on newsletters, write articles, or work on photos.
When the kids wake up again, we might stay home and play. Sometimes, though, we go out. This may be to the mall or to a nearby park.
The mall has three free playgrounds, two fish tanks, several paid play areas, mechanical games, and, Mami’s favorite . . .
The Starbucks has a kids corner, where Lydia can play and color. We usually get much cheaper drinks than in the picture, but I had a free drink pending on my account, so we enjoyed something nicer.
If we stay home, we might go to the store to pick up some fresh veggies, or some fresh bread. Lydia likes to help me carry the bags.
On special days, we go out in the morning and do a day trip! Lydia likes the bus, because she gets to sit like a grown up and look out the window. We don’t get work done those days, but it’s a good time to bond.
They go to bed early, so I can have a little more time to work (as long as I don’t end up falling asleep as soon as they’re down!). I use the night time to either have a little bit of “me time”, or to work some more on urgent projects.
And that’s what an average day looks like for me. I am, first and foremost, a mother and wife, but I try to make sure to get my missionary work done as well. Both are priorities to me, and I want to make sure they both get my time and attention.
I am grateful for my life. It is blessed, and it is beautiful. It isn’t always easy, but it is full of love, and that makes it all worthwhile.