Saturday, January 26, 2019

Today Was An Ordinary Day And It Was Rather Great

I honestly can't remember the last time we had an ordinary day. For us, an ordinary day consists of having very little to do. No plans. No projects. Being able to exhale. Ignoring the chaos beyond the walls of our home. No stress. Getting work and other miscellaneous stuff done early enough in the day so there's plenty of time to relax and be in the moment.

Today was an ordinary day...

Both Lisa and I have recovered from the cold flu plague that hit us earlier this month.

We got up around 7 a.m. and enjoyed a lengthy morning coffee chat time. The kids were more than happy to have snack before a late breakfast.

That's the human equivalent to having dessert before dinner.

I got all of the housework done yesterday so the only thing that was left to do this morning was the dishes from last night and a load of laundry.

We made meatballs and homemade spaghetti sauce together so it could simmer in the crockpot for the day.

Lisa ran an errand while I tackled some desk work.

The kids napped.

When Lisa got home, I made lunch for her. She gave the kids their vitamins and first afternoon snack while eating her lunch and relaxing.

I continued to plow through desk work.

By the time 4 p.m. hit, I was done.

The kids got their second afternoon snack.

During the remainder of the day and evening, Lisa and I enjoyed a scrumptious spaghetti and meatball dinner at the table while playing Yahtzee. The kids were fed dinner. We enjoyed family snuggle time on the sofa while watching Netflix.

Our dessert consisted of Tootsie Roll Pops.

The kids got a few licks. 

I tucked Lisa and the kids into bed around 10 p.m.

I'm obviously still up. Working on this blog column.

I feel refreshed.

I attribute a lot of that to the changes we decided to make in 2019 and to the things I'm determined not to do in 2019.

Between the changes we've made and what I'm no longer doing, it has already made an enormous impact on our daily life.

I'm not going to lie. It's been a little challenging not to make exceptions. I've felt the tug of residual guilt.

But, Lisa has kept me in check on various levels. If I feel like caving, she asks me why. Then, she reminds me why we made changes and why we can't go back to doing what we did last year.

I applaud her willpower and determination to stand her ground as well as keeping me focused.

Teamwork. Balance. 

All in all, aside from the both of us getting sick, it's been a fairly decent month.

I raise my glass of iced water to the rest of the months ahead of us.

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