My Perfect Simple Day

I am flying by the seat of my pants a bit today. My world is a bit mixed up and I’m finding myself overwhelmed by my to do list. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who feels this way! If you have recently commented on this blog, thank you! I am working to reply and visit you, but I am very behind. I appreciate your grace and patience and very thankful for your kind words!

For this installment of Tuesday 10 with my girls Rabia and Lisa, we’re talking about things that happen on a perfect day.

I’ve given this 30 seconds of thought and here is the thing, I’ve decided that my day must include real life things and not wishful thinking. In case you were wondering, of course I want a maid to come and clean my kitchen after dinner, but that isn’t my reality!

A simply perfect day.

I am a normal sleep person. I’m not a night owl or a morning glory. BUT, I love my house quiet and my coffee hot. Malone is almost always up at 6:00 am on the button and Lola is a complete wild card. But on my perfect day, my 5:00 am power hour is not interrupted by my tiny humans.

I really don’t care what I’m going to eat for this perfect day breakfast, as long as it involves the words bacon and coffee.

It is a perfect early spring day in New England. The sun is strong and warm- there is no need for layers or jackets.

Speaking of coffee, after breakfast I’m headed to Starbucks with my laptop to work uninterrupted. I will write and pre-schedule five posts and then comment on your blog. I’m not sure who’s watching my kids. But it isn’t me. Perhaps it is the weekend and Michael is home?

After I have slayed the blogosphere with my amazing scheduled posts and witty comments, I’m going to head out thrifting. I am going to find the holy thrifting grails- a working vintage yellow Kitchen Aid mixer, vintage Pyrex mixing bowls in a rainbow of colors and sizes, and a fabulous 1950′s patchwork quilt. I will post a picture of these findings immediately to Instagram.

Next, I’m headed home to pick up Malone. We’re going to spend the rest of the afternoon at the park. We will hold hands as we explore the wooded areas, throw rocks into the creek, take a train ride through the park, try the monkey bars, and feed the ducks. There were be times when I stand back to let him climb and times where we’re so close to each other we can hear each other breathing. 

On our way home from the park, Malone and I are going to stop at the new Greek place to bring home dinner. I am going to eat a Gyro like a boss and go over my allotted calories for the day. There will also be poutine involved. Yeah, my Greek place also has poutine. And it’s MAJ.

After dinner, our family of four will take a walk around our neighborhood. Michael and I will hold hands.  We’ll chat about life while Malone skips ahead. In this season, there are no date nights with fancy shoes and a meal with three forks. But there is us, our street, and a moment to reconnect. 

After dinner, I will rock Lola to sleep. And she’s going to sleep through the night. Okay, the sleeping through the night part is a little wishful. But a girl can dream, can’t she?

Once Lola is finally asleep, Malone, Michael, and I are going to play games. Malone isn’t going to pitch a fit when he loses Chutes and Ladders. After a bit, we’ll switch to Super Mario Brothers on the Wii. Malone isn’t going to pitch a fit when Bowser kills him. 

At bedtime, I will listen to Malone pray the sweetest and most innocent prayers I’ve ever heard. I will snuggle in closely with him as he falls asleep. And as he does, I will be overcome with a thankful heart for our good health, happy marriage, and beautiful children. It brings me to tears almost every night. I’ll fall asleep curled next to the little boy that turned this girl into a mama.


The Liebers

What does your perfect day involve? Let me know in the comments below!


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    Marcia @ Blogitudes says

    Your perfect day sounds absolutely beautiful – especially the walk in the park & writing at Starbucks. Loved your entire list and hope a day like this happens for you very soon! :D
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      NJ says

      Thanks Marcia, I hope some of it happens soon too! I can’t wait to take Malone to the park. There isn’t a whole lot to do there right now, everything is snow covered!

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    Rabia @TheLiebers says

    It sounds beautiful, NJ! Simple, beautiful, and simply beautiful. Hope it happens soon. And more than once!
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      NJ says

      I hope so too Rabia. I’d love for just one or two of these things to happen. Perhaps a blogdate to Starbucks is in order!

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    Teresa Kander says

    What a great day….and your last paragraph brought tears to my eyes. I miss those days!!!
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      NJ says

      I know that it won’t always be like this, Theresa. I try my best to really savor each of these moments, especially with Malone!

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    Kim says

    Yep – sounds like a perfect day and one that is totally attainable!!!
    I hope that soon the weather cooperates and you get to experience a day very similar in the near future!
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      NJ says

      We had a taste last weekend, Kim. We always get a late February cold snap that lasts into March. But then the sun starts getting warmer and everything melts. I’m looking forward to the days of cute flats and flip flops. I’m tired of boots and wool socks!

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    Tara Newman says

    NJ – I loved hearing about your perfect day! It is definitely similar to mine. Great job keepin” it real! You are definitely not alone in your sentiments!
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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama says

    This sounds like an absolutely wonderful day. And I LOVE that your perfect take-out dinner includes poutine! I can only handle poutine about once a year, but when I travel to Quebec City for work, I always indulge!
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      NJ says

      I adore poutine, but I know that my arteries are happy I don’t eat it often! The person who decided to drench french fries in gravy and cheese was brilliant.

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    Ginny Marie says

    We have the best place to get gyros! On a really difficult day I’ll call my husband and ask him to bring some home for dinner. :)
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      NJ says

      You are a woman after my own heart, I love Gyros. Lola does too. She stole pieces of mine and shoved it in her mouth by the handful.

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    Katie @ Pick Any two says

    I love that your perfect day ends with gratitude. So beautiful.
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      NJ says

      It is typically how I always end my day with Malone! We pray together before he falls asleep. Lately, I’ve been sitting down to read for a bit before bed. I’m in the middle of a bunch of really great books and it makes me so sad when my eyes get tired!

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    Sarah @ Beauty School dropout says

    Your perfect day sounds soooooo awesome. Can I tag along? Maybe our hubbies can watch the kids together. =)
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    christie elkins says

    I love this day and I want to go thrifting with you NOW.
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      NJ says

      I can’t wait until we get to go thrifting together. Maybe we can head to Allume a day early and hit the places around there!

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    Lisa @ The Golden spoons says

    This is so sweet and really does sound lovely! I am so touched by how many of us made our days include our families. I think that proves how much love we have for them and that we realized how blessed we are. We could have all said “I’d be on a tropical island/in Paris/ wherever” – but, we didn’t. That’s pretty awesome! :-)
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      NJ says

      I would love to be on a momcation, Lisa! But that isn’t in the cards for me right now.

      I think this day sounds pretty darn awesome!

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    thedoseofreality says

    Fantastic post! Ah, yes, the tragedy of losing Chutes & Ladders. We experience that often in our home! Lisa and I have both found that working at Starbucks is a great way to get stuff done! :) And enjoy a tasty beverage! ;)-Ashley
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    Tamara says

    I’ve been thinking lately a lot about good bacon. And New England mornings.
    I’m a bit sad that my perfect day could in no way exist in this 19 degree weather! You know, live in the present and all of that. But you know how it is here in the other three seasons..
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    Gracielle says

    Sounds like a lovely day! I’m pretty sure COFFEE, BLOGGING, THRIFTING and BACON would all be included in my perfect day, too.
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    Rachel Keeth // Lavender & Honey says

    This sounds absolutely lovely!

    My perfect day… there are so many ways this could go. It would probably include my Lyme symptoms deciding to hide for the day, getting up early, drinking lots of coffee, creating a new recipe that’ll turn out perfectly, the pictures will come out lovely, I’d be able to have fun with my family doing something that involves animals, and I would spend the rest of the evening with my best friend chatting, laughing, listening to music, having deep conversations, and stalking people on social networks all night. This is really wishful, since Lyme does not really take a break, and my best friend lives several states away, but it would be lovely.

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    Michelle says

    Your perfect day sounds simple and sweet…absolutely wonderful! Bacon does wonders for the soul doesn’t it? I LOVE bacon. We have a joke here, bacon makes everything taste better. But its not really a joke…it really does!
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    Lindsey P. Brackett says

    Your perfect day sounds a lot like mine! I’m getting my power hour this morning with no baby boy in my arms, so maybe today is off to a great start towards almost-perfection.
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