A Photo an Hour: 17 Hours of a Stay-at-Home Mom

When your children are really little and you stay at home with them, you might have a fairly flexible schedule and the days can be a little unpredictable.

I thought it’d be fun to choose a day at random and take one photo every hour. I wasn’t sure exactly what I’d end up with, or even how the day would play out, but I thought I’d love seeing them all together.

It turned out to be a fun way to record some of the things we do during the day, and what my life is like right now with my little girls at home:

  • 7 a.m.

    7 a.m.

    I’m greeted with this happy (sleepy!) face just after seven a.m.

  • 8 a.m.

    8 a.m.

    A bit later, this little one wakes up, and we all head downstairs for some breakfast. I wish I looked this good in cow pajamas.

  • 9 a.m.

    9 a.m.

    My husband bought this headband when he needed something pink to wear in a breast cancer 5K, and Ella wants to wear it EVERY DAY.

  • 10 a.m.

    10 a.m.

    While Ani snoozes, I rake the leaves into a pile and Ella jumps into them while I read on the front porch.

  • 11 a.m.

    11 a.m.

    Some gingersnaps for a quick snack while we wait for Ani to wake up. I dipped mine in whipped ricotta (not particularly recommended; I was just trying to finish up the ricotta before it went bad), while Ella took hers plain.

  • Noon


    Who knew a wipe could be so entertaining? (I’ll admit – we were buying clearance Halloween candy at Target. Yum!).

  • 1 p.m.

    Lunch time. I make lasagna grilled cheese sandwiches, which are one of my favorites. The girls eat deconstructed versions with cheese and bread and some pears.

    Recipe here

  • 2 p.m.

    2 p.m.

    Time to work while the girls do naps/quiet time. And, I’m just noticing I should probably change the background on my desktop.

  • 3 p.m.

    3 p.m.

    “Is quiet time over yet? How much longer?”

  • 4 p.m.

    4 p.m.

    When nap time is over, we’re out the door to visit the Life and Science Museum (it’s free once a week and my girls LOVE it).

  • 5 p.m.

    5 p.m.

    Ani loves getting to crawl around at the museum. It’s a gorgeous fall day!

  • 6 p.m.

    6 p.m.

    While I make dinner, the girls push their little bikes around the kitchen. I love that they are starting to play together – it’s just so cute.

  • 7 p.m.

    7 p.m.

    Time to put this little one to bed.

  • 8 p.m.

    Making some chocolate pecan pie bars (spoiler: they were delicious!)

    Recipe here

  • 9 p.m.

    9 p.m.

    While my pecan pie bars bake, I change into my pajamas and do a little more work.

  • 10 p.m.

    10 p.m.

    I peek into Ella’s room to see her snoozing on the floor. Who needs a bed?

  • 11 p.m.

    11 p.m.

    Bart does the last of the dishes (bless him!) while we visit about our day. Time for bed!

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