Our lazy day.
November 11, 2010

Today is a much-needed lazy day in the Christensen home.  Breakfast today is avocado mixed with quinoa and some radishes on the side.  We are spending the morning gardening.  This means that I will pull weeds and my child will pull plants and chase lizards.  Morning snack today is wheat crackers with almond butter.  Then I am going to take Charlotte on a short hike through the local hills and let her spend some time running around at the park.  After the walk, we’ll probably read a few books about dinosaurs.  Lately, my daughter has been on a dinosaur kick.

Lunch today is sandwiches: Donald’s homemade wheat-molasses bread with pumpkin butter and some honey yogurt, with some mixed greens and blueberries on the side.  Then it’s naptime!  NAPTIME IS AMAZING, that’s all I have to say about that.  Charlotte likes to nurse while she naps; today maybe I’ll find a documentary on Netflix while she’s nursing.  That sounds relaxing.  (Of course, pretty much any naptime activity is relaxing.)  (I love naptime.)  (Naptime is amazing.)  When she wakes, I’ll slip her in the sling and we’ll walk to the library.  There’s a park near the library where we can read books in the shade…or run around like crazy on a large play-set.  Afternoon snack today is buffalo mozzarella balls and apple sauce mixed with some sweet potato and butternut squash.  Once she’s good and exhausted, we’ll probably walk home reciting nursery rhymes and telling stories and singing songs.

As soon as we get back home, I’ll take her to the creek.  Even with the recent rain, the creek is still pretty dry right now so after she pokes around at the minnows for awhile, we’ll run around the yard for awhile.  Maybe we’ll pick a couple oranges and suck out the juice.  Maybe we’ll turn on the sprinklers in the garden and splash in the mud.  Maybe we’ll take a walk to her grandparents’ house with Hank.  Maybe we’ll lay a blanket under the pecan tree and watch the squirrels run back and forth, grabbing nuts for winter.  Maybe we’ll check out the neighbor’s goats.  Maybe we’ll just hang out inside building tall towers with wood blocks.  Maybe we’ll dance to some really cheesy music.  (I love cheesy music.)  (Not as much as naptime, but it’s a pretty close call.)  Maybe we’ll take a short snooze together.

Whatever it is, we’ll do it until Donald gets home.  Dinner tonight is spinach quiche.  We have some figs from the neighbor’s tree and a couple carrots fresh from the ground; maybe we’ll munch on those too.  Charlotte will probably have some yogurt and homemade graham crackers and a few bites of banana.  After dinner, she’ll crawl into her father’s lap and read a few books.  Then she’ll help turn out the lights before bedtime.  And we’ll all fall asleep in the dark of the night, collapsed into one bed, dreaming beautiful dreams.

Tomorrow, I’ll do something more exciting with Charlotte.  But today, it’s just me and my girl – no playdates, no errands, no housework – walking and lounging and having fun.

What are you doing today?  What does a lazy day look like for you?


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  1. By on November 11, 2010

    Dang. That’s a lot of activity for a lazy day.

  2. By on November 11, 2010

    This sounds lovely. Not quite lazy- but lovely.  Must admitt I’m a little jealous. I read this while in the office, and wish I could be at home with me little one to seize the day. I also wish there were more enjoyable outdoor places to take my toddler!

    btw, I’m interested in the recipe for the buffalo mozerella balls. Are those like sausage balls? But with buffalo meat? Or buffalo sauce?
    ..and I’m a cheesy music lover myself! I LOVE dancing around the house with my little girl.

  3. By Molly on November 11, 2010

    That seems like the opposite of a lazy day!!! Our lazy days include playing ALL DAY LONG with toys and never leaving the house:).

  4. By Mama Bub on November 11, 2010

    Well, I’m glad other people agree that’s quite ambitious for a lazy day! Sounds like a good day though.

  5. By Megan R. on November 11, 2010

    that is a super busy lazy day!  my my!

    Our days always consist of a morning outing, then lunch at home, followed by the most delicious time of day…NAP TIME…then playing at home, dinner, playing, stories, and bed.

    Today our outing was to meet a friend and kiddo at Starbucks and then head to a local playground / park.  This afternoon after nap we will head to Target.  Now I know what I am cooking for dinner, too…QUICHE!  Thanks for the idea.

    Sort of a quiet day compared to yours!!!

  6. By Sarah Christensen on November 11, 2010

    Hmmm, it must sound like more than it is.  The food is already prepared, so I’m not making anything.  And I’m not touching any chores, which frees up time, and my daughter only naps about 1.5-2 hours total during the day, so I have about ten hours to burn!  It’s 58F in the house right now and warmer outside (our home is in perpetual shade), so it makes sense to get out and walk!  And I go stir-crazy if I stay inside.  A woman can only build block towers so many times before she loses her mind!  As far as we’re concerned, any day where we stay near home (our other plans for today were cancelled last minute) and don’t drive or do housework is a lazy day.  Also, the park and the library are only two miles away, so it’s not a very far walk.

  7. By Cynthia A on November 11, 2010

    This sounds like a lovely day!!  We were supposed to have family photos taken today, but the wind, ohh the wind is going today violently!!  So, we might reschedule!!  Today, we are also relaxing, my husband is home, and we plan to spend the day playing with Bailey :) 

    I love the photo of Charlotte!  I love how you can see her footprint on her sole bottom!!  So darn cute she is!!

    Have a nice day Sarah, and give Charlotte loves from Bailey and I!

  8. By on November 11, 2010

    Not touching chores? Weeding isn’t a chore?

    Two miles isn’t far to walk??

    Yes, our lazy days are very different. :)

  9. By Sara on November 11, 2010

    I dream of living within walking distance of a local library (and a farmers market!)  I am within walking distance of a park (not a very good one, but a park). That sounds like a wonderful, perfect day. :) Enjoy!

    Also, what sling do you use? I’m in the hunt for a good sling. We have an Ergo, and a Moby, but I’d like a sling to wear Maggie on my hip. Any sugesstions?

  10. By Sarah Christensen on November 11, 2010

    Jessica - Weeding used to be a chore, but I’m really starting to enjoy it.  In the morning, when it’s just the two of us out there and we can hear the birds chirping and the sun starts warming the garden, it’s sort of peaceful!

    Also, I walk alot.  Before I got pregnant, two miles would have been far.  When I was pregnant, I would walk an hour a day (well, okay, most days but not all) (probably five out of seven days) and when Charlotte was little, I felt like walking was the only way I got out of the house.  Although usually at least a mile of that is at Charlotte’s pace as she picks up every rock she can find lol.  These days, we usually get in about six or seven miles of walking a day during the week and less on weekends.

    Sara - The ring sling I use most often was made by a company that went out of business, but it’s very similar to the Maya Wrap sling.  My understanding is that they sell slings with padding as well, but I can’t vouch for what that feels like.  We have a ring sling with padding - the Balboa sling - but I only ever use it for short trips from the car into the market or the bank.  My favorite side-carry is actually with a pouch.  Every pouch company sizes differently, but if you find one that fits you well, they’re super comfortable =)  We use something called a Peanut Shell.

    Natalie - The buffalo mozzarella is just mozzarella balls made from buffalo milk.  We buy them in a package at Trader Joe’s.  I don’t really know how to make any cheese yet!

  11. By on November 12, 2010

    tshirt ? bare legs ???
    it SNOWED here yesterday..
    lucky girls. i’m already going stir crazy inside, because you can only stay in the cold wind and rain for so long with a 13 months old..

  12. By Courtney L @ Bundle of Wonder on November 12, 2010

    Sounds like a laid-back kind of day!  I’m envious that you live so close to a park!  We live about 10-15 minutes from the closest one.  (That’s what happens when you live in the country!)  Our day was fairly lazy, too.  Tuesday and Thursday have been that way since about August.  I have class on those nights and am usually finishing my homework.  Harper and I play, eat, and when she naps, I work on homework.  Or I read aloud to her from the books I’m assigned to read.  Lazy I tell ya!

    BTW, if you’re interested in making cheese, check out the New England Cheesemaking Supply Company.  When I read “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” she talks about making cheese and this is a good place to get started. (I highly recommend the book, too).

  13. By on November 12, 2010

    I just stumbled on your blog yesterday.  I am a “new” mom to an 11-month old. (I can’t believe he’s going to be one soon.)  I would like to be a stay-at-home mom, but knowingly and willingly started a family knowing I would need to work full-time - at least for the first child.  I do each week get one afternoon off, which happened to be yesterday.  Usually on those afternoons I try to take care of my son and do a million errands.  After reading this posting, I decided to just enjoy my afternoon with my son.  We took a lovely hour-long walk, stopped at the park to swing, cuddled during his nap.  Thank you for inspiriing me!

  14. By on November 12, 2010

    Super Mom

  15. By Sarah Christensen on November 12, 2010

    Erin - I hope you enjoyed your time with your little =)  In all honesty, I rarely get the errands done around here even though I stay at home.  Snuggling, playing, and hanging out are more fun!

    Jean - LOL!  Normal mom, with super days and not-so-super days.


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