Monday, June 27, 2011

A Day in My Life

Saturday, June 25, 2011.
Staging Rehearsal
Staging rehearsal for the opera.  9:30-5:00.  Joel was out of town at another performance (tonight I finally get to go with him), so my friend came to pick us up.  And I had to get up awfully early to get everything done that morning, which included letting the neighbor's four dogs out and vacuuming up whatever they had torn up during the night.

So, back to rehearsal, all nearly eight hours of it.  Chloe had to be there for all that time, too, so I just made Sophia and Bria go upstairs in Joel's office.  They trashed it by making Barbie clothes out of paper and who knows what else, but I figure it was better than trashing my house and/or paying a sitter.  Joel got back to town and picked up the girls just before our lunch break. Chloe had to go to a costume fitting during that time, and I had to have my corset (ugh) refit, so he went and bought us hamburgers and we ate quickly before we were due back on stage.

Can I just say that these long rehearsals are never good for the diet?

After rehearsal, Joel wanted to go to dinner to celebrate our 12th Anniversary, which was coming up the next day (June 26), but I felt like I had hardly seen my children all week...
Eating at the Library Restaurant we took them with us!  And we had a lot of fun.  And I ate a wonderful salad, which was much more diet-friendly than the cheeseburger from Hardee's was.

After we ate, we thought we'd head to the park for awhile.  So we went to Chutes and Ladders, which is right on the waterfront. Joel and I walked laps on the pier and enjoyed the beautiful evening...
Our Bridge
...and it was such a beautiful evening.  We've had such crappy weather for so long, and Saturday was the first really nice day in a long time and I had been bummed that I was stuck inside a dark theatre for most of it.<
At one point, Chloe ran up behind us and scared me half-to-death.  And then she walked with us for a bit.  I'm sure she hated being cooped up at rehearsal even more than I did.
Chloe by the Canal
Sophia fell down on the slide and needed some Daddy loving...<
Daddy and S
...and the big girls were excited to show us how high they can get on the swings without being pushed by a parent.  (Oh happy day!  I'm not a fan of pushing my kids on the swings...does that make me a terrible mother?)
Bria and Chloe on the swings
Finally, at about 9:30 we decided to leave (I still had grocery shopping to do, after all), but the sun was just starting to set.  The sun set at 9:54 pm that day, and so we usually have light until nearly 11:00 in the summer.  It's wonderful and horrible all at the same time, because the kids never go to bed before midnight.>
Sophia at Sunset
But it took a long time to leave because we had races and potty stops and took time to throw rocks in the river.
Mom and BThe Jewels in my CrownSophia by the River
I felt like summer had finally arrived!  And even though it meant I was grocery shopping until about 10:30, I hope we can do it again sometime real soon.

PS  I took all these pictures with my phone and an app called Instagram.  I'm having fun with it, and it's nice not to feel like I have to lug my huge camera around whenever I want to take pictures.  They're not as high quality, but they'll do.  :)
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. This sounds like a lovely day (apart from 8 hours in the dark). I always think people don't realise how hard the work is in any "creative" field.

  2. Actually, I think the photos are great. And you, my dear, look fabulous.

  3. I must say so myself, you look great in the jeans I bought you. It is showingggggggggg Lara. And the sweater looks so cute too. Your mother got it right!! Woo Hoo! BTW, the girls are so adorable and I miss them like crazy. Love you forever.

  4. Lara, you look so GOOD! And I love the Instagram pics, particularly that last one.

  5. Lara! You look fantastic!!! I love the pictures too-I'm going to have to check out that app....
    So...I am hoping that I can ask you pretty please if you will do our family pics when you come out??? Paid, of course...

  6. Gorgeous pictures, Lara, you look FABULOUS... I LOVE your hair! :) oh, I may have to cut mine again.
    Happy Summer!! Our kids never go to sleep before at least 11pm, isn't that what summer's all about? yeah.

  7. I don't like pushing kids on swings either. My reason isn't due to the actually physical part, but because there is typically no shade for the pusher, and I HATE being hot. ;)

  8. Feels like forever since I've been reading my friends' blogs!

    Love pics--especially that last one. Sounds like a great (if tiring, in a good way) day.

  9. Even though you had a busy day, it looks like it was perfect. You look great and your family looks happy, happy!


  10. Sounds like a near perfect day! Gosh, Lara, you look FABULOUS!!! Thanks for sharing your day with us. Enjoy the lovely weather. I am finally feeling like summer has arrived for us too.

  11. Sophia is looking so grown up!

    I can't imagine my kids being up until midnight. Of course, they never sleep past 7:00 AM either...

    It sounds like a lovely day.

  12. Hey, you're lookin' skeeeneeee.... :)