a day in the life | courtney keim

A Day In The Life with Courtney Keim

Every morning I wake up before 5 to head out to Crossfit.  So often I want to roll over and go back to sleep but it’s literally the only part of the day that I get to be out and do something I love ALONE.  I have to be out of the house by 5:20 to make sure I make it to my 5:30 am class.  Any later, I won’t make it.

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

I get home when most people are just waking up.  The sunrises lately have been amazing and I love a pink fall sky!

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

Half the time, Lilliana is still in bed like today.  Our corgi, Laniakea, sleeps with her on the floor and so often is waiting by the door for the great escape.

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

Due to Hurricane Sandy, the twins’ school is not open so they stay at home with my mom everyday until hopefully next month when it reopens.  It’s amazing what almost 4 feet of water can do to a town and what it has done to our lives.  While I shower, Ken gets them breakfast while my mom helps Lilliana with her schoolwork.

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

Lunch is seriously the same every single day – nutella and peanut butter.

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

Liliana heads off to school and the twins say goodbye faithfully every day at the window.

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

I’m out the door and at Starbucks before 7:30 am and ordering a triple venti skinny soy 3-pump something. Most days I let them choose what to give me, it just has to not be sweet.

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

I literally drive a block up the road to the high school in which I work and the kids arrive at 7:50.

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

It’s an amazing school and I love teaching there, I think it’s the science geek in me – Physics and Chemistry.

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

After work, sometimes I pick up Lilliana and her friend from school.

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

We make the half hour trek home.

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

Play for just a little bit.

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

And head out for dinner with Lilliana’s buddy and her mom.

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

We head on home to begin the bed time routine (minus the bath since we were out so late due to dinner – baths will be tomorrow AM).

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

Once the boys are tucked in, it’s then Lilliana time with nightly BOB book readings.

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

Check on the boys a little later for an installment of #wherewillbobogo.

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

Then finally at about 8 pm, I get to sit down with a glass of pinot to tackle the photography side of my life.

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

And since I am so addicted to Crossfit, I log in at the end of the day to see the whiteboard and where I stand.

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

And as for tomorrow, the clock is set for an 8am Crossfit wake-up call.  After all, it is the weekend.

a day in the life | courtney keim photoCourtney Keim, New Jersey
Photographer
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Courtney may not have been raised in a home with a camera but she has always loved photography and in her own words, “Once I got my first camera, my journey began. From living in England and capturing Alice’s Shop in Oxford to visiting the castles of Ireland, my focus shifted from places to people. Now I can’t imagine not capturing my every day experiences.” She captures her every day with a Canon 5d mark ii and varying lenses in a classic yet modern style. Residing in Atlantic City with her surfer husband, princess-clad daughter, and firetruck chasing twin boys, Courtney is a “self-proclaimed science geek” spending her days as a Chemistry and Physics teacher and her off time as a photographer. Her iPhone, morning black coffees, the smiles of her little kids, running the boardwalk, TOMs shoes, Anthropologie, and a fully loaded Kindle are many of the little things she loves.

a day in the life | courtney keim photo

38 Comments

  • Wow! I’m tired just reading all that you have going on in a day, Courtney…you’re quite the supermom and superwoman! Loved seeing a glimpse inside your life; thank you for sharing with us!

  • Melissa says:

    Courtney! I loved seeing all about your day! Lilliana is so cute in her school uniform! You are one busy woman!

  • Busy Day!!! All that you accomplish before 7:30a is pretty mindblowing — you are amazing. Love this glimpse in your your life. :)

  • Nina says:

    Busy busy busy!!! :)

  • Nina says:

    I thought I was the only one who got up that early! I loved seeing your school and class room. Chemistry was my favorite in high school! <3

  • Wow! Keep up the great work, girl.

  • Lauren says:

    You are so motivating Courtney, thanks for sharing a little piece of you!

  • sara says:

    you are super mom. still have no idea how you do it all, my friend! love you!! xoxo

  • Mikki says:

    Wow! So motivating to hear what you accomplish everyday!

  • Loved reading about your day Courtney! It has inspired me to try to capture one of my own days with the camera! Thank you!

  • Lacey says:

    It is SO great to see this bit of your daily life, Courtney! I’m amazed by your day! <3

  • Donna says:

    Oh, I loved this. I hope CM does more of these “day in the life” articles. Sometimes I feel like I am the only one trying to balance a job and family and home and my true love of photography. It is so inspiring to see how someone else manages to make it work.

  • Joanna says:

    Loved this day in the life, thanks for sharing :)

  • Mara Vaughan says:

    I loved this although it made me have to stop and catch my breath halfway through…. (!) :) I especially loved the photo of your two boys snuggled in bed. This is just such a wonderful season in our lives when our children are young!

  • Barb Paa says:

    I was tired and then I realized you hadn’t even left your home for WORK!!!! Rock star:)
    Thank you for sharing a day in your life. Your family is beautiful. I especially like the picture of the boys at the window. My daughter did the same thing when she was little, waving to Daddy. I wish I had photographed it.
    PS LOVE that you represented CFSF in your picture!

  • Megan says:

    Wow, Courtney! You are superwoman!!!

  • Amii says:

    And…..I’m exhausted reading about your day! HA! I absolutely love these “day in the life” series…gorgeous pictures, Courtney!

  • Hannah says:

    Wow, you are one busy momma! Love seeing another CrossFit Momma, I have been Crossfitting for 2 years now and love it! It is also my Alone time :)

  • heidi says:

    Courtney, I always love your beautiful shares of your adorable family!!!! :) You look amazing-so awesome you steal that sleepy time away from the morning. :) You inspire me!!! :)

  • stringbeansmom says:

    Wow, Courtney, I felt in a way like I was looking at my own life in a way. I have a 5-year old daughter in school and 3 year old twin boys. I have a day job that I love and a side photography business and also make time to train for marathons. Like you, I am up early in the morning as well and it is non-stop until well after bedtime. I love your work and especially loved seeing a day in your life and I truly believe that staying busy and doing what we love keeps us happy and motivated in life.

  • Emma says:

    Oh my gosh Courtney, you live a whirlwind life, how do you do it all? I’m in awe of you as usual, lol. If only I could have a drop of your energy, I think I’d get through my days a lot better. Seriously though, I know it must take an awful lot of dedication and willpower to manage everything that you do so well and you’re a total inspiration my friend. <3

  • I loved reading more about you, Courtney. Beautiful beautiful images! :)

  • You are one inspiring lady! You rock, seriously, because I know you do all that and plus more!! Loved getting a peek in to your daily life Courtney!

  • Jenny says:

    Busy, busy! Loved seeing your photos. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Elle says:

    So busy!! Loved learning more about you, Courtney <3

  • Danielle says:

    This is certainly the life of a mom!

  • Tracy says:

    Love, love, love this, Courtney!

  • Jess Cadena says:

    I had to catch my breath! I can only image weekends to be a sigh of relief at the end of the week <3 Love your DITL Courtney! I enjoy the #wherewillbobogo on instagram too :P Cracks me up!

  • Sarah Vaughn says:

    I’ve often wondered how you do all that you do! Crossfit, mommy, teaching, CM, photography business, etc. etc. etc. You seriously inspire me!

  • courtney says:

    thank you all for the kind words! it truly makes my day … week … month. i love every part of my crazy life and can’t imagine doing it any differently. my husband did point out he wasn’t in a single photo LOL!

  • jodi says:

    i’m tired just reading this post, lol! love seeing all you pack in to one day!

  • Jessica says:

    Love it courtney! You forgot to mention people emailing you throughout the day asking you for help with their email, website, etc :D Ps-My kids have Nutella and peanut butter everyday too :)

  • Lauren says:

    Don’t know how you do it all! Good for you for finding your alone time AND coffee :) never get tired of seeing your beautiful babies. Too too cute!!

  • Dad says:

    And you never listed that you call me at least three times a day to check on me. I love you, Princess! I hope your work ethic allows you time to smell the roses. I love you and am proud of you and your achievements as daughter, mother, teacher-physicist, photographer and woman!!!

  • Anne Manning says:

    What an amazing crazy life! Thanks for sharing it with us. Love following #wherewillbobogo on IG and I have to say, I’m feeling a little less like an overachiever, having read through just one of your days. LOL

  • Danielle M says:

    Love your day in the life :) i also love how close you still are with your Dad-I remember that from college and I hope my girls are the same way!
    You are even inspiring me to try crossfit, lol!

  • Emily Krbec says:

    Wowwweee kazoweee you’re one busy mama!

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