A Day In The Life with Jessica Holden

When I was first asked about doing a Day in the Life post, I was a little intimidated, partly because I just don’t consider myself a lifestyle photographer! I have a deep-seated need to control everything, and I have found that need to be at distinct odds with the concept of capturing life as it happens. ;-P My other hesitation was that my life is not terribly exciting! Ultimately, though, documenting a normal, mundane day in our life is something I have always wanted to do, because in all honesty, it’s these memories that I know I will cherish the most years from now. So, without further ado, here’s a typical day in our life: I meet a big group of friends for coffee a few times a week, and since Wednesday is my daughter’s late day at school, she comes with me that morning. It’s fun that she has a chance now to visit with them, too, each week! But it means we get up early five days a week instead of four… (We are not morning people…)

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Then it was time for drop-off.

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Next up, errands! These were all taken with my iPhone—this day confirmed that I have a lot of learning to do with the iPhone camera. Especially since I am shy about whipping my big camera out in stores!

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When I got home, I was ready for more coffee. I think my Keurig might be my new best friend!

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Two of the kitties (Cosby and Koda) pretty much sleep on my bed all the time…

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…but this one, our little girl, Gracie, prefers to walk back and forth past my computer monitor about a thousand times before settling into my lap to shed profusely.

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When I finished what I needed to get done on the computer that morning, I had a little time to spare so I read (I’m currently reading The Luminous Portrait by Elizabeth Messina . It’s a fantastic book! (And yes, those are my new reading glasses—I think that makes me officially old… Oh—and that drink? It’s a Pepsi. It has to be Pepsi, and it hasto have ice—neither is negootiable.) I also watched TV while eating lunch—I like TV, a lot—it’s my guilty pleasure…

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By then my little bookworm was getting home. Sometimes I walk to meet her, but she’s loving her book right now so until she’s done with it, she prefers to walk and read! (In case you’re interested, she’s reading—for a second time—The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Stewart. I read them with her the first time, and it’s a great series! A fourth just came out, so she wanted a refresher on the first ones before she starts it.

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Then we have a snack—today it’s Jiffy Pop, simply because it’s so much fun to watch it cook. Sometimes it’s the little things!

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After her snack (usually accompanied by some girly show we’ve recorded that she and I like but her Dad doesn’t, like Smash), then it was time for homework. Often she has a supervisor!

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Rory, by the way, was a direct result of the 2011 CM Scavenger Hunt . She was a very unplanned addition to the family, but I am not sure who is happier about it, her or us! I had no idea birds could be so snuggly. She’s pretty adorable! (And she’s potty-trained, to boot!)

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After homework it was time to get Emily to her voice/guitar lessons. Usually I drop her off and my husband picks her up on his way home, but tonight he had a meeting so I just stayed and went for a walk. Emily and I both have Fitbits , so I’m trying to get my 10,000 steps a day. I made it more entertaining by playing with my iPhone again.

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When we got home, I made drinks for Tom and me. I had a cosmo (?) at the Bellagio while I was at WPPI that I absolutely needed to learn to make at home—the Cable Car. And I will share it with you because it’s delicious! It’s 2 parts Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum, 1 part Orange Curacao, and 2 parts sweet & sour—I like Dr. Swami’s because it tastes the most natural. Shake it together and pour it into a cinnamon-sugar-rimmed cosmo glass!

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One of the benefits of having older kids? They can cook! She made dinner mostly by herself—we had taco salad.

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She needed Daddy’s help with homework next (she’s past the point where I can help her in math—I think she surpassed me in 6th grade—I am not proud…), and somehow we all ended up in our bedroom.

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And then our day was done! She’s officially a teenager now, but when she sleeps, I still see only my little girl…

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Thanks for sharing my day!