a day in the life | leslie densford

A Day In The Life with Leslie Densford

I stressed about inviting y’all into a “day in my life.”  My to do list was a mile long – declutter, clean up, organize clothes, ahem… take a shower – and then I realized I might be sharing a day with you, however it was not going to be from my life.  My life is a little cluttered.  My boys will on occasion dress themselves in outfits I might not choose.  And some days I don’t shower until 9 o’clock at night.  Now you know all my dirty little secrets.  I guess it is only right that you spend a day in the life with me now, right?

It is the weekend and because my boys are 3 and 6 they can get themselves a drink and turn on Disney Jr. so that the hubs and I can sleep in a bit.  This means I wake up to daylight – WOO HOO!

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

One of us stumbles out of bed at some point to check on them and make sure all is well in the world of siblings.  Today it was me.  I grabbed a cup of coffee for myself in one of my favorite mugs.  I collect mugs, but I try to keep it under control.  I think I have 9 and none of them match another.  I like it that way… makes me smile every single morning.  Next to the coffee mug is another vice… my dang iPhone.  I love and hate that thing all at the same time.  I am working on detaching myself from it… it is a slow process!

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

After watching a little of The Today Show in bed, both the hubs and I get up because we have a big to-do to get done – put up the Christmas tree. Thankfully my guy is all big and strong because he was able to get our 10 foot tree up without me lifting a finger.

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

I let the tree sit for a bit to let the branches drop and while I did not get the ornaments on that day, I did manage to get the lights up.

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

I am getting ahead of myself though, so let’s go back a bit.  While that hubs of mine was putting up the tree, I was making breakfast for the kids… which I burnt *hangs head sheepishly*. I accept that I cannot make breakfast foods to save my life.  Fortunately, there were chocolate chips in those pancakes, so my kiddos ate them eagerly and didn’t seem to mind the, er, browner parts.

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

The boys settled in after breakfast to watch The Polar Express and even though I do not like them to watch a lot of TV, it is Sunday and that means from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. the hubs and I will take over the television to watch the Redskins game.  Both hubs and I grew up in Maryland and do not joke around when it comes to the NFL.  We even had our own little Fantasy League for a few years running with names and everything.  My favorite fantasy team name I had was “It’s on like Ndamukong.”  (I tend to ramble a bit… have you figured that out yet?)

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

My littlest guy gets a little antsy for attention by the end of the game – which isn’t surprising because we went into OT.

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

I run upstairs to check out the super awesome building that he made – something his older brother also used to do at this age.  Sigh – love my little ones.

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

He did not want me to take a picture with him next to the building , but I managed to snap a shot of that sweet little smile regardless.

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

Fortunately we have a gingerbread decorating party to jet off to – with which the boys were so excited about that it warranted an outfit change.  My kids change their clothes at least once a day… often two or three times.  I cannot be the only one with kids that like to keep it so fresh and so clean as the day goes on?!

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

The gingerbread party is a HIT and I race the little guys back home, praying they don’t fall asleep in the car.  If they do, they will never EVER go to sleep that night.  I am lucky today… they stay awake.

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

I redeem myself in the kitchen by whipping up a mean red beans and rice when I get home.  To say “whipped up” is misleading… I worked on it off and on all day.

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

Hubs got the boys bathed and teeth brushed after dinner and we took a man-on-man coverage approach to bedtime.  I got the big dude, hubs took the little dude.  It wasn’t hard to find the big dude that night… he made a trail for me to follow that led straight to him.

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

This mess is going to have to sit there until tomorrow… I am plain, ol’ whooped.

My big dude chooses a book to read with me – which can often take a LOOOONG time, but fortunately it is quick tonight.  Then it is lights out.

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

I catch sight of our tree all pretty and whatnot from the 2nd floor.  I don’t notice it until now, but the tree is crooked.  So crooked that it will fall in 48 hours and take all of my glass ornaments down with it.  That is another story for another time though.

a day in the life | leslie densford photo

Thanks for spending a day with me.  Come back again real soon, okay? ;)

a day in the life | leslie densford photoLeslie Densford, North Carolina
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Leslie Densford is a mom, wife, and photographer in southeastern North Carolina.  Seeking to create images that are real, warm, and authentic in both her professional and personal work, you might see Leslie photographing bumps + babies, children, teens, couples, and families using  natural light everywhere from in a client’s home to the gorgeous beaches of Topsail Island and Wrightsville Beach.   In addition to her obsession with photography, Leslie likes to run, consume large amounts of coffee and wine – though not at the same time, watch Homeland + Dexter on Sunday nights, and peruse Pinterest WAY too often!

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16 Responses to “a day in the life | leslie densford”

  1. Dec 20 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    What a fun read, Leslie! Bummer about your ornaments though! ;)

  2. Genesis
    Dec 20 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Leslie, I enjoyed catching a glimpse into your world. You crack me up! Sorry about your tree, I hope no irreplaceable ornaments were lost.

  3. Dec 20 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    leslie, i love this peek into a normal day for you! sorry i had to laugh about your crooked tree! what did you wind up doing?

  4. sarah c.
    Dec 20 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    Awesome post, Leslie! Lovely images, and your voice really shines through your writing, too. :)

  5. Jennifer
    Dec 20 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    This was such a lovely read. What a beautiful family and eventful, comical, perfectly wonderful day in your life <3

  6. AngieO
    Dec 20 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Your tree looked beautiful while it lasted :) I have a binder full of Cooks Country recipes too. They always work! Thanks for sharing your day.

  7. Dec 20 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    I was so excited to see you were featured (AGAIN) on Clickin Moms!! Beautiful story of your busy life and thank you for sharing it with us. And of course it helps to know that I am not the only one that has not showered yet today!!

  8. Dec 20 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    Love this Leslie! So sorry about your tree! Any chance you took a picture of that lol?

  9. Dec 20 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    What a fun filled day Leslie! So sorry about your tree crash….

  10. Erin B
    Dec 21 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Thanks Leslie for sharing. Our tree last year fell twice. This year my husband nailed the stand to plywood, so it won’t be going anywhere!

  11. Mara
    Dec 21 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    This is one of my favorites in the series so far! Gorgeous images, and I loved your authentic writing style, Leslie! Thanks for sharing your family with us :)

  12. Bianca
    Dec 21 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your day with us Leslie! I really enjoyed reading your story, loved your photos and your red gingham couch! Your little guys are quite handsome! So sorry about the ornaments. Happy Holidays to you and the family

  13. Dec 22 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    I loved your Day in the Life post, Leslie!!! Can you guess my favorite part? The part where I saw your BAD Labrador in the background. It’s also nice to know that I’m not the only girl that burns food, watches football, and has a bad doggie. :giggle

  14. Dec 23 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Loved taking a peek into your life Leslie. I love how you added the splattered paint next to the images too; it adds to the feel of your whole day and the messiness of kiddos but in the cutest way possible of course! My favorite image is the one of your three boys putting up the tree.

  15. Mar 05 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    So awesome. Made my day to read this. Laughed a little and even cried at the last part. Felt bad for your ornaments! Hope everything wasn’t broken. lol


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