A day in the life with Jennifer Bogle

  • A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

A day in the life with Jennifer Bogle

A Day In The Life with Jennifer Bogle

I’m not really a “motivational-quote-on-the-wall” sort of person, but when Susannah, my third child was born, I found that I needed a new mantra for my life. It is, “Embrace the chaos!” I haven’t embroidered it anywhere . . . yet . . . but I haven’t let go of it in the almost four years since. 

As a shift worker, rotating twelve hour night and day shifts, change and chaos are just our norm. The “routine” in our days consists of little pieces that we fit in and around the schedules and activities of any given day/week/month. So when it came time to pick a day to document for this day in our life, I opted for an extra chaotic summer vacation day trip this August. Why not?

Most mornings, my hubby is the one who is up with the kids, not JUST because he’s a super hero stay at home dad (though he is) but because I’m usually either long gone when I work days, or fast asleep after night shift.

On my days off, I gratefully snooze while he kid wrangles, though they often come looking for me. He claims that most mornings, they come in to check my side of the bed, then little feet patter back down the hall. They never patter away when I’m in the bed.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

This day, he was kind enough to deliver my camera as the kids came peeking. Susannah crawled in bed with me and happily accepted the distraction of the much coveted phone. This particular morning she was feeling magnanimous, and shared.  Sorta.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

My first stop after bed is usually coffee. This summer, I was developed an obsession with cold brew coffee. I’m usually not allowed to prep my own if there are kids around to help.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

With a vacation day road trip planned, snack bags were packed and water bottles filled.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

Some days I feel like parenthood is 90% tops and toes. Wrangling kids for hair time, finding brushes and combs, filling spray bottles, discussing hair styles, then storing/finding/tripping over shoes.  
Is your hair done? Where are your shoes?

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

My kids dress themselves in whatever they wish as long as it’s weather appropriate. This sounds very parenting Zen of me, but it really just means we jump straight to debating the weather-appropriateness of rain boots sans socks in late August.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

Drawing on my best “not arguing with three year olds” skills, we settled on rain boots in the car and sandals for fort climbing and all was well. Shoes tied for the first of many times for the day, and we were off!

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

We stopped by the coffee boat – it’s not really called that, we’re just creative that way – for breakfast.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

With nothing more than a general plan to make it to Whidby Island and Fort Casey, we couldn’t resist stopping at this fruit stand to check out their wares.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

And their elephant.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

I’m so not above an “everybody smile and look at the camera” pic. Everybody say CHEESE! No? Everybody say PEANUT BUTTER POOP!!! Got it!

And last, but not least, we checked out their ice cream!

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

We stayed a little longer than planned but finally arrived at our destination. Fort Casey! Fort Casey was one of three forts built in the late 1800’s (completed in 1901) designed to defend Puget Sound from attack by sea. They were considered obsolete almost as soon as they were constructed, in part due to the invention of the airplane. Fort Casey is now a Washington State Park and historic district.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

First stop… bathrooms. Of course. A little sign reading, hand washing and parking lot parkour and we were off.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

Nothing says family fun like concrete bunkers, minimal railings and hidden drop-offs. Whose idea was this again?

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

After a little climbing, leaping, and exploring, Oscar rubbed his eyes after rubbing the walls (and probably licking his fingers as well… shudder…) and started to wail. This is not an uncommon occurrence. Bruce rushed him to the bathrooms for an eye rinse while I found a death-trap lite area and let the other two play.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

Reunited with a much recovered Oscar, we explored a lookout station and watched a Ferry come in.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

Another shoe check request, “Please tie your shoe before you trip and die, Bubba!” and we were on our way.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

With attitudes flagging, we headed over to Coupeville for a very late lunch. When I announced our destination, the kids promptly dissolved into giggles.

“Poop-ville?!”

“No, COUPE-ville.”

Giggles all around, and they unanimously decide they prefer “poopville.” I have no idea where they get this stuff. We wandered to the end of the pier for a lunch of corndogs, Thai food, stir-fry and fish and chips. I refuse to cook different meals for my kids, but I sure do love a restaurant that will do it for me!

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

After lunch, we checked out Rosie the whale and wandered through town, picking up a few novelty items before heading back to the park.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

With the day fading, we decided to skip the lighthouse visit and just flew the kite for a few minutes before heading out.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

Somehow, impossibly, it was dinner time.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

Then back into boots, the only acceptable car tripping shoes, and headed for home. With a heady mix of thousand yard stares and a little manic laughter mixed in, we offloaded our very tired basket cases just as the sun was going down.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

After an arguably too-short play time to check out new toys (and boy, did they argue) it was time to brush teeth, and inspect them for sugar bugs.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

And one more story. No matter how heavy the eyelids.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

These nights can be rough, when we’ve used up every last bit of energy.

As an adult, my tendency is to privilege the endings. I get frustrated by the tears and chaos that end the day and let those color the experience.  
But time and again, my kids are teaching me to hang onto the highlights from the rest of the day. More often than not, after a good night’s sleep, they remember the highlights and not the end of day frustration. The next day began with, “When can we go back Mama?!”

So, at the end of days like this, exhausted and truly spent, that’s what I choose to hang onto as well. The promise of the next day, starting fresh. 

And, every so often, at the end of the most chaotic days, I hang onto one of these.

A day in the life with photographer Jennifer Bogle

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About the Author:

Jennifer Bogle lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three beautiful, busy kiddos. She has a small portrait photography business, but primarily shoots for family and friends. She loves dramatic light and flash photography, but is not at all flashy or dramatic herself. She believes all things are possible with the proper application of coffee. Visit Jennifer Bogle online.
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9 Comments

  1. Kristin White Oct 30 2015 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    I love this!! My favorite is your husband checking your daughter for “Sugar bugs!” Reading this made me want a mid-day nap. So much adventure, and so much beautiful light!

    • Jennifer B Oct 30 2015 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      Thanks Kristin! I want a midday nap most days too! 🙂

  2. Michelle Oct 30 2015 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I love this, Jenn! This is an amazing Day in the Life!! 🙂

  3. DawneC Oct 30 2015 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Absolute Perfection Jenn! Best DITL ever!

  4. Carrie Oct 30 2015 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Love love love!!! So many wonderful moments!

  5. Julia Nov 02 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Just beautiful Jennifer! So many shots that I love! <3

  6. Bethany Lotulelei Nov 04 2015 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Beautiful family, and wonderful photography! I love this! What a fun day. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Asheley Nov 05 2015 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    What a perfectly documented day! Those kite-flying photos are gorgeous!

  8. Christopher Hall May 04 2018 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Sorry I know this is an old post but only come across it.

    Sounds like a very full day. i am thinking of trying to start doing day in the life photos and this has inspired me even further. Thank you.

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