DITL #5/7: Sunday

April 29, 2024

8:00 Up. YES, I slept in!! ~10 hours, and it was glorious. I did set an alarm but woke up on my own just as it was about to go off. Kids are still asleep; Josh had left at ~6:00 AM to do his long run. Spend 10 minutes throwing together a grocery list from this week’s PrepDish menu.

here it is post trip (it got wet)

8:30 Rouse kids for (included) hotel breakfast.

8:50 Hotel breakfast with kids. I make an English muffin egg & cheese breakfast sandwich and the kids are thrilled with the spread which includes orange juice / Fruit Loops / waffles (ie: a lot of sugar). They are also thrilled to sit with friends. Pick up breakfast for Josh who has returned from his run (16 miles).

9:20 Back to room for C to change into uniform and then I drive to sports complex with C+G; J stays behind with A to pack up, eat, shower.

9:45 Thankfully I see a team member upon arrival to the field (I hate having to figure out which field we are on in these large complexes!). Kids warm up; I drag my foldable chair to the spectator area and chat with fellow parents. G plays with her little sib crew.

10:30 J/A arrive and game starts! Weather is good, probably 80ish and not too humid.

they looked way closer IRL!

11:30 They lost 🙁 (The day prior they won one and lost one). Thus, the tournament is over — if they had won, we would have had a 4th game on Sunday afternoon. I am sad for the team but also happy to be done! This was actually the LAST game of the season!! Practice actually continues and tryouts for next year’s teams start in 1 week. WOW. (They do get a break over the summer!)

12:00 Lunch at local Panera. Probably our most common family chain lunch option. Everyone is happy.

that is obviously not my hand lol

1:30 Drive home

3:00 HOME! Write yesterday’s DITL post + help A with some geometry (thankfully I remember the Pythagorean theorem).

4:15 Trader Joe’s run. It’s about 15 minutes away. We are weekly shoppers. Lately I especially have been trying NOT to add additional trips; I’d rather us use up what we have..

this is what $308 at TJs looks like. Slightly inflated due to a) I splurged on some grass fed steaks and b) I had to buy a bunch of mini cucumbers and tomatoes for G’s class “snack basket” (this was what was requested)

The packing at TJs is always very impressive. These were in only ~7 very strategically packed bags (which I brought from home, generally try to reuse paper bags until they die).

5:30 Put stuff away and make dinner while listening to a very sad story on Throughline (apparently it was a re-air, didn’t realize when I listened).

6:45 Dinner is ready. Get kids off of devices to help set table.

from PrepDish – salmon with a chili lime glaze, chili lime slaw with pepitas, TJs ciabatta rolls + butter. 5/5 family members liked this dinner overall though certain kids preferred various components.

7:30 Give G bath while Josh cleans up dinner. A comes in to entertain G and I end up texting Kae / Coco intermittently during and after bath. I also prep the next morning’s coffee.

Notably NOT done: our weekly whiteboard! Almost every Sunday I fill this out for the coming week so everyone knows what is coming up. This is what this week had looked like:

But, what can I say — I was tired and skipped this usual ritual.
(I will do it tonight and sent MM a brief of Monday’s activities/dinner plan instead).

Also not done: Headspace or Duolingo. This is where I track these habits:

8:30 Realize I have been texting way too long and get G to brush teeth and read to her.

8:45 G is in bed; chat with A/C, skincare

9:30 sleep


  • Reply Lisa’s Yarns April 29, 2024 at 1:11 pm

    That first paragraph about Josh heading out for his run with you and the kids sleeping is, for me, the dreamiest part of the post. Although I don’t know when our kids could sleep until 8. Probably not until they are tweens and teens since their internal clocks are set to 6 since we leave the house at 7 5days/week. But maybe in a few years I could leave the house with them watching a show while Phil sleeps in (he’s usually down around 7:30, maybe 8 at the latest). Right now they definitely need an awake parent watching them. I imagine even if the kids were up, Josh could have still left since A is old enough to kind of be the boss of G if need be while you slept.

    I listened to some (backlist) Ezra Klein podcasts over the weekend about parenting and was nodding my head when he said he hoped his kids weren’t athletic/interested in club sports. I am totally in that camp because club sports sound sooo demanding! But there is a 50/50 chance my kids will be like their unathletic mother. So I am really hoping for some chess playing musically inclined kids. Although Paul tried golf this weekend and LOVED it. I don’t think there is such a thing as club golf so there seems like a sweet spot extra curricular. 🙂

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 29, 2024 at 1:41 pm

      oh i have met some HARDCORE golf kids in FL!! haha. Yes, I ran on Saturday while A was in charge of G, she woke at 7:30! They don’t always sleep this late but we had been up late and the hotel was dark, so zzzzzzz . . ..

    • Reply Cheslea April 30, 2024 at 7:51 am

      They’ll sleep one day, Lisa! It feels like it will never happen, but it will! And they’ll learn how to play Minecraft :).

      I’ll also throw out that there are sports options that are much less hard core than a travel team. Right now we are doing Y basketball and volleyball (one kid in each) and it is fun but extremely chill. Both of them are much more interested in music, but it’s nice because they can just see what’s out there and move their bodies a bit without disappointing anyone who is actually good 😉

  • Reply Laura April 29, 2024 at 1:35 pm

    I feel you on the sports thing, Lisa! We dipped our toes into travel lacrosse this year and I just calendared out my son’s baseball schedule.. yikes! My husband is coaching and so it will be a somewhat family affair. While I love watching my son in sports—the friendships he builds, the feeling of accomplishment, great coaches, etc. I did tell my husband that we need to have a serious conversation re: what kind of family schedule we want to have. I started the work week feeling exhausted after multiple games, social events, and a my daughter’s violin recital. Basically, busy weekends + managing a team of people at work are just too much for my introverted self! TBD but it’s something I’m very mindful of — trying to balance encouraging my kids to pursue their passions, while also being thoughtful about the time (and financial!) commitment.

  • Reply jennystancampiano April 29, 2024 at 3:58 pm

    “Luckily” my kids are not athletic, ha ha. I put that in quotes because I have mixed feelings about it. They’re both very into music, which is GREAT, but I wish they were more active. On the other hand- all the moms I know with kids on sports teams are tearing their hair out over the schedules. Especially if they have more than one kid, involved in multiple sports. So I might grumble about the time commitment for band, but overall I know I’m lucky.
    I’m glad you got to sleep in! And, I notice you’re not tearing your hair out over the sports schedules. It sounds like you and your husband have things worked out so everyone does what they need/want to do, in addition to getting the kids to all their activities.
    I like the trip to Trader Joes! Yeah, that cart looks like $308. We like those ciabatta rolls too!

  • Reply Coco April 29, 2024 at 9:12 pm

    I would so be the mom taking the kids to sports events! Isn’t that fun? 🤩 love the groceries cart from Trader Joe’s, my favorite store in the US.

  • Reply Coree April 30, 2024 at 1:11 am

    Love a TJs. The only thing T really remembers from our 2019 trip to the US is his great grandma and “the shop where I could push the carts!” Lidl (our usual shop) doesn’t have those.

    I’m glad there is a sibling crew for G. I always wondered if spectating was super boring for the siblings?

  • Reply Kristina April 30, 2024 at 12:25 pm

    Those TJs turkey burgers are an all-time fave and such a hit for everyone!

  • Reply Gabrielle Macneil April 30, 2024 at 3:03 pm

    I’m sure you’ve posted this before, but where is your whiteboard from?

  • Reply Raquel April 30, 2024 at 7:25 pm

    Your detailed updates are so inspiring. You must feel so proud of the good use of your time.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 30, 2024 at 8:57 pm

      Sometimes yes and sometimes no! (Tomorrows recap will feature more mindless scrolling and rest than some of the prior! But I needed it.)

  • Reply Krista Lusby May 2, 2024 at 10:13 am

    Pro tip from another soccer mom – you can find field maps on google and find field number. I do this a lot so I have a better idea where to park, where the bathrooms are, etc. Of course, this only works if the coach/staff provide the field number that C plays on.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 2, 2024 at 10:59 am

      hahahah sometimes I HAVE the map and still can’t figure it out . I am REALLY good at time, and REALLY bad at directions.

  • Reply Angela May 2, 2024 at 9:51 pm

    What are you using for your habit tracking? I couldn’t find it after a search on your site. Thanks!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 3, 2024 at 7:03 am

      Lately, I fill out the yearly spread in the hobonichi techo with a dot for each habit 🙂

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