1.26.2020

Day in the Life--January 2020

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Well, it’s time for one of these again. I can’t remember if I’ve ever done one in Portugal before (probably??), but it’s still been awhile. One thing you should know is that January is the most (or second most) contentious time of the year.

As always, these are long and dull... read at your own risk :)

5:50
  • Alarm goes off/wake up 
  • Pray 
  • Isometric exercises in bed 
  • Woo is already awake and reading (not normal)

  • Check for email/texts during the night 

  • Get up
  • Gather Ruby, Herbie and Moses in Ruby’s room (Ruby is up doing homework, Herbie is finishing up with rice on the stove for breakfast—they said they woke up at 6, which is pretty good for race day, Moses is asleep) 

  • Ask kids if they’d gotten revelation the night before (currently I’m asking them to pray to know how they did with overcoming contention and rudeness during the day and how they can do better the next) 

  • Moses’s day to pray 
  • Then we say our own prayers 
  • I set the timer for 21 minutes of personal Book of Mormon reading (1 extra minute to allow everyone to settle in) 

  • Timer goes off 
  • Set a timer for 12 minutes of other scripture reading (kids’ request a couple of years ago). 
  • Ruby has finished the standard works long ago, she reads randomly, mostly BofM. 
  • Herbie’s at the end of the standard works—the Pearl of Great Price. 
  • Moses reads randomly, almost always BofM. 
  • I read the Pearl of Great Price. I use this time to read the standard work we’re studying in Sunday School, but since I’m already reading the BofM in so many different places and I want to know the Pearl of Great Price better, that's what I’m reading. 

  • Timer goes off 
  • Kids get breakfast
  • I read a few minutes longer since my commitment here is for 15 minutes 

  • I join the kids (eating rice with milk, sugar and cinnamon) in the living/dining room. 
  • I eat a bowl of cornflakes (without milk) and an apple almost every morning. 
  • The kids sit at the table, I sit in a camp chair. 
  • I remind Herbie once about contention, he marks his chart and resets 

  • Ruby, Herbie, and Moses get up and start chores, get ready for school 
  • Linus, Archie, and Penelope make appearances. 
  • Archie announces he’s been dry 2 weeks! I give him a hug, he plays with legos 
  • Linus works on a geometric drawing he learned in school, he tells me the innovations another kid in his class made to it, then he shows me one in person with his compass and explains the process 
  • Penelope reads the Ordinary Princess 
  • I ask them all about their revelation/prayers the night before, it’s obvious whether they have or not by what they say 
  • I remind Linus once about contention and also of the revelation he got to overcome it, he resets 

  • Gather all kids and Woo in the living room 
  • We repeat JS-H 1:13 together. We are memorizing/ponderizing the 1st vision in preparation for April’s conference 
  • Woo gives last minute pep talks—regional corta-mato is today!! 
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  • Archie’s day to pray 
  • Set a timer for 21 minutes
  • Linus, Penelope, Archie, Woo and I read the BofM 


  • Timer goes off 
  • Linus, Penelope, Archie and Woo get breakfast 
  • I drink a cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, water concoction that everyone thinks is CRAZY and I don’t have a lot of faith in myself, but I drink it every morning anyway 
  • I put in my contacts 
  • A fight breaks out with Penelope and Archie, I hug Penelope (who is standing) and suggest a couple things a peacemaker could do in this situation, they reset 
  • I shake out our bed, sweep entire downstairs (Archie poured this pile of sand out of his shoes while putting them away)

  • Kids finish eating and do chores 
  • Archie has trouble committing to his chore (pick up 250 things) until I set a timer for 10 minutes and tell him what the upstairs will look like when he’s done, he finishes in 8 minutes 
  • Woo reads 

  • Kids finish and read or play quietly 
  • I wipe off the table and counter, make bed 
  • Archie and Nellpea decide to make sure their bags are packed for swimming tomorrow 

  • Woo tells me his car worries 
  • I start my morning 1/2 hr of family history (I find 6 names on a Czech birth record, enter their info and sources into FamilySearch and send their names to my 5 oldest kids to reserve the temple work) 
  • Woo works until he has to leave 

  • I start design stuff 

  • Woo leaves for Torres Vedras after loading the skateboards into the van 
  • I go downstairs with him to correctly place cardboard under the leaking van when he pulls out 

  • I work on our own plans for the first time in months. 2 days ago 8 things came to my mind that needed to be slightly changed, labeled or drawn better, so I’m working on that.
  • Usually, I’ve been doing other stuff here—helping a neighbor, who’s remodeling a house, place their bathroom and stairs, also two other projects of my own, just for fun 

  • Race texts start to come in from Woo, he keeps me reasonably updated—Moses almost trampled at the start, gets 26th 

  • Eat lunch (2 slider sandwiches and pistachios) 

  • Got news that Herbie finished—he passed a few at the end and got maybe 100th. He’s in an age group with big, tall high schoolers, and he’s just little Herbie 
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  • Pick Linus, Penelope and Archie up from school 
  • Usually Woo goes with me, but I’m alone today 
  • Archie is a little late because he’s tying someone else’s shoe, “I’m the only one who knows how!” One of his own shoelaces is untied
  • At home, I remind Penelope of contention, and she stops 
  • Herbie got exactly 100th! 
  • Ruby is 9th at the lap, but slowing down 

  • Kids make and eat their own lunch (oatmeal, sandwiches) 
  • I sit in the camp chair in the living room so I can watch/talk to them at the table while I do my afternoon 1/2 hr of family history (I find 8 names on a Czech marriage record, enter their info and sources into FamilySearch and send their names to my 5 oldest children to reserve the temple work) 
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  • Ruby takes 29th 
  • No one gets an award, so no waiting around. 
  • Archie and Nellpea argue, and are separated
  • Archie prays and when he returns he’s good for ... the rest of the day! (He prayed to know what the special blessing is and got a good answer) 

  • Put on primary music in the hopes of stopping contention before it starts—it works after about 15 minutes, Linus and Nellpea settle down 

  • Kids at home start their chores 
  • Kids in Torres go out for pizza with Woo 

  • I put away laptop, turn off music and read Little Lord Fauntleroy while kids play with legos

  • Kids clean up legos and get shoes on 
  • Linus is super cranky about it and is sent upstairs for maliciously breaking in the roof of Archie’s building 
  • Archie does not react negatively at all, and even pleads Linus’s cause, telling me it’s easy to fix... 
  • Linus comes down better a few minutes later 
  • I settle down to finish what I was doing on the house plans. Normally I try to write at this time, but I want to get this done. 
  • Woo takes Ruby, Herbie and Moses to Torres Vedras’ skatepark since they don’t have school in the afternoon and they’re already there 
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  • Woo, Ruby, Herbie and Moses come home 
  • Ruby is first to the door and asks, “Can I read for the rest of the day? Thanks.” 
  • Moses says I can’t even type more than 25 wpm (his personal best)
  • I stop my work to show him that yes, yes I can type faster than 25 wpm 
  • Herbie and Woo go surfing 
  • Moses hangs out with me while I work 
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  • Herbie returns for a forgotten key, runs back out 

  • I finish the thing I was working on
  • Moses does a quick test type where he does not beat me and we play Settlers 
  • Moses wins the first game 10-3 
  • I win the second game 10-4 

  • I start dinner—black beans and rice, and sliced melon 

  • Herbie comes home, “That was the coldest surf I’ve ever been on in my entire life!” 
  • He showers
  • Moses reserves temple names, then practices typing while he waits for Herbie
  • They eat sandwiches and talk about the race 

  • I have Ruby read a conference talk I read last night and wanted her to read 
  • Moses and Herbie go into their room and talk 
  • Ruby finishes 
  • Woo returns home and goes to rinse off
  • Linus says he overextended his back in PE 

  • The kids wash their hands, get their own dishes for dinner (I set Woo’s and mine)
  • We pray (Nellpea’s turn—Woo has a different system than I do, not days, but oldest to youngest) and eat 
  • Ruby says she has a migraine and lies down 
  • Woo has her drink a bunch of water 
  • She comes to the table, and looks pretty tired
  • We try to only talk in whispers, she eats some melon 
  • Herbie thinks he broke his time record, he and Woo talk surfing, then everyone talks about the race 
  • Moses says he heard Ruby tell him to sprint 
  • Woo asks how to say sprint in Portuguese, no one knows, but apparently someone’s PE teacher yelled at them to “trot”
  • Many kids stand up and trot around the room 

  • Kids clear their own dishes, I clear the rest 
  • Linus: “I stopped contention.” 
  • Me: “Yeah, all of you have! It’s been a really nice evening!” 

  • Send kids to brush teeth and get scriptures 

  • We sing a hymn in Portuguese 
  • Archie prays (on Woo’s system) 
  • We read where we are, Mosiah 1, pausing every verse for discussion for 20 minutes (at one point discussing how the people had to learn the language of the scriptures and teach that language to their children so they could understand the scriptures. It’s the exact same thing today, even if the scriptures are in English, not Egyptian) 
  • Sing a primary song in Portuguese (after a short contentious struggle for a place around a primary songbook) 
  • We all kneel and each say a prayer

  • We all gather around Woo and his computer for watching past Moses, Linus and Nellpea interviews from 2013, and Archie from 2014 
  • Ruby feels well enough to sit up with us the whole time 

  • Linus, Penelope and Archie go upstairs to get ready for bed 

  • I go up and hug each of them, compliment them on one thing they did that day, remind them to pray for the special blessing and ask how they did at overcoming contention and rudeness today and how they can be better tomorrow 
  • I do the same for Ruby, Herbie and Moses downstairs 
  • Woo makes a round, hugging all the kids and reminding them to say their prayers 

  • I read Ruby, Herbie and Moses the Lord of the Rings while they play checkers 
  • Woo works 

  • I send Herbie and Moses to bed
  • Ruby doesn’t want to stay up any later so I turn out her light, reminding them all about their prayers

  • I write down my daily blessings, and then it’s study time. 
  • My routine is: 
    • 1 hymn 
    • 1 chapter Isaiah
    • DandC 25
    • 10 verses of DandC 84 (to rotate through all sections heavy on the priesthood)
    • 5 verses of JS-H
    • 1 random chapter anywhere in the scriptures
    • 1 random past conference talk
    • 1 most recent talk of Pres Nelson’s
    • 1 talk from the most recent conference 

  • Work a bit more—almost finished! 

  • Check on each kid and pray for them, pray for Woo

  • Brush teeth, etc 

  • Woo breaks out his favorite banana and chocolate ice cream—no appeal for me! 
  • I look at the pictures and videos he took at the race 
  • He tells some jokes
  • I laugh 
  • Pray 
  • Sleep