Day In The Life – Gimme Some Oven

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Happy Friday, everyone!

I realized the other day that it’s been over a year and a half (!) since I’ve done a day in the life post on here. And I kind of miss them! ♡ So now that we’re back home in Barcelona and getting settled into our usual routine again, I decided to snap my way through our day yesterday to capture what life looks like lately with our little guy (who just turned 18-months today, time is flying!).

We’re settling in here for a cozy almost-fall weekend ahead with a few toddler playdates, lunch with some Kansas City friends who are passing through town, maybe a little fall baking, and then I’m excited to dive into this new book. I hope that you’re all doing well wherever in the world this may find you, and wishing you a lovely and peaceful weekend ahead, xoxo

7:00: Muy buenos días. ♡ An iced latte to start the day, courtesy of my favorite barista.

7:30: Teo’s turn to rise and shine! This busy little dude doesn’t want to stay still for a single photo lately, so my camera roll is full of lots of blurry cuteness right now.

7:45: Quick clean-out-the-fridge egg scramble for our desayuno (and plain scrambled eggs, PB toast and banana for Teo’s).

8:00: He’s now tall enough to push the buttons…which means that we occasionally now return to a mysteriously paused laundry cycle an hour later.

8:30: And off they go! Teo just started attending a sweet little Montessori guardería (daycare) last week and, like most daycares here in Spain, they have a lengthy “adaptation” period during which the parents are encouraged to stay with the kids to help ease the transition. So we’re taking turns spending our mornings there with Teo until the teachers think he is ready to stay on his own.

9:00: I have to say, having the house to myself again for the first time in a year and a half while Teo’s at daycare still feels completely surreal. (It’s soooo quiet!) Finishing up my coffee now and wrapping up edits on a post today for my favorite fall salad.

10:30: Off for a quick spin around the neighborhood to go grocery shopping!

10:45: Buying groceries is still rarely a one-stop-shop sort of thing for us here in Barcelona, which now feels normal after nearly five years (!) here. Today I was able to round up the majority of the ingredients I needed at our main neighborhood grocery store. But now I’m filling in the gaps at our neighborhood bulk store (where I stocked up on various types of nuts, wild rice and spices)…

11:00: …and our brand-new neighborhood frutería, which I’m super excited about because it’s close by and usually quite well-stocked (today I was able to track down some fresh dill, green onions, and tahini).

11:15: Listened to the second part of the We Can Do Hard Things interview with Dr. Becky while I was out and about. And wow, both of these episodes have blown me away. Highly recommend.

12:15: Back home and in the kitchen now testing testing a new recipe for salmon cakes (salmon patties? salmon burgers? what to call these)…

12:30: …and, omg, they were fantastic. Teo gave them two chubby little thumbs up too once the boys arrived home too.

12:35: I’ve been on a fresh mint tea kick lately in the afternoons, which I especially love serving over ice with a squeeze of lime. Refreshing, kind of mojito-y, caffeine-free, and so easy.

13:00: Back to work with this coworker. 🙂

13:00: Switching gears away from Gimme Some Oven to spend a few hours working on our monthly newsletter for The Wash Project. (If you’d like to follow the latest updates happening in Mali, here’s a quick link to sign up!)

15:00: My sweet and savory afternoon merienda — mandarina, pistachios, aged cheddar, and these paper-thin garlicky crackers that we brought home from Italy that I absolutely adore. Dinners usually don’t happen until after 8-9pm in Spain, so afternoon snacks are essential!

15:05: Little break to go hang out with Teo and our wonderful nanny, Inés, who takes care of him here in the afternoons.

17:00: Cooked up a double batch of my cozy autumn wild rice soup so that we could take a batch upstairs to our favorite neighbor (Teo’s adopted Catalan abuela) who recently returned home from being hospitalized for a week. My friend, Vanessa, who is coming over later this evening, is vegan and always really loves this recipe too. So it felt like the perfect night to simmer up a big batch.

17:05: Also popped a quick round of nooch popcorn for later tonight!

17:45: After-dinner paseo with the whole fam. The weather here has finally started cooling off lately and it feels soooo nice out at this time of the evening.

18:30: Inés and I have been having lots of fun making little homemade books for Teo this year. She created this one to help Teo prepare for the transition to daycare and he is still absolutely delighted each time he recognizes himself in a photo. It’s so cute.

19:00: Speaking of delighted, he also shrieks with joy after bath time each night when he looks in the mirror and sees the little bear ears poking up on his towel. Teosito!

19:30: Each night when we place him in his crib, Teo reaches up to choose a peluche to sleep with. And the tenderness with which he pats and snuggles and cares for these little stuffed animals is just so, so sweet. Love this little boy and his big heart so much.

19:35: Back to the kitchen for another round of dishes with Barc. Always. More. Dishes.

21:00: Thursday night Bach night! My friend, Vanessa, and I cozied up here with soup, popcorn and vegan donuts while our guys went out for drinks.

22:00: We’re missing the third of our usual Bach-watching trio tonight, who’s currently back in the States visiting her family. But loved getting to catch up and, of course, over-analyze every minute of this ridiculous show. 😉

23:50: Stayed up late talking with Vanessa and her husband, Carles, once the guys returned home. ♡ Now, off to get ready for bed quickly before our little human alarm clock rises and shines.

Midnight: Speaking of local friends, Barclay have been ending our days this week reading through our friend, Evan’s, new collection of essays. I finished up his essay tonight breaking down the brilliance of Seinfeld’s comedy which was so thoughtfully written and spot-on. So proud of him!

0:20: And that’s a wrap for today! Buenas noches a todos ♡

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