Everyday when Bean and I get home from school, we unload both our backpacks and then we head out to the driveway.


Everyday I sit in a lawn chair while Bean collects acorns in a giant plastic pretzel tub.


Everyday he sits in the driveway for what feels like hours, painstakingly collecting acorn after acorn.


Everyday he fills his plastic pretzel tub, insisting on putting the lid on the tub after each and every acorn is delicately placed inside the tub so that no acorns spontaneously jump out when he’s not looking.


Everyday he collects acorns until there are enough to make a loud noise when he swings the tub around and when he feels the balance is just right with the universe, he then dumps out his acorn treasures right there onto the driveway.


Everyday we then count how many acorns he has collected and after we get to three, Bean gets bored and walks away, leaving me to count by myself.


Everyday after collecting and dumping and collecting and dumping, Bean moves from the acorns in the driveway to the acorns on the sidewalk.


Everyday he plops himself down and begins collecting brand new acorns.


And everyday he usually finds at least one sidewalk acorn that is good enough to share with Mom.


Everyday there is usually not plumber’s crack involved in the collecting of acorns, but on the days that there is I giggle and giggle until Bean looks at me and says sternly, “No,” and so I stop giggling.


Everyday we wait for the Big Moment when Daddy’s car pulls into the driveway.


Everyday he gets out of the car and pretends to be surprised to find us there.


Everyday he says, “Well, what are you guys doing out here today?” and Bean shows him the acorns he has collected.


Everyday Bean tells Chris everything that happened at school as they stand right there.


And everyday Chris chases Bean back up the driveway when their conversation is finished.


Everyday Chris catches Bean, who thinks this is the most fun game in the whole world.


Before we had Bean, I worried that having a baby would change us too much. That we would lose that spontaneity that we loved. I worried that our lives would become routine and boring and that they’d be the same thing day after day. And to a certain extent, that has happened.  But I have to tell you that everyday I learn that routine can sometimes be such a blessing when it involves people you love.

Every single day when I come home, I know I am the luckiest woman in the world. And that’s a pretty good routine to find yourself living.


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42 Thoughts to “Everyday”

  1. And this is why I love this blog.
    You guys make me smile in a tough old world. 🙂

  2. Sarah

    I love that, to Bean, it’s predictably wonderful and every acorn and every chase from Daddy is as specktacular as the first 🙂

  3. Seeing Chris and Bean together makes my ovaries hurt.

  4. Catherine M.

    Katie, the Bean looks more and more like you every day. He’s so cute!!!

  5. Lisa

    Its posts like this that make me want to have children right away!

  6. This is one of my favorite posts of yours thus far. 🙂 I completely relate to having a young kid who had his own rituals with me (and his mom). For him — it was a big bucket of spoons that he would divvy out into place settings and then collect. Years later (he’s almost 8) it’s the things we talk about when I’m driving him home from school.

    Routine can be absolutely wonderful at times.

  7. Cindy In Owensboro, KY

    That is an awesome post—love it!!

  8. My Mom always said, “Family is the greatest investment.” and you’ve invested well!

  9. Dangit, that had me in tears!lol! What a moment, thank you so much for sharing it with all of us.

  10. Your blog is the first one I read every morning, definitely one of my favorites 🙂 I’m really looking forward to Bean’s Halloween costume this year too! Have a good week!

  11. Jennifer

    you guys are so stinkin cute!

  12. courtney

    Maybe it’s because I’m the mother of a three year old little boy or maybe it’s because this is so much like my life, but I absolutely love this entry. Chris is a lot like my husband, and I’ve decided that there is nothing more amazing in this world than a father who loves his child. I think as children we fail to appreciate it, but as a wife, a mother, and a teacher (who sees plenty of kids who need a father’s love) I more than appreciate. Thanks for this post.

  13. So sweet! Everyday my kids wait patiently at our front door for Daddy to come home, and as soon as they see his car pull up they start jumping up and down and yelling, “Daddy! Daddy!” And everyday, no matter how tired he is, my husband lets them jump all over him for 5 minutes before he even puts his bag down. It’s my favorite part of the day and it never gets old. Some routines ARE a blessing!

  14. This is so so very cute. And sweet. You have a lovely family.

  15. This is beautiful! With a month-old baby, we’re still settling into some kind of routine, which is a blessing in itself, and it’s great to see the unexpected and wonderful ways your little guy has impacted your life.

  16. Rachel

    Thank you for this post! We are expecting our first child in 3 weeks or less and I worry about losing everything we have currently, but you make me see that although we may lose those things, we gain so much more!!!

  17. Jen

    I love this post!! I have to say one of my favorites!!

  18. Anne

    You are one lucky chick, and Bean is so very lucky to have both of you for parents. Your love shines in all three of you!

  19. Tressa

    Sounds like a perfect Everyday to me!!! LOVE the crack picture, and he says NO!!!

  20. Melissa

    This is adorable and makes me jealous that my husband and I have not been blessed with children yet. It’s great to see what fun and loving parents you and Chris are to Bean- I think the world would be better if there were more parents like you guys.

  21. aida

    this is so funny! I kept laughing and laughing! very cute couple!

  22. Love this, I am so happy that you guys are happy! And although sometimes the routine can be boring just remember Bean will trive in it!

  23. Jenna

    Love it! We seem to be swimming in acorns here, too 🙂 You guys are truly wonderful parents.

  24. You make me want to have children. I haven’t actually decided yet, but you always make me lean towards having them.

  25. There aren’t many things cuter than a baby plumber butt 🙂

  26. Meredith

    LOVE the baby plumber crack. Cutest thing ever…

  27. Lindsey

    This is the cutest darn post ever!!!

  28. HeatherN

    I had this whole great cute response typed, and then I hit backspace three times, and it took me back 3 pages instead of back 3 spaces.
    So now I’ll just say that my new hubby Nathan is the love of my life, and I’d love to put his name on a new piece of jewelry. Although honestly, I’d probably put an M, the initial of my new last name. And M just happens to be the name of my beloved dog Morrie, who is the happiest cuddliest bundle of sweetness that there ever was on four legs.

  29. Ella

    Love this post! Definately one of my favourites 🙂 Bean looks like such a little boy now – so cute!

  30. Dude, who doesn’t love acorns?

    I mean, if it’s good enough for a squirrel, it’s good enough for me.

    Then again, it’s that kind of attitude that got me to consider that tree home.

  31. Nikki

    This is too cute! Unfortunately in my house the person who is collecting the acorns is the man. We have a pile of acorns sitting on our dining room table so that he can plant them…and he will. And we will have a gagillion baby oaks like are magnolia farm. Great.

  32. I love this post! I worry about becoming boring and mundane after ours is born…but this kind of boring and mundane sounds pretty darn spectacular.

  33. I really love this post. thank you for such a sweet point of view. You have such a knack for putting feelings into words

  34. One of the thing I miss most about my kids being little is driveway sitting. What a sweet post!

  35. Vicki

    Loved driveway sitting with my babies long ago…..
    hoping for some grands one day, but for now I live happily reading BEAN STORIES!

  36. Ohhh how I’ve missed you Brown Family!!

    I love the new site and I can’t wait to dive in and catch up.

    And I love this post. Sometimes I get a little stir crazy with the routine but reading this post has made me realize the blessing in that routine.

    Thank you Katie for always helping me to see the bright side when I sometimes forget to look for it!

  37. Katie

    The picture of your men standing and talking to each other is SO heart-meltingly adorable that I hope to capture that moment when my 4 month old is big enough to tell Daddy about his day. <3

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