Day in the Life


November 13, 2013 by nbgarrett

Well, here we are!  We’ve been here a month.  On the one hand, it’s hard to believe it’s already been a month and on the other hand, so much has happened in the last 4 weeks that I can’t believe it’s only been a month!  We are starting to find a rhythm life here and we’ve started language school, so I thought it’s probably time for a “Day in the Life” post.  A question that we got many times before we moved here was, “What will a typical day look like?”  Our answer was usually, “We have no idea!”  Well, now we have a pretty good idea of what life will look like for the next year or so…

Our day usually starts around 6:30 or 7 when Joshua comes into our bedroom asking for a diaper change or he’ll yell from his room which also wakes up little brother.  Morning routine leaves much to be desired.  James isn’t sleeping well still so by the time Joshua is bouncing out of bed, we are still exhausted and groggy.  However, we love that we get to eat breakfast all together as a family.  Usually it’s farm fresh eggs from the market, but we’ve greatly enjoyed the occasional pancakes.  After cooking, we put the dishes away from last night and wash the ones from breakfast.  A load of laundry is put into the washer.

9:30-12:30 is split time.  Depending on what day it is, either Nathan goes to language school and I stay home with the boys or vice versa.  Only half that time is spent in school and the other half is alone time reserved for homework, exercise, meeting with friends, etc.  Whoever is at home with the kids has some one-on-one time with Joshua while James naps.  And the laundry is rotated–one load hung up to dry and another load put in the washer.

We are reunited for lunch which is usually sandwiches at home, but we’ve also (more times than we will in the future!) walked to McDonald’s for lunch and then grab a taxi to either go to the park or the grocery store.  Groceries have become a family affair since we have to get all our bags into a taxi and then get them up to the 4th floor of our apartment building.  So we make an event out of it.  It takes so much longer to grocery shop here right now.  We still spend a lot of time looking up and down the aisles for everything on the list.  Most of the time, we eventually find what we are looking for, but sometimes, we realize we just aren’t going to find it.  Some afternoons, we’ll go to the Piata instead.  That is where we can get fresh produce, eggs, meat, and flowers (Joshua’s favorite) at very, very good prices.  When we get home, it’s time to rotate the laundry again.

The afternoon is nap time.  James goes to sleep and Joshua is supposed to as well.  But instead, he usually yells out for us several times or he’s playing and singing and we have to go in and tell him to be quiet or he’ll wake brother.  Ideally, the boys are both quiet for a couple hours so we can get caught up on housework, work on homework, get started on dinner, or have some downtime.  

4:00 is usually when the boys get up.  They have playtime with Daddy while I work on dinner.  It usually takes me about 1.5 hours to make dinner.  I try to wash dishes as I go, partly because the kitchen is so small I need the space, and partly because there are just so many dishes used for dinner that I want to get a headstart.  I’ve made some Romanian recipes I’ve found, and had success with them and I’ve been able to make some comfort foods from home that taste close enough to the real thing.  We won’t talk about all the things I’ve had to dump because I’ve ruined them…

After dinner, it’s time to wash dishes and get the boys bathed (on good days…) and ready for bed.  Joshua has read the same 3 books every night since we got here.  After the boys are in bed, Nathan and I collapse.  Haha, actually, not yet.  The clothes that are dry need to be put away.  We really do try to get two loads of laundry washed and dry and put away each day.  The washing machine is only big enough to hold two bath towels and the washing machine takes close to 2 hours for the “short cycle”…so it’s very easy to get backed up.  After things are cleaned up, it’s prime time to do homework and practice Romanian.  We usually spend a couple hours each night in language.

So this is an average day.  Not all days are like this.  Some nights, Nathan goes out and plays soccer with a bunch of Romanian guys.  I’m hoping to regularly attend a Romanian women’s Bible study.  We have also been blessed that God has connected us with a few other North American families that we enjoy fellowship with.  It’s hard making a transition like this, and I can’t imagine how hard it would be without their encouragement, advice, and availability to help!

So…that’s pretty much it.  What else would you like to hear about?

Here are some pictures:

This is where we hang the laundry on cold, wet days.  On the windows we’ve got some of our Romanian practice.Image

The boys got to play on a homemade jungly gym one afternoon while we enjoyed a Romanian family bbq in the country. Image

This is the view from our balcony.  Lots of buildings.  To the right, there’s a building that is being partly demolished and completely renovated for a new hotel.


4 thoughts on “Day in the Life

  1. Bethany says:

    Loved this! I am so glad that You’ve made friends and found a “rhythm”. Love you all and praying for you often.

  2. Mary Carmacl says:

    I love this. Thank you do much for letting us have a glimpse in your day. I would love to hear what language school is like, and also see some pictures of your new friends and a little bit about them. Love and miss you.

  3. Robin Ullrich says:

    Hi Brittany,
    Great blog! It sounds like my early days. I can’t believe your washing machine is so small! Maybe when you move you can get a bigger washer. Keep up the good work. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

  4. Cathy says:

    Thanks so much for sharing a day in your life. I enjoyed reading it.

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