A Week In Salt Lake City, UT, On A $1,600,000 Joint Income

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Today: a family lawyer working in Law who makes $1,600,000 per year and spends some of her money this week on pacifiers.

Day One

6 a.m. — Good morning! Our four-month-old has started sleeping through the night, and this feels like the most sleep I’ve had since high school. While I nurse the baby, K. wakes up the older kids (five kids ages 5-9). Our younger four (four months to age 3) don’t go to school yet. Once the baby is fed, I hand him to K. and get showered and dressed. I curl my hair and do my makeup (Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, Benefit Cakeless Concealer, Colourpop eyeshadow, Stila eyeliner, L’Oréal Mascara, and a NARS liquid lipstick).

7 a.m. — The kids are showered, dressed, and ready thanks to K. While he gets ready, I set the older kids up with breakfast (breakfast burritos and fruits) and then go upstairs to get the younger kids ready. Once all eleven of us are ready and fed, we clean up breakfast, get lunches packed, and head out the door. The older kids take the bus to elementary school and our nanny comes to watch the younger four.

2 p.m. — I meet with attorneys to talk about a difficult case coming in that involves domestic violence. Figuring out how to best approach this case ends up taking a few hours and I leave the office drained. Part of the reason I prefer to specialize in adoptions is to avoid the heart-wrenching issues that come with divorce.

Day Two

5:30 a.m. — I wake up to a very hungry baby. It’s Saturday today, which means we don’t have the chaos of getting kids ready for school. Since I’m up anyway, I head downstairs to start making homemade cinnamon rolls once the baby is fed. K. eventually gets up and joins me downstairs.

7 a.m. — Kids are up and cinnamon rolls are ready! I used the one-hour cinnamon roll recipe from Gimme Some Oven, and they win the seal of approval from my hungry children. We get the kids showered and ready so we can get errands done. Saturdays are filled with soccer games in the afternoon, so we try and get all of our groceries done in the morning.

4:30 p.m. — Soccer is finally done! We take the kids back home and make vegan crunchwraps (Pinch of Yum recipe) for snack. While K. keeps the kids busy with homework and piano practice, I sneak upstairs to get some work done while nursing the baby. I have to go into court Monday for an adoption to be finalized, which means lots of last-minute questions from my clients. Once my work is done, I head back downstairs to play with the kids.

6:30 p.m. — K. and I are headed on a date night for dinner and drinks with some friends. I change into a dress and do my makeup with some nicer products (Bobbi Brown stick foundation, Tarte Shape Tape concealer, Too Faced eye primer, KKW Beauty eyeshadow, Tarte eyeliner, Milani bronzer, Huda Beauty contour, and Maybelline liquid lipstick). While I get ready, K. preps a pan of enchiladas for the kids’ dinner. I do babysitting trade-offs with my neighbor who has a similar number of kids, so it doesn’t end up costing me anything.

Day Three

6 a.m. — I get up with early with baby. I nurse him while answering some emails, and then head downstairs to make some tea and get breakfast going. Once breakfast (a Southern-ish biscuits and gravy casserole) is in the oven, I give the baby to K. so I can go upstairs and get ready. I get dressed, straighten my hair, and put on some tinted moisturizer, mascara, and brow gel. By the time I’m ready, the kids are up and hungry, as always.

7:30 a.m. — I get all the kids fed and showered and we get started on Hair Day. K. gets the boys’ hair cut with an at-home kit (best money we ever spent). I get the girls’ hair ready and prepped. Our kids are part Japanese, part Spaniard, and part Indian, so we have just about every hair type in our family. Between Not Your Mother’s Naturals products, Aussie curl products, and Hairitage products, I’m able to get everyone from the 1A girls to the 3C girls happy.

11 a.m. — K. helps the kids get their chores done while I get lunch going. Our amazing housekeeper is coming tomorrow so I’m not super worried about getting the house very clean. Lunch today is Indian food — dal makhni, cucumber raita, and chicken biryani. My kids have a fairly good spice tolerance, so I love making Indian and Middle Eastern food. It’s fairly economical and healthy, not to mention drop-dead delicious.

4:30 p.m. — We make homemade Dole Whips with the kids (frozen pineapple, pineapple juice, almond milk, and vanilla ice cream) and read with them in the playroom before we need to get ready. Sunday nights are for dinners with all the grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins, which is always such a fun way to end the weekend. While K. gets the kids washed up, I do my makeup (Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, Benefit concealer, Charlotte Tillbury eyeliner, Juvia’s Place eyeshadow, and a Kylie Cosmetics gloss). I quickly nurse the baby before we head to my parents’ house.

Day Four

4 a.m. — I wake up with a migraine from hell. I need to be in court by 7:30, so I take some Advil and pump while reviewing case materials. I take a shower, get dressed, and braid my hair. I quickly do my makeup (Bobbi Brown foundation stick, Glossier Stretch concealer, Charlotte Tillbury eyeshadow, Maybelline eyeliner, NYX contour, and a NARS lipstick). I kiss K. goodbye and head out the door.

10 a.m. — The adoption is done! I’m so happy for this family. The parents have brought donuts to celebrate, so I indulge in one before heading to the office.

6:30 p.m. — It’s time for dinner! I’m using one of my Home Chef meal kits today (we order these sporadically): fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and corn. I make it for the kids and me with a super-easy strawberry spinach salad with poppyseed dressing. We eat, clean up, and take the puppies for a walk.

Day Five

6:30 a.m. — I get up, nurse the baby, and read the news. I hand K. the baby once I’m done nursing and take a shower. I curl my hair and do my makeup (Fenty Beauty concealer, Glossier brow gel, Colourpop eyeshadow, and Charlotte Tillbury lipstick). Once I’m ready, I head downstairs to start making breakfast — scrambled eggs, avocado toast, and fruit salad while K. gets the kids dressed and ready.

9 a.m. — I get to work. I get on some calls while also reading over some cases that have been sent to me for review. My inbox is swarming, so I grab some chocolate chip cookies from the communal pantry while I work.

8:45 p.m. — I get the kids quickly fed with our Home Chef meal kit (barbecue chicken flatbread pizza) and get them into bed just as K. brings the other sleepy kids home. I nurse the baby before putting him to bed and watch some Netflix (well, we were doing a little more than just watching) with K. before heading to bed.

Day Six

4 a.m. — I wake up to two sick kiddos. My seven-year-olds both seem to have the stomach flu, which means today’s a work-from-home day. I have an important meeting today, so I ask K. to stay at home with the sick kids, as well as the littles so we don’t get the nanny sick. I head back to bed for about another hour and a half before getting up.

6:30 a.m. — I get the kids showered and dressed while K. gets breakfast going for everyone (huevos rancheros and fruit salad). One of my other kids also seems a little sick, so I decide to keep them at home as well. I get ready, braid my hair, and throw on some mascara and brow gel before hurrying out the door to drop the two healthy kids at school.

12 p.m. — I head to my work meeting, which is at a nice Italian place downtown. I pay for all of us, but it will be reimbursed by the office. ($359.76 expensed)

3:30 p.m. — I head home and help tag-team the sick kids and the littles with K. The kids seem to be doing a little better, so hopefully staying home tomorrow and the weekend will be enough for them to recover. I have them read to me out loud while I get snacks (ham and cheese sandwiches, fruits, and some sad-looking baby carrots). Once the older kids are home, I let K. take them to their activities so he can get a break from being cooped up with the kids at home.

Day Seven

6 a.m. — I get up to nurse the baby. I have to go into court in the afternoon, so I decide to not go into the office this morning so I don’t have to rush out the door. Once the baby is fed, I take a shower, curl my hair, and get dressed. I head downstairs to make breakfast (banana bread, fruit, and bacon) while K. gets the kids up and ready.

12:30 p.m. — I make chicken salad sandwiches for lunch for everyone and coffee for myself. I nurse the baby, do my makeup (Tarte foundation, Fenty Beauty concealer, KKW Beauty contour, Charlotte Tillbury eyeliner, Too Faced mascara, and a Huda Beauty liquid lipstick) and leave for work.

1:30 p.m. — I meet up with my clients at court and finalize some details with them. Adoption Day is always such a big deal, and it’s fun to watch this moment unfold for families. We take some pictures, review some paperwork, and wait to be called in to meet with the judge.

3:30 p.m. — Adoption finalized! This family is truly so generous and kind, and I’m glad that this baby gets to have them as his “forever family.” I’m meeting with a few of my friends tonight to celebrate my birthday early so I hurry out of court so I can get home and get ready.

4:15 p.m. — I get dressed and do my makeup (Fenty Beauty foundation, NARS concealer, Stila eyeliner, Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pencil, L’Oréal mascara, KKW Beauty eyeshadow, Huda Beauty contour, Honest Beauty blush, and a Milani gloss). I kiss the kids goodbye and toss dinner into the slow cooker (sweet pork tacos) so K. won’t have to worry about it when he gets home.

6 p.m. — My friends and I meet up for some Thai food and drinks. We get tempura vegetables, chicken satay, pad see ew, yellow and green curry, and a duck dish. I offer to pay for my portion, but my amazing friends refuse to let me. The five of us all went to high school together and it’s always so fun to catch up and see what’s going on in each other’s lives. I leave feeling very happy and very full.

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