Monday, August 22, 2011

A Typical Day

Since we don't follow a strict schedule around here, I figured it would be better to show you a more realistic picture of what our days look like.  We're still working out a rhythm for this year (daily and weekly), so I'll wait to share that with you when we get some of our fall activities solidified.  For now, this is how things typically look around here.

6:30/7 - The kiddos hear Daddy getting ready for work.  They may or may not have breakfast with him. I hide in bed for as long as possible and cross my fingers that they want to eat with him.  My stomach is usually unsettled for a couple of hours when I wake up (no, I'm not pregnant, don't ask), so I really don't want to have to fix food for other people when the thought of eating makes me want to hurl.  Coffee, however, is a necessity.

After breakfast, the girls do their morning chores.  Ella has her morning routine written on an index card, so I don't have to nag her.  I check email, read a few blogs, and drink my coffee while the girls play for a while.

8:30 - My chores - get dressed, sweep, empty dishwasher, tidy up the kitchen and dining table

9:00 - Call the girls to start school, realize they are heavily involved in some elaborate form of play, and decide to leave them alone for a few more minutes.  Kind of like the "don't poke the bear" or "don't wake the sleeping baby" rules.  They're quiet, they're happy, a few minutes won't hurt.

Look at the rest of the plan for my day, and see if I can check anything off my list while they're quiet and playing nicely.

9:30/10 - Lessons - Break up a fight and bring the girls into the living room for circle time.  If they're really pissy, skip circle time (otherwise it's just me singing while they glare at me) and move everyone to the table for less fun but equally effective worksheets.

Realize at some point during our lessons that I should have given them a snack, and give them some cut up fruit or veggies or nuts while they work.

Depending on what time we started, we might or might not go outside for a few minutes.  It's hot right now, and we take advantage of the midday shade in our backyard.  Plus, there are way too many mosquitoes in the early morning.

11:30 - Lunch

12:30ish - Quiet Time - Ella reads assigned & practices piano; Harper "reads" or plays quietly; I heat another cup of coffee, write, check mail again, and try to resist pinterest.  Fail and wonder what happened to the last hour.

Mid-Afternoon - Clean the house, run errands, go to the library . . . depends on the day.  Follow this with drawing, painting, or handwork . . . if it was an exceptionally difficult trip to the grocery store, collapse on the couch to plan lessons for the following week while the kids play.  Realize once again that I'm late with the snack, and find something to ward off the afternoon crankies.

4:30 - Computer Time (ed. stuff followed by free play); I work on dinner; wonder where the day went and why my to-do list is longer than when I started the day

5:15 - dinner with dad followed by taekwondo for Ella (2-3x's a week)

7:00 - Harper's bedtime (she doesn't actually sleep until 7:30 usually)
8:00 - Ella's bedtime
Think about cleaning and getting organized for the next day, but decide my brain is too fried and I'm sleepy from putting the little one to bed.  Decide instead to watch Castle (man, I miss that show) or something from History International in the dvr.  Fall asleep in the middle of a show, usually before 10pm.

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  1. Hang in there. I know how you feel. My girls are 8 and 10, and I use that for good chores. I handle most of the "chemically" or toilet cleaning. I don't know where my day goes. My biggest regret is putting off the "fun" stuff.

  2. I love the hiding in bed and crossing your fingers! Your day looks great and very simple and balanced. I figure that if everyone is fed and no one killed anyone, we had a pretty good day.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the comment. I'm glad I'm not the only one who can't follow a strict schedule.

  3. Ha ha! I like the "skip circle time if they're really pissy because they just glare at me while I sing!"-- I get that at circle time sometimes from my six year old.

  4. That's my only regret some days - putting off the fun stuff. Yesterday we spent so much time picking up (my youngest kept dumping ALL the toys on the floor because she wanted to play with the empty buckets) that time kept slipping away. But I try to remember that not all days are like that.

  5. I have always believed in the "don't wake sleeping babies" concept! :)
    Unfortunately(to my kids anyway)their sleeping LATE these days doesn't qualify under that clause.
    I think the nature of a mother's to-do list is that it grows exponentially, even faster than her children do(if that's possible!).
    You're doing well--don't lose heart.

  6. I can so related to that 4:30 wonder where the day went thing... :)

  7. Thanks for sharing your day :) I find myself trying (and failing) to resist pinterest often!
    Following your blog now. Hope you have a great day!


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