Here’s a day in our life with a toddler, 2 preschoolers, and 1 finishing elementary:
We’ve pushed our schedule back some…I really just am not a morning person! No 6 AM wake-up calls for me, please!
We get up around 0730 and have breakfast.
The kids get cereal and juice and I guzzle a pot of coffee. Then, together on the sofa, we do Bible and calendar time. We do history and literature reading together as much as their itty bitty attention spans can manage.
Then, we get dressed. Some days, that’s about 10 AM.
So, don’t visit me before noon, y’all. I ain’t like them storybook Southern belles who roll outta bed fully coiffed and already in impeccable makeup. NoSiree. It takes lots of work to look this good and I seldom feel up to it if I don’t really have anywhere to go. Ponytail and glasses and clean clothes will suffice at home, thank you. I know you FlyLady followers out there probably need oxygen right about now to get through the rest of this post.
We do laundry and dishes. I used to have a chore plan with a zone for each day, but I’m not sure what happened. We just clean when we need to lately. Most areas need daily cleaning. That works for now.
I try to get the girls started on their workboxes and computer work. I try to occupy the Bubba during this time. Lately, I’ve had all the kids go outside to play before it gets too hot. Then, they do school work when he naps. They’re much more amenable if they get their outside time. I’m much more amenable if I get some quiet time too.
We eat leftovers for lunch, or snacky things like deli meat, fruit, and veggies. Usually around noonish.
I need to get back into the habit of listening to our composer of the month or an audio book, or at the very least, some jammin’ praise and worship music.
I try to keep the Bubba up as long as I can.
On a good day, he naps about 2.
If he goes down earlier, we don’t get much done in the afternoon. While he naps, Elizabeth gets all her school work finished – Latin, math, reading, writing…all that good stuff. Sometimes, Tori and Katie do more school-related activities, other times, they watch a DVD or play computer games. It really depends on the day and how organized mommy-teacher is that week. And sometimes, they complete their entire week’s worth of activities in two days. Then what?!
Snack time and play time commence when the Bubba awakes. I prep for dinner and we try to clean up before Daddy gets home. Some days, that happens, and others, well, it doesn’t. Luckily, Daddy doesn’t care too much. But I do. I detest dishes marching across my countertops and partying on the stovetop. Right now, I think they’re doing West Coast Swing in there. I don’t even want to look. On good afternoons, I get to lie around and read while the lil boogers play cuz everything is mostly done. Not this week. Nope. And Daddy has been rolling in after 6:30 PM since he returned from his deployment. With all that extra time, the boogers could be cleaning up, but they’re making more messes. Rather counterproductive. So rude.
Soccer started this week, so our dinner plans are unpredictable. Last night, we ate at 8:30 PM. Tori has practices Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 PM and Elizabeth has practice on Mondays at 7 PM. Katie has an hour in there somewhere, but no one has felt the need to inform us yet. Commence insanity and slow cooker meals which look like pet food. We will have AWANA beginning next Wednesday at 7 PM. Dinner isn’t that important, right? Don’t studies show that you’ll get fat(ter) if you eat after 6 PM? And don’t most cultures eat larger lunches and smaller dinners anyway? And they’re healthier. That awful S.A.D. diet. sigh