A Day in our {real} Life

I have the privilege of being a part of the new writing team at The Busy Mom! Twenty of us are teaming up over there to encourage and lead moms to grace, rest and truth in the word of God! As part of that announcement today, we’re sharing a Day-in-the-Life for us just to let our new friends get to know us a bit!

Because I’m a work-at-home homeschooling mama, my days might look pretty different from yours. Honestly, they look pretty different than they did this time last year! I am the Community Manager for Five in a Row, A Virtual Assistant to Heidi St. John, The Busy Mom and the webmaster for my church. And I homeschool our two children: a spunky very full of life seven year old, Mattie and our deep-feeling humor-loving eleven year old, Jacob.

What do our mornings look like?

I get up between 5:30 and 6… hopefully. getting up earlyI make my hubby’s lunches and coffee which gives me a reason to commit to roll my sleepy body out of our warm bed. (I’ve learned I can be a night-owl or an early-bird, just not both!) So I enjoy some quiet with my man as he gets ready for work, get him off and enjoy some quiet time in the Word. It’s so tempting to sit down and get right on my to-do list, but when I do I’m always so sorry. I NEED that time in the Word to fix my eyes on Him, fill my soul and set my sights on the big picture, because we all know by 30 minutes into the morning it will be very easy to forget about anything except the frustration two feet below my nose!

So between 7:30 & 8 my peeps rouse and wander down, hoping I’ll let them start the morning on their ipods or the beloved LEGO message boards. You’d think I usually say yes, as the more frequent “no” seems to catch them by surprise as if they’ve never heard it before! I wrap up the morning little bit of work I started, and we settle in for breakfast. Because I was given active, verbal children, mealtime has always been a challenge. I often read while they eat, and this is usually when we do our Bible time. I have to be very diligent to not jump back on the computer while they eat, because when I do I pay for it. I lose them and we never get back on track… plus they are way more important than work, and they need this face time with me as we start our day together.

laundryIGAfter breakfast we get moving on schoolwork right away.  We don’t do a lot of bookwork in the earlier years, but Jacob is getting into a groove of some more traditional looking work now that he’s in 6th grade.  Thankfully, he’s also pretty independent with it. He often sits in the room as Mattie and I do a lot of reading as he still wants to hear the children’s books. (Don’t tell him I notice.) While they do some of their work I try and work on the mountains of laundry. (We’re keeping it real, remember?) Anyway, we try reeeeaaally hard to be finished with most of our structured stuff by 1:00. It just takes twice (or three or four times) as long to do it in the afternoon.

But you haven’t had lunch yet.

True. We seem to be late eaters.  Usually the kids eat lunch between 1:30-2:30. Hey, it works for us! I try to read a chapter book if they are eating at the same time, though as they’re getting older they fix their own lunches and don’t always eat at the same time. Once they eat, they get hyper and I send them off to play somewhere else. :) Mom of the year here! But really, in the afternoons as long as their school work is done, they are fairly free. Because we don’t have neighbors with kids anymore, we have cousins over a lot to play to fill that void.

I do quite a bit of work in the afternoons as it’s when the kids are occupied and free.  Sometimes it’s quiet bedroom time (an hour to two) and sometimes electronic time (an hour limit), but it’s when I try to get stuff done.

Shoot. I’m supposed to cook dinner?

That’s about how it happens lately.  I would be lying if I didn’t say that I’m struggling to find a groove and really get it all done well.  I need to school, fill love tanks, feed food tanks, clean & cook. Because I have a husband who doesn’t really care if I cook or not, is often not home until well after a normal dinner hour, and I don’t like to cook anyway, it’s usually what goes. We do eat, but it’s not a well rounded several colored plate like we should be eating.

Woohoo! Bedtime!

Because we eat lunch late, we eat dinner late and soon after it’s time to round up the kids for bed.  We’re pretty structured with bedtime. I love these two little people dearly, but I am done by this time of night.  The talking and picking and jumping talking and wrestling and talking and oh, did I say talking? are just enough to make my brain shut down sometimes. But thankfully bedtime shows up right about this time every day! Our one bedtime tradition is that I get the kids settled in bed and read in the hallways. No more reading on the couch and getting wild on the way to bed and starting all over… they are already calm and very often fall asleep while I read. (In case anyone worries that this is cold and detached, we sit together reading for many other hours through the day on the couch.) About 9:30 we wrap up reading and saying good night. Hopefully, Robert and I still have some steam left in us to visit a bit before we konk out.

Don’t you work after bedtime?

I used to.  Until May I would work very late into the night, or early into the morning, really. But I realized I was almost never going to bed at the same time as Robert. That’s when I flip-flopped to the early-bird schedule that I try and stick to now. I like it much better, and I think Robert might too. :) We won’t talk any more about what happens at this time of day, but after that, we sleep and do it all over again…


    • I don’t! lol! I have seasons where I focus on one thing over another, but one large section is usually undone. As long as that’s not love tank filling, then I just have to be okay with it.

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